I have a few books by this author that I have marked to read but this was the first I actually read. It will most certainly not be the last.
Author: Remmy Duchene
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
The severe bullying he suffered as a teenager left Jack Flemming scarred both physically and emotionally. Now an adult, he has carved out a life for himself as co-owner of the Mechanic Shop. He enjoys his volunteer work with the throwaway boys and has a supportive best friend. When the past resurfaces in a phone call from Zachariah Durban, Jack discovers that while living is easy, forgiveness is much harder.
Zachariah Durban did a bad thing when he was a young punk of a teenager. But right after he did it, he knew it wasn’t right. Still, he ran away and made something of himself as a big shot author. Now, living in the south of France with writer’s block hitting him hard, Zachariah knows something has to change—starting with earning Jack Flemming’s forgiveness.
Growing up is such a difficult thing to do. Young adults feel such immense pressure to fit in with their peers that quite often mindless pranks turn into something much more serious and the consequences are no longer under their control. This story is a lesson most of us will learn in our lives at some point. We must all take responsibility for our actions.
The betrayal Jack Flemming suffered at school from his best friend Zachariah Durban left him with both physical and emotional scars. He has moved on with his life and spends a great deal of time helping out with a bunch of throwaway boys and running his own business. A phone call 15 years later from Zach opens up a part of his life that he thought he was fully recovered from but after speaking to the man that now seems far from the truth.
Zach has never forgiven himself for his part in hurting his best friend and is living in France a virtual recluse. He hasn’t needed anyone else to condemn him for his actions over the years as he has been his own hardest critic. His need to set the record straight and gain some sort of closure and forgiveness now intrudes on his everyday life. The pressure he has put on himself becomes too much to bear and he decides to reach out to Jack and try and make amends for their past.
As a reader it would be very easy to hate Zach. The obvious thing is to feel sympathy for Jack for he truly did suffer but the reality is never that simple. Zach has also suffered albeit in entirely different ways to the point where it consumes him. Both men are left feeling raw and open when they finally come face to face after so many years and emotions run high. They can’t bear to be in the same house together and Jack soon runs away.
Everybody at some point in their life has to ask for or offer forgiveness, as we are all human and we all make mistakes. Zach is not only asking for Jacks forgiveness but also for a chance to be part of his life. Jack is not only dealing with facing his old friend again but is also realising that all the old feelings he once felt for the man are still there lurking just below the surface. It seems true that love and hate are very close emotions.
This story is about forgiveness and trust and finally standing up for what you want. But it is also a reminder that you are always responsible for your actions and may spend a long time living with the consequences. Facing those consequences can be painful as Zach discovers.
I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
|This post may contain affiliate links.
|Prism Book Alliance® assumes no liability for the ownership of photos or content used in guest posts and interviews. The post author assumes all responsibility and liability for this content.|