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Jasmine Paperback – September 15, 2013
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About the Author
April McGowan loves to read and write inspirational fiction. She made her début into publication with Jasmine. She and her husband, two children, and her mews, Spookers, live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. April is a member of Oregon Christian Writers and American Christian Fiction Writers. When shes not writing, homeschooling her two children, or playing board games, you might find her at her drum kit, imagining shes on a world tour. Hey, it could happen.
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If you purchase this book, be prepared to clear some time in your calendar, because you will not want to put it down. Also, have a box of kleenex handy...you will need it.
Jazz, named Jasmine at birth, was contacted by an attorney’s office after her mother passed away requesting that she return for the reading of the will. It stated that her father had died about ten years prior. The attorney signing the letter was none other than her childhood best friend, the one she abandoned without so much as an explanation or a goodbye.
Jazz headed for the place of the early years of her life with promises to stay in close contact with Brandi, the woman she worked for. Brandi was also her friend, counselor and mentor, and knew better than anyone what that trip could cost.
With great wisdom and skill, April leads us on a journey with Jazz where she had to face not only her worst memories, but those people and situations that she had forgotten or blocked from her conscious mind. April shows with incredible sensitivity the emotions that Jazz had put on hold for many long years, including betrayal, aching emptiness, shame, even rage – and how Jazz is willing to cut herself off again from family and old friends to avoid looking into the deepest parts of her shredded spirit. Yet for her own healing, is it the best thing to do – as it is no longer the easiest, nor the safest.
I highly recommend this book! My heart ached, grieved, even feared through this novel – April McGowan has a true gift from the Lord for writing, for understanding the human heart, and for demonstrating what the Lord can do in the most painful situations of life. Typically I would anticipate any great non-fiction work to be one that does not leave the reader unchanged. Jasmine, a work of fiction reflective of that which is played out in cities across America today, also does not leave the reader unchanged.
Jazz, as the protagonist now calls herself, must return to her hometown because of a death in the family. She has not been there in 22 years and the thought of returning where the trauma occurred early in her life fills Jasmine with terror. How can she face her past horror--a nightmare that no one knows about because she was so good at living a lie just to endure? She has survived--but can she heal? It could take more than a new name to accomplish what she thought she could do on her own.
Jasmine is also unaware of the pain that her sudden disappearance years prior has caused. Can she ever reconcile with those she hurt? Can they ever understand why she had to leave?
This novel completely wraps you up in well-crafted, believable characters and the gripping stories of women caught in circumstances that lead them to homelessness and prostitution. Jasmine has been a victim, but she has now dedicated her life to helping other women escape the horrifying life on the streets. But she soon learns, it takes more than a strong will to sustain the soul.
A captivating read with passages that melt your heart with the pain of Jasmine's past and the struggle to find normalcy when her life has suffered from the deviant behavior of others. This is a story unafraid to ask the difficult questions about why bad things happen. It does not provide all the answers--but directs readers to the One Who will never leave or forsake us, even in the darkest hours.
Jasmine has lived on the street. Her past is filled with hurt, but someone encouraged her, gave her a hand, and helped her through college. Now she's a counselor to young women lost in the desperate situations she knows so well. She reaches out to pull them through their crisis and has helped change many lives. But, when she must confront the horrors of her own past, she has trouble following her own advice.
This book is one I will long remember, and I'll remember Jasmine and the women she helped. I'll wonder what they are doing and how they are...The story is that real. April McGowan is a wonderful writer with a heart for women trying to escape abusive situations. Her love and dedication shine through as she weaves the ugliness of abuse and desperation of the victims into a beautiful story of rescue and redemption. This is a good read I highly recommend.