Now that her grandparents are both gone another mystery to solve , she has returned home for their funeral. This is Revell's chance to try to win Scarlett's love once and for all.
I loved Revell, this guy has a huge heart, is super sensitive, a talented artist, and has love for only one woman. He's just a great guy! Scarlett and Revell try to unravel some of the mysteries of their pasts. The more they learn the more questions seem to form. The deeper they dig the more unsure they are if they really want the answers, but they must find out. This is one of those books that I sat on the edge of my seat reading, wondering what could possible happen or go wrong next.
I really really enjoyed this book. There is a lot of emotional, traumatic events that are uncovered. So beware before you read this book that it will pull on your emotions and there are some totally unexpected events that take place. I have to say that I truly enjoyed Elizabeth Marx of writing and I look forward to reading more work by her.
She has a nice flow of writing that made this story a very enjoyable reading experience. Marx has in store for the other characters. I'm sure she has some great stories to tell. I was very lucky to receive a copy of this book to read to share my thoughts with you. As always it has been my absolute pleasure to share my thoughts. Jul 29, Teresa Jones rated it it was amazing. Stained was the first book that I had read by Elizabeth Marx, and trust me she had me cover to cover so it will not be the last! Elizabeth knows how to spin a story to keep you transfixed in the lives and stories of the characters.
In Stained we meet the lovely Scarlett, whose life took a dramatic turn when her mother committed suicide in front of her. She left the town she grew up in to get away from the darkness of her past. After years away of building a new life, she must once again return to Stained was the first book that I had read by Elizabeth Marx, and trust me she had me cover to cover so it will not be the last!
While Scarlett was building a life away from it all, Revell was also building a life. A life in glass. His delicate work on stained glass windows is putting the small town of Crossroads back on the map, while he stays close to his roots, never forgetting the beautiful Scarlett whom he has never stopped thinking of for all these years. When Scarlett returns, Revell sees his chance to show Scarlett how he feels about her and is determined to win her heart. Wanting to be whatever Scarlett needs he sets out to help her piece together the details of what happened in the past while constantly showing her, that he has always been the one for her and that he always would be.
Together they experience the ups and downs of what revelations about the past can bring. Elizabeth has outdone herself with this story. The writing style is smooth and captivating and the emotions that the characters show are ones with which so many of us can relate. This book will draw you in and hold you until the final page and even then…you will be wishing there was more. Aug 17, Heather andrews rated it it was amazing.
Lately it's been small towns and country boys that I want to read about and this book had that and the cover was pretty. Revell sweet lord in heaven that boy can make any girl drop her panties, and I fell in love with him the first time he and Scarlett got in a little tizzy, "the cheerleader lost her map to Crossroads the summer I had to come back here and help out when my daddy died," Revell whisper-hissed leaning over the bar toward me.
It certainly wasn't going to make me love you any less. Aug 13, Heather rated it really liked it. He fell in love with Scarlett when she was fourteen and still loved her six years later. He proved and showed his love on basically every page of the book and it was amazing to see what he would do for her. This book had a powerful message and hit cords with me all along the way. I highly recommend this book to any and every one. There might be some aspects that are disturbing but it totally plays into the story and makes sense.
Thank you Elizabeth for another amazing read! Jul 18, Krista Schuldt rated it it was amazing. Wow this book was so good. I loved Cutters vs Jocks and Binding Arbitration and have been looking forward to the release of Stained. Elizabeth Marx's books bring out strong emotions in me. Stained gave us Scarlett who had to learn about herself and her past and find a way to deal all while having Revell at her side not her just in case.
I could truelly picture his stained glass works of art while reading this and cant wait for more of their story. Scarlett still has a lot of healing and I hope t Wow this book was so good. Scarlett still has a lot of healing and I hope there is more along with more about Mandy as well as Polly Ana and Alex. Sep 12, Mia rated it it was amazing Shelves: special-victims-unit , yea-my-mothers-crazy , intense , best-cast , second-chances.
This book was very intriguing. Although, every uncomfortable dilemma was present in this novel the author did a good job developing a story that was classy and true to its setting. The writing style was great. I felt like I was in the south viewing the town drama first hand. I also enjoyed the mystery of that stupid letter! I love the main characters Scarlett and Revell. The cast was also well developed and multi dimensional. Very good read! Sep 18, Beth Wilson king rated it it was amazing. This is one book you won't want to put down.
