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Backseat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson
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Jul 16, 10

Read in July, 2010

Ro Grandee (Rose Mae Lolley from Alabama) meets a woman at the airport who reads tarot cards & tells her that it is her or Thom. Thom is the very abusive husband that she loves, but can't get away from & fears for her life. As a teenager Ro escaped the abusive hands of her drunk father, but couldn't seem to get away from abuse no matter where she went. She contemplates killing her husband, but her beloved dog, Fat Gretel, gets hurt instead. Mrs. Fancy, her neighbor, encourages Ro to leave her husband and even offers to assist her. Ro believes if she can locate her one true love she had growing up, Jim, (who offered to rid her of her dad when they were teenagers) that he will help her get rid of Thom and she will be free at last. This story reveals much about Ro's past, her efforts to be free of Thom and her search for her long lost mother who left her with her dad when she was a young girl after being abused herself at the hands of Ro's dad. Through this unforgettable tale, Ro learns much about herself, the relationship with her mom and reveals that it is possible to get out of an abusive relationship. There is a surprise twist at the end that readers won't see coming. Having had a close family member endure similar circumstances like Ro, this story tugged very hard at my heartstrings. Could be a difficult read for someone who has been abused or known someone who has sufferred abuse from the hands of another.
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