Thursday, December 19, 2013

Beyond the Past -Caney Creek Series 2 - by Jo Huddleston

About the book:

Beyond the Past (Book 2 in the Caney Creek Series)

An inspirational Southern historical romance novel

Emmajean Callaway's life plummets from bad to worse. Can big brother, Jim, hold the imploding Callaway family together?

Jim Callaway looks forward to 1951 but he’s sidetracked when his sister and his best friend need his help. His baby sister, Emmajean, skids into jail on drug charges in Atlanta. She struggles to recover physically and spiritually with her lawyer’s help as he champions her inside and outside the courtroom. Jim’s nephew, Art, is one step ahead of the truant officer, wrecks his car, and officials suspect alcohol is involved. Art awaits his fate at the hands of the juvenile court judge. Jim and Caroline continue their bumpy journey as they seek realization of their dreams. 

My review:

This is an interesting story that continues right where the first book left off.  I would definitely recommend reading these in order.  I liked the courtroom angle for both Emmajean and Art.  There's some romance as Jim and Caroline's relationship takes off and Emmajean meets someone.  There are some spiritual aspects in the story, but it didn't feel like Emmajean had much of a transformation in that way.  I thought Jim and Caroline were playing with fire sometimes, and I found it especially odd that Caroline was almost pushing Jim to get intimate when they weren't married.  Jim seems to have a strong faith, but Caroline's seems nonexistent, so it felt like they weren't well matched.  You might want to check it out if you like historical romances.

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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