Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary Romance
Two Thousand Lines
Publication date: November 21st 2019
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Young Adult
Olivia Brooks has been able to keep her life in Sugar Mill, Louisiana held perfectly together, far away from the small town where she grew up. Even though her past still haunts her, she has found a perfect process of surviving, until a string of events brings Luke Plaisance to Sugar Mill and turns her organized life upside down.
While Olivia fights to hold on to the life she’s created, unraveling it may be exactly what it takes for her to truly survive. She must accept her past in order to live, or let it threaten the only future she’s ever wanted. Because some secrets can’t stay buried… and shouldn’t.
An inspiring and heartbreaking tale of abandonment, survival, and purpose. A harrowing journey of self-discovery and perseverance.
In Two Thousand Lines, Michelle Jester writes a heart wrenching story about a young girl experiencing loss, abuse, and trauma. There is a content warning at the beginning of the book and while the story is not graphic, heed the warning before diving in because it isn’t far into the story when you come to understand what Olivia is enduring. It’s also early on that you learn she can take on a lot, but she has her limits.
Olivia’s story takes place in both past and the present. I really enjoyed how this unfolds. We see her at nine, at around sixteen, and finally as a young adult, making her way in the world. Jesters’ writing style is wonderful, the dialogue is descriptive and captures Olivia at each age. As the story takes place in Louisiana, she includes a bit of the dialect which solidified my ability to picture the people and the places she lived. Part of what drew me to the book was the setting, having visited small towns in Louisiana myself. Halfway through I realized I knew nothing of the author and was pleased to find she has penned a few other books.
As Olivia moves from place to place, we learn about her friends and the people that have an impact of her life, who help her to conquer her demons. Ultimately this is a story about honesty, forgiveness and how the human mind and heart manage to heal. I guess this could be considered a gritty book, certainly there are some really tough moments to get through, which slowed my progress, but it also drew me back in. I found I missed her and wanted to see if she was in a safe place. I recommend to YA and general fiction readers alike. 4.5 Stars and recommendation.
~Review by Cyndi
Michelle Jester lives in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana with her husband, high school sweetheart and retired Master Sergeant. Together they have a son and daughter. She is a hopeless romantic and has been writing poems and stories for as long as she can remember.
One of her prize possessions is a bracelet with only a yellow, Rubber Duckie charm on it; which she wears every day to remind her to enjoy the fun and happy things of life!
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