The Consequences of Love
A beautifully written, poignant, fearless account of grief, memory, trauma and the love between two sisters.
At the age of seven Gavanndra Hodge realised that if her home caught fire it would be up to her to rescue her family. Neither her mother lost in a world of grief, nor her drug-addled father were capable of even realising the house was burning down, let alone saving Gavanndra and her little sister Candy.
When Candy dies suddenly and tragically on holiday aged nine, their family already damaged and fragile, implodes, and a teenage Gavanndra is left to rebuild her life, piece by piece.
And she does. The life she cultivates for herself is such a long way away from the chaos of her past. She becomes a mother - carefully crafting the idyllic childhood that she never had, for her children. But there is one thing missing in the happy ending she creates for herself.
Gavanndra has no memories of her sister at all, only of Candy's awful final moments. So, she embarks on a journey to write her way back to her sister.
The Consequences of Love is a story of loss and recovery, trauma and memory. Ultimately it is a joyous and compelling account of the strength of the love between two sisters and how nothing is ever truly lost if we are brave enough to return to where we began.