Jeanie thinks she was to blame for the sexual assault she suffered in college―and she’d do anything to keep her old-school Catholic family from finding out about the resulting pregnancy, as well as what she did to conceal it.
Years have passed since the assault, and Jeanie’s husband, Greg, still thinks she’s the seemingly innocent girl he married in a rush to spite his controlling mother. It’s the height of the Seattle dot-com boom, and he’s too busy cashing in his stock options to pay attention to his wife. He isn’t aware of Jeanie’s lingering shame and guilt, or that she married him in the desperate hope that devoting herself to marriage and motherhood would somehow absolve her from the sins in her past.
Their hidden agendas collide when Greg discovers evidence of Jeanie’s long-ago pregnancy. As she confesses the details of that drunken night with her married professor, Greg’s pristine image of her is blown. His shock deepens into violent fury, and Jeanie realizes she needs to leave him―but Greg won’t let her go. He’s up for a big promotion, and he’s not about to let her ruin his reputation by walking out on him. He’ll resort to blackmail if necessary. Or worse.
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Regina is a registered nurse-turned-writer who grew up in upstate New York where she enjoyed hiking with her bouncy golden retriever, Juliet, and exploring the Finger Lakes wine country. She now lives on the coast of southwest Florida and loves to go kayaking among the mangroves surrounding Pine Island, sipping mango smoothies (laced with rum if it's the weekend!) and admiring the tropical sunsets. ABSOLUTION is her first novel. Learn more about her at: www.reginabuttner.com
What a heartbreaking read. It was very well written for a debut book. The author really poured her heart out onto the pages. It was gripping and held my attention until the very end.
This book can be read in one sitting. It's that good.
I gave this book 4 stars and I cant wait to see what this author has in store for her next book for this avid reader.
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