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Aug 04

Age of Consent by Marti Leimbach

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Age of Consent

 by Marti Leimbach

 

Synopsis:

Thirty years ago, June was a young widow with a hopeless crush on a Craig Kirtz, a disc jockey at a local rock station. To her surprise, the two struck up a friendship that seemed headed for something more. But it was June’s thirteen-year-old daughter, Bobbie, whom Craig had wanted all along. Bobbie thought her secret life—the sex, the drugs, the illicit relationship itself—could remain safely buried in the past. But when she discovers that Craig had similarly pursued any number of other young girls, Bobbie returns home after a long absence with one purpose in mind: to bring Craig to trial.

Her decision is greeted with mixed feelings. Some people think that bringing charges against someone for a crime committed so many years ago is unjustified. She’s called a “middle-aged woman with a vendetta.” She’s accused of waging war against her own family. June remembers things differently from the way Bobbie does. Craig insists he has done nothing wrong. But the past has a way of revealing itself, and some relationships lay dormant through the years, ready to stir to life at the slightest provocation.

While their traumatic history is relived in the courtroom, Bobbie and June must face the choices they made and try to make sense of the pain they endured while seeking justice at long last. Told with warmth and compassion, this is a moving, deeply absorbing story of a family in crisis.

 

My review:

This book was very sad.  It seems that at so many times, Bobbie is trapped.  She’s so young and thrust into an entirely inappropriate relationship with not just a man, but a disgusting example of one.  Then her mother goes and invites him into their house – I’m not surprised at what Bobbie winds up doing after that.

I do think this book may be an eye-opener for many.  Since Bobbie’s story takes place so long ago, I’m sure many readers would like to think these sorts of situations don’t happen anymore.  I think they actually happen more because men and girls of these ages have more access to each other.

What really upsets me is how clueless June is.  She seems to bloom under the light of Craig’s attention, even if it is abusive.  She is blind to all of her daughter’s distress.  I’m not sure if she’s truly not seeing it or turning a blind eye in order to keep her relationship going.  I’m sure this type of situation also takes place a lot more than we’d like to admit.

Even this is not a happy story, and may be a trigger for rape survivors, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  I don’t want to give away the ending, but it is sweet and gentle, much like Bobbie’s teenage years should have been.  It gives you a sense of justice and leaves you rooting even more for not just her survival, but her ability to live a good life.

Age of Consent was published on July 26, 2016. It is available from various booksellers, including Amazon.

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