About the Book
Jeanie thinks she was to blame for the sexual assault she suffered in college—and she’d do anything to keep her old-school Catholic family from finding out about the resulting pregnancy, as well as what she did to conceal it.
Years have passed since the assault, and Jeanie’s husband, Greg, still thinks she’s the seemingly innocent girl he married in a rush to spite his controlling mother. It’s the height of the Seattle dot-com boom, and he’s too busy cashing in his stock options to pay attention to his wife. He isn’t aware of Jeanie’s lingering shame and guilt, or that she married him in the desperate hope that devoting herself to marriage and motherhood would somehow absolve her from the sins in her past.
Their hidden agendas collide when Greg discovers evidence of Jeanie’s long-ago pregnancy. As she confesses the details of that drunken night with her married professor, Greg’s pristine image of her is blown. His shock deepens into violent fury, and Jeanie realizes she needs to leave him—but Greg won’t let her go. He’s up for a big promotion, and he’s not about to let her ruin his reputation by walking out on him. He’ll resort to blackmail if necessary. Or worse.
Praise for Absolution
“Absolution, Regina Buttner’s captivating debut, draws back the curtain of a seemingly perfect marriage to reveal the dark and complex dynamic between a manipulative narcissist and a woman desperate to make amends for her past. The story reveals that when we seek forgiveness, we must also accept it for ourselves.” – Kaira Rouda, USA Today bestselling author of The Favorite Daughter
“A gripping, heart-wrenching story of a woman walking the tightrope
between the traditional values she was raised with and a marriage that
threatens to destroy her.” —Kristyn Kusek Lewis Author of Perfect Happiness and Half of What You Hear
Look at this little book baby. Read that synopsis. Then pre-order this one so you can devour this story (and you only have less than a week to wait!). But yeah, this was a deep book and yet I couldn’t put it down. There were so many layers to the story and I couldn’t help but sympathize with Jeanie.
Greg is the type of person/character that just makes you want to slap them. So you’ll find yourself rooting for Jeanie and celebrating when she becomes empowered by herself. And anyone who has dealt with someone who thinks they can control you by playing with your emotions understands just how Jeanie felt and even how difficult it can be to leave the situation.
One thing I’m shocked about is that this was a debut novel! It had such heavy content yet was pulled off so well that it took you on the journey with our MC instead of telling us that story. So while this book might not be digestible by everyone, it is a powerful read that I think people need to pick up. Especially because I think many people can relate to at least some aspect of this story.
About the Author
Regina is a registered nurse-turned-writer from beautiful upstate New York where she enjoys hiking in the Adirondack Mountains, paddling on the Genesee River, and exploring the Finger Lakes wine country. ABSOLUTION is her first novel.
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