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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Faultlines by Barbara Taylor Sissel (Book Release Day Event / Book Review)

In association with author Barbara Taylor Sissel, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the book release day event for Faultlines!

Book Review

Faultlines by Barbara Taylor Sissel
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Format: Paperback - 304 pages
               Kindle - 2522 KB
ISBN: 978-1503938915
BNID: 978-1503938915
Genre: Women's Fiction

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Book Description:

It’s the phone call every parent dreads: in the middle of the night, Sandy Cline learns that her twenty-year-old son, Jordan, has been in a car accident. Her nephew, Travis, was also in the car, along with Travis’s girlfriend. All three are alive—but barely. The car was smashed against a tree along a remote and winding road, beautiful but deadly, in their rural Texas Hill Country town.

In the wake of the car crash, the close-knit family is tested like never before. Jenna, Travis’s mother, blames Jordan—as well as her sister, Sandy—after reports surface that Jordan had been driving. As the young adults struggle to survive, tension between their parents escalates. But when trust is broken and a shocking family secret is exposed, it creates a perfect storm of harrowing consequences. Rumors in the small town spread like wildfire. When details of the accident are questioned, Sandy and Jenna wonder if their family has been destroyed beyond repair.

As always, there’s much more to the story…if the family is to survive, they will have to come together to confront the terrible truth and overcome their pain. But are some betrayals unforgivable?

My Book Review:

A parent's worse nightmare ....

Can a person make amends and ask forgiveness for the secrets, lies, betrayals and bad choices made in their life, even if the ramifications deeply affected others? Can forgiveness and love still be found within peoples' hearts, when the one that has caused so much pain tries to make amends? What if you have your own secrets, lies and had made bad choices, can you make amends and forgive yourself? These are the questions and dilemmas that face Sandy Cline in Faultlines.

Faultlines is a hauntingly beautiful story of love, loss, heartache, secrets, betrayals, forgiveness and redemption. The storyline is well-written, realistic and intriguing, it pulls the reader in from the beginning, and takes them on a roller coaster ride as they follow the intertwining emotional journeys of Sandy Cline and Libby Hennessey.

Set in the Texas Hill Country town of Wyatt, author Barbara Taylor Sissel weaves a compelling story that contains a tangled web of inner demons, secrets, alcoholism, love lost, betrayals, choices made and paying the price, making amends, seeking forgiveness and redemption. This is an intricate story of how tiny faultlines develop within a family and lives are shattered after a senseless tragedy, and learning how to mend the damage and start anew, that will leave the reader pondering what they would do if they were in Sandy and Libby's shoes.

With a realistic cast of characters who have flaws and imperfections; and a rich description of the Texas Hill Country setting, Faultlines is a captivating tale full of mystery and suspense that engages the reader's imagination; and a psychological and realistic look into the complicated and fragile dynamics of relationships, and the consequences that come with choices made in life.


About The Author

Barbara Taylor Sissel
writes issue oriented, upmarket women’s fiction that is threaded with elements of suspense and defined by its particular emphasis on how crime affects the family. She is the author of seven novels, FAULTLINES (coming 9/6) CROOKED LITTLE LIES, SAFE KEEPING, EVIDENCE OF LIFE, THE NINTH STEP, THE VOLUNTEER, and THE LAST INNOCENT HOUR.

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, she was raised in various locations across the Midwest and once lived on the grounds of a first offender prison facility, where her experience, interacting with the inmates, their families, and the people who worked with them, made a profound impression and provided her with a unique insight into the circumstances of the crimes that were committed and the often surprising ways the justice system moved to deal with them.

An avid gardener, Barbara has two sons and lives on a farm in the Texas Hill Country, outside Austin.

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  1. Thank you for this introduction to a new to me author. This sounds like a fascinating read.

    1. Hi Laura! Thank you for stopping by, I appreciate it. I hope you get a chance to read Faultlines, Barbara is a wonderful author! :)