Rectified by Pollyanna Porter explores themes of sexual abuse, betrayal, and what it means to truly do the right thing, regardless of the consequences. It follows two timelines — past and present — revealing the tragic circumstances that forever change the life of Sara Scott, her family, and the small community of fictional Langdon, Vermont.
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“This deep exploration of family and truth and one woman’s reckoning with an ethical quandary is beautifully constructed and filled with profound insight into choices and consequences. The inner life of Sara is rich and fertile terrain that offers up complexity and wisdom about fulfillment in marriage and motherhood. Porter writes incisively about one woman’s desire to do the right thing and eventually find her path when her life veers off course in unexpected ways. The past and present timelines flow seamlessly together, creating tension and authenticity along the way. Porter deftly explores the question of what price one is willing to pay to do the right thing. Ultimately, Sara will answer this question, altering her life forever and the ties that bind her to her family and community. With nuance and honesty, Porter develops a strong female protagonist with imperfections, independence, and the determination to right a horrific wrong.” — Book Review by Michelle Jacobs
“A story of heartache and loss. A mother’s struggle to right the wrongs of a crime against children that causes her to lose the love and respect of her own son. Written from the heart, this story may arouse your anger, and shock you in parts, but it will keep you reading as you experience hope, crave redemption and trust that there’s a good outcome.” — Kitty Boyes, The Arina Perry Series
“This is a solid debut novel by a local Vermont author. It is thought provoking as well as heartfelt and heartbreaking. How far and how much would you be willing to lose in the face of right and wrong? One woman puts it to the test and personally I was on her side the entire way.” – Vicki Thornton, Blair Books & More (Chester, VT)
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One woman’s emotional journey to discover the truth, no matter the cost
by Pollyanna Porter
5.25 x 8, Paperback, 312 pages
$16.99 + $2.80 shipping
A compelling read offering the possibility – but not the promise – of reconciliation, with characters I cared about and the full range of human behavior enacted. Raises challenging questions for each of us about the choices we make, and how we rely on connection in order to seek or to provide essential help.
As the drama unfolded I could envision a very strong actress in the lead role of Sara, a fully-dimensional character who is on a quest for personal meaning and interpersonal truth, and reckoning with the passage of time. Well worth reading.
Rectified is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.