Thursday, May 28, 2015

Under the Mayhaw Tree by Charlotte Boyett-Camp

Drew Dunne is in a loveless and malevolent marriage to Terri Anne Thompson and contemplates suicide as his only escape. Terri was his best friend’s girl, and he was forced to marry her when she claimed that Drew knocked her up when he was drunk.

Full of shame, Drew has stayed with her as penance to his friend, who died in a fatal car crash that Drew believes was his fault. His only source of light is Alison Bennett, the wife of the new Colquitt (Georgia) football coach, who is also in a controlling relationship with her misogynistic husband.

It is love at first sight for both of them, and Drew works up a plan to rescue Alison while leaving behind his abusive father, wife, and father-in-law. However, there is no chance that Clay Bennett will stand for anyone coveting his woman, and it might take death for Drew and Allison to finally be together and to be free.

It will be a challenge for some to buy into Drew and Terri Ann’s marriage since it is unfathomable that anyone would stay in a relationship is so full of outright contempt and hostility. The novel’s only saving grace is the steamy love scenes, but Boyett-Camp’s (Windlegends Saga series) story deals with abuse, rape, and physical violence, so readers be warned this is not a light undertaking.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | April 17, 2015

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