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Justified: A Novel (Mended Hearts Series) Paperback – June 1, 2015
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And, oh, John Scott. He just about has to be one of the most genuine, all around good guys that I've ever had the pleasure to meet in a fictional setting. There is something refreshing about a male lead that is just a good guy. Not flashy, just steady, unpretentious and, in John Scott's case, perhaps a bit unsettled when it comes to talking with a pretty girl.
Denman writes in such a manner that connects me to the characters and their lives. I felt such a range of emotions while reading this (and the other two Mended Hearts) books, and it's really impressive to me that she is able to produce such an emotional variety on my part. I don't react strongly to every book I read, so when I do, I know I've found one for the keeper shelf and another author to add to my "will always read" list.
Soooo close to a 5-star. I wanted to rate it that, but a few lines and wrong reactions from people, and omitted detail in conversations bothered me.....but not enough to not thoroughly enjoy this book.
I didn't read "Jaded" first, but the author wrote this book #2 so that I didn't feel in the dark. She did well in putting proper details in this book to help with relational details, etc.
The cover threw me. I thought maybe it was a western based in late 1800’s, so when it was talking about cars and cell phones it threw me. Anyway, it's set in current times, in a small town, where everybody seems to know everybody.
Fawn grew up rich and became pregnant by her very rich boyfriend. The story starts where she has become a Christian. She breaks up with Tyler because he's a drunk and is physically and emotionally abusive. Her parents have kicked her out, and virtually disowned her because she's embarrassed the family with her pregnancy. She is on her own, still pursued by the ex-boyfriend, living in a shack of a house owned by a man who gave her permission to live rent free as long as she helps fix it up.
A neighbor (former teacher and football coach) comes over now and then to fix things, and a friendship springs up, making Tyler jealous.
The story is about Fawn's new Christian friends, loving her, supporting her and living life with her, and her growing friendship with JohnScott, who is her best friend's cousin. It's about her strained relationship with her parents, and her need to stay away from Tyler.
My problem with Fawn is her unrealistic reactions to things. She seems two dimensional, without the depth of a normal woman. She has little reaction to things she should, and over reacts to things she could easily let go. But the worst was when something horrible at the end happens because <<spoiler alert>> of a vial thing someone did, potentially killing her child, and she doesn't press charges! What? What sane person lets it go? What sane person says "It's okay" when the perpetrator says he's sorry after nearly killing her baby? Unrealistic! It's never okay to do what he did! And to give him the freedom to do this again? Ugh!
However, despite these flaws the story is good and very well written, keeping my attention, and keeping me awake last night, lol!
Love the relationship between Fawn and JohnScott.
John Scott Pickett has known Fawn Blaylock practically all his life. But his life dramatically changed the day that Pastor Dodd Cunningham signified his spiritual conversion with baptism by water. Now he must acknowledge that his newborn faith demands that he befriend the friendless, including Fawn. Somewhere between repairing her front porch steps and rescuing her from rattlesnakes, the town football coach and the ostracized socialite find common ground, and both of them like it. . .a lot. Unfortunately, the past has a strong grip on Fawn and an innocent baby's birth unearths decades of family secrets, until Fawn and John Scott are either left with nothing or everything . . . . .who will decide?
"Justified" was riddled with twists and turns of pace and personality, but ended really, really well.
With reading both books within 2 days I had a like trouble with point of view in this book. Yet it was very interesting to see similar events but from another character's perspective. I was hoping for JohnScott to find love so that made this book for me.
I struggled with the result of Tyler and that outcome. There were pretty serious actions and Fawn just seems to dismiss them. This did not work for me since her character had developed so much especially as a mom and this involved the baby.
I was also disappointed in no wedding for Ruthie and Dodd. Then reading the excerpt for book 3 I see that still doesn't happen.
I did love finding out Clyde's child and the ultimate follow up there with the next generation. Just enough foreshadow that I was hoping that would be the outcome.
If I can't get the next book on a sale price I probably won't buy book 3 as this book didn't keep me "on the edge of my seat" like book 1.
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