Monday, November 23, 2015

Pump Up Your Book Presents: Home From Within by Lisa Maggiore & Review

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Title: Home From Within
Author: Lisa Maggiore
Publisher: Vagabond Publishing
Pages: 253
Genre: Women’s Fiction

Home From Within

It’s the fall of ’82, and Jessica Turner has finally been set free, entering a public high school after being homeschooled. But her mother wears a frown and her father wears his Colt .45s, with a warning: no dating allowed. Seeking warmth, Jessica finds herself in a secret relationship with bad boy Paul Peterson. When the relationship–and Jessica’s pregnancy–are discovered, Paul will be dead by nightfall.
Seventeen years later Jessica and her daughter live a quiet life with horse farmer, Matt Johnson. Marriage is on the table but Jessica’s remorseful heart will not comply. When an unexpected death brings Jessica back home, she uncovers her father’s secrets and discovers that her true path in life, and love, are just a choice away.

For More Information:
Home From Within is available at Amazon.
Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

About The Author 

Lisa Maggiore
Lisa Maggiore is the author of a children’s picture book, Ava the Monster Slayer: A Warrior Who Wears Glasses and a fiction short story, Pinterest Saved My Marriage. Lisa is currently working on other writing projects and practicing her storytelling skills during Live Lit performances. Lisa resides in Chicago with her husband and four children. Lisa loves to travel, watch da Bears during the NFL season and be silly with her family.
Her latest book is the women’s fiction, Home From Within.
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Book Excerpt:
     I have secrets that need to be forgiven, Jessica thought, staring into the darkness of her bedroom. She sat with her knees tucked under her chin, tented in bedding that was slowly letting out the warmth. The yellow glow from her bedside clock read 3:06 a.m. Jessica glanced at Matt and noticed that he never flinched when her alarm went off. They had been sharing the same bed for many years, but sometimes she hardly knew he was there.
     Wrapping her arms around herself she shuffled toward the bathroom at the end of the hall, flipping on the night-light next to the sink so she could take a hot shower in relative darkness. Cranking open a small window she drew a deep breath allowing the smell of fresh dew, hay, and pine to swirl inside her nose.
     A faint light shone from the bulb above the stove as she ate oatmeal in the kitchen. Various songs from her past kept flooding into her consciousness and Jessica tried to distract herself by focusing on the mundane thoughts of the morning, but that only made the songs louder. And behind the songs were voices that did not want to stay buried under her secret armor any longer.
     Jessica had been able to keep her feelings about the death of her first love, Paul, buried deep. And down deeper were the memories of her father holding those damn Colt .45s that served as judge and jury for young lovers sneaking around. Jessica believed the ache in her chest would go away with time; however, it had been seventeen years.
     But last night, while channel surfing, she stumbled upon the classic eighties movie, Purple Rain, starring Prince. She could not stop herself from watching despite the movie ending at midnight. Caught in a whirlwind of euphoric recall; remembering the excitement of sneaking out with her best friend, Marilee, and going to see the movie. How the sex scene jump-started her adolescent hormones. She spent countless hours daydreaming of Paul singing, “The Beautiful Ones” to her as an ode to loving her so desperately and not wanting to lose her to another. The intensity at the end of the song made her feel alive.
     The songs in the movie evoked feelings in her that were a mixed bag of good and guilt. Usually those memories were ones she could bury, not wanting love and death to overpower her again. But not this time. She allowed herself to remember some of them, resurrecting other memories she could never forget.

My Review 

Can you imagine growing up so protected that you never go anywhere without mace, or your Dad showing you his Colt 45? Jessica and her brother have always lived like this, and then she is finally set free, or rather allowed to attend the local high school.
She has to be home within ten minutes of school letting out, but she finds ways to have private time with her new boyfriend, Paul. Her father shows her the gun and tells her if anything ever happens, or one of those boys comes around he will say he was breaking into their home and kill them.
When Jess become pregnant, she knows and it is confirmed that her Dad has made his threat the truth. What a mixed up world this poor girl lives, and there are deep secrets here, that go back to her Dad and his sister’s growing up.
Will this family ever be free of all the ghosts that seem to haunt them? Will Jessie ever be able to find real happiness, or will she continue to grieve for what might have been.
This is a story of a family that has so many hurts and so much pain, coming at them from all sides. It becomes a page tuner because you want to know what is or did happen.
I received this book from Pump Up Your Book Virtual Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you Maureen! So glad you kept turning the pages to see what would happen!


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