“Mississippi Nights” is a gritty and down-to-earth story that probes some pretty deep emotional waters. The family bond between the two Boyette brothers is broken when David cannot forgive Jeremy for letting his fiance die in a fiery accident. Jeremy cannot forgive himself and has returned home after several years away with a secret. Pastor’s daughter Maggie becomes an important person in Jeremy’s life but is her love enough to free him from his personal demons?
Not only is this book an emotional roller coaster ride, its quickly moving plot is also filled with lots of action and surprises. At times it was difficult to read because the anger between the brothers was so realistic but I appreciated the way they showed their anger without profanity. Several tense scenes had me holding my breath and hoping for a positive outcome. Character development is so natural that I found myself often disliking David and Jeremy while rooting for them at the same time.
Some tough subjects are covered including child neglect and alcoholism in all its ugliness. Despite all its gritty reality, “Mississippi Nights” is a clean and redemptive tale that left me with a positive feeling at its end. It is a story that will stay with me for awhile. I look forward to reading more by this author.
This book was provided for review by The Book Club Network.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Two brothers, one death–the bond of brotherhood faces its greatest challenge against resentment and guilt. Can the love between two brothers eventually win against pain and guilt?
When Firefighter David Boyette’s fiancée perishes in a car fire, he blames his brother, Sgt. Jeremy Boyette, for her death.
Three years later, David returns home with a dark and devastating secret. With the help of family, a woman’s love, and a small child’s devotion, can David overcome insurmountable odds as he and Jeremy face the bitterness that enslaves him?
Together the brothers must decide if the bond of brotherhood is stronger than resentment and hate.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Daphne Self, writing as D.M. Webb, is the author of 30 Days: A Devotional Memoir (2013), Mississippi Nights (2012), and I Lost My Hat (2009). Her children’s devotional, Balaam and the Donkey, appeared on www.devokids.com (April 2013). Between her writing the next novel, marketing her published works, and reviewing books on her blog, Rebel Book Reviews, she volunteers as an ACFW judge for First Impressions, Genesis, and Carol Awards. Her travels and life with her family makes life interesting and provides plenty of material for storylines.