“The Steps They Took” is the story of a man haunted by suspicion, plagued with resentment, and feeling victimized by life, whose vindictiveness toward his philandering wife backfires, leaving him estranged from his children, seared by loneliness, and facing dire legal consequences.
He meets Suze, a woman five years his senior and an upper-class socialite married to one of the richest men in Texas. Her untreated alcoholism and a series of affairs, culminate in a relationship with Father Serge, an ambitious Catholic priest whose reaction to her pregnancy leaves Suze heartbroken and bewildered.
While battling to vindicate himself and reunite with his children, Renn is forced to accept his role in his wife’s infidelity and confront personal issues that are as painful as they are revelatory.
Suze, embittered by a conspiracy involving her mother, Father Serge, and the bishop of the local diocese, turns to counseling and Alcoholics Anonymous to uncover the underlying causes of her self-destructive behaviors and, in the process, comes to a spiritual and personal crossroads.
“The Steps They Took” examines the redemptive power of surrender, forgiveness, and hope in recreating shattered lives.
From the reviewers:
Scott Williams’ book is brilliant and unique. It is the story of a father fighting for custody of his children from a despicable, unfaithful wife. What’s so wonderful about his book is how Mr. Williams weaves the philosophy and practices of the Alcoholics Anonymous Program into the pages without beating you over the head with it or trying to convert you. The dialogue is authentic, the main character’s emotional upheaval feels real. After reading “The Steps They Took” I wanted to fly to Corpus Christi and have this brilliant, descriptive writer give me a personal tour of a magical city. It is indeed a real page turner! – Amazon.com reviewer
This was an excellent book about two individuals who experience turmoil, adversity, change and growth in their lives. The author’s style of writing is very captivating and I found myself having difficulty putting the book down once I started reading. The ending was great and unexpected. I loved Mr. Williams descriptive style of writing and the history of the area in and around Corpus Christi, Texas. I would highly recommend this book and can’t wait to read more by this debut author. -Amazon reviewer
“The Steps They Took” brings together two despondent strangers who lean on each other for moral support. In the process of disentangling the messes their lives have become, each of them grows spiritually and emotionally into caring, mature individuals who can accept responsibility for their actions and forgive the people who wronged them. The characters are vivid and real. This novel is an enlightening read for anyone who thinks there is little hope left. – Cynthia Breeding, author
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