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Justin’s Season

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  12 reviews
The year is 1988, and Justin Davis, a former nationally recruited football prep star, awakens from twelve years of masking his shame with drugs and alcohol to find he has been returned to his former self through what can only be described as a miracle.

Triggered by the confirmation of his closely guarded sexual orientation, his fall from grace of over a decade before sets t
Published February 29th 2016 by NineStar Press
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Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story, especially young ones face many problems in their life and in order to not face them will turn to drugs or alcohol. This story explores one such young man. The fact that he awakens one day and suddenly has a realization that he must turn his life around is just short of a miracle, if not a miracle!
His acceptance of his responsibility to get back on track and face his problem is so inspiring. Many people these days don't accept that responsibility. Yes, to be inspired and have
I'm not really sure where to start with this review, so I'm gonna just ramble on.

First things first, this is not a romance, if you're looking for some hot loving and a happy ever after, this is not the book for you. This is a story of redemption, one man's fight to right the wrong's of his past. Everything went to hell in a handbasket for Justin just when he was starting to question his sexuality and he's been hiding behind drugs and the bottle for the last 12 years. He wakes one morning, has a
Joyfully Jay
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars

I was in awe reading this book as it wasn’t your typical historical novel since it is set in a time that isn’t that far numerically from our own, except it was like stepping back in the past to a time (quite recently) where homosexuality was deeply hidden in closets, especially in small southern towns. It was a time of HIV/AIDS where the disease was blatantly seen as a “gay” man’s disease and garnered little sympathy from the American public. It was a time where bei
Gary Andricks
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A book for all to read, since it provides well developed characters, suspense, understanding of acceptance, and a message of hope.
Elisa Rolle
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Justin's Season by S.M. Sawyer
The redemption story has been told several times in the stories I've read, but this is a work that really does a good job with it (of those which I've read, one of the few). The plot works along; the flashback device works out well; there are hints here and there, and while some of it might be obvious, there are some pieces that you only put together after you continue to read the story. Really well done in that regard. The aut
Janis F
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an absolutely beautiful story. I feel like I was let in on this personal miracle with the climax of the book ending for me today, Easter Morning. Finishing up this book this morning and reading Justin's speech was so fitting for today. I believe God truly moves us right where we need to go.

Justin’s Season is journey of discovery, redemption and love with Justin touching the lives of everyone he encounters. As many of you already know, I will never include spoilers in my reviews
Mari Cardenas ~ Bayou Book Junkie
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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4 Stars!

First off, this book is definitely not a romance nor does it end on a HEA, it’s more an inspirational story with some religious undertones, it’s heavy on the sports’ theme, too, so proceed at your own risk.

Justin is living in his brother’s basement, relying heavily on alcohol and drugs after losing his prospective NFL career as a quarterback, when he has an epiphany and suddenly turns his life around, moving out and finding a job that leads to a career on a major league’s baseball team.

May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Justin's season

It started out a little slow but I liked the story and the message. It was an interesting way to get the story across and inspiring.
Jul 29, 2017 rated it liked it
I should note first off that while I rated this 3 stars, readers who enjoy Christian themes in their works may likely rate it higher (I checked to see if this was being marketed as Christian fiction, but it appears that it was not, and if it was up to me, it definitely would be, as there was too much to ignore, particularly for someone who goes out of her way not to read Christian fiction). A note to interested readers that the Christian theme is not subtle and is significant in terms of the plo ...more
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was thrilled to read Steve Sawyer's debut book, "Justin's Season". Mr. Sawyer brings us into the life of a young man, Justin Davis, and allows us to be a part of his trials, tribulations, successes, and joys. He touches on numerous issues throughout the book and gets his points across without "preaching"; Mr. Sawyer's style is much more subtle which is a wonderful change in this day and age. There are so many wonderful, endearing characters in this book as well, and you really want the best fo ...more
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was an unexpected story of redemption, love and spirituality. Justin was a character most of us could relate to - flawed and unsure at first and then turning the corner to a different road with acceptance and faith. The story was fast-paced, interesting and full of hope. Read this book!
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ARC kindly provided by NineStar Press in exchange for an honest review - thank you!
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