Gods In Alabama

Gods in Alabama: by Joshilyn Jackson

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Strangely enough, this book was recommended to me by my teen-aged daughter.  Y’all know how I love Southern genre, and suspense too – so I couldn’t resist.


When Arlene Fleet headed off to college in Chicago, she made three promises to God: She would never again lie, she would stop fornicating with every boy who crossed her path, and she’d never, ever go back to her tiny hometown of Possett, Alabama (the “fourth rack of Hell”). All God had to do in exchange was to make sure the body of high school quarterback Jim Beverly was never found.

Ten years later, Arlene has kept her promises, but an old school-mate has recently turned up asking questions. And now Arlene’s African American beau has given her a tough ultimatum: introduce him to her family, or he’s gone. As she prepares to confront guilt, discrimination, and a decade of deception, Arlene is about to discover just how far she will go to find redemption – and love.  Summary from: http://joshilynjackson.com/gods.html

This book is a quick read, entirely fluffy, but enjoyable.  There is an element of foreboding suspense throughout the whole story.  You think you know how it’s all going to play out, but then there’s a satisfying twist at the end.  It’s not the world changing novel of the decade; but I liked it a lot more than I thought I was going to.

Thanks – Halie!

You know you’re getting old when your children are recommended books for you to try.  How cool is that!!!!!?