By Michele Young-Stone
When lightning moves, lives are changed.
On a sunny day in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, eight-year-old Becca Burke was once struck via lightning. nobody believed her—not her philandering father or her inebriated, love-sick mother—not even if her watch saved wasting time and a spooky halo of sunshine seemed overhead in photos. Becca was once struck back whilst she was once 16. She survived, yet over the years she might research that outsmarting lightning used to be the least of her concerns.
In rural Arkansas, Buckley R. Pitank’s global appeared stricken by catastrophe. Ashamed yet protecting of his overweight mom, scared of his scathing grandmother, and continuously working from bullies (including his pseudo-evangelical stepfather), he wanted a miracle to set him loose. At 13 years previous, Buckley witnessed a lightning strike that may switch everything.
Now an artwork scholar in manhattan urban, Becca Burke is a talented yet tortured painter who strives to recapture the depth of her lightning-strike stories on canvas. at the evening of her first gallery commencing, a stranger appears to be like and is captivated by means of her paintings. who's this atypical younger guy with whom she stocks a mysterious connection?
When Buckley and Becca eventually meet, nor is ready for the cost of emotions—or for the perilous occasion that would deliver them even in the direction of each other, and to the households they’ve been working from for so long as they could consider.
Crackling with surroundings and whimsical characters, The guide for Lightning Strike Survivors explores the magic of nature and the ability of redemption in a singular as appealing and unpredictable as lightning itself.
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The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors by Michele Young-Stone