The woods were insane in the dark, terrifying and magical at the same time. But best of all were the stars, which trumpeted their light into the misty dark.
Castella Cresswell and her five siblings—Hannan, Caspar, Mortimer, Delvive, and Jerusalem—know what it’s like to be different. For years, their world has been confined to their ramshackle family home deep in the woods of upstate New York. They abide by the strict rule of God, whose messages come directly from their father.
Slowly, Castley and her siblings start to test the boundaries of the laws that bind them. But, at school, they’re still the freaks they’ve always been to the outside world. Marked by their plain clothing. Unexplained bruising. Utter isolation from their classmates. That is, until Castley is forced to partner with the totally irritating, totally normal George Gray, who offers her a glimpse of a life filled with freedom and choice.
Castley’s world rapidly expands beyond the woods she knows so well and the beliefs she once thought were the only truths. There is a future waiting for her if she can escape her father’s grasp, but Castley refuses to leave her siblings behind. Just as she begins to form a plan, her father makes a chilling announcement: the Cresswells will soon return to their home in heaven. With time running out on all of their lives, Castley must expose the depth of her father’s lies. The forest has buried the truth in darkness for far too long. Castley might be their last hope for salvation.
Pick 5-10 songs that represent the book, a scene and/or character(s)
“From the Moment You’re Gone” – Alan Wass
This is a song my late husband wrote, and a video I put together after he died. My book is dedicated to him.
2. Taylor Swift – “Out of the Woods”
I listened to A LOT of Taylor Swift while writing this book. The Cresswells were actually originally called the Swifts. I’m not even kidding.
3. Ashley Monroe – “Like a Rose”
I love the message of this song: that you can grow up in difficult circumstances and still come out ‘like a rose.’
4. Hozier – “Take Me to Church”
This song is an absolute work of genius. To use that economy of words to say something that powerful beautifully and still have it be a hit song. Hot damn.
5. Rachel Platen – “Stand By You.”
Ugh, this song makes me cry. “Even if we can’t find heaven, I’ll walk through hell with you.” I literally just got chills.
Eliza Wass is a freelance writer, editor and journalist. She comes from Southern California, where she was one of nine perfect children with two perfect parents. She has thousands of friends, all of whom either arrive inside dust jackets or post obsessively on Twitter.
Eliza spent 7 years in London with the most amazing man in the world, her late husband, Alan Wass of Alan Wass and The Tourniquet, who inspired her to pursue her dreams and live every day of her life.
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