Drawing Down the Moon by Shawn Keller Cooper
Betrayal, lost babies, and terrifying nightmares follow Jade Montgomery to James Island, North Carolina. Damaged and devastated by her third miscarriage and deteriorating marriage, she drives to the strip of sand north of Wilmington to end her life. This was her happy place, the place of childhood vacations and college summers. Desperate for redemption, she walks into the Atlantic seeking solace from her failed pregnancies, unrelenting guilt, and dying spirit. She expected peace as she floated in her watery grave, but in that nanosecond between life and the ever-after she heard a whisper of hope begging her to fight.
In Drawing Down the Moon, Jade survives her suicide attempt and is befriended by Agnes, a mysterious older woman who uses her own devastation and mystical wisdom to help her discover motherhood does not define womanhood. While still reeling from her breakdown, a forgotten reunion brings estranged sorority sisters back to the island of their college summers before suspicions and secrets separated them for decades.
Shawn Keller Cooper graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in Administration of Criminal Justice and Political Science. She has a professional background in journalism. She lives at Lake Norman with her husband, two children, and writing muses, two cats and a dog.