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Jasmine
     

Jasmine

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by April McGowan
 

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She survived her past...but can she face it?

Jasmine is a survivor. She's lived through the abuse of her father, running away at age fourteen, and living on the streets. Now she counsels at-risk young women--giving them a second chance at life.

But when her mother dies, can Jasmine go home again and face all she's forced herself to forget for

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She survived her past...but can she face it?

Jasmine is a survivor. She's lived through the abuse of her father, running away at age fourteen, and living on the streets. Now she counsels at-risk young women--giving them a second chance at life.

But when her mother dies, can Jasmine go home again and face all she's forced herself to forget for the last twenty years? Or will the past she has long forgotten take over her present once again?

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016653471
Publisher:
WhiteFire Publishing
Publication date:
06/15/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,075,929
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

April McGowan loves to read and write inspirational fiction. She made her début into publication with Jasmine. She and her husband, two children, and her ‘mews’, Spookers, live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. April is a member of Oregon Christian Writers and American Christian Fiction Writers. When she’s not writing, homeschooling her two children, or playing board games, you might find her at her drum kit, imagining she’s on a world tour. Hey, it could happen.

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Jasmine 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
April McGowan’s debut novel, Jasmine, is a must-read! Had I not seen her brief bio on the cover, I would have anticipated that this was written by a seasoned, multi-published author. April immediately pulls one into the world of Jazz, a woman who counsels young women who are “at-risk” – girls who live on the street, or are on drugs, or have endured physical or sexual abuse – to help them have a better life. Jazz knew what she was doing, what would happen to the girls if they did not have redirection. She had run away from home when she was 14, a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of her father. Jazz, named Jasmine at birth, was contacted by an attorney’s office after her mother passed away requesting that she return for the reading of the will. It stated that her father had died about ten years prior. The attorney signing the letter was none other than her childhood best friend, the one she abandoned without so much as an explanation or a goodbye. Jazz headed for the place of the early years of her life with promises to stay in close contact with Brandi, the woman she worked for. Brandi was also her friend, counselor and mentor, and knew better than anyone what that trip could cost. With great wisdom and skill, April leads us on a journey with Jazz where she had to face not only her worst memories, but those people and situations that she had forgotten or blocked from her conscious mind. April shows with incredible sensitivity the emotions that Jazz had put on hold for many long years, including betrayal, aching emptiness, shame, even rage – and how Jazz is willing to cut herself off again from family and old friends to avoid looking into the deepest parts of her shredded spirit. Yet for her own healing, is it the best thing to do – as it is no longer the easiest, nor the safest. I highly recommend this book! My heart ached, grieved, even feared through this novel – April McGowan has a true gift from the Lord for writing, for understanding the human heart, and for demonstrating what the Lord can do in the most painful situations of life. Typically I would anticipate any great non-fiction work to be one that does not leave the reader unchanged. Jasmine, a work of fiction reflective of that which is played out in cities across America today, also does not leave the reader unchanged.
SandiRog More than 1 year ago
Powerful Read I had a hard time putting this book down. And when I thought I knew where the story was going, the author flipped me for a loop! Not only was this well-written, the story really touched a cord deep within my heart. It helped me to understand someone I care about who was abused in a similar fashion, and it opened my eyes to why she’s so defensive and hard to love. Love requires opening oneself up, being vulnerable, and April McGowan brought that to life in Jasmine. I now know not to take it personally, and not to give up. So, not only was this a great story, it was a life lesson. Thank you, April, for an amazing read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago