“In his darkness, I found my light.”
Once every so often (if you’re lucky enough) you come across a book that is everything you hoped it would be and more. It speaks to you in such a profound and deep level, you don’t think you could possibly read a book that could top this one. Disgrace by Brittainy C Cherry was that book for me; it was heartfelt, emotional and above all else real. It was a touching story of heartbreak, loss, love and the powerful connection between two people who were desperate to forget their pain.
Grace has been through so much heartache and pain in recent years. When her husband, Finn after years of marriage ends it, she decides to go back to her hometown of Chester, Georgia, to spend the summer with the one person who understands her, the one person who has always had her back, with no questions asked, her sister Judy.
Grace and Finn are from the same town and are both from affluent families, so it seemed somewhat fitting they would end up together. Unfortunately for Grace, when she arrives back in Chester, more heartache and betrayal awaits for her.
“Finley always caged me. Jackson allowed me to fly.”
Jackson is the bad boy of Chester. The town-folk view him as a monster and his father as the local drunk. They would love nothing more than to see the backs of both of these men. To them, these two men are nothing but trouble. Jackson has not had an easy time in Chester since his arrival there with both of his parents. He was bullied as a child, he never had any friends and subsequently he never really felt he fit in. His parents, seeing the despair in their child, bought him his best friend, a black Labrador whom he named Tucker. Tucker was Jackson’s constant companion right through his childhood into adult hood and it was so beautiful to read; no one who is an apparent monster could love a dog as much as Jackson loved Tucker.
To say Jackson and Grace’s first encounter together was rough would be putting it lightly. Jackson is not interested in being polite for the sake of being nice, he tells it like it is and if you don’t like it then that’s too bad, but hats off to Grace because she gives back as good as she gets and doesn’t put up with his rudeness.
“After an evening of drowning, the town’s bad seed was the one who’d helped me come up for a small breath of air.”
The more Grace notices Jackson around town and the more she gets to know him, the more she realises that there is so much more to him than just being the black sheep of the town. As she begins to peel back all the layers, she gets to truly understand his sorrow and pain which in turn makes her want to heal him and also herself. To Grace there is no greater sight than seeing Jackson smile and there is no greater sound than hearing him laugh.
“We were the classic cliché. She was the good girl next door, and I was the monster from around the block. We were perfect opposites for the perfect storm, and she was asking me to be her next flaw. To be her greatest mistake.”
Grace and Jackson are so different in so many ways, but so alike in so many others. While Grace is from the most affluent family in Chester, the church family that essentially run the town, Jackson is from the wrong family, the one the town don’t want around. They have both been through so much immense pain, sorrow and heartache that they learn to trust each other, depend on each other and together they learn to forget, even if for just a little while.
I absolutely loved Disgrace and Brittainy C Cherry’s ability to tell a story with such beautiful words that had me feeling every emotion possible. Her writing is always so vivid and I felt everything that was portrayed between the pages and loved every second of it. I am in awe of Jackson and Grace’s story and could not recommend Disgrace enough.
About the Author:
Hi! I’m Brittainy! Join me as we travel through my mind as a Romance Author. This includes such things as my random thoughts, tricks, tips, things I’m learning, things I’m re-learning, things I’m forgetting, and my weird ways of crafting stories.