Accident - Joanne Simon Tailele

5 Stars!

Imagine spending the next ten years in a prison cell the size of your walk-in closet.
When alcoholic soccer-mom Susan Jennings causes a fatal car accident, she is forced to face her addiction, fight to stay alive behind the dangerous prison walls and win her teenage daughter's forgiveness before she also falls trap to the devil hiding behind a clergyman's collar.

Joanne Simon Tailele wrote her first short story at the age of ten in blue colored pencil. She has been writing ever since. Accident is her debut novel as a published piece. A mother of six his-and-hers children and grandmother of nine, she lives on Marco Island, Florida, with her husband. When she is not writing, she sells real estate, loves golf, boating and the beach. She is active in her community serving as chairman of a local writer's group, Marco Island Writers and is a docent at the Marco Island Historical Society. 

This may have to go down as one of the saddest books I have ever read. At one point I put the book down, put my face in my hands and just sobbed, my body shaking! Seriously, what book does this to you?  I thought "How am I ever going to be able to finish this book?" But eventually I did pick it back up again (taking turns reading a Princess book helped I think). And it was so worth it, this is an amazing story!

So many books having you feeling for the victims - and this book does that too, but it also has you feeling for the one at fault. What would it be like to be the one who caused that terrible fatal accident that destroyed your family's lives and the lives of others? This book, for me, almost read like a memoir. It truly felt like the author knew what she was writing about.

I loved the way this story took turns between the mother's stay in prison and the daughters recovery and rehabilitation. It was nice to see the two different sides to the story.
There was very good character development. Like - wow! I think if I didn't feel so close to the characters I wouldn't have cried so much. I definitely felt like I was on an emotional roller-coaster. And I really felt for both mother and daughter.

The prison parts were good, not as strong or graphic as "Orange is the New Black", but still very good and sometimes very heartwarming (again a few tears there!).

I LOVED the ending and thought it was very well thought out and spaced just right, it didn't feel rushed. Without giving it away - there is a scandal (what book wouldn't be complete without one?) and sweet revenge!

I do have to warn you - this is a VERY emotional story. I happen to love those kinds of books, but I know some people don't. This is definitely a story that will stay with me for a long time. I want my daughter to read it, and she said "Oh mom, I don't know if I can!" It is very sad both worth it - especially for the mother/daughter relationship alone.

Thank you "Reading Addiction Blog Tours" for sending me this great e-book to read and review!

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1 comment:

  1. It sounds wonderful and well-written. I love that a book can make you feel so much. It's probably too much for me but I'll be sure to recommend it to those looking for a read like this.