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Marx for another master piece! View 1 comment. Jun 15, Monsterella Reviews rated it really liked it. There are secrets that we all keep close to us, those we don't want anyone else to know. The things that we feel that would be a burden to others if they knew, and we would do anything in our power to shield others from ever finding out. But what happens when the truth behind those secrets is exactly what our loved ones seek, what happens when they find out? Can they handle the weight of the burdens we have kept secret for so many years?
Should we create a back-up plan, just in case? The secrets There are secrets that we all keep close to us, those we don't want anyone else to know. The secrets that Scarlett's family harbored for so many years caused so much pain over so much time that when they finally came to the surface it was more than anyone was truly prepared for. Scarlett was born in Alabama where she and her mother lived with her grandparents, but left for Chicago shortly thereafter.
While she was growing up she would spend her vacation time visiting with her grandparents and her friends who were more like family. And as the years passed they still remained close, that is until the year Scarlett's mother took her life. Scarlett couldn't find it in herself to ever return to the place that held so many secrets and bad memories.
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Though when Scarlett's grandparents were killed in a fire on the anniversary of her mother's suicide, she returned for their funeral services. She didn't realize when she returned that her life would change forever and it didn't matter how many 'just in cases' she prepared for. The man she had always pined for, Revel, that she felt was out of her league showed her how much he truly loved her in many ways and tried to build up what was lost over the years she was away.
He knew some of the secrets that had been hidden from her for so long but still didn't know everything that would be revealed. After the light shined through the glass on the horrible things that lurked in the shadows, Scarlett found it to difficult to cope and ran away. Revell had built his own just in cases in hopes that one day she would return. However there are some things that people just have to deal with on their own, stains they must remove in order to move forward.
And for Scarlett finding out the truths that were hidden from her for so long may just be her demise. But she was a wise woman with Cherokee blood running through her veins and if she could just fight the demons head on and love more than hate she would come through the other side a much stronger woman than she ever thought she could be. But was it too late, was she stained forever? Jan 01, Maryanne rated it really liked it Shelves: series.
I can say that I literally enjoyed this book. I don't know if it's because through this book I remain trapped down there somewhere in the south with all these wise women "It's better to give the devil you don't know the keys to the larder' That way you'll always know here he is. I do not want much to write, because the thing is I don't want to reveal much, because the beauty of this book lies in the discovery, the letter that reveals so many things, uncertainty and hope on the one hand, and the confusion and despair on the other, which is present throughout the whole book.
And please, I wonder when they will resume Nov 13, Sarah rated it it was amazing. Elizabeth Marx absolutely blew me away again. I have long held Binding Arbitration on my short list but I think it may have been usurped by Just in Case. It was a beautiful story written in such a polished style, I am in awe.
I know this is a book I will be thinking of for weeks and months to come.
I went into Just in Case thinking I was going to get a book with a little bit of heavy and a lot of sweet; I was wrong, happily so. The secrets and lies that comprised Crossroads, Alabama were more tha Elizabeth Marx absolutely blew me away again. The secrets and lies that comprised Crossroads, Alabama were more than I could have ever anticipated. The webs perpetrated by the residents, so complex I feel I could spend years reading about them and never unwind all the threads.
I am still in awe of the intricacies that Elizabeth wound throughout this book. As she picked through the past she knew and the one she was just discovering her pain was palpable. Every revelation she came to shattered another piece of her soul; it was harrowing to watch, especially knowing there was still more pain coming once the contents of the letter were revealed. I was so completely and vitally moved by her destruction and resurrection it will be hard for any heroine to live up to her for quite some time.
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Just in Case is a story that must be experienced for yourself, any plot points I give would take away from the experience that is Crossroads, Alabama. By the time I finished this book it felt so deeply personal to me it is hard to think of another person reading it and experiencing it in the same way I did. There is a part of Scarlett that will always live in me, just as I am sure there is a part of me that I left in the pages of Just in Case. Sep 15, Crystal rated it it was amazing. I have read many books by this author and I have to say that I am never disappointed every time I am finished.
Each one deals on a subject that can send chills down your spin and give you another way of thinking. Yes this book talks about some things that people would call taboo, I thinks that is what gives a book character. Things that happen in this book really happen and yes we would love to think that it doesn't. I hate to even say that it has happened in my own family.
