Being the subject of the hushed whispers from the acid tongues of her peers was something Belle Morgan had become accustomed to. That didn’t mean each barb didn’t scar her deeply. It did.Xander Duke wasn’t planning on talking to the girl he found sitting by herself in the library that lunchtime. But something about her drew him right in and he couldn’t stop himself from wanting to find out all about her.
As Belle learns to trust Xander, he refrains from exposing a secret that will tear her scarred heart wide open. When the truth comes out, will he be able to piece Belle back together again?
Kasey Millstead lives a quiet life in country New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and their four young children. She enjoys baking, singing (ridiculously out of tune) & spending time with friends and family. Kasey has always harboured a deep love for reading and writing, and she is now lucky enough to be living her dream of being an Author.
If you've never lived a life like Belle, you may not believe it. But anyone who was even picked on a little bit, can relate to the feeling of being tortured helplessly. This book is tragic, beautifully written, and sadly the abuse is very real.
Belle is constantly badgered with ludicrous comments about being a slut, a who're, giving sexual favors to any and everyone. Her peers make repeated comments about her appearance and generally make it known she would be better off anywhere else.
With one exception, Xander. His name, his presence, or even throughout him breath life into Belle. But when the truth comes out, who is really stronger?
The social issues this book addresses are numerous. It is emotional and heartbreaking. In the end, I'm not sure it will be enough, but I can only hope.