The Reformation of Marli Meade
Genre: YA Thriller
Release Date: December 1st 2016
Summary from Goodreads:
Born and raised on an isolated Appalachian mountain, sixteen-year-old Marli Meade yearns to break free from her father’s puritanical church, but fears its cult-like clutches are so deep she may never escape.
When she meets local boy Nate Porter, though, she realizes the life she craves—to be a normal teenager—is worth fighting for, even with the grave and deadly risk that fight would entail.
As her two worlds collide, exposing buried church secrets more sinister than she imagined, and unknown facts about her mother’s death, Marli must decide if she has the courage to fight for her future or if time has run out on her chance to live.
No. No. No.
Acid burned my throat and I knew I was going to go up in flames.
A husband! I hadn’t even had a boyfriend yet.
Waves of nausea rolled through my stomach.
Was it one of these two guys they wanted me to marry? Josiah wouldn’t even look at me, and Nate seemed unfazed and bored. He plopped down on the nearby pew, crossing one leg over the other. He clasped his hands over his knee and fixed his gaze where it had been since he’d walked in.
There was something to that stare. It made me want to cover myself or lay myself bare. I wasn’t sure which.