Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain
This was the first book by this author that I’ve read, but I really enjoyed it. I will definitely be reading more of her books.
Ivy Hart loses her parents when she’s a teenager and is left to take care of her older sister, her nephew, and her grandmother. Ivy has epilepsy and is really struggling to take care of her aging grandmother and her mentally ill sister while also working on the tobacco farm where they live. Jane Forrester is a social worker who quickly becomes involved with the Hart family and discovers the secrets that are happening within the family — secrets that are much darker than she could have imagined. Jane’s husband and her boss are not happy with how emotionally involved she gets with this family, and soon she must make some very difficult decisions. She must decide whether to take action to help them or give up on her own beliefs of right and wrong.
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