By Missy Johnson
Declan James was the perfect guy.
He was sweet. Charming. Caring. Until he wasn’t.
Fourteen years ago, his actions tore apart my family. He ruined my sister’s life and nothing was ever the same again. But now, a decade later, he’s back.
When he walks into my office, asking for my help, I’m shocked, but nothing prepares me for what I’m about to learn. I see how far he’s gone to redeem himself and I know that he’s changed. I also know that, as a priest, he’s more off limits than ever.
If I help him, my family will never forgive me.
If I fall in love with him, I will never forgive myself.
Absolution is a standalone novel that left me with sadness for families lost but also reflective in that it takes a strong person to forgive another. It also takes a stronger person to release themselves of guilt or the need to be punished which Declan was doing in joining the faith, you knew he was doing it as a way of repenting his sins.
I admit I struggled at times with this story, it is slightly depressing as it deals with real life trauma but half way through and I was hooked and could not put this down and then the ending was fantastic. I am a Catholic by faith and I did struggle with one scene at the confessional. What happened in this scene I really felt could have been in another location however upon reflection I understand the relevance as the how the story was progressing but as a Catholic it just felt not right to me – again my personal opinion. This particular part in the story makes sense and it was probably my first inner thoughts that his choice for his Absolution may be on unsteady ground with the introduction of Anna and Hannah to his life.
Anna was a beautiful character as was Declan’s sister and I would have enjoyed more interaction with them within the story. I kept waiting for Hannah to physically collapse as she was literally on the edge of sanity through out this book – how she functioned I do not know and then throw in her carrying her mother and sister, I was exhausted for her. One part for Hannah’s story that did not make sense was the continual references to her boss and perhaps being in trouble with her workload? I cannot recall that the Boss ever made an appearance?
Anyway, overall I enjoyed this book, it is a quick read and definately different to what I have read lately.
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