Author: Laura Howard
Released: 30th April 2013
Allison O'Malley's plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she's been in love with for as long as she can remember.
What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison's mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn't trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother's sanity.
'"I want to take care of my mother. It's all I want." I curled my fingers into fists and pulled my shoulders back, looking back up at the stars. I'd had this conversation countless times with Nicole over the years.
"I know you do," he said softly. I glanced back at him, surprised he wasn't telling me that what I wanted was ridiculous. "But...who will take care of you?"'
'He brought his hands up and cradled the back of my head, so gentle. His lips moved against mine - not taking, only asking.'
'As I blew out my candles, I wished the same thing I wished for every year - to be strong enough to take care of my mother.'
'"...That's what got me through the day, knowing you'd still be there when I got home. No matter what happens, Mom, I will be with you."'