Antonia "Toni" Wells is a focused career woman with an "I-can-handle-it" attitude. When she moves to Nashville to get away from her philandering husband, Toni seems to have life under control—except for her 5-year-old son, Ben. At first, Toni figures her marital problems are to blame for Ben's poor behavior, especially his phobia about being touched. Then her sister and brother-in-law are arrested for trafficking child pornography. Ben was left with them once while Toni tried to decide the fate of her marriage. What happened to her son in her sister's household? Toni must choose between her son and her career—and acknowledge her dependence on God—as she begins an agonizing journey. Nancy Rue writes in a clear, crisp style, haunting in its intensity. ANTONIA'S CHOICE (4.5) glued itself to my fingers and kept me awake long after I read the last word. (May, 300 pp., $11.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson