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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Lifers by Jane Harvey-Berrick

LifersLifers by Jane Harvey-Berrick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I just have to give this top marks, if I could give it 10/10 I would.

I've never lived in a small village where everyone knows each other and each other's business.
But, with this story, also comes the fact, even if you live in a big city, the same would hold true.

Someone paid they're penance in prison for a crime, they are released and instead of helping that one back to a life in the community, they are shunned, its remembered, no one wants you around, everyone hates you, you have nowhere to go.
You take it on the chin because there is no other way, there is nothing you can do or say that will make the people forgive. Even his parents do not want anything to do with him. He's like a bad smell you want to get rid of.

Why did he return to his home town? because he is on Parole.

He manages to get some work on and off with The Preacher lady. Torrey is the daughter of the Preacher lady, not your typical bible bashers daughter! she's free on sex, a free spirit, and has a mind and will of her own.

After meeting her, she brings a breathe of fresh air to him.

This story is emotive, poignant and reflective. Its a MUST read.

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?

Due to scenes of a sexual nature, not recommended for under 18

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