A Dress the Color of the Moon by JENNIFER IRWIN

A Dress the Color of the Moon (Dress #2)

The follow-up to A Dress the Color of the Sky is finally here. And yes, it was worth the wait.

Prudence Aldrich is a sex addict fresh out of 5 weeks of rehab. She learned a lot at Serenity Hills. She faced quite a few demons and struggled to maintain her control over that addiction.

Five weeks isn’t going to magically cure her. She knows this in her head. But a lifetime of building walls, and being out of control, acting impulsively, and expecting to be hurt will not be easy to overcome.

When Prudence comes home to a new house that Lily has obtained for her and Christian, Prue is annoyed and grateful. Lily plays a big part in this book and her story goes a long way in explaining her own need for control and the firm friendship she has with Prue.

While Prudence settles in with Christian and goes back to work at the design firm, every day is a test. Every day she must decide to make good decisions, to go to meetings, and to stay away from men. That one is hard since a lot of how she sees herself is caught up in sex.

You don’t just wake up one day and become an addict. Of anything. That behavior comes much earlier in life. Whatever trauma you go through as a child, you carry with you forever. You find tools that help you cope and they are not usually the healthy kind. Prudence falls and lets herself down a lot. But she gets back up and keeps trying. When you grow up feeling less than, you grow up thinking everyone has their life together except you.

Everything is more complicated when Alistair shows up. Yes, he is a hottie with a British accent that makes Prue drop her pants around him. But he has way more problems than either of them understand yet. And while her emotional growth really comes through with this guy, she is still vulnerable.

In the meantime, Mike is having his own troubles after the death of Gloria. He is questioning his path as well. Can all of these beautiful but flawed people ever be free of the past?

Abuse comes in many forms. But it’s all abuse. And as a child that shapes our view of ourselves and the men and women in our world. You can put on a facade of perfection but inside you still feel unworthy and broken. We judge ourselves so harshly.

This book is raw, gut-wrenching, heartbreaking and it resonated with me so much so that I read it three times and made copious notes! I sobbed over this sentence. “All of this stemmed from feeling less than as a child”. That was an arrow to my heart.

I have been in therapy for years. All of my sisters have. And it did nothing. I shared the first book with my sister and it changed our lives. We don’t have to be perfect for someone to love us. We can mess up as many times as it takes and someone will still love us unconditionally. We can break the chain with our own families. We are enough. That and so much more touched me deeply.

I am hoping we hear more about Prudence and the imperfect and yet perfect cast of characters in her world.

Jennifer Irwin bleeds her story onto the pages for all of us to see and know that we are not alone and for that, I will be forever grateful.

Glass Spider Publishing October 30, 2021.

SOCIAL CREATURE by TARA ISABELLA BURTON

Social Creature

They go through both bottles of champagne right there on the High Line, with nothing but the stars over them… They drink and Lavinia tells Louise about all the places they will go together, when they finish their stories, when they are both great writers-to Paris and to Rome and to Trieste…

Lavinia will never go. She is going to die soon.

Louise has nothing. Lavinia has everything. After a chance encounter, the two spiral into an intimate, intense, and possibly toxic friendship. A Talented Mr. Ripley for the digital age, this seductive story takes a classic tale of obsession and makes it irresistibly new.

From the very first page, you know this is not going to end well. This tale of two young women who have nothing in common, except a need to be wanted and loved. But this was a friendship doomed by what appears to be mental illness on all sides!

Lavinia goes through ‘friends’ at an alarming rate. She is a first class narcissist and manipulator. We see Louise as a poor, struggling working class girl who has a real gift for writing. We know she came from a working class family, but the rest comes in bits and pieces as she falls under the spell of Lavinia. And I felt sorry for her.

I should not have felt sorry for her. Nothing you know in the beginning or the middle will prepare you for the end. And that ending left me with more questions than answers, and for some reason I am okay with that.

If this was a movie, I would be sitting in the theater mumbling, “No, no, no, don’t do that!”.  Well Done!

NetGalley/Doubleday  June 15, 2018  Release

Sunday Spotlight Author Jennifer Irwin

Sunday has arrived and brought the sun along! And today I wanted to share a Sunday Spotlight with you all. If you read my blog, you have seen the review.

Jennifer Irwin’s novel, A DRESS the COLOR of the SKY. The book is about addictions, abuse, how the things that happen to us as children can shape us into molds that we don’t want but have no idea how to break out of.

Prue has come to rehab for a sex addiction. Not everyone is here for the same addiction. They all have their own secrets and shame. And hers will all come to light but it’s going to hurt like hell and leave her raw and shattered. The question is will she be able to put herself back together in a new way. In an honest way. Will she be able to forgive herself and the people who used her and left her broken?

Addictions are not pretty. Nor honest. You can’t fix what’s broken unless you face it head on. Look at all of the ugly, hurtful, shameful parts with your head held high. And that is one of the things  I love about Prue. And I can’t wait to see what’s next for her and Jennifer.

I see so many writers trying to publish their work. But to be honest, I don’t see a lot of them putting in the hard work everyday, every night. Jennifer did that with just friends at first and then when she chose Glass Spider Publishing as her publisher, she and her editor worked like dogs! Rewrite, Correct, red line and on and on. She has worked and made us all love her for that alone! Any suggestion, she took. And now, she’s signing books at Barnes and Noble all over the country!  The film rights have been sold. She writes screenplays! I think when I grow up I want to be her!

Get to know her. I promise you will love her!

xx Patricia   Book,Books and More Books!