Thursday, September 23, 2010

Rebound by Heather Justesen

It's been a busy past few months for me, and I'm so late on this review that it's embarrassing. In fact, I have three reviews that I'll be posting in the next few days. Nothing like a daughter's wedding, a month-long trip to Europe, a broken ankle that refuses to heal, and a pending deadline to put a woman behind.

But I'm anxious to tell you about the first of these books, which I read from my Kindle while on the plane to Portugal this past July. The book is Rebound by Heather Justesen. First of all, I want to say that I really, really love Heather. I don't know her well, but I do know firsthand that she's the sort of person who will jump in and help wherever she can. I admire her greatly. She's that kind of writer, too. She writes with heart.

Rebound tells the story of Lily, whose husband, John, has turned out to be the worst kind of man. He's lied to her from the first and now their marriage has crumbled before her eyes. Worse, his parents are determined to take away her children--not, mind you, that they have ever cared to spend time with them before. John and his parents are BAD people. In fact, none of them have a single redeeming feature. You will not need to worry about their motives or suspect any other agenda. They are shallow people who are beyond help or redemption. People readers love to hate.

What specifically worked in this book was Lily, who is a likeable character and who works hard to make a good life for her children. Curtis, a man who is at first just a friend, is also a likeable character and their progress toward romance is believeable and, well, sweet. As Lily grows stronger, she becomes a woman able to take care of herself, ready to love again.

One thing I really enjoyed in the novel was Curtis's interest in his biological family, especially how he finally reached out to his mother in prison. I would have loved to see more of his relationship with her and with the other siblings because what was in the novel was fascinating to me.

This book helped get me through layovers, folks. Believe me, I was glad to be given a review version of this LDS romance. Thanks, Heather! Visit Heather at http://www.heatherjustesen.com/.

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