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Reprieve by [Hollister, Celeste]
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From the Author

Celeste Hollister grew up in Vidor, Texas, a town that remained segregated into the late 1990s. This racial tension shaped her world view and has had a profound influence on her writing. Reprieve is her first novel. She currently lives in San Marcos, Texas.

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"Your Daddy said I was the worst thing to ever happen to you. Said once I came along, he lost his little girl," Gale said.
Meredith cupped her mouth with her hand. "He said that?"
"Right there on that riverbank." Gale drew a lungful of smoke, released it. "Hell, Mer, take a look around. Tell me he ain't right."
In the summer of 1992, Meredith and Gale find the body of a dead black man in their segregated hometown of Levine. That night, Gale runs away from home, disappearing for thirteen years, until Meredith finds his picture in a magazine. She tracks Gale down and invokes a childhood promise that drags them both back to Levine, where they must face the monsters of their youth in order to uncover the truth about the event that ruined their lives.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2596 KB
  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Chambered Heart (December 8, 2015)
  • Publication Date: December 8, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B017TGQYL6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,107,029 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
By the end of the book, my annoyance with Meredith, the main character, had morphed into full-blown loathing. I hated her denial that any consequences of her life were the result of her whiny, passive acceptance of everyone else’s actions. Not once did she show any spine or backbone; nor take any initiative to stand up to anyone she felt had ‘wronged’ her in her protected little life even though there was a haphazard referral to her chasing a dog with a knife or something.
The book was full of events but none of them tied together in any meaningful way. Meredith leaves home. She falls into job/relationship with Los Angeles star. She sees picture of former hometown friend. Drops everything and goes to San Diego to find him. He randomly leaves his life and they go back to Levine. Live together but platonically (maybe, it’s never quite defined) in a seedy motel. Meredith has Mommy issues. Meredith has Daddy issues. Meredith was hooked on pain killers but that went away. Meredith has an eating disorder. Everyone who didn’t leave their hometown is a stereotypical local yokel. There was a vague plot around dead black guy that bound her and Gale, the San Diego dude together. But she was worried about being racist by identifying him as a black guy. She tracks down his family when law enforcement couldn’t and everyone else wanted her to drop it. They bond; then have conflict. There is a hurricane. Gale was the love of her life; then he wasn’t. She is publicly assaulted by a former boyfriend with whom she had passively endured what she sees as date rape during her high school years. She submits to his current advances because she ‘deserves it’ or something. She has to be coerced into filing a restraining order. She sees her LA man on Jay Leno. He sings a good-bye song directly to her on national TV.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I received a digital copy of this book for free from Story Cartel in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. I enjoyed the story and it captured my attention, but as is typical for me, the ending fell a little short and the whole shell thing seemed contrived. [Mild spoilers] The setting for most of the book is a small-town scenario with small-town bigoted mind-sets, which I could relate to and rang true. Meredith, the main character in the story, has broken free from that life and is now living a life of glamour, but is emotionally crippled because of the mystery in her past. She abruptly leaves behind her fantasy present life and dream guy she only seems to feel lukewarm about anyway (seemingly for good) to go back home in close quarters with her old best friend/love, who she is still enamored with, yet left her without a word all of those years ago to cope alone and is clearly hiding the details she so desperately needs to put the past into the past. The intriguing part of the story was trying to find out what actually happened all of those years ago and walking with Meredith while she struggles to tie up the loose ends of her small-town past...yet it didn't really make sense that Gale actually agreed to go back with her in the first place once you get to the truth of the ending. Although the story revolved around the shell necklace (something of a covenant-bond between Gale and Meredith), she didn't actually seem to mean that much to him or he would have just told her the truth instead of letting her stumble around forever trying to figure it out and then him just disappearing again instead of manning up and facing the truth of the decision he made long ago and letting the one responsible take the fall for it.Read more ›
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This book was a pleasure to read!! I enjoyed every moment of it!! The author drew me into the story and I was truly sorry when it ended. The characters were well-developed and all were so likable. The content showed that you can go home again...it might not be quite the same as it once was, but it is still HOME and it might make you a better person than you were prior to going back. I loved the statement "We get to choose the memories from our past that shape us."
As a reviewer I tend not to give away the plot of the story, I feel that is up to the reader as to whether they want to know what the book is about or not; there are many other reviewers who will fill you in on the content if you desire to know. When I decide to read a book I never look at the reviews, I never read the critic statement reviews on the first few pages that contain the comments made by other authors or newspapers, etc., I never read the flaps on the covers. I love opening a book and having no idea what I will be reading, it's an adventure!!
This book, as most that are offered via Kindle could have used a little better hand at proofreading.

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Reprieve by Celeste Hollister

In the summer of 1992, Meredith and Gale find the body of a dead black man in the river of their segregated hometown of Levine. Gale runs away for thirteen years then Meredith finds his picture in a magazine. She decides to find him and both of them go back home to Levine. Both Gale and Meredith have to face their haunting past, they also want to uncover the truth of what happened that one summer day.

A fast paced well written story. Both Meredith and Gale are likable. They both have secrets that haunt them, and they must come to terms with everything if they want to continue their lives in peace. But that seems mush easier said than done. Some thing were not easy to relive, but they must face the past to move forward. A great story filled with many emotions, some secrets, love and friendship.

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