“Based on an actual event in Portland, Oregon, Seattle novelist Jennie Shortridge weaves the story of a man and his pre-teen daughter living as survivalists in the Oregon woods. When they are found out, their lives are irrevocably changed. A city policewoman is the one who understands their motivation, and their paths not only intersect but intertwine. A wonderful book club read!”
— Cheryl McKeon, Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, WA
A new novel about faith, family, and finding the courage to do the right thing from the author of Love and Biology at the Center of the Universe. Police officer Jessica Villareal has always played by the book and tried to do the right thing. But now, she finds herself approaching midlife divorced, estranged from her daughter, alone, and unhappy. And she's wondering if she ever made a right choice in her life. But then Jess discovers a girl and her father living off the radar in the Oregon woods, avoiding the comforts--and curses--of modern life. Her colleagues on the force are determined to uproot and separate them, but Jess knows the damage of losing those you love. She recognizes her chance to make a difference by doing something she's never dared. Because even though she's used to playing by the rules, there are times when they need to be broken...
About the Author
Jennie Shortridge lives in Seattle, WA with her husband, and juggles her time between writing novels and working in the community to foster literacy.