Beneath the Smiling Moon, by Devon Jeffers Valdes
Twenty-nine-year-old Izzie Burke has struggled with mental illness her entire life, but it’s the recent problematic drinking that has alienated her from family. Depressed and alone the day after Thanksgiving, Izzie spirals into a descent of binge drinking, where she blacks out on the bathroom floor. After Izzie’s best friend, Annie, encourages her to seek help, life for Izzie begins to improve. She even meets one of Annie’s coworkers, and their relationship intensifies quickly.
But things take a drastic turn when Annie is involved in a tragic accident. When the truth is finally revealed, Izzie is left not knowing how to cope or what to do. Can she handle the truth, or will it destroy her for good? She must decide if she is going to fight for her life or allow the darkness to overtake her.
Beneath the Smiling Moon is a novel of rebirth that explores themes of love, loss, friendship, and family. Ultimately, it is a story about the human experience and how internal struggles shape who we are destined to become.
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