About THE TATTERED GLOVES
Don’t look up.
Never make eye contact.
Those were the words I lived by growing up, the words that protected me in an unsafe home. But words are only letters and eventually even they couldn’t keep his hands off me.
Hoping to leave behind the shattered life of my past, I find myself in a boring, small town, with an aunt I’ve never met and at a school I loathe.
But soon I learn, not everything in this world is as black and white as I’ve determined. Sometimes those we are so quick to judge often need a second, third or even fourth time to make a first impression.
And often, there are friendships and even love waiting just around the corner, if we are brave enough to take the first step.
Am I brave? Or will I hide behind these tattered gloves of mine forever?
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Reviewed by Stephanie
Willow Fairchild has known all her life that trying to stay invisible in her own home was a must. With her Mothers “job” there was a never ending abundance of men and at any given time one of them was behind the closed doors of her Mothers bedroom. So head down and never make eye contact were words Willow lived by. Until one night when she was sixteen and she ventured out of her room when her Mother had company. That was the night her innocence was stolen.
“ But, even with all the rules and the warnings, I couldn’t keep them all way. I couldn’t keep him away. He’d managed to snuff out every bit of me in a matter of minutes. ”
Willow knew not to expect any comfort from her Mother, after all the women had barely shown her any affection at all her whole life. Treating her more like a burden than anything else. What Willow didn’t expect though was to be put on a bus to go live with an Aunt she never even knew existed in the small town of Sugar Tree, Virginia. A far cry from how she grew up Willow tries to adjust to life with her aunt Addy who actually seemed to care about her, something she was not used to but desperately wanted.
“ I was the road that no one wanted to walk on. The scary alley everyone avoided. Because there was damaged and then there was just plain broken. And I was one step beyond all that.”
Willow was used to being the outsider in her old school, the one that was always picked on and so she expected the same as she started her new school in Sugar Tree. But this was different, she soon discovered a strong friendship with Allison a very popular girl and became close to Sam a boy from school at her new afternoon job. Watching her struggle with her self-worth was a very emotional. I wanted to reach in and comfort her when it all became too much. But with the help of Addy, Allison and Sam soon she started to come out of her shell and be more confident. For the first time in her life she felt loved and safe. This was a wonderfully written story with amazing characters I really felt connected to. Willow for all she had been through was so brave and strong. The secondary characters also had such a vital role in Willow’s journey and Sam was just amazing and so patient. The Tattered Gloves with it’s beautiful cover was so much more than I expected and I am so glad I read it. My only wish is that there was more to the story so I can see where Willow’s brave new life leads her.
“ I was brave. I was a survivor. And, most of all, I was loved. ”
About J.L. Berg
J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready Series, The Walls Duet, and the Lost & Found Duet. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she’s not writing, you will find her with her nose stuck in a romance novel, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate. J.L. Berg is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.