Welcome to my stop on the Absolution blog tour sponsored by Suzy Approved Book Tours! Thank you to Suzy for the invitation!
About the Book:
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.
Jeanie is sexually assaulted in college, and she becomes pregnant as a result. She decides she has to hide all of it from her family because they will never understand.
Many years later, Jeanie is married to Greg. He’s getting lost in his work, while Jeanie is still struggling with her own shame. Greg finds out that Jeanie was pregnant in the past, which results in Greg being shocked and even violent. He is determined that Jeanie will not leave him, or the perfect image they have together as a married couple.
Absolution is a unique and emotional read. It’s all about the personas we hold dear that don’t necessarily match who we are in reality. It’s also about not letting the past or single incidents define us. It’s also about deep-seated secrets and the pain they can cause.
The author is a nurse, and I think this offered an interesting insight to the story. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this thoughtful story that kept me guessing.
I received a gifted copy. All opinions are my own.
About the Author:
Regina is a registered nurse-turned-writer from beautiful upstate New York where she enjoys hiking in the Adirondack Mountains, paddling on the Genesee River, and exploring the Finger Lakes wine country. ABSOLUTION is her first novel.