I am a fan of Joshilyn Jackson and really enjoyed reading her other works (Gods in Alabama, Between , Georgia and The Girl Who Stopped Swimming). I am a huge fan of southern literature and southern authors so her work is right up my alley. That being said, I was rather disappointed in her latest novel, Backseat Saints.
Rose Mae Lolley Grandee is the central character. Rose Mae is beautiful, smart and suffering through an abusive marriage. I found this character to be frustrating and. in a lot of ways, very unlikeable. At times Rose Mae was the beaten-downed wife who was nervously waiting for the next outburst from her husband and at other times she was the stunning sex kitten who could get what she wanted from any man by batting her eye lashes. In either case she wasn't a character that appealed to me.
There were times as I was reading the book that I found myself wondering if I had picked up a different book by mistake. The storyline took some strange and erratic turns that really didn't add to the plot or character development. The last few chapters seemed rushed and awkward to me and I felt it was an unsatisfying conclusion.
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