Reversible Skirt

by Laura McHale Holland

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A deadly tragedy. Misplaced trust. Will three orphans find hope in the dark?

On the verge of losing his children after his wife ends her life, a desperate father remarries in haste to reunite his family. It’s the 1950s. He is Catholic. Suicide is a sin, shameful. He tells his three little girls his new wife is their mother. Two-year-old Laura finds the woman strange and surprisingly bitter, but she trusts her father. She thinks Mommy must have changed, like dough baking turns into bread. The hidden truth festers.

Years later, Laura’s father is dying. His wife promises to love his girls as her own. Instead, she grows increasingly sadistic and vile.

No one can stop her from doing harm. Nevertheless, Laura and her sisters are not defeated. Their father’s wish that they stay together comes true, although not in the way he’d imagined.

Reversible Skirt, a memoir, is narrated by a child reminiscent of Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden and Scout Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. Yet the book’s tender emotional core is a revelation. If you like honest voices that crackle with life, exquisite language, and true stories of strength in the face of adversity, you’ll love Laura McHale Holland’s heart-wrenching testament to the power of forgiveness and love.

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