I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by CelebrateLit. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.Not a Word by Chautona Havig
Published by Createspace on March 3rd 2013
Genres: Christian, Romance, Values & Virtues
I’m saying that I’m not going to trash someone else’s reputation in a futile attempt to restore mine. Everyone would believe her. Why shouldn’t they? It’s probably the only lie she’s ever told in her life. Just happens to be the lie that ruined mine.
Words have power. Add a solid reputation behind those words, and they have the power to destroy.
It began with a lie.
Mac’s life changed irrevocably with a false accusation. Blissfully unaware of the carnage she left behind when she moved from Brant’s Corners, Savannah Forrester is back and when Mac sees her at church–with a boy–he wants answers.
For eight years he’s lived under the cloud of her accusations–without defending himself. He kept her secret. He endured the shame and the life-altering consequences.
Savannah can set the record straight. Mac says no. The ultimate question remains: what is best for Rory.
And who is Rory anyway?
Remember last week when I posted about the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt featuring books by Chautona Havig? Every day a different book by a different reviewer. You can catch all the books here –> Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt. I was blessed to have the opportunity to read ‘Not a Word’ and I can’t gush enough about this book. If you remember earlier this year when I first had the opportunity to read Chautona she shot to the favorite’s list. This is my fourth book so far this year and while each one is different each one also reminded me why I really like this author. This book is completely different than the others. There’s no mystery, no whodunit, however there are people with real situations living real life while trying to begin to figure it out.
It’s know, in close circles, that I’m either hyper noticing things that are a bit off or completely oblivious. That can change in a matter of moments. While totally engrossed in the words on my screen I noticed once that Mac had become Mack. Honestly, no one else will probably notice it. I didn’t bookmark it so don’t ask me where it is. Otherwise, perfect-ish. Some of the characters were introduced so quickly with so little preamble that I had difficulty later trying to distinguish who some named person was. Of course that was partly the way they were introduced and partly my issue with names. That’s all I got people. Really.
This book drew me in, dragged me along, and frustrated the tomatoes out of me at times but I never wanted to walk away. I needed to know how it would all work out. I loved that Savvy wasn’t created as a perfect goody-goody. I needed to despise her. I loved that Mac was flawed and confused and yet steadfast in who he was, and wasn’t. I needed to struggle along with him. If you have been intrigued by Havig’s mysteries, as I have, this is a step outside that and shows the depth this author has. When you take on subject matter that speaks to the heart, it doesn’t matter the way you get there, it’s that you step up to do it. And sometimes the happy ending you thought you needed to bring closure is really just a happy beginning.
*Trigger Warning* I feel it necessary to include this with this book. There is mention of rape and a false accusation thereof that builds this story and carries it forward. While not detailed in this book, though the accusation is, this could be upsetting for some readers. While the book is amazing, I do realize that it may not be so for all readers.