Cassie Peterson lives in an invisible prison of fear, chained by self-doubt and guarded by a relentless warden–her husband. Derrick’s verbal abuse as well as his alcoholism have left Cassie alienated from her family, without friends, and certain she can’t survive on her own. 

After an unexpected police visit, Cassie realizes the survival of her four-year-old daughter, Renee, depends on Cassie’s courage to leave. What she doesn’t plan on is Derrick’s vengeful custody fight. 

While walking through the treacherous world of divorce, Cassie is encouraged by her spunky new friend, Missy Langdon, to pursue her love of waterfalls. Cassie finds solace in the waterfalls on the agonizing weekends she’s forced to hand Renee over to Derrick. Meanwhile, unexpected help comes in the form of Brian Sutton, an attorney at the firm where Cassie works–but what price will she ultimately pay for his assistance?

As Derrick’s threatening behavior escalates, Cassie questions her choices. How long will her daughter suffer before the custody case is resolved? Why is she drawn to waterfalls during this chaotic time? And who will stand with her when everything comes crashing down?


“The bad things that happens to believers isn’t because God is punishing them. It breaks God’s heart more than we can imagine. But he makes all things work together for their good.” That’s my favorite quote from the book. The writer beautifully illustrated to her readers her God is not silent during our time of pain, caused by us or others. How he shows up and does miracles for us were so beautifully illustrated in this book.

I started reading this book and dropped it for few hours because of the intensity and depth. I love books like that and I needed to prepare myself emotionally for it. My heart goes out to women who go through abuse, both emotional and physical. I can’t begin to imagine the pain they go through.

Clued from her story, Melanie crafts a beautiful story of Cassie’s abuse marital and how she fights through it.

Cassie had a childhood with issue and her marriage wasn’t any better.
But her stand to do what’s right for herself and her daughter took her through a journey filled with a lot of  heart breaking events that required God’s help. I wish I had her kind of strength and wit.
Her relationship with God evolved through the cycles she had to go through and I love how her story unflods.
One of the most endearing parts of the book was the beautiful godly relationships God brought across her way from family and friends, they helped her through life’s hurdles. God never intended us to go through life alone and he plants his children along our path. This book highlights to a large extent the essence and beauty of Godly relationships in our lives.
I loved the way the essence of prayers was beautifully illustrated.
The Bible verse that says we should not be equally yoked with unbelievablers was handled so beautifully in this book.
The book was fast paced and captivating.
It handled issues that most people are careful not to handle and it was handled with clarity and honesty.

The details will keep you reading and make your heart out of against abuse of any kind.

The characters of the book were so great.
The setting of the book, especially about nature was absolutely relishing.

I recommend this book to people who loves truth and have a heart to stand up for injustice against women in abusive relationships and marriage. You’d have to read the book to appreciate it.

I received an ARC of the book and all opinions expressed here are mine.


Melanie Campbell is a member of Oregon Christian Writers and ACFW. She wrote her first story when she was eight-years-old and has been in love with the power of storytelling ever since. She is also passionate about social issues and holds a degree in Sociology from the University of Oregon, which she obtained during her stint as a single-mom. She’s now married and lives in Oregon’s beautiful Willamette Valley with her husband, their three children, and several spoiled pets.

When not writing, she does the bookkeeping and other office work for her husband’s painting business, obsesses over the well-being of their three daughters, and cooks healthy meals. In the spring, you may find her hitting the trails to one of Oregon’s magnificent waterfall.


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