Forgiveness Road

Forgiveness Road

Mandy Mikulencak / May 24, 2019

Forgiveness Road In this powerful and ultimately uplifting new novel set in s Mississippi the acclaimed author of The Last Suppers tells of three generations of women whose lives are thrown into upheaval w

  • Title: Forgiveness Road
  • Author: Mandy Mikulencak
  • ISBN: 1496710061
  • Page: 338
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this powerful and ultimately uplifting new novel set in 1970s Mississippi, the acclaimed author of The Last Suppers tells of three generations of women whose lives are thrown into upheaval when a dark secret is brutally exposed.On a hot, humid July morning, sixteen year old Cissy Pickering calmly and deliberately shoots her father in the back.To their Mississippi c In this powerful and ultimately uplifting new novel set in 1970s Mississippi, the acclaimed author of The Last Suppers tells of three generations of women whose lives are thrown into upheaval when a dark secret is brutally exposed.On a hot, humid July morning, sixteen year old Cissy Pickering calmly and deliberately shoots her father in the back.To their Mississippi community, the death of well regarded attorney Richard Pickering is a fascinating scandal To Cissy s distraught mother, Caroline, it s an unforgivable crime But in Cissy s troubled mind, killing her father was the only way she knew to save the two people she loves most in the world For years, Cissy has endured a devil s bargain with her father, hoping that he would leave her younger sisters alone if she kept his abuse to herself When that thin trust shattered, she saw no other choice.Janelle Clayton, the family s matriarch, has kept her distance from her daughter, Caroline a fact she now regrets yet she hopes to do right by her granddaughter Cissy has always been an unusual girl, given to compulsive counting and list making, but Janelle believes her implicitly When Cissy is remanded to the Greater Mississippi State Hospital, a caring psychiatrist tries to help, yet new revelations drive Cissy to retreat even further from reality It will fall to Janelle, despite her own failing health, to become Cissy s advocate and rescuer And over the course of an unlikely road trip, Janelle and Cissy will confront the truths they ve hidden from the world and themselves, finding courage, deep rooted resilience, and a bond tender and tough enough to transform them both Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 304 pages Expected publication February 26th 2019 by John Scognamiglio Book More Details ISBN 1496710061 ISBN13 9781496710062 Other Editions 1 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Forgiveness Road, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Historical Fiction 2019 280 books 274 voters Historical Fiction The American South 177 books 15 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 40 Rating details Sort Default Filter Nov 25, 2018 Eldonna Edwards rated it it was amazing Shelves 1970s fiction, coming of age for adults, historical fiction, southern fiction Forgiveness Road touches on all the right elements of a bittersweet family saga where love is not a given and healing sometimes comes at the expense of family bonds Set in the 1970s south, this haunting novel features a bold Cissy Pickering who murders her father to protect her young sisters Cissy has developed a form of OCD to assuage the pain inflicted by her father s abuse and bring some control over her otherwise uncontrollable situation When Cissy s mother is unable to bear the truth of Forgiveness Road touches on all the right elements of a bittersweet family saga where love is not a given and healing sometimes comes at the expense of family bonds Set in the 1970s south, this haunting novel features a bold Cissy Pickering who murders her father to protect her young sisters Cissy has developed a form of OCD to assuage the pain inflicted by her father s abuse and bring some control over her otherwise uncontrollable situation When Cissy s mother is unable to bear the truth of her husband s transgression, it s her standoffish grandmother Janelle who becomes a beacon of trust, seeking to guide an unusual and misunderstood teen During an unauthorized road trip with her ailing grandmother, sacrifices are made and secrets are uncovered Ultimately, Forgiveness Road illuminates the intricate tapestry that weaves us together , even when circumstances threaten to unravel the threads that bind us Beautifully told, Mandy Mikulencak once again expertly braids humanity and compassion with adversity and betrayal to create a profound story without easy answers flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 14, 2019 Betty rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2019 arcs, books worth reading Sixteen year old Cissy Pickering would do anything to protect her little sisters even if that meant shooting their father in the back It was a scandal that rocked the town, estranging Cissy from her mother, Caroline, and her beloved sisters Only Cissy s grandmother Janelle stands by her, and she needs her than ever after further discoveries are made while Cissy is at the state psychiatric hospital Determined to save her granddaughter at any cost, Janelle takes Cissy on a road trip that w Sixteen year old Cissy Pickering would do anything to protect her little sisters even if that meant shooting their father in the back It was a scandal that rocked the town, estranging Cissy from her mother, Caroline, and her beloved sisters Only Cissy s grandmother Janelle stands by her, and she needs her than ever after further discoveries are made while Cissy is at the state psychiatric hospital Determined to save her granddaughter at any cost, Janelle takes Cissy on a road trip that will leave them bonded closely than ever before.Beautifully written, with unforgettable characters you won t soon forget, Forgiveness Road is a haunting tale about the measures someone is willing to take for the sake of the those they love.I love to read novels that explore family relationships, particularly when they somewhat troubled or distant Generational tales, especially, catch my eye because it s always interesting to see how missteps of the past affect the future A common thread between the relationships Janelle, Caroline, and Cissy had with one another was a lack of the closeness they all privately wished they had with one