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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.
Ms. Allan has created a very complex character in Jess, totally believable, one who surprised and, at times, angered this reader, and the novel centers around her growth. And the minor characters, Danny, James, Rory, Sean have their own special voice. For those who want a compelling romance a finely written story told with rich prose, TORN by British author, Gilli Allan, is a must read.
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.
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