Review of with love from the inside by Angela Pisel

Hey word nerds! I don’t normally like to do a post in the afternoon because it just feels weird but I literally just finished this book and I needed to get my thoughts out.

Lately I have been on a kick for books that make me feel things. I was ready to branch out from my romance kick (don’t get me wrong- I still love a good romance!) and get all sorts of intense feelings. I have thankfully found a few books that fill that role so well that I am sad I haven’t read them before.

With Love from the Inside was a deeply moving tale of a mother on death row for the murder of her 8-month-old son, William. It reminds us that not everything is cut and dry, and that science is not always the best, especially when we were first formulating tests for various things.

Sophie was just a girl when her mother was convicted of this horrible crime and when her father died what her dad died when she was barely 18 she was left alone to figure out life.  Hoping to build a life separate from the shame and anger of a mother that would harm her own child, Sophie goes into her marriage with lies. What would you do to keep the past a secret and try to build a life without scandal and hurt?

Angela Pisel did an amazing job all-around on this book. The writing was phenomenal and the story was built in a soft and slow way that didn’t beat you over the head with action and intense moments. Which for some may sound like a bad point, but with a story like this you need it to be soft because it really brings home the ending.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. If you want a book that is beautiful and real you will want to pick this one up. Let me know what you think of this book! I love to talk about all things books!

Blurb:

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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