another For me, that adds another element of heartbreak to the story, because they weren t able to support one another when things went wrong As I read, I kept hoping they would take the risk of being honest about their feelings to one another, because it physically hurt to read how badly they wanted to connect, but felt too afraid to try most of the time It made the times when they did connect have an even greater impact, though.I appreciated the attention Mikulencak gave to Cissy s way of coping by counting things and making lists because it showed her taking control of something, when there was little she could do to control her father s abuse.There is a great deal I would like to discuss about this book, but spoilers are inevitable Suffice to say that I found this book to be incredibly moving, and I really loved it I have a feeling these characters will live on in my mind for quite some time.This is a great read for fans of historical fiction, and I definitely recommend it I received an advance reading copy of this book courtesy of John Scognamiglio Books via Netgalley flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 15, 2019 Joyce rated it really liked it review of another edition 4 starsWhat an interesting book The story is fascinating and the book just draws the reader in Cissy is a much misunderstood sixteen year old girl She talks to God She counts things Her very strict mother thinks there is something wrong with Cissy she thinks her odd One day Cissy commits an irrevocable deed to protect her younger sisters For this her mother hates her with all her being But her maternal grandmother Janelle loves Cissy and tries very hard to protect her What follows is C 4 starsWhat an interesting book The story is fascinating and the book just draws the reader in Cissy is a much misunderstood sixteen year old girl She talks to God She counts things Her very strict mother thinks there is something wrong with Cissy she thinks her odd One day Cissy commits an irrevocable deed to protect her younger sisters For this her mother hates her with all her being But her maternal grandmother Janelle loves Cissy and tries very hard to protect her What follows is Cissy and Janelle s journey to healing For Janelle, it is an opportunity to open herself to the love of her granddaughter, something she couldn t always give Caroline, Cissy s mother For Cissy, it is a chance to heal and learn about herself and the world around her This book is well written and plotted It reads rather quickly and smoothly I liked Cissy and her quirks, although it is easy to see why some people would think her strange I really liked Janelle and her strength of character Caroline, not so much She thought of her husband than of Cissy and flatly didn t believe Cissy s story I know that this is not an uncommon occurrence in such situations, but the assumption that the child is lying still really frosts my preserves This is at once both a tragic and heartwarming story I strongly recommend it for anyone who likes books about the relationships between generations and women both strong and those tentative I want to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for forwarding to me a copy of this very good book for me to read, enjoy and review flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 20, 2019 Sue rated it it was amazing Shelves historical fiction, southern fiction This novel is about three generations of women in the same family who have their lives spiral out of control one hot day in July This event changes all of their futures and what they believe about their pasts.On a hot, humid July morning, sixteen year old Cissy Pickering calmly and deliberately shoots her father in the back In her mind it was completely justified she was trying to save her younger sisters from the sexual abuse that her father had inflicted on her for her entire life Her mot This novel is about three generations of women in the same family who have their lives spiral out of control one hot day in July This event changes all of their futures and what they believe about their pasts.On a hot, humid July morning, sixteen year old Cissy Pickering calmly and deliberately shoots her father in the back In her mind it was completely justified she was trying to save her younger sisters from the sexual abuse that her father had inflicted on her for her entire life Her mother, Caroline, knew nothing about the abuse and isn t sure that she believes it and blames Cissy for ruining her life and her standing in the community Her maternal grandmother, Janelle, who had always been very proper and very standoffish to her daughter s family is the only person who is on Cissy s side She convinces the courts that Cissy should go to a mental hospital instead of jail Cissy is already extremely OCD and when revelations come to light, she retreats even further from reality Janelle decides to take things in to her own hands and despite her failing health, she fights for Cissy And over the course of an unlikely road trip, Janelle and Cissy will confront the truths they ve hidden from the world and themselves, finding courage, deep rooted resilience, and a bond tender and tough enough to transform them both The wonderfully written novel shows love and resilience in three women in different generations of the same family They all grow because of what happened but to me the best relationship that came about was between Cissy and her grandmother, Janelle You may shed a few tears as you read this fantastic novel but they are worth it for the chance to read about these wonderful characters.Thanks to the author for a copy of this book to read and review All opinions are my own flag 2 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 26, 2018 Laurie rated it it was amazing Only our minds keep those dark moments alive and breathing, and only our minds can put them to rest A heartbreaking, yet amazing journey of a young girl, named Cissy She has secrets that nobody should bare and yet a strong constitution and a delightful soul that will save her from hatred and allow her to someday love and once trust.This novel is set in the 1970 s in Mississippi Cissy finds herself in a psychiatric facility for murder Her biggest and only advocate is her grandmother who Only our minds keep those dark moments alive and breathing, and only our minds can put them to rest A heartbreaking, yet amazing journey of a