What the Valley Knows
Millington Valley Series, Book 1
"A drama to pull at your heart-strings. ...this novel plays with the line between young adult and adult fiction."
"...draws you in from the very first page."
"You're gripping the edge of your seat one moment, whist dissolving into puddles of emotion, the next. A super read!"
"The characters are beautifully imagined and well-crafted."
Millington Valley is a quintessential small Pennsylvania town: families go back generations. Football rules. Kids drink while adults look the other way. High school is a whirlwind of aspiration and rivalry, friendship and jealousy. When smart and pretty Molly Hanover moves to town and attracts the attention of the football team’s hero, Wade Thornton—a nice guy with a bad drinking habit—longtime friendships are threatened and a popular cheerleader tries to turn the school against Molly.
The young couple’s dream of a future together is shattered when Wade, drunk, wrecks his truck and Molly is thrown through the windshield. She wakes from a coma to find her beauty marred and her memory full of holes. As she struggles to heal, she becomes sure that something terrible happened before the accident. And there is somebody in the valley who doesn’t want her to remember.
(The novel is Contemporary YA love/mystery—a mash-up of Friday Night Lights and Sweet Valley High—with adult cross-over appeal as it is told from three points-of-view: the teenagers, Molly and Wade, and Molly’s mother Ann.)