Megan becomes Elaine. She changes her appearance along with her name to escape her vengeful spouse. With the help of new friends at the women’s shelter, she pieces together the broken shards of her life. Megan finds the strength to trust and love again when she meets soft-spoken Kevin. He supports Megan’s transformation from abused wife to confident woman. Life is full of potential with her new place, love and career, but Jason looms like a dark cloud. Unfortunately, Jason is not a big fan of happy endings, especially hers.
Megan thought she had found the man of her dreams when she hastily married Jason, against the wishes of her father and best friend. Instead she ends up with an abusive dominating husband. Eight years later she finds herself in a women's shelter in her home state of Kentucky along with her two young children. Normal things like buses and McDonalds amaze her kids since they've never been allowed outside their home. The kids are delighted to discover they have a loving grandfather.
As Megan tries to rebuild her life, Jason moves to her city assuming that's where she ran. He takes up with Carly, a waitress, and takes advantage of her kindness by moving in and spending her money. Carly has issues of her own ... her father abandoned her when she was young and she's been taking love wherever she can find it. She's happy to have a man and overlooks Jason's rude behavior.
Megan begins counseling and forms a friendship with the director of the counselling centre, Kevin. Though she is always looking over her shoulder, she becomes confident enough to find a job and do simple things like cut her hair and change her hair colour, despite memories of Jason accusing her of looking nice to attract other men.
This is the first book I've read by this author and I enjoyed it. I liked the writing style and thought it flowed well. The author tackled a difficult subject and I was curious to see how she would handle the ending ... it could have gone a few ways and none of them good. I was satisfied with how she ended it.
I liked the characters. Megan had made a mistake in marrying Jason and had been paying for it ever since. Now she's trying to start over and find herself again. She's lucky that she has the support of her dad, the people at the women's shelter and Kevin. It was interesting to watch the transformation of Megan and her kids. Jason was an arrogant A-hole and I was hoping something really bad would happen to him.
I'd recommend this book and look forward to reading other books by this author.