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In a powerful new young adult thriller Addicted to Love, author Kathleen Murray paints a compelling portrait of the confusion and pain generated by an imbedded family system of dysfunction thriving during an American period of upheaval, the 1970s. Filled with rich characters and memorable references to a bygone era, the story is presented from the perspective of Sally Smithfield who lives in the perceived safety of Chicago’s North Shore.

 Sally Smithfield’s journey through the devastating residual after-effects of childhood trauma is realistically portrayed. The reader meets her first as a young child and then follows her through teen to young adult years as Sally’s world slowly unravels and her ability to navigate life’s challenges becomes ever more difficult. The dialogue and situations are compelling, realistic depictions of the 1970s which are both suspenseful and heart wrenching. This engaging story of courage and determination follows Sally’s travels from the familiar Chicago North Shore suburb of Northfield, IL across the U.S. to St. Louis, MO and later to Scottsdale, AZ. This is an intensely moving account concerning family secrets, love and loss. Thoughtfully written and emotionally complex, this novel appeals to readers who seek a gripping story of forgiveness and redemption.

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Reviews are In!

Netgalley average review is 4.25 stars!

"This novel captures the long-lasting impact that childhood abuse has on the soul." KC via Netgalley

"This is a good read with several twists and turns that you do not expect. I recommend!" SV via Netgalley

"Murray’s book transports the reader to the conservative ideologies of the 1950s to the 1970s as Sally navigates through private schools, the perilous world of dating, and finally, dealing with her dysfunctional past in the 1990s. The caustic dynamic Sally has with her family was gripping. Often Sally’s emotions and wishes are belittled by her parents and her older siblings alike. Sally proved with each friendship and relationship that she was addicted to love and the feeling of belonging."  Kai Yaniz Readerviews.com

"The novel perfectly replicates its time period . . ."  Forward Reviews

Softback ISBN  9781483560359

eBook ISBN      9781483561165

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