Leaving Yesterday

series: Tomorrow's Promise Collection

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Alisa Stewart feels like she's lost two sons: her youngest to a terrible tragedy and her eldest, Kurt, to a life ruined by addiction. But now Kurt has checked himself into rehab and found a healing faith that seems real. It's like he's been raised from the dead. Then a detective arrives at Alisa's door asking questions about a murder--the death of a drug dealer before Kurt entered rehab. Alisa fears losing her son again, and when she finds evidence linking him to the killing, she destroys it. Her boy is different now. He's changed and deserves a second chance. But when another man is charged with the crime, Alisa finds herself facing an impossible choice: be silent and keep her son or give up everything for the truth.

The Author

  1. Kathryn Cushman
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    Kathryn Cushman

    Kathryn Cushman is a graduate of Samford University with a degree in pharmacy. She is the acclaimed author of over a half-dozen novels, including  Leaving Yesterday and A Promise to Remember, which were both finalists for the Carol Award in...

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"Kathryn Chushman's third novel addresses on of the 'What if?' nightmares that every mother ahs and asks the question 'How far would I go to protect my child?'

"Alisa's son Kurt freefalls into a life of drug addiction and petty crime after his elder brother is killed in a brawl, and when a drug dealer is murdered the finger of the law inevitably points at Kurt. But in the meantime Kurt has turned his life around; worked through rehab and resumed contact with is family. So when damning evidence surfaces in the family home, Alisa has a tough choice to consider.

"When some key issues are bravely addressed by the author--the nature of grace; the agony of keeping up 'a brave Christian face'--the inevitable US cultural differences which permeate the story were oddly distracting and the rather under-developed characters limited my empathy for their plight.

"High: The easy readability--think Desperate Housewives diluted!

"Low: Cliched characters written into a shallow community."
--Wendy Bray, Christianity

"Alisa is terrified. Kurt, her youngest son, may be a suspect in a crime committed shortly before he checked himself into rehab for a drug addiction. In a phone conversation during his stay in rehab, he confided in her that he had found a healing faith--a hope that Alisa had given up on. She sees that Kurt is different now. He has changed and deserves a second chance. The detective on the murder case wants to question Kurt, but Alisa will not tell him where Kurt is working. Then Alisa finds something that makes her worry even more about the possibility of Kurt's involvement. Alisa finds herself facing an impossible choice: keep silent and keep her son...or risk everything in a quest for the truth. After much prayer and the help of family and friends, Alisa makes a decision. Rating: 3"
--SCV, Libraries Alive

"Alisa Stewart is a woman on the edge, barely holding herself together for the sake of 10-year-old Caroline after one son is murdered, his younger brother Kurt turns to drugs and is kicked out of the house, and her husband moves out. When a detective turns up looking for Kurt as a person of interest in the beating death of his supplier. Alisa's carefully constructed facade of lies and concealed truths begins to crumble. And her faith, never as strong as she led others to believe in the church where she works and during the motivational speeches she delivers in public, wavers until she is faced with an ethical quandary of life-and-death proportions. Cushman's fortysomething protagonist matter-of-factly narrates her struggles with her conscience and her maternal instinct to protect her offspring in this introspective, deeply personal, and often emotionally painful contemporary Christian novel, which is sure to appeal to many readers."
--Lynne Welch, Booklist, October 15, 2009

"Cushman's novel is a profoundly moving portrait of a mother's quest to protect her son at all costs. You won't soon forget this page-turner.

"SUMMARY: Alisa Stewart prays for her prodigal son, Kurt, to get off drugs and return home, while preparing herself for the day the police inform her he has overdosed. But when the police do arrive, she learns he's wanted for questioning about a murder. Then Kurt calls with the new that he's changed his life by entering rehab. When Alisa finds evidence that could cast suspicion on him, she sets out to protect her son. With a detective hot on the trail, will she go too far to protect her son?"
4 1/2 stars
--Chandra McNeil, Romantic Times Book Reviews, October 2009