Wednesday, April 24, 2013

#BookReview: Backseat Saints - Joshilyn Jackson

Rose Mae Lolley is an ass kicker from Fruiton, Alabama.  She's also an abandoned (by her mother) and abused (by her father) child that grows into the refined Ro Grandee, a woman abused by her handsome husband.  When Tom Grandee plucked her from the diner where she worked as a waitress, she was rough around the edges, but Tom liked that about her.  He recognized the wildcat in her that gave as good as she got.

Married and living in Amarillo, Texas, she's a lady now.  She and Tom work at his family business where his father is in control of everything and everyone.  In his late 20s, Tom is still too afraid to talk back to his father and stand up for himself, so Ro receives the brunt of his frustration in the form of fists.

A chance meeting with a tarot card reader in the airport gives Ro a new mission in life, she's got to choose between herself and Tom Grandee.  On an adventure that takes her from Chicago to Fruiton and eventually the Bay, Rose Mae sets out to find out just who she really is, Rose Mae Lolley or Ro Grandee.

I've loved the last two Joshilyn Jackson books I read.  She creates strong characters and that's what I was looking forward to in Backseat Saints.  Ro sets out on a quest first to find her high school boyfriend in hopes that he can deal with her husband for her.  When that doesn't pan out, she goes on a quest to find out who she is.  By books end, I'm still not sure if she figured it out.  And while she doesn't find the ex-boyfriend to save her, she allows her mother to, casting her problem on someone else to deal with.  I found myself disliking Rose Mae just a little, so it was difficult for me to care about her.

Listening time: 12 hours and 43 minutes
Published: June 2010

Theme: Redneck Woman by Gretchen Wilson
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