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Book Review: Redemption Lane





Redemption Lane (Crossroads #1) by Rachel Blaufeld: Sometimes the past bleeds into the future.

Bess, a wild party girl running from herself, literally falls victim to her demons when she collapses in the most unexpected of places.
Lane, a tightly wound, up-and-coming CEO who can’t seem to stop enabling his brother, doesn’t know what hit him when Bess falls at his feet and into his life.

It was a night she doesn’t remember, and one he can’t forget.

But rather than stay and help the needy college coed, Lane decides to teach his brother a long overdue lesson––a decision that later comes back to haunt him and only adds fury to the transgressions of his past he is already fleeing from.
Years later, Bess and Lane meet again. She doesn’t know him, and he doesn’t share that he knows what happened on that ill-fated night when she almost died. After all, he has a web of complicated lies from his own youth to protect.

Both are seeking salvation in the arms of others and ignoring the truth—that the only road to redemption lies in confronting your past.

When the past and present collide, is there any chance at redemption?

TeriLyn's thoughts: This story was just a little different than my usual reads making it more interesting and easy to get lost in. Redemption Lane tells a coming-of-age story wrapped in romance with much self deprecation. It's a story of growing and maturing in order to become a person whom when you look in the mirror you can be proud. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to experience Redemption Lane.

Lane and Bess meet under circumstances of duress during a period of time in each of their lives when each of them battled inner demons. Some years later they reconnect unbeknown to Bess that they've connected once before. A tortured hero describes Lane best. He's carried the weight of his own world for years, drowning in guilt and regret chasing it away with work and fast women. Bess shadows herself with herself in order to maintain stability. She's a strong heroine given the events leading to present day. She knows what she needs in order to maintain the quiet life she needs to be healthy. Her crutch is working and avoiding the intimacy of friendships and relationships. Upon coincidence of meeting again, an inexplicable connection forms. As the secrets between them begin to accumulate, so does the feeling of passion and control they get from each other.

In Redemption Lane we also meet Jake, Lane's identical twin brother. I'm so intrigued by this character I cannot wait to get inside his head in the next book in this series. I have this feeling about Jake that his story is going to rock me.

What I love about Rachel Blaufeld's writing is that she doesn't hide exactly the kind of people her character's are from the reader. You know first and foremost, thanks to fantastic inner dialogues and humility from her characters, exactly what struggles they have. You get to know their persona's intimately yet you're still cloaked in the mystery of the plot. It's not a thriller, don't read me wrong, but subtle caveats and nuances of weaving past and present sneak up on you as your reading providing more depth to the story.

I'm so glad I've had the chance to read and fall in love with this author's work. Her writing is poignant and focused. Her story-telling consuming and precise. She draws your attention to her characters and tells you a tale of hardships and beauty through the eyes of real people struggling for solace in their chaotic minds. Redemption Lane is not to be missed.







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