young girl, named Cissy She has secrets that nobody should bare and yet a strong constitution and a delightful soul that will save her from hatred and allow her to someday love and once trust.This novel is set in the 1970 s in Mississippi Cissy finds herself in a psychiatric facility for murder Her biggest and only advocate is her grandmother who not only believes in her granddaughter, but will do whatever she must to rescue her from this punishment This includes kidnapping The excursion is liberating for both granddaughter and grandmother and truly an in depth look at heartache, pain, abuse and love to the maximum.This is an excellent story and the writing is phenomenal Well done flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 31, 2019 Kevin Gates rated it it was amazing I was excited to obtain an advanced copy of this new book, coming out in March Once again, this author delivers a multi layered, multi generational story, a page turner that traverses a myriad of complex, seemingly unbearable situations,made bearable to the reader with her deft and astute writing style Get ready because this one hits the ground running I was hooked by page 10 The story explores how three generations of Southern Women come to terms with very heavy, very real issues The chara I was excited to obtain an advanced copy of this new book, coming out in March Once again, this author delivers a multi layered, multi generational story, a page turner that traverses a myriad of complex, seemingly unbearable situations,made bearable to the reader with her deft and astute writing style Get ready because this one hits the ground running I was hooked by page 10 The story explores how three generations of Southern Women come to terms with very heavy, very real issues The characters are well developed, quirky and ultimately likable I read this book in 2 days no judgement there was a snowstorm and was sad when I finished Can we say sequel please , I am not ready to let Cissy go It is a close call but I believe this book is my favorite from this author This one is a must read flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 18, 2019 Sydney Cooley rated it it was amazing I loved this book I was surprised at how much sweetness and healing was there within the sadness and trauma I loved how 3 generations were able to start to heal their wounds among each other The part where Grandmother, daughter, and granddaughter were laying in bed hugging each other and saying goodnight to Cissy brought tears to my eyes Cissy is a strong, smart, and optimistic character All the characters were believable and the behavior and coping mechanisms seemed to accurately reflect w I loved this book I was surprised at how much sweetness and healing was there within the sadness and trauma I loved how 3 generations were able to start to heal their wounds among each other The part where Grandmother, daughter, and granddaughter were laying in bed hugging each other and saying goodnight to Cissy brought tears to my eyes Cissy is a strong, smart, and optimistic character All the characters were believable and the behavior and coping mechanisms seemed to accurately reflect what victims and families of abuse experience It was a beautiful and sweet story flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 27, 2019 Stephanie Clarke rated it it was amazing Is courage the ability to speak on the unspeakable or to act upon it Cissy is willing to guarantee the safety of her sisters, with no thought of the consequences she will face The struggle of three generations of women at a time when the housekeeper was of a mother to the children How do you come together when you ve always been an arm length away Love can heal some wounds and bring us back together flag 1 likeLike see review LB rated it really liked it Jan 29, 2019 Jan 15, 2019 Christine Moore rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley This book is the definition of family drama 16 year old Cissy murders her father and sets a chain of events in motion Cissy had been abused by her father for years Out of concern for her 2 younger sisters , she sees no way around killing her father Her mother Caroline doesn t know about the abuse and she blames Cissy Janelle , Caroline s mother, is the only person Cissy has in her corner After she is committed to a state hospital, a psychiatrist tries to help Cissy but so many secrets make This book is the definition of family drama 16 year old Cissy murders her father and sets a chain of events in motion Cissy had been abused by her father for years Out of concern for her 2 younger sisters , she sees no way around killing her father Her mother Caroline doesn t know about the abuse and she blames Cissy Janelle , Caroline s mother, is the only person Cissy has in her corner After she is committed to a state hospital, a psychiatrist tries to help Cissy but so many secrets make her issues worse Janelle and Cissy take off on a road trip and it is amazing for both of them This is a story of family secrets and drama and of family relationships both good and bad I really enjoyed this book and I loved the relationship between Cissy and Janelle I received an advanced readers copy from NetGalley and Kensington Books All opinions are my own flag Like see review Micalah marked it as to read Jun 18, 2018 Penny marked it as to read Jun 23, 2018 Dawn Clemment marked it as to read Jun 29, 2018 Carla Suto marked it as to read Jul 07, 2018 Lana marked it as to read Jul 07, 2018 Sue marked it as to read Jul 14, 2018 Catherine marked it as to read Jul 15, 2018 Carole marked it as to read Jul 23, 2018 Judy marked it as to read Jul 23, 2018 Kari marked it as to read Jul 24, 2018 Debbie Marinelli marked it as to read Jul 24, 2018 Sunshine marked it as to read Jul 24, 2018 Leah added it Jul 27, 2018 Becky marked it as to read Jul 28, 2018 Nancy Price marked it as to read Jul 28, 2018 Kenzie Erickson marked it as to read Jul 31, 2018 Heidi Fink 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        Mandy Mikulencak has been a writer her entire working life First, as a journalist, then as an editor and PR specialist for two national nonprofits and a United Nations agency Today she lives in the mountains of Southwest Colorado with her husband Her historical novel, THE LAST SUPPERS, was released by Kensington Publishing in late 2017 Her next book, FORGIVENESS ROAD, comes out in March 2019.


