Seeing Through Stones by Rajdeep Paulus (Birch House Press, 2015)
After a lifetime of abuse, the Vanderbilt siblings flee their home, finally free to pursue new dreams while running from yesterday’s nightmares. Once bed-ridden Jesse navigates the Chicago streets, concealing his identity and planning revenge. A chance encounter in the rain introduces a girl who offers Jesse a glimpse of a sunnier future, but how will he weather the growing storm inside himself? Separated from her Post-it note prince, Talia hides at a safe house for survivors of domestic violence while her father turns the city upside-down to find her. Surrounded by women fighting their own demons, Talia faces her past at every turn.
“Brilliantly crafted, Rajdeep Paulus stitched what seems dark and broken into a tapestry of hope and love.” ~Jennifer Murgia, Author of Angel Star & Between These Lines