- Title: Good Girl
- Author: Norman Hall
- Genre: Contemporary Fiction
- Pages: 302
- Publisher: Amazon Digital Services on 02/01/2019
- Format: Kindle Edition
- Rating: 5/5 Stars
Synopsis of Good Girl:
Twenty-three-year-old Jessica Anne Khalid, alone and penniless, thinks she has reached rock bottom. But within forty-eight hours things will go from bad to worse. In the face of extreme adversity, she summons up the courage to take back control. Abandoning what little she has left, including her identity, she sets out to seek a better life. Elsewhere, lonely widower and retired army officer Peter Jeffries, stricken by grief and racked with guilt, contemplates his limited future alone. When their paths cross, she discovers a kindred spirit, he sees his last chance to make amends, and together they learn the true meaning of unconditional love.
My Review of Good Girl:
Good Girl written by author Norman Hall is a tragic tale of abuse, loss, and some form of happiness. I will admit, right up front, that I had a difficult time reading this novel. This is a beautiful story and is incredibly well written, but the subject matter was almost too much for me.
Jess is a happy little girl in a loving family, until one day her father loses his steady job and her life is turned upside down in an instant. She takes to roaming the streets at night to avoid her father and his abusive ways. This is where she meets Mo. He takes her and makes her feel loved and safe, but for merely a short time until his true colors are revealed as well. Jess tries to keep it all together, but the world is too much for her to handle, so she does the one thing she can do, and that is to run away from her old life and reestablish a new identity far away from “home.” She roughs it until she can’t take it any longer, and she thinks that she has nothing to lose, but she looks up into the pouring rain, and she sees her lifeline! This is where her life changes forever.
I do wish that I could say that this story has a happy ending, but to be honest, I found it bittersweet.
This book is entertaining but difficult to read. I wish that I could find a problem with this novel so that I could warn my viewers not to read it, but I can’t do that. Mr. Hall writes with such emotion and integrity that it seems almost as if he has lived this tale. The abuse, the violence, the loss, the sacrifices, I cannot even begin to explain how well written these scenes are. This author is truly gifted with the pen.
I will recommend this book to anyone who is in the mood for a heavy and drama-filled tome. However, if you have a delicate disposition, this novel may not be for you. The one thing that I can say for sure is that if you do choose to read this book, you will not be sorry. It will enrich your soul and make you think the deepest of thoughts.
With these ideas in mind, I am awarding Good Girl a full 5 out of 5 stars. Every word has meaning, and a reader will not come away disappointed. They may have a heavy heart and be a bit melancholy for a little while after reading, but never will there be any disappointment.
Thank you to Mr. Norman Hall for providing me with a copy of his book in exchange for an honest review.
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