Friday, July 2, 2010

Book Review - Rebound by Heather Justesen

Have you ever had a down day where you felt as though nothing had gone right? After reading about the day Lily Drake had when she found out her husband had been arrested by the FBI, I’ll never complain again.

Here’s the back liner of the book.

Lily's life is perfect--a perfect lie.

With a successful husband, a gorgeous home, and a growing family, Lily Drake has it all. But when the FBI shows up, she realizes her husband is not the man she thought he was.

Meanwhile, Lily’s friend Curtis is about to be drafted by the NBA, but he suddenly feels pulled to find his birth family, and no one is prepared for what he’ll discover. With so many obstacles in their way, Lily and Curtis must learn to rely on each other if they’re ever going to find peace and learn to love again.

Talk about a story that tugs at your heart, Rebound certainly does just that. I felt so sorry for Lily as she found out the man she loved and had children with was not at all the person she thought he was. I tried to put myself in her shoes. As stated in the back liner, Lily was seven months pregnant and had a two-year-old little boy when her world came crashing down. How does a person survive that? I don't know. But it gets worse. Lily loses her home, her good credit, and has to start almost completely over. However, she is a strong woman who loves her little kids and is fortunate to have good friends and family to support her through her trials.

As for her dirt-bag husband, John, he was rotten to the core. Anyone who could lie like he did deserves to be locked up. But his cold heartiness grows worse as he shows no love for his wife and little kids, and is only concerned with himself. Villains are supposed to be black-hearted, yet I found myself hopeful that he’d have one redeeming quality. And I guess he did when he finally agreed to Lily’s terms for their divorce, though that’s a stretch.

Curtis, the hero of this story, fits the bill of a strong romantic lead. He’s there for Lily helping her with her babies, fixing her car when it breaks down, and being a good friend at a times when she really needs one. But Curtis has his own challenges. His mother abandoned him and his siblings when they were very young.As the story unfolds, Curtis is trying to come to terms with his feelings for his biological family.

Rebound is a story about starting over, resetting the clock and coming out on the other side...happy.

Learn more about Heather Justesen by visiting her website or blog.

(Cedar Fort published this book. I received a free copy, and only posted this review because I enjoyed the book.)


  1. Sounds like a heart breaking story! Very touching.

  2. Jemi,
    It was heart-wrenching, but it was also a book about hope and getting back on your feet. Life is so full of ups and downs and this books ends on the up side. :)

  3. I love this. I've heard good things about Kim's book. Plus it sounds so intriguing. =)

  4. Carolyn:

    Hmm...I know you meant Heather's book. And it is an intriguing read that ends making you feel good. :)

  5. Oh man! I totally meant Heather. Sorry Heather! I got to read some of her work at Storymakers a few years ago and was really blown away. She will go far in this business. Thanks for correcting me Kathi. =)

  6. Great review Kathi. And your new look here is gorgeous!

  7. Carolyn,
    No problem. I'm sure Heather understands. :)

  8. You read about this in the papers from time to time. Like those Russians recently arrested for espionage. They are not who the seem to be. The matter is further complictaed if they are married.

    Stephen Tremp

  9. It sounds like a great book. I only read YA, but I know someone who might be interested in the book. :D

  10. This sounds like a powerful story, Kathi. I will add it to my list. I'm still recovering from Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas (and I read that 3 years ago!). Some stories just impact us deeply. :-)

  11. Stephen:
    The Russian incidents were something. You just never know. And in Rebound it shows how horrible deception can be to have someone you love turn out to be someone completely different than what you thought.

  12. Stina,
    I think your friend would enjoy the book. :)

  13. Shannon,
    Some stories stay with us for a long time. That must be the sign of a good story. Rebound has a happy ending, so keep that in mind.



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