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    1. Forgiveness Road touches on all the right elements of a bittersweet family saga where love is not a given and healing sometimes comes at the expense of family bonds Set in the 1970s south, this haunting novel features a bold Cissy Pickering who murders her father to protect her young sisters Cissy has developed a form of OCD to assuage the pain inflicted by her father s abuse and bring some control over her otherwise uncontrollable situation When Cissy s mother is unable to bear the truth of For [...]


    2. Sixteen year old Cissy Pickering would do anything to protect her little sisters even if that meant shooting their father in the back It was a scandal that rocked the town, estranging Cissy from her mother, Caroline, and her beloved sisters Only Cissy s grandmother Janelle stands by her, and she needs her than ever after further discoveries are made while Cissy is at the state psychiatric hospital Determined to save her granddaughter at any cost, Janelle takes Cissy on a road trip that w Sixtee [...]


    3. 4 starsWhat an interesting book The story is fascinating and the book just draws the reader in Cissy is a much misunderstood sixteen year old girl She talks to God She counts things Her very strict mother thinks there is something wrong with Cissy she thinks her odd One day Cissy commits an irrevocable deed to protect her younger sisters For this her mother hates her with all her being But her maternal grandmother Janelle loves Cissy and tries very hard to protect her What follows is C 4 starsWh [...]


    4. This novel is about three generations of women in the same family who have their lives spiral out of control one hot day in July This event changes all of their futures and what they believe about their pasts.On a hot, humid July morning, sixteen year old Cissy Pickering calmly and deliberately shoots her father in the back In her mind it was completely justified she was trying to save her younger sisters from the sexual abuse that her father had inflicted on her for her entire life Her mot This [...]


    5. Only our minds keep those dark moments alive and breathing, and only our minds can put them to rest A heartbreaking, yet amazing journey of a young girl, named Cissy She has secrets that nobody should bare and yet a strong constitution and a delightful soul that will save her from hatred and allow her to someday love and once trust.This novel is set in the 1970 s in Mississippi Cissy finds herself in a psychiatric facility for murder Her biggest and only advocate is her grandmother who Only our [...]


    6. I was excited to obtain an advanced copy of this new book, coming out in March Once again, this author delivers a multi layered, multi generational story, a page turner that traverses a myriad of complex, seemingly unbearable situations,made bearable to the reader with her deft and astute writing style Get ready because this one hits the ground running I was hooked by page 10 The story explores how three generations of Southern Women come to terms with very heavy, very real issues The chara I wa [...]


    7. I loved this book I was surprised at how much sweetness and healing was there within the sadness and trauma I loved how 3 generations were able to start to heal their wounds among each other The part where Grandmother, daughter, and granddaughter were laying in bed hugging each other and saying goodnight to Cissy brought tears to my eyes Cissy is a strong, smart, and optimistic character All the characters were believable and the behavior and coping mechanisms seemed to accurately reflect w I lo [...]


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