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Wonderful story! Jun 15, 2008
I enjoyed this novel alot!
Jaie is one of the most complex characters I have read in the last year. I liked getting to know her very much. This is much more than a romance, it the the story of her coming to maturity by dealing with her past, present and future. Jaie has immense fortitude. Her coming to realize that Terez is the best thing to come her way in years is a joy to watch as is unfolds. I especially enoyed listening to her analyse herself, the people around her and events that take place.
Also, having gone to a local Philadelphia university the setting brought back wonderful memories.
From the publisher's website - Twenty-eight-year-old Ph.D. candidate, Jaie Baxter, is supremely confident about three things: She will become a noted writer. She'll win the prestigious Adamson Prize. And she can have any woman who grabs her attention.
Jaie's arrogance begins to slip away however, the day she meets Terez Overton, a woman whose ethnicity matches hers, but whose background is the exact opposite. Jaie's confidence vanishes completely with the arrival of a scheming ex-lover, Seneca Wilson, who re-enters the picture armed with the nightmarish recollections of an unsolved murder and threatening to hold all of Jaie's future happiness hostage. How will Jaie deal with her past's truths and their spirit-breaking power?
Breaking Jaie is hard to do Oct 21, 2007
S. Renee Bess mixes a fine weave of love, pain and higher education in BREAKING JAIE, the compelling novel that chronicles the romance of two very different graduate students.
Jaie Baxter is a Ph.D. candidate with a overly confident attitude and a harrowing past. After witnessing her brother's murder and living with a dysfunctional mother, she won't allow anyone to get too close. That anguish, coupled with the heartache from the only woman Jaie has ever loved, proved only to propel her success as she grew into an exceptional student and a great writer -- and top-notch player.
Until she meets Terez Overton one day in the English department office. Terez didn't grow up rough like Jaie, instead living in the suburbs and enjoying the comforts of middle-class life. She's never met someone like Jaie; the thought of beginning a relationship with someone so unlike herself tells Terez to proceed with caution, especially once she gets wind of Jaie's gigolo tendencies.
S. Renee Bess put her foot in Breaking Jaie, with its concoction of love and suspense. There are plot twists thrown in to keep you guessing. Bess, the author of Leave of Absence, pleasantly surprised me with the contemporary tone of the book; the maturity of the characters will please both young and older readers. Bess has managed to do it again with this one, and manages to keeps me patiently waiting for the next.