I was born in raised i I have read many books by this author and I have to say that I am never disappointed every time I am finished. I was born in raised in Virginia and there are times that I would like to disown my family and run away. They always come back anyway. Scarlett is a young woman that has the love of a man but has had a lot of things happen to her. Her mom committed suicide, the family that she had adopted in Chicago is killed in a wreck, and then her grandparents are in a house fire that looks like it was set on purpose.
She just wants to visit Alabama and never return again. Revell has loved Scarlett almost from the first time he saw her. He wants to marry her even thinking that he knows some of her families deepest, darkest secrets. He makes a living working with stain glass and he named it after Scarlett. There seems to be a lot of secrets going on in this town and there are many that don't want secrets to see the light of day.
I can't wait to read the other books in this series. I have found a great book that will forever be one of my favorites. I read this book awhile back but just couldn't seem to find the right words to write. It took a little bit for me to get over the emotions of the characters in this book and pull myself back into the real world.
I will just say to that read this book and keep an open mind. Jun 06, Lynn Smith rated it really liked it. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Scarlett Marbrey returns to her small Alabama town after the deaths of her grandparents. She just wanted to letter she had thought her mother wrote after her suicide. Otherwise she would have never stepped foot back in Crossroads again. Chicago was her home now and she had every intention of returning as soon as she got ahold of that letter. She never expected to be stuck there until Easter by the terms of the will.
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If she leaves sh I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. If she leaves she doesn't get the letter or the estate. Now she could care less about the estate. With being around Revell again was even harder then she thought. She just had to keep her wits about her so she didn't fall for him again. Even though he was determined to pick up where they left off. So many twists and turns in this book. Just when you thing you have one thing figured out it opens a whole new can of worms. As Scarlett unravels the mysteries of her past.
Revell is determined to be right there beside her. He isn't letting her get away thin time. The deeper they dig, the more it seems there are secrets that they are better off not revealing. But for the truth to be found they have to keep looking. Wonderful book full of mystery, intrigue, lost love and found love. It is amazing how many things can be kept a secret in such a small town.
This book follows Sister Scarlett Marbry who was a young girl when she found her mother hanging in her grandfather's church. Since then she has long since buried what happened in Alabama and thrives in Chicago, or so you think.
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When she gets called back to Alabama when her grandparents are found dead a fire in their house. Revell Marshall is going about business as normal when he finds Scarlett in his bar, the girl who got away from him but he never forgot about her. They had a close relationship This book follows Sister Scarlett Marbry who was a young girl when she found her mother hanging in her grandfather's church.
They had a close relationship but when Scarlett's mother died Scarlett was sent to live with friends in Chicago. Returning home for Scarlett has brought up all sorts of issues for people in town who believe that Scarlett's grandfather is a wonderful man and a great preacher but Scarlett knows otherwise. Now Scarlett has to come face to face with the horror of what she remembers from her childhood but can she trust Revell to be her just in case, and to build something with him?
My Just In Case: I loved this story so much it was so addicting while I read it I felt drawn to the characters and couldn't put it down and like Revell in the book my just in case is my wonderful husband of over 13 years. He has been there through so much good and bad and I know that when times get hard I can turn to him and he supports me and guides me when I need it but doesn't take away from choices I make.
Sep 06, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: ouab I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This is the journey of a young woman whose life is filled with questions and ghosts. It is a pilgrimage through rape, incest, murder, anger, betrayal, heartbreak, depression and ultimate love.
Sister Scarlett is thrown into discovering the answers to these questions and uncovering these ghosts following the deaths of her grandparents. You are invested within the first 5 pages. In I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. He is there to help her find the person she can be, if she is strong enough to try. Reading this book I was angry, outraged, depressed, happy, filled with sorrow and in the end joy. I needed tissues and cheered out loud.
This is not my usual genre, but I will now include Elizabeth Marx in my authors to watch for and read. Jun 17, Sunny rated it it was amazing. This book started out a little bit slow for me. I was not sure I was ever going to really like Scarlett. She comes off a spoiled girl that used her mother's suicide as an excuse to do whatever she wanted. This was just my first impression of her.
I wasn't that taken with Revell at first either. I was annoyed with him but as I kept going I had to give him some credit for putting up with Scarlett's shenanigans. Scarlett actually grew on me as the book went on. She was really smart and honestly I w This book started out a little bit slow for me. She was really smart and honestly I would not have stayed in that town either if I had to deal with all the nonsense that she did. I was sick to my stomach towards the end and everything unraveled. It takes a really great author to make you feel that much about characters.
