The Butternut Tree by Maureen Ann Richard Kostalnick has become the #1 Amazon Kindle Best Seller in Dysfunctional Relationships and the #2 Kindle Best Seller in Women’s Religious Fiction.
The Butternut Tree is a powerful and poignant narrative about a young girl and her family and the dark secret that would transform their life.
The book is a fictional account, based on Maureen’s true life experiences, about growing up in Avon, Ohio in the 1940’s and 50’s, a simpler time where life focused around strict Catholic doctrine, St. Mary’s Church, and the objective truths and sense of right and wrong contained within those hallowed institutions. Tolerance was a luxury, one in which this town never indulged, favoring the rod over compassion.
In 1928, when a young woman was the victim of sexual assault, she was tarnished, regardless of her subsequent marriage and a house full of children. Years after the assault, Maureen was born into this family — a family that shared a dilapidated farm house scarcely big enough to contain two people, let alone her grandparents, mother, sister, and two brothers.
The townspeople’s denial became condemnation as Maureen’s father divorced her mother; the Town shunned her family and her mother took to her bed, unable to face herself or the world.
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Maureen also regularly blogs about her books, growing up in the 1940s and 1950s and family dysfunction and the generational affect of rape at http://maureenkostalnick.com/.