PLAYING WITH MATCHES
July 10, 2012
Rating: 4 Cups
Clea Shine is an expert at keeping secrets. She was raised in a tiny town by the name of False River, Mississippi; the unwanted daughter of the town whore. When a hurricane destroys her home, she realizes her life is in total disarray. Clea retreats with her children to the one place she swore she would never go—Home.
Her adult life has been spent running from the truth about her origins. As the present collides with the past, Clea is forced to face facts. Sometimes the past is not what we thought it was. She tentatively reconnects with those she never thought to see again and begins to see that time has a way of making us ready to see the truth.
With another bad storm fast approaching, Clea begins the task of facing her past; discovering how the frayed fabric of her childhood has affected her present, setting things straight, and protecting the future. In the end, she discovers that home is the one place you can always go back to.
A true Southern novel, Playing with Matches has a unique voice that will immediately draw readers into Clea’s world. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will ask questions. Truly this is a novel that will make you pleasantly uncomfortable as it challenges the concept of perceptions and reminds us that family is what we make of it.
Reviewer for Coffeetime Romance & More