I chose to post the last J.D. Mason book I read because I enjoyed a few of her other books in the past. They were better than this one, but You Gotta Sin to Get Saved was still pretty good. Ms.Mason storytelling makes you think about how crazy and messed up the world is. It made me thankful not to have that drama in my life! These characters are screwed up and believable ..totally unfortunate. Like drama? This may be a good one to check out! ;-)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: April 1, 2008
Source: Library Borrow
Genre: AA Fiction
Original Review Date: October 3, 2011
Rating: 3 bookmarks
Synopsis: Charlotte Rodgers has always wanted too much. Too much love, too much attention, and had too many big dreams. It was how she ended up abandoning her two daughters, Connie and Reesy to chase after a man and the promise of a dream life. But Charlotte never anticipated how her world would be irrevocably changed. Now, twenty-seven years later, her whole world shifts yet again with a letter from one of her daughters. And the past is about to bust wide open.
Reesy has always been obsessed with something. Obsessed with finding her birth mother. Obsessed with her sister’s life. Obsessed with her own adopted daughter never finding out that Reesy is really her aunt. With a neglected husband, who is unknowingly drifting further and further away, a sister who is trying to escape her well-meaning clutches, and a daughter becoming more and more curious about her true parentage, finding the mother she always dreamed about seems to be an answered prayer to Reesy. That is until Reesy is brought crashing back to earth to find that her perfect life is in tattered pieces.
Connie has always expected too little. Too little from the man she’s been living with for years. Too little from her modest jewelry business. And too little from her relationships, or lack thereof, with her daughter, mother and sister. And too little from herself. Until she discovers she is pregnant again and decides that this time she is keeping her baby, sending her life and her relationship into a tailspin. And rediscovering the mother who left them behind is the last thing she wants.
Thrown back together again, in a maelstrom of shocking truths, Charlotte, Reesy and Connie will discover on their journey to forgiveness and redemption that you just might have to sin first in order to be saved.
Charlotte really is a nut case. She is abusive and mean and just hateful. I guess that was learned behavior based on how her mother treated her compounded with her experiences with men dumping on her and abusing her…but I kind of feel that she brought on those situations by being just plain dumb and arrogant.
Even Connie’s “boyfriend” John has major issues with commitment among other things. Reesy’s husband also has his own situation of feeling left out to deal with. Not to spoil the story for you, so I’ll just say her husband takes drastic measures to feel wanted and it blows up in his face.
The book was written well and was a fast read. Just beware there are some very violent scenes in this book. To top that off, everyone in this book is messed up…don’t expect anyone to be the voice of reason here. The state of these characters is really sad. Although the ending was kind of open, it did leave some small sliver of hope for these people. I want to believe they all got their happy ending…except Charlotte of course.