Thursday, May 14

Review: Lifers by Jane Harvey-Berrick

Title: Lifers
By: Jane Harvey-Berrick
My Copy: Ebook for Honest Review
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After eight years in prison, twenty-four year old Jordan Kane is the man everyone loves to hate.

Forced to return to his hometown while on parole, Jordan soon learns that this small town hasn't changed since he was carted off to juvie all those years ago. He is the local pariah, shunned by everyone, including his own parents. But their hatred of him doesn't even come close to the loathing he feels every time he looks in the mirror.

Working odd jobs for the preacher lady, Jordan bides his time before he can leave this backwards town. But can distance erase the memories that haunt him? Trapped in the prison of his own mind Jordan wonders if the pain of living will ever subside?

Torrey Delaney is new in town and certainly doesn't behave in a way the locals believe a preacher’s daughter should. Her reputation for casual hook-ups and meaningless sex is the talk of the town. Add that to her budding friendship with the hardened ex-con handyman, and the good Reverend is less than thrilled with her estranged daughter’s path.

As friendship forms, is it possible for two damaged people who are afraid to love take their relationship to the next level? Can Torrey live with Jordan’s demons, and can Jordan break through Torrey's walls? With the disapproval of a small town weighing heavily on them, will they find their place in the world? Can they struggle against the odds, or will their world be viciously shattered?

Is love a life sentence?

Lifers is a story of consequence, and the journey that this young couple takes as a result. This story is much like a rock in a lake, and the millions of ripples that will spread from that one disturbance in the water. Jordan was just a dumb young kid. No one would have thought that one wrong decision would have lead to so much chaos. It takes a bit for readers to learn of Jordan's history, but from the start it is easy to empathize with his character. Torrey is wild and promiscuous, but it is also apparent that she harbors a genuine nature and wealth of compassion in her character. Ridden with her own scars, stemming from the absence of her Mother, she is on a journey into uncharted territory herself. Having made some bad decisions that resulted in her uprooting from Boston, and taking a time out to financially recover has her living with her Mother after many years apart. Her attempts to mend, or rather accept the past is proving a bit tedious. With her Mother's abandonment for her faith, and Torrey quite unsavory lifestyle they seem to endlessly find themselves at odds. Fate throws Torrey and Jordan on a crash course, and they both may learn a thing or two from one another. Torrey has a feisty personality, and her spit fire fly off the handle kind of tendencies may learn a thing or too about picking battles. While, Jordan will learn that while he is justified in missing and grieving the loss of his brother, as well as, his role in that particular situation; he also needs to make a decision on a future. He must find a way to forgive and more forward. This will proves quite an impossibility with everyone in this small nowhere town refusing to give him an ounce of peace. It is honestly quite depressing to see the rancor from this community. Jordan has paid the price in the eyes of the law, but in the eyes of this community it is as though they expect for him to pay with his life. Even after eight years it is as though everyone has frozen in time. As if it was not enough for the towns people to place blame, but I was appalled by the role of his family in this story. It is unfathomable to me that a Mother and Father could act in such a manner toward their own child. This story will reach down deep, and stir up a heap of emotions. Torrey is the one bright spot in this terrible situation, but she will have her work cut out for her. Follow this romance through the trenches of hell as they try to overcomes an impossible past, and deliberate on what path you would have chosen.

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