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But on a deeper level, TORN is about the effects of abuse, the lurching starts and stops, the choices of an abused woman who in many ways is broken as she searches for a new life and a proper home for her child, stumbling along the way.
Listen to the rhythm of Ms. Allan's prose as Jess speaks:
"'Tonight marks a fresh start. A new life. And I'm determined to get it right this time.' With the words-and all the underlying unspoken implications-she felt the up-swell of elation, the utter conviction that re-making her life would be easy."
Jess's quest is more than she bargained for, however, and she falls into the arms of one man, only to fall into the arms of another.
TORN chronicles Jess's coming of age, if you will, her growth as a person, and the novel's scenes--those with her friends and with her child, Rory, who during the course of the narrative, has milestones of his own--include her romantic relationships with men in quite detailed and beautifully written prose. In fact, the sex scenes are masterfully written. A tightly-written novel, all the scenes, including those in the bedroom, have a purpose: they move the story along and illuminate the characters, especially Jess.
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Not a celibate one, though, as it turns out. Jess's desire to get away from it all, including romantic relationships, is thwarted by the appearance on the scene of not one, but two lovers. One is the suitable local landowner, the other is a dreamer, far younger than her, with no ambition - a hippie who hangs about with disreputable new age travellers. No contest? Well, that's just the problem.
This is an impressive book. Gilli Allan is an accomplished and fluent writer. She uses language well and, so rare these days, correctly. Her characterisation is superb. I found myself getting furious with the shallow and selfish Jess who invariably puts her own desires first, but fell a little in love with both her lovers. The plot is quite different from anything I've ever read before. Most definitely NOT chick lit. But how would you characterise it? Often the best books fail to fall neatly into genres and this is one of them. Gilli pulls no punches and makes no attempt to prettify her characters.
An unpredictable story but an all round very good read.
TORN came with me on my Kindle to the beach in Peurto Vallarta. It was under the palapas with the surf at my feet that I met Jess, a woman who tends to drop all plans, promises, and pledges--should an immediate pleasure knock on her door. Her son is a priority in her mind, but in reality he makes her top three list only on a few occasions when it suits her. To be her friend, you ought to have money, or time to babysit, or an eligible son...and if any of that were to change...
TORN is an interesting exploration of a typical charming psychopathic woman who has deep feelings, admirable plans and a motherly sense of obligation but whose morality has a way of dropping by the wayside the moment something fun arrive on scene.
Jessica is not a typical 'romance' kind of woman, trembling from head to toe as a man touches her cheek.
Well, maybe she does, but she is a sexual being..c'mon, surely you realize we women have grown up and make our own decisions about our life, our bodies?
No? Well grow up; this isn't the 50's. Some of us fought for the rights women enjoy (or disavow) now. This book is about a human being who is finding her own way and only knows some of what she really wants.
So~she had been sexually active, got accidentally pregnant (surely not the first or last woman to do that). She falls head over heels in love with her baby boy when he is born, and her aim is to bring him up with love and safety and knowledge. When safety seems to be the last thing she and the boy are experiencing, she gets out of the relationship and starts a life on her own with her child. Brave, I think.
I know what I felt about Danny, and maybe a little less about Jess because the 'modern' business woman bores me to death..they seem so smart about business, but so dumb about real life. I 'got' James right away, shook my head over Danny's brother's weird foray into being the embodiment of the old British head of family. I wanted to strangle Imogen..who in their right mind would put up with her!!
These people became very real for me.
I don't go through a (very good) book nitpicking about the 'story line' or the people I am introduced to. I settle into the story and it takes on a life of its own. 'TORN' did that.
The descriptions of the countryside, the hills, the woods, the farms..touched me deeply.
That is the sign of a very good author.
I really enjoyed this book and will read more of Gilli Allan's books, for sure.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Earlier this year, I had the immense pleasure of discovering the writing of Gilli Allan when I read and reviewed Life Class. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Welsh Annie
Yes, the story can be kind of slow at times. No, the book is not perfect. Honestly, more than once I decided that I was just going to stop reading this book. Read morePublished 17 months ago by T. Sanford
The author spent such a long time on character development,and then just left me hanging the end. If there had been a epilogue, I would've felt more satisfied. Read morePublished on April 26, 2014 by KathyS
I'm often teased for my dogged determination to finish every book I start, regardless of its quality. Read morePublished on October 22, 2013 by Beeshon
'Torn' is a story about the complexities of modern relationships. Gill Allan writes with great power about characters who are flawed yet sympathetic. Read morePublished on August 22, 2013 by Lindsay Townsend
This was a love story no doubt complicated by prejudices of today's society including gender and class roles. Read morePublished on July 2, 2013 by Melissa Schwab
Gilli Allan tells a great story with memorable characters and superb descriptions of the countryside. Read morePublished on May 20, 2013 by Janna Gray
Definitely enjoyed this book. I enjoyed London/England backdrop. The story was well written and I admired Jessica Avery. Read morePublished on February 12, 2013 by Dorothy
I simply could not put this book down. The writing was kind of different perhaps it reflected countryside British colloquium (for example I barely understood what Danny's brother... Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by Peach
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