With Love from the Inside by Angela Pisel is a story about a mother, Grace, accused of killing her infant son, William, and what the accusation did to her husband and daughter. Grace insisted she is innocent but is convicted of Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome. After serving 17 years, she is now awaiting execution. She hasn’t seen her daughter Sophie for 11 years and wants to see her one last time before she is executed.
While Grace has been sitting on death row, her husband always believed she was innocent and worked hard trying to get her conviction overturned. After her father died, Sophie started to doubt her mom and thinks she really is guilty. Sophie decides she needs to move on and doesn’t want anything to do with Grace so she stops visiting. She wants to just live a normal life. But she can’t quite do that knowing Grace is about to be executed.
The story is told from two perspectives – Grace and Sophie. Grace is a very strong woman who has accepted her fate and has made her life behind bars the best that it can be. This book is sad in so many different ways. I was really surprised the emotion the story brought out of me.
When I was first married, there was a woman in my apartment complex who was charged with Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome so this story really interested me. I’m so glad I had the chance to read this story. It was well worth my time. I want to thank Penguin Random House for the advanced copy I received through their First to Read program.
Grace Bradshaw knows the exact minute she will die. On death row for murdering her infant son, her last breath will be taken on February 15 at 12:01 a.m. Eleven years, five months, and twenty-seven days separate her from the last time she heard her precious daughter’s voice and the final moment she’d heard anyone call her Mom. Out of appeals, she can focus on only one thing—reconnecting with her daughter and making sure she knows the truth.
Secrets lurk behind Sophie Logan’s big house and even bigger bank account. Every day when she kisses her husband good-bye, she worries her fabricated life is about to come crumbling down. No one knows the unforgivable things her mother did to tear her family apart—not her husband, who is a prominent plastic surgeon, or her “synthetic” friends who live in her upscale neighborhood.
Grace’s looming execution date forces Sophie to revisit the traumatic events that haunted her childhood. When she returns to her hometown, she discovers new evidence about her baby brother William’s death seventeen years ago—proof that might set her mother free but shatter her marriage forever.
Sophie must quickly decide if her mother is the monster the prosecutor made her out to be or the loving mother she remembers—the one who painted her toenails glittery pink and plastered Post-it notes with inspiring quotes (“100 percent failure rate if you don’t try”) all over Sophie’s bathroom mirror—before their time runs out.
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