Out of Night
The Laurelhurst Chronicles, #4
by Kellie Butler
Publisher: Raleigh Hills Press
1968. Two mothers living polar opposite lives, yet united by a common thread. Forcibly separated from their children and the ones they love, these two women will forge new paths to reclaim themselves, finding it in the most unexpected of places.
Kate. The quintessential society girl, Kate has been a mainstay on Swinging London's party circuit for years. As her old vices of alcohol and drug consume her pain from yet another failed marriage, Kate finds herself left to her own devices as Lord Elliott Cutterworth, a master architect of chaos, kicks her out of her home and takes custody of their daughter, Violet. Kate is plunged into the seedy underbelly of London, and must figure out a way to reclaim her life and get her daughter back. Determined to start anew, she finds assistance in her reluctant brother-in-law (and the one that got away), all while trying to stay away from Elliott's evil clutches, lest she becomes yet another person to mysteriously disappear..
Lydie. When Lydie and her husband Henry discover that their youngest son, Cole is intellectually disabled, it leads them down a path of endless doctor visits..Faced with institutionalization of her baby boy, Lydie enters into a deep sea of depression, and her once loving marriage to Henry is in jeopardy. After a lengthy series of ECT treatments at another hospital leaves her memory in tatters, Lydie is sent to the famed Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas.
When Lydie's brother Edward and long lost childhood friend, Kit Alderley, come to visit her in Kansas, it opens a new set of problems. Will she make peace with her estranged brother, and will Kit's presence spell more trouble for Henry and Lydie's marriage, or will he reconcile them all?
Poignantly beautiful yet at times gritty, Out of Night mirrors the decade of the 1960s as innocence is lost, confusion abounds, yet hope is always on the horizon.