What Backseat Saints is about:
Rose Mae Lolley is a fierce and dirty girl, long-suppressed under flowery skirts and bow-trimmed ballet flats. As "Mrs. Ro Grandee" she's trapped in a marriage that's thick with love and sick with abuse. Her true self has been bound in the chains of marital bliss in rural Texas, letting "Ro" make eggs, iron shirts, and take her punches. She seems doomed to spend the rest of her life battered outside by her husband and inside by her former self, until fate throws her in the path of an airport gypsy---one who shares her past and knows her future. The tarot cards foretell that Rose's beautiful, abusive husband is going to kill her. Unless she kills him first.
Why I wanted to read it: Many of my fellow bloggers have read and raved about this author's books. I have two of hers sitting on my shelves but never seemed to find the right time to read them. But with my resolution to do more reading from my shelves I decided that 2012 was the year for this one, plus it's the B title for my Alphabetical Challenge!
Source: My personal library, but the book has been languishing on my shelves for almost two years. I want to thank Grand Central Publishing for sending me this copy.
- Holy cow...the opening of the book was fantastic and pulled me immediately into the story.
- I love the southern style and the cadence of Rose's speech. I could hear her voice in my head as I was reading this one.
- I was rooting for the REAL Rose the entire story...she touched my heart!
- Her husband terrified me!! Domestic violence is just plain scary and I couldn't imagine being in the same situation as Rose.
- The story was a fast read and it held my attention the entire way. I liked Jackson's writing style.
I still have The Girl Who Stopped Swimming sitting on my shelves and because I really enjoyed Backseat Saints, I'm sure I will get to this one sometime in the summer.
Bookish Thoughts #4