Before the Storm
By Diane Chamberlain
(Mira Books, Paperback, 9780778315490, 437pp.)
Publication Date: February 19, 2013
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Fifteen-year-old Andy Lockwood is special. Others notice the way he blurts out anything that comes into his mind, how he cannot foresee consequences, that he's more child than teenager. But his mother sees a boy with a heart as open and wide as the ocean.
Laurel Lockwood lost her son once through neglect. She's spent the rest of her life determined to make up for her mistakes, and she's succeeded in becoming a committed, protective parentmaybe even overprotective. Still, she loosens her grip just enough to let Andy attend a local church sociala decision that terrifies her when the church is consumed by fire. But Andy survivesand remarkably, saves other children from the flames. Laurel watches as Andy basks in the role of unlikely hero and the world finally sees her Andy, the sweet boy she knows as well as her own heart.
But when the suspicion of arson is cast upon Andy, Laurel must ask herself how well she really knows her sonand how far she'll go to keep her promise to protect him forever.