The Book of Essie
"On the day I turn seventeen, there is a meeting to decide whether I should have the baby." Essie is not included in the meeting where her three options are discussed: a PR-nightmare abortion, an "adoption," or a ratings inducing wedding. She is the youngest child of the ultra-conservative Hicks family; originally famous for the father's televised church services, now a long-running family-oriented show called Six for Hicks.
While the matriarch of the family is usually the one calling the shots, Essie has been learning to play the game. As Essie gets closer to her goal, she finds she has even more questions: Who can she trust? Why hasn't she heard from her older sister? What is she willing to lose to gain her freedom? As the reader climbs further into the story, she will have her own questions: Why is Essie pregnant? What is it about this infamous journalist named Liberty Bell?
Covering a topic that may not sit well with some, this novel by Meghan MacLean Weir is hard to put down. This contemporary fiction selection is part drama, part suspense, and part unconventional romance, with quite a bit of subtly witty barbs thrown between characters. Often the reader can predict the direction of the story, but occasionally there are surprises.
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