This was not what I expected. It’s a story of first love gone awry. Bettina receives very little trust or respect from her father, so when she receives that in her first relationship, and worse, she doesn’t at first recognize that the comments, behaviors, and treatment is wrong. Once she does realize it she stays in the situation for far too long, and for all the wrong reasons.
Then a gentler soul becomes her friend and helps to show her the ways in which the people who love her should treat her.
This story sounds hopeful, and on some level it is. But first you have to endure a lot of pain, suffering, and tragedy. It runs far deeper than I expected and stirred up a lot of emotions.
Book 30 read in 2019