A freak accident, a moment in time, and life changes forever. Stay or go – there’s no such thing as the easy way out.
The accident wasn’t his fault but in the horrific aftermath, Jack’s actions may have possibly caused consequences he could never have foreseen. Consumed with guilt and unable to listen to reason, he takes the only option he believes is open to him: he disappears. Living a quiet life away from everyone he loves, he drops off the grid but the memories continue to haunt him.
Four years later, a funeral signals a homecoming fraught with tension as he finally forces himself to face up to the consequences of his actions. Betrayed and angry, his former best friend Callum wants nothing more than to see him disappear once again – for good this time. Meanwhile his ex-girlfriend Ally has moved on and he can see that his return is anything but easy for her. People change, life goes on and things are never as simple as they seem. The past has a habit of catching up with you when you least expect it.
Living with regret and guilt almost tore him apart, but there is no guarantee that trying to make amends will soothe his soul or help the people he loves the most.
Courage has many faces. Fighting for what you believe in, no matter what. Showing strength of mind and body when the cards are stacked against you. Rising to the challenge and playing through the pain.
And yet sometimes, courage means simply standing your ground.
**Review copy received from the author for an honest review**
“We are powerful – the things we do matter, even the little things. And we don’t always get it right.”
Have you ever read a book that makes you feel lucky to live the life that you live?? Absolution is one of those books. It makes you think about how quickly life can change and how hard some people have to fight in life. Ally and Jack are the happy, perfect couple until one night changed their lives forever.
“I lay in that hospital, counting the holes in the ceiling tiles, thinking about all the things that I would never be able to do again and I kept thinking that if you were there, it would be okay – that you being there would mean that everything was going to be okay. But you weren’t.”
I was reading this story and thinking to myself, would I be as strong as Ally?? I can’t even answer that question. Ally is amazing!!! She is strong, patient(at times), and so forgiving. My heart ached for her :(Ally has some AWESOME friends and support, and I enjoyed their interactions. Then we have Jack…my feelings are all over the map about Jack. I know he had his reasons for everything he did but he sure did make a mess of his and Ally’s life. Deep down he is a romantic, caring, and loyal guy, but he made some really bad choices that he will let torture him for the rest of his life. I must admit, I was undecided for a while about whether Ally should have handled his return the way she did. The brat in me wanted her to give him more hell, but I guess in her own way she did.
“The glass is always half-full, Miss Connor.”
This is NOT a quick read!! This is a very well written and thought out book. The author went into a lot of detail writing this story and I enjoyed that. The emotions are described in ways that make you understand and feel them. And, guess what?? This story is about ADULTS!! I get tired of reading about high school and college aged characters. I was one happy reader when I found out these characters were in their thirties. My only complaint about the writing was the time change. The story takes place in the present but there are times that she gives you a flash back of how things happened in the past. When this happened at the beginning of a chapter there was a marker stating when it happened, but sometimes the time change happened in the middle of a chapter and there is no marker. This did not take away from my enjoyment of the story but did confuse me the first time it happened.
For anyone looking for a realistic and well written story without all the high school drama, this is the one for you!! Another Book Bitch approved read that comes recommended by me 🙂
Amanda Dick is a night-owl, coffee addict, movie buff and music lover. She also writes. She is rather partial to dark chocolate and believes in the power of a good vanilla latte. She believes there is a good chance that we are not the only intelligent life in the universe. She will also tell anyone who cares to listen that there is a sock monster living in her drier. If she was marooned on a desert island, her three luxury items would be her iPod, her cellphone and her Levi’s. You can judge her – she won’t mind.
She loves the water, but dislikes swimming. She has a passion for the colour green (particularly in clothes and gemstones) and believes that there is nothing sexier than a man in a kilt.
She spent several months traveling around Europe in her late 20’s and loved every moment of it. She moved in with her husband within a week of their first date, so yes, she believes in love at first sight. She also believes in Women’s Intuition and following your heart. Her greatest achievements are her children. She writes on her trusty laptop, predominantly late at night, when it’s quiet and interruptions are few. She enjoys writing about human behaviour above all else – love, loss, joy, grief, friendship and relationships in general. She loves to put normal, everyday people into situations that will test their boundaries. She is passionately curious about how we, as human beings, react when pushed to the edge, when forced to cross that line in the sand. After living in Scotland for five years, she has now settled back home in New Zealand, where she lives with her husband and two children.