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A Beautiful Family

A Beautiful Family
Title: A Beautiful Family
Published: May 27, 2014
Author's Twitter: @MarilynCohendeV
When Johannesburg socialite Brenda Silverman dies in mysterious circumstance in her palatial, well secured home, questions are inevitable. Did she commit suicide? Was it an accidental drug overdose? Or did her death have something to do with her husband? Alan Silverman is a handsome, charming businessman with impeccable credentials: a former political activist who fled South Africa in the 1980s and returned to help build the new democracy; a loving husband and devoted father; a pillar of Johannesburg’s orthodox Jewish community; and an intimate of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress elite. He is also a man hiding a terrible secret. Tracy Jacobs, a young journalist, is assigned to cover the story but as her investigations start to uncover cracks in the beautiful Silverman family facade, she finds herself in conflict with her own community. Will Brenda’s inquest finally reveal the truth? Spanning nearly forty years and three continents, A Beautiful Family confirms a horrible reality: that “things like that” can and do happen to people just like us.

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Ripple: A Tale of Hope and Redemption

Ripple: A Tale of Hope and Redemption
Title: Ripple: A Tale of Hope and Redemption
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Published: November 16, 2013
When high-powered attorney Helen Thompson discovers that her husband has abused their fifteen-year-old daughter and plans to use her in a sex ring, she takes a golf club to his head. And she doesn't stop there. With the last of the perpetrators still at large, Helen escapes with Phoebe to a safe house, where a team of lawyers and therapists help them begin the painful journey to healing. But even surrounded by safe walls and good people, Helen's desperate efforts to save her daughter may not be enough. A dark, gripping, but uplifting read, Ripple handles sensitive material with compassion and conviction, ultimately weaving a tapestry of healing that celebrates the human spirit.

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