Judge's Girls by Sharina Harris
A moving story about a blended family, grief, and 3 women learning to love
Judge's Girls is a beautifully written emotional exploration of how how three women handle life after death.
In this book we see how a wife, a biological daughter and a stepdaughter adjust to life after the family patriarch dies suddenly.
Set in the deep South - in beautiful Georgia- this book also discusses blended families, addiction and the importance of family.
I have lived part of this story not once, but twice. I was blessed enough to have 4 loving parents in my life. My parents divorced when I was a baby and they both remarried wonderful people. I have always considered my step parents simply "parents," I never distinguished biological or not.
Unfortunately 13 years ago, when I was pregnant with my first child, my stepdad was killed in action in Afghanistan by a suicide bomber.
Just a couple of years ago, on Mother's Day, my biological dad died after fighting a long battle with colon cancer.
So, I've experienced the loss of a major patriarch twice. I've witnessed how my mother and step mother grieved and it wasn't always pretty. I've seen my then teenage sister struggle with emotions and I'm still witnessing my adult siblings deal with the loss of our Dad. I had to deal with the emotional stress of grief and
learning to be a new parent and wanting to take care of my remaining parent.
Loss of a family member is not always followed by an immediate bonding of the survivors. I loved that Judge's Girls explored how each character struggled differently. I love that it took time for the characters to be able to support each other. I loved how real this book was. Everyone handles grief differently especially when the relationship with the deceased person meant something different to each survivor.
Sometimes we need someone to be there for us, but they just can't be because they need to handle their own grief in their own way.
For a long time I wanted to become a licensed therapist and focus on bereavement counseling. After finishing school and an internship, I choose to go on a different career path --one that involves the book industry.
Judge's Girls is a book that needs to be on your TBR!
"We didn't run away from difficulty, we conquered it." (page 5)