Kristina Riggle, from downstate Grand Rapids, has written a novel that dwells on the difficulties of becoming a stepmom with her latest book, "Things We Didn't Say." (William Morrow Publisher, 332 pages)
The story centers on Casey, a 26-year-old alcoholic, who is living with a divorced father of three, whose ex-wife, is a mentally unstable woman and substance abuser.
Because of the ex-wife's track record with alcohol abuse, Casey can hardly share her delicate secret with her boyfriend, Michael. She is determined to leave him, when the situation turns critical as Michael's son, Dylan, runs away from home.
Casey must deal with a family in conflict, a boyfriend who is oblivious to her pain and his manipulative ex-wife and snarky teenage daughter, while fighting the temptation to turn to "Jack Daniels" for comfort.
The story is told from the perspective of each person, Michael and Mallory, the ex-wife, his new girlfriend, Casey, and the three children.
Women's literature has another promising writer in Kristina Riggle. Her latest work, "Things We Didn't Say," is an imaginative drama about the consequences of hidden secrets and how they alter human relationship in a family that is struggling to blend and bond together.