Thursday, April 22, 2010

I'll Know You By Heart
Kimberly Job
  • Paperback: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Valor Publishing Group;
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935546139
Stephanie covered her head, knowing Mark liked to kick her when she was down. Sure enough, she felt the first kick on her left side, just below her shoulder. She braced herself for another one when she heard Tyson's voice. "Stop, Dad!"
"Uncovering her face, she was shocked to see Tyson holding a huge kitchen knife to his father's back.

Stephanie has been married to Mark long enough to have three children, including 16-year-old Tyson. Long enough to know just what Mark is capable of, even though in her heart she knows that she deserves it all. But the kids don't deserve it and she knows she has to leave and take them out of danger.

Across town, Jared is adjusting the role of single father after the death of his wife, Cheryl. After six-weeks off to help four-year-old Katie through the trauma, he is returning to work and needs a part-time baby-sitter.

Jared and Stephanie meet for the first time at a doctor's office, but each feels he/she has known the other one for a long time. But is either of them ready to let someone new into his/her life?

This tense new novel, I'll Know You By Heart by Kimberly Job, wastes no time in getting into the world of domestic abuse. The author is vivid in her descriptions of the horrors and realities of the abuse that goes on behind closed doors of "good families." At the same time, she makes the passages short enough that the reader can keep reading. The love that Stephanie and the children still have for Mark, in spite of everything, threatens to put the family back into their old life.

I'll Know You By Heart
is listed in the Romance genre, which is hard to believe in the beginning, but out of the chaos and sadness, a romance slowly blooms. Stephanie gets a glimpse of how a man should treat a woman and finds that she likes it. Mark starts to show a kinder side in an attempt to win Stephanie back. I won't spoil the ending here. You'll want to read this one yourself. Just be sure to reserve enough time to finish the whole book.

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Kimberly Job said...

Thanks for the review, Mary! I love how you presented the book. It made even me want to read it! :)

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

thanks for the review! There are a lot of books I need to get my hands on!

Wendy Swore said...

Nice Review, and the book sounds interesting. Domestic abuse is one of those hush hush things that happen behind closed doors of "nice" families.

Anything that sheds light on the issue is a good thing. I'll look it up.


Tamara said...

Thanks for the post. I'd seen the cover of this one but didn't know the story. I can't wait to pick it up read it.