Rose Mae Lolley is a fierce and dirty girl, long-suppressed under flowery skirts and bow-trimmed ballet flats. As "Mrs. Ro Grandee", she's trapped in a marriage that's thick with love and sick with abuse. Her true self has been bound in the chains of marital bliss in rural Texas, letting "Ro" make eggs, iron shirts, and take her punches. She seems doomed to spend the rest of her life battered outside by her husband and inside by her former self, until fate throws her in the path of an airport gypsy - one who shares her past and knows her future. The tarot cards foretell that Rose's beautiful, abusive husband is going to kill her. Unless she kills him first.
Hot-blooded Rose Mae escapes from under Ro's perky compliance and emerges with a gun and a plan to beat the hand she's been dealt. Following messages that her long-missing mother has left hidden for her in graffiti and behind paintings, Rose and her dog Gretel set out from Amarillo, Texas, back to her hometown of Fruiton, Alabama, and then on to California, unearthing a host of family secrets as she goes. Running for her life, she realizes that she must face her past in order to overcome her fate---death by marriage---and become a girl who is strong enough to save herself from the one who loves her best.
Backseat Saints will dazzle listeners with a fresh and heartwrenching portrayal of the lengths a mother will go to right the wrongs she's created, and how far a daughter will go to escape the demands of forgiveness. With the seed of a minor character from her popular best-seller Gods in Alabama, Jackson has built a whole new story full of her trademark sly wit, endearingly off-kilter characters, and utterly riveting plot twists.
This is the first time I have read a book by Joshilyn Jackson and I was really impressed. The story involves domestic violence which is a dark subject matter but suprisingly it is not a dark story. Jackson's narration is excellent as well. This one is hard to put down. After finishing this book I was intrigued and wanted to try another book by this author. I tried Gods in Alabama and was pleasantly surprised to learn that several of the characters in Backseat Saints are in Gods in Alabama. The author actually explains some of the storyline that is not clear in Saints. I highly recommend this book.
Wow! This is quite a story, and so well read by the author!! Joshilyn's writing style is tough to describe - but is as close to perfect as I'll ever find, and she's exceedingly excellent as a narrator as well! 100% worth the read.
What an author!!
Joshilyn Jackson is not only a brilliant author, but as the narrator of the audiobook, she takes the listener with her on the journey that Ro Grandee must take. Her voice is like magic. The book is excellent and deserves all 5 stars. I look forward to Ms. Jackson's next book, and suggest, that if you have not yet read her previous books, you should!