I really ended up liking this story and I think that it was very powerful. I totally recommend it. There are several parts that are really funny. I actually laughed several times. Then of course I was on the total opposite side of things really upset through parts. I am giving this book 4. Go get it and stick with it even if you are a little bored in the beginning. Jun 16, Nicole Smith rated it it was amazing. A very emotional read.
Not just the main characters, but the citizens of Crossroads have gone through so much. There are many secrets being kept and soon one by one they are revealed. Scarlett has experienced so much in her young life I don't know how she can handle anymore bad news. The death of her grandparents has her coming back to Crossroads for the first time in years. Revell has loved Scarlett for his whole life and has hoped she would come back. The love he has for her is so unconditiona A very emotional read.
The love he has for her is so unconditional that you can't help, but root for him. It's heartbreaking as well when the answers Scarlett is looking finally answered. I enjoyed watching Revell woo Scarlett with his easy going charm and acceptance, but is it enough to keep Scarlett with him. I definitely shed a few tears in this one because it just pulls out the emotions in me.
The title fits this book so well. Also liked the secondary romance going on between Alex and Polly Anna. Jun 16, RedRedtheycallmeRed rated it really liked it. I'm not sure how to write a review for this. To try to explain it would be to give too much away, and this is the kind of book where the secrets need to be uncovered as you read it.
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To give away spoilers would be to lessen the impact of the story. This story is very southern, which is as foreign to me as China, but it fascinated me nonetheless. The entire region seemed to be composed of people from just three families, and everyone is up in everyone's business. Scarlett and Revell have plenty of s I'm not sure how to write a review for this. Scarlett and Revell have plenty of secrets between them, and plenty of hurt, but I couldn't help but want them to find their way back to each other. The supporting characters ranged from crazy to funny to evil, but none of them were boring.
I loved reading the stuff about the Sacred Harp singers and the stained glass, it just made the story that much more interesting. Jun 14, Cheryl rated it it was amazing. Secrets, secrets and more secrets. Questions with no answers because most of the secret keepers are dead. Scarlett was born in Crossroads, Alabama but was taken by her mother at an early age to live in Chicago. I'm not sure how to write a review for this. To try to explain it would be to give too much away, and this is the kind of book where the secrets need to be uncovered as you read it.
To give away spoilers would be to lessen the impact of the story. This story is very southern, which is as foreign to me as China, but it fascinated me nonetheless. The entire region seemed to be composed of people from just three families, and everyone is up in everyone's business. Scarlett and Revell have plenty of secrets between them, and plenty of hurt, but I couldn't help but want them to find their way back to each other. The supporting characters ranged from crazy to funny to evil, but none of them were boring. I loved reading the stuff about the Sacred Harp singers and the stained glass, it just made the story that much more interesting.
Stained is a compelling and heart wrenching tale of enduring love, secrets, and healing. You will fall in love with the people you meet in this story. Revel and Scarlett have an enduring love that they must find their way through seemingly insurmountable obstacles to share together. The supporting cast of "characters" will make you laugh but, they fit so well into the narrative you will leave wanting to know how they find their happy endings.
Give this book a try, and you won't be able to put it down, if you like it, read Cutters and Jocks next,. It was an okay story but it was very difficult for me to read because there were so many parts that I found myself just skimming or skipping. I don't believe I will read the next book.
Lately it's been small towns and country boys that I want to read about and this book had that and the cover was pretty. Revell sweet lord in heaven that boy can make any girl drop her panties, and I fell in love with him the first time he and Scarlett got in a little tizzy, "the cheerleader lost her map to Crossroads the summer I had to come back here and help out when my daddy died," Revell whisper-hissed leaning over the bar toward me. It certainly wasn't going to make me love you any less. I'm finding it hard to find the words to appropriately describe what I felt for this book. I started it and loved every sweet tea soaked page.
Marx truly captured the charm of the south in a way that blew my mind. This beautiful and tragic story ripped my heart out of my chest. This is not the same ole romance book. The tale is beautiful and profound. Her character's Revell and Scarlett or Sissy as her family calls her, boy oh boy are they ever smokin' hot? I rooted for this couple from the moment I met them. Revell is one charming and sexy man.
He loves Sissy so much and she doesn't feel she deserves his love. I loved these character's so much, Revell for his southern class and charm and Sissy for her sassy personality. The two of them together are perfect if only Revell can convince Sissy of that. Marx' writing style was stunning. She made me read each word and each word was so purposeful. She laid out a beautiful story that I couldn't put down.