I traded my future for a life.
I knew what was on the line when I made the deal, I knew what I could lose, but I also knew that I didn’t really have a choice.
I gambled and lost.
Now the one person I had dreamed of having a future with was walking back into my life bearing the last name and wearing the ring of another man.
Lips painted red, hair that same honey gold and there against her creamy throat was our promise to one another, still dangling, reminding me that I may have lied, but she ran.
I was a liar, she was a coward.
Now she was home, and she wasn’t mine.
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Release Date: April 16, 2020
Actual Rating: 4 stars
Emotional | Second Chance Romance
Tennessee Truths is a deeply emotional read filled with angst, mistrust, miscommunication, and ultimately healing. This is my first read from the author and I’m so glad I took a chance on someone new because this one hit me with all the feels. I was drunk on this story. In some instances, I was also extremely frustrated, but the weight that was lying on these characters shoulders helped me gain an understanding of their poor choices. So, no matter how frustrating some of the book was, the underlying message and the truly heartfelt ending left me feeling satisfied.
Tennessee Truths is a second chance romance between two people who found love with each other when they were only teenagers. The author starts the story at this point and watching Faith and Jace fall in love so easily was beautiful. But then something goes wrong and they are ripped from each other’s lives in the most unfortunate and heartbreaking ways.
5 years later, they meet again. One would think that two people who loved each other so deeply would fall back in the same old way but that’s not the case with Jace and Faith. These two have both suffered tremendously and it leaves them fighting off a hoard of lies that snowballs into mistrust and miscommunication between the two. This is the point in the story that really grated on my nerves. As a reader (and it’s my personal preference) I cannot stand when characters miscommunicate for an endless amount of time. I understand that it adds to the angst and drama, but for it to keep going and going, I find it gets old. While I love HOW the author wrote the story and lesson behind it, I could hardly stand the back and forth between these two. Yes, there were MANY things standing in their way (I won’t say WHAT because I don’t want to spoil the story), but to constantly MISTRUST and listen to other people instead of one’s own heart was infuriating. Jace, while a lovely character, had such a stubborn nature that I almost didn’t like him. He did redeem himself for me, but it was tough to even like him because he couldn’t get a handle on his feelings. Not only that, he was extremely cruel and at some points reckless when it came to Faith. You’ll see what I mean when/if you chose to read this book. ( I’ll say right here that this ISN’T a bully romance but in some instances, he did come off as a bully! ).
Faith, the heroine of the story, is the kind of woman I love. She’s strong despite everything that’s happened to her, she honest about her feelings, and she does whatever it takes to survive the hell she’s been and still being put through. Ashley wrote her so beautifully that I instantly loved her. I think many readers will agree with me on this statement! It’s empowering to read about her type of characters because it sends a strong message to women that it’s possible to rise from the ashes.
Overall, I did enjoy this one despite some misgivings. Ashley wrote a tremendously strong book here and I loved the message within it. If you’re looking for something angsty and emotional I would certainly recommend this one. I myself will be looking at more of the authors books in the near future because I think she has a gift at writing!
PS: THIS BOOK IS NOT A LOVE TRIANGLE.
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