I have a copy of Untethered by Julie Lawson Timmer to give away! Open to U.S. residents only
About the book
Char Hawthorn has a great life. A freelance editor and college professor who is married to a wonderful man and is stepmother to his spirited fifteen-year-old daughter, Allie, in suburban Michigan, Char loves her family and the joyful rhythms of work and parenting. But everything changes when her husband unexpectedly dies in a car accident. In the eyes of the law, the word “mother” and all the rights that go along with it belong to Lindy, Allie’s self-absorbed biological mother, who wants her daughter to move and live with her in California. Meanwhile, Allie begins to struggle in school and tensions mount between step-mother and step-daughter, though Allie’s connection to young Morgan Crew, a ten-year-old girl whom she tutors, seems to keep her grounded.
Morgan, who was adopted out of foster care after a traumatically neglect-filled early childhood, self-harms and her adoptive parents are at a loss what to do. When Morgan disappears, Allie is distraught and takes matters into her own hands, leaving Char to face an irate Lindy, a future without Allie, and the question of Morgan—suddenly caught, herself, in a terrible crack in the system. Viscerally poignant, and deeply resonate on many levels, Untethered is a powerful story of the void between law and love, and a riveting portrait of motherhood and all it encompasses.
About the author
Julie Lawson Timmer grew up in Ontario and earned a bachelor’s degree from McMaster University before heading south of the border. She has a law degree from Southern Methodist University and works as in-house legal counsel in Michigan. She is the author of Five Days Left and lives in Ann Arbor with her husband and children.