My Mini Thoughts

Jeanie is from a strong catholic family and always does her best to make them proud.  When she ends up pregnant after an assault, she knows the truth will destroy her parents.  She will do whatever it takes for them not to find out.

Everyday Jeanie feels haunted by the assault, and then she meets and marries Greg in a matter of months.  She thinks he is the answer to all of her problems, but soon finds out that he is the worst of her problems.  A few years into their marriage Jeanie is basically a single mom raising two kids and trying to keep up the perfect image to keep her husband happy.  Greg who is always traveling, always trying to keep up with the Joneses and never makes time for his wife or children.  He is emotionally abusive, a first class narcissist and I couldn’t stand him!

This is a heartbreaking story about a wife and mother who is devoted to her parents, her religion, her children and her husband, all while carrying the heavy weight of her secret.  I wanted Jeanie to have more faith in herself,  not second guess when she saw the charges on the credit card, and go home to the comfort of her family.  I didn’t want her children to see the way Greg treated her and think that it was ok.  I had to keep reminding myself that this is a work of fiction and not a memoir.  It made me wonder how many marriages are like this.  Probably a lot more than I think.

Bravo to the author for this surprising debut!  This one comes out October 13th!

Thank you Suzy Approved Book Tours, Author Regina Buttner and GetRed PR for my #copy.

Book Rating: 4/5

Wine Pairing: Shannon Reserve Chardonnay 2017

 

Goodreads Synopsis

Jeanie thinks she was to blame for the sexual assault she suffered in college—and she’d do anything to keep her old-school Catholic family from finding out about the resulting pregnancy, as well as what she did to conceal it.

Years have passed since the assault, and Jeanie’s husband, Greg, still thinks she’s the seemingly innocent girl he married in a rush to spite his controlling mother. It’s the height of the Seattle dot-com boom, and he’s too busy cashing in his stock options to pay attention to his wife. He isn’t aware of Jeanie’s lingering shame and guilt, or that she married him in the desperate hope that devoting herself to marriage and motherhood would somehow absolve her from the sins in her past.

Their hidden agendas collide when Greg discovers evidence of Jeanie’s long-ago pregnancy. As she confesses the details of that drunken night with her married professor, Greg’s pristine image of her is blown. His shock deepens into violent fury, and Jeanie realizes she needs to leave him—but Greg won’t let her go. He’s up for a big promotion, and he’s not about to let her ruin his reputation by walking out on him. He’ll resort to blackmail if necessary. Or worse.