Book Review | Backseat Saints

Title: Backseat Saints

Author: Joshilyn Jackson

Book Description:

Rose Mae Lolley is a fierce and dirty girl, long-suppressed under flowery skirts and bow-trimmed ballet flats. As “Mrs. Ro Grandee” she’s trapped in a marriage that’s thick with love and sick with abuse. Her true self has been bound in the chains of marital bliss in rural Texas, letting “Ro” make eggs, iron shirts, and take her punches. She seems doomed to spend the rest of her life battered outside by her husband and inside by her former self, until fate throws her in the path of an airport gypsy—one who shares her past and knows her future. The tarot cards foretell that Rose’s beautiful, abusive husband is going to kill her. Unless she kills him first.

Hot-blooded Rose Mae escapes from under Ro’s perky compliance and emerges with a gun and a plan to beat the hand she’s been dealt. Following messages that her long-missing mother has left hidden for her in graffiti and behind paintings, Rose and her dog Gretel set out from Amarillo, TX back to her hometown of Fruiton, AL, and then on to California, unearthing a host of family secrets as she goes. Running for her life, she realizes that she must face her past in order to overcome her fate—death by marriage—and become a girl who is strong enough to save herself from the one who loves her best.

BACKSEAT SAINTS will dazzle readers with a fresh and heartwrenching portrayal of the lengths a mother will go to right the wrongs she’s created, and how far a daughter will go to escape the demands of forgiveness. With the seed of a minor character from her popular best-seller, GODS IN ALABAMA, Jackson has built a whole new story full of her trademark sly wit, endearingly off-kilter characters, and utterly riveting plot twists.

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My thoughts:

Backseat Saints is a page-turning heart-gripper.  Once I started reading, I wasn’t able to put the story down.  It will surprise you, break your heart and make your heart leap out of your chest.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and reading about the life of Rose Mae Lolley and her aliases “Mrs. Ro Grandee” and Ivy Rose. My heart went out to her.  This was an enjoying read because it has unique aspects to it from other novels about domestic abuse.  It also contained very thought out and detailed characters; they were made so real and unique to me.  Rose Mae is an unstoppable character who is the victim but certainly doesn’t act like a victim.  She knows how to get things done even with the heartache all around her.  This book has been added to my intimate book collection, and I look forward to reading more from Joshilyn Jackson.  She is very skilled with the pen; every detail of the story was methodical and detailed.  I felt I was there with Rose Mae as a fly on the wall.

Buy It: You can buy “Backseat Saints” for $24.99

Disclaimer: This book was provided for review. I was in no way compensated for this post. Everything written is my own thoughts and feelings. Thank you!


Heather is a full time mom of 2 little boys (so far). She spends her days reading, writing, blogging, playing under the sun while also being mother and wife. She loves her life with her family in beautiful Charleston, SC.

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