Thursday, 22 October 2015

The Women of Merryton - Jennifer Peel

Jessie Belle: The Women of Merryton by Jennifer Peel takes us into the lives of Jessica and Blake Summers, a husband and wife duo experiencing a mundane turn in their thirteen-year marriage. Instead of a seven year itch, the Summers' are at a make-or-break point. As if growing apart wasn't enough of a challenge, a wrench is thrown into the spokes of their relationship when Blake drops a bomb in Jessica's lap: he has a daughter neither knew existed—and a nearly thirteen year old Maddie enters the picture. Conceived during a one night stand while on a break in their relationship, and after years of heartbreaking and fruitless attempts to produce children of their own, Jessica is forced to make the best of the hand she's been dealt. Despite the wholly consuming difficulties at hand and the odds stacked against them, the Summers find deliverance in the person they least expect.

Told in the first person, Jessie Belle: The Women of Merryton by Jennifer Peel offers readers the perspective of Jessica Summers with an intelligent and well developed voice. Peel is able to tell an engaging and inspiring story that is both authentically human and entirely believable. Jessica and Blake are refreshing in the way they are genuinely portrayed, the opposite of cookie-cutter protagonists against the town, and the true antagonists to their own marriage. It is this realism that makes their story captivating, and keeps a reader furiously turning the pages. I loved that their struggles, heartbreak, and triumphs were not outside the realm of possibility and, on the contrary, will likely be relatable to those who have experienced over a decade of marriage themselves. Ultimately, it's the writing itself that takes the prize, and I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone looking for a clean, enjoyable read.

This review was written for Readers' Favorite.


Amazon Link: Jessie Belle: The Women of Merryton - Book One

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