Sharon Sala’s Family Sins chronicles the story of Leigh Youngblood, who disobeyed her money-centric depraved family’s wishes to marry below her ultra rich status. Her father vowed to make her husband pay for her disobedience, but Leigh and Stanton Youngblood managed to build a loving life and family with five boys while under that dark threat for thirty years, until Stanton is killed by a member of Lee’s family.
Sala’s story showcases two families who live literally and figuratively in different worlds. The characters are static in that the Youngblood’s represent all that is pure, honest and loving while the Wayne’s represent all that is corrupt, selfish and greedy. Throughout the story, Sala expertly tackles the emotional turmoil that families go through when dealing with the death of a loved one, both unexpected and expected. All of this happens with a backdrop of a whodunit style mystery to determine who within the Wayne family murdered Leigh’s husband. The suspense and mystery elements are easy to follow and result in a predictable outcome.
Along the way, Sala also rewards the readers with a sweet second chance love story between the Youngblood’s oldest son and his high school sweetheart as well as a tight knit community that bands together, spurred on by the death of Stanton, to finally fight against a rich ruling family that had oppressed the town for so long. Family Sins is an easy read, sure to delight readers who enjoy an unambiguous story with devoted love and clear justice exacted in the end.