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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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The love story of Torrey Delaney, a no nonsense, throw caution to the wind kind of girl, and Jordan Kane, the town outcast, is simply beautiful. Two people, both hurt in their own ways, somehow find each other and realize their imperfect souls fit together seamlessly.
Torrey, preacher's daughter, finds herself in a small Texas town, living with her mother after she is basically shamed out of former life in Boston. Torrey hasn't always made the right choices and definitely isn't what you would call the perfect daughter, at least in her mother's eyes. Torrey enjoys frequent hookups and is unfortunately in her mind, that's all she is capable of or deserves.
Jordan Kane, home from prison after 8 long years, starts working at the preacher's house doing odds and ends. He was part of a tragic accident that killed his very popular and town hero, his own brother. Now that he was back in town, much to his parents' dismay, he had to finish up his last 6 months of parole before he could be deemed a "free man". But for Jordan, that freedom would come at a steep price. He was hated by everyone in town. When the Reverend Williams offers some compassion and has him work for her, it is then that Jordan meets the woman who might just be able to save him, once and for all.
Jordan starts an uneasy friendship with Torrey and they share a cup of coffee most mornings after showing up to work at her house. Torrey, not knowing Jordan's past can only look at him and felt sympathy for him. She helps him with just the smallest gestures and it means the world to Jordan. Even their coffee ritual can be the highlight of his day.
Their journey is a difficult one and Jordan struggles with this newfound relationship and wonders if she too will go away once Torrey finds out about his past and why he was incarcerated.
As time goes on, both Jordan and Torrey realize that they might just be what the other needs and be the balm that soothes both their broken spirits.
This book is full of difficult and emotional scenes, ones that the author has written perfectly. The time in prison for Jordan was extremely hard to read. But what was amazing was how Torrey saw him as just a man, who was dealt a bad hand, and deserved so much more than he and the members of the community felt he did. She didn't flinch as he retold the harsh reality that was his past. Nor did Jordan care about things Torrey may have done in the years prior to their meeting.
What you have is a love between two flawed people that is both unconditional and somehow flawless. They forgive each other. They are dedicated to one another and most importantly they remain loyal to each other no matter what. When it could be so much easier just to walk away.
Lifers is story of love, loss, redemption and hope. This is an extremely well written and simply beautiful book. I fell in love with the characters, especially one in particular. Hulk. The man who saw past all the pain, guilt and supposed trouble that Jordan Kane brought to this small Texas town. He caught me completely off guard by loving Jordan in his own way and giving a chance to be himself when most wouldn't. The older, gruff man even made me cry. Yeah Jane Harvey-Berrick's writing is that good.
My love of this book is overwhelming. Devour it. Cherish it. Love it. You will not soon forget it and will have such satisfied feeling in your heart when you are finished.
A huge 10 stars from me :)
After being incarcerated for 8 years, Jordan is now living the rest of his parole in his small hometown in Texas. In a tragic accident, Jordan was convicted of murdering his older brother. Every day he endures the guilt of being the one who survived the accident, while his brother was killed. I don’t know what’s worse, his guilt or how he is treated by the rest of the residents in his hometown. Actually, I do know what’s worse and that is the way he is treated by his own family. They completely disowned him, getting rid of his clothes, belongings, etc. but still kept his brother’s room intact. The strength that he had to wake up every morning and face the day was just surreal. The small things we take for granted were the big things he looked forward to. He carried his guilt and thought that he deserved all the crap that he was given. In some ways, you could still see that he was that boy from high school, that he missed so much of his childhood while he was locked up and never really grew up.
Torrey had just escaped an ugly situation back in Boston and had come to live with her mom, who is now the town’s Reverend. She makes no excuses for the way that she is, she is smart-mouthed, loves sex, hysterical and is just all around fantastic. She is also not looking for anything serious when it comes to relationships. But what makes her even more amazing is her loyalty, especially to Jordan. The minute he walks into the diner that she was working in, she was a goner. Of course she had no idea who he was and when she offered to serve him she was fired. From that moment on, they forged a friendship that ultimately became something way more serious.
I love Jane’s writing, I have been a fan of hers for a while and this book was no exception. It really made me think of how we treat people and what we take for granted. Also, Jane made me question my beliefs on the term murderer, the word he was so often called. In my heart, I don’t believe that he really murdered his brother, it truly was an accident. As I sit here and think about it, not many books actually make me rethink my beliefs. If that isn’t a sign of a great book, then I’m not sure what is.
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