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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Leaving Yesterday CFBA Tour and Review

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Leaving Yesterday

Bethany House (October 1, 2009)


Kathryn Cushman


I graduated from Samford University with a degree in pharmacy, but I’ve known all my life that I wanted to write a novel “some day”. For me, “some day” came about five years ago, when I started writing and never looked back.

My third attempt became my first published novel.

A Promise to Remember was a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers Book-of-the-Year in the Women’s Fiction category, and Waiting for Daybreak was a finalist in Women’s Fiction for the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award. Leaving Yesterday just arrived on scene and I’m very excited about it!

On the homefront, I’ve been married to the wonderful and handsome Lee for over twenty years now, and our two daughters are currently braving the worlds of elementary and high school. We’ve lived in Santa Barbara for the last seventeen years. When I’m not writing or reading or braving seventy degree holidays, you’ll find me watching the younger daughter play softball, or the older daughter building amazing high school theater sets


Alisa Stewart feels like she's lost two sons: her youngest to a terrible tragedy and her eldest, Kurt, to a life ruined by addiction. But now Kurt has checked himself into rehab and found a healing faith that seems real. It's like he's been raised from the dead.

But then a detective arrives at Alisa's door asking questions about a murder--the death of a drug dealer before Kurt entered rehab. Alisa fears losing her son again, and when she finds evidence linking him to the killing, she destroys it. Her boy is different now. He's changed and deserves a second chance.

But when another man is charged with the crime, Alisa finds herself facing an impossible choice: be silent and keep her son or give up everything for the truth.


Leaving Yesterday was the second book by Katie Cushman that I’d read. Since then I picked up A Promise to Remember. I was first introduced to this author with the book Waiting for Daybreak last year as an entrant in a contest I judged.

I remember last year thinking “wow, this is an author to watch” I was right. As an avid fan of Women’s Fiction and writers like Karen Kingsbury and Denise Hunter, Cushman hits the nail on the head with all three of her books, but especially with Leaving Yesterday.

Leaving Yesterday revolves around a mother that has been hurting for her wayward drug addicted son for a few years after already losing her youngest son to a violent crime.

You’ve read the blurb above so I won’t go into detail here, but let me say that this writer has a unique ability to draw us in and refuse to let us go. I was so into this story I could hardly pull myself away to make supper. I literally read the book while stirring the gravy one night. LOL.

I think what really grabs me is how the writer has characters who make human/poor choices. Choices that as a reader I wasn’t sure how she was going resolve by the end of the book.

As a mother I could relate to this woman. I pray if my son ever does something criminal I’ll be strong enough to do what’s right, however, I could easily understand the choices this mother made. And I hurt for her. I hurt for her son. I hurt for her estranged husband and I hurt for their younger daughter. The whole situation was heartbreaking, but again so well written I was emotionally invested in this story.

I would definitely suggest this writer to anyone who loves well written women’s fiction or family drama type books. You won’t be disappointed.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Leaving Yesterday, go HERE

1 comment:

Carole said...

Women's fiction in the Christian market is my favorite genre, so I am eager to try this author. Thank you for your review, Sabrina.