Work hard. Play hard. Love hard. That's the Southern way.
Revell Marshall has built a life and career working with objects as fragile and damaged as Scarlett while reassembling the delicate stained glass windows that saved the small town of Crossroads, Alabama from ruin. He's determined to do whatever it takes to lure the one girl he's always loved back to Alabama, even if he has to rid the town of someone keeping her away. Once Scarlett returns, he'll do anything to win her heart. Even if he has to help her piece together the facts of her mother's past and expose old secrets he'd rather leave buried.
Stay clear of the past to protect the future. That's the survivor's way.
Scarlett Marbry a child prodigy, and an acclaimed Sacred Harp singer until the day her mother committed suicide knows she's never been good enough for Revell. In the aftermath of tragedy, she refused to sing another note, running away from Crossroads and whatever pushed her mother over the edge. Seven years later family obligations and a long lost letter lure her back, but she'll have to face the one she left behind and a horrible truth she never intended to encounter.
What if the love you thought would always be yours turns out to be forbidden?
You better hold tight to your heart...
Just in case.
Alabama Secret Series
Each book is a stand alone novel with crossover characters.
Just in Case Book 1
Just Close Enough Book 2
**+17 due to language, sexual situations, and extremely sensitive subject matter**
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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 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. Every second of Scarlett’s story tore my heart to shreds. 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. 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. The world that was woven by Elizabeth Marx so vivid and rich I can’t properly convey the way that spending time in it made me feel. 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.
All I can say is WOW. This is a very intense story about Revell and Scarlett and their lives. Dealing with familial sexual abuse is never easy, not in the writing and not in the reading. There are so many twists and turns in this story that sometimes I was not sure who said or did what. You begin to think you know how the story will progress and then Surprise, it changes. Even though this story is depicted in the South, it could happen anywhere. In this town of Crossroads, it seems that everyone is related, however distantly, and everyone has secrets. I don't want to give anything away about this story but be prepared to be emotionally involved as the story gets more volatile and sad as the secrets are released. This is not your typical happily ever after.
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 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 4.6 stars out of 5. Go get it and stick with it even if you are a little bored in the beginning.
Small Southern towns are full of charm and full of secrets. Just in Case by Elizabeth Marx shows that Crossroads is definitely a small Southern town that has both charm and a ton of secrets. When the secrets come out, will everyone survive? The book takes you through discovering these secrets and what happens with that discovery.
Elizabeth Marx knows how to write a great story. I've read two other books by her and they've both been phenomenal. Initially I wanted to start off by sharing what my thoughts were when I finished reading the book, but there's a lot of "Oh my Gods" and other irreverent mutterings which are probably best left not shared. I sincerely doubt my words are going to be able to do this book justice. As it is I've only barely been able to refrain myself from stalking the author online and asking when the next book in this series will be out. For everyone who fears the cliffhanger, you're safe, there isn't one, but there are so many stories from Crossroads, Alabama that need to be told. Elizabeth Marx says she's not a Southerner and hailing from Chicago, I think she did an unbelievably great job at nailing the attitudes and saying used in this book. As a life long Southerner, I've heard many of these sayings before and although they aren't used as often any more, it felt like a little slice of home seeing them in print. Others whose families are native Southerners for generations will further attest to the authenticity of the book, but this book truly had the Southern flavor that's lacking from books these days. Coming back to the story, I don't even know where to start or what to say. It's just that I found myself putting aside everything else to read one more page, one more chapter. I didn't complain once about being tired the next day and the loss of sleep and functioning brain power was totally worth it. I felt this book in my soul. I loved being in Scarlett's head and in Revell's too. It's fitting this book was a dual point of view because these two were truly the other halves of each other. Reading about their fears and why they were separated for years from one another was painful. Scarlett was determined not to stay there in the town she hated and where she was hated too, even if it meant answers she'd been waiting her whole life for. Revell was as determined to keep her there, even though he knew the secrets revealed would be painful for everyone to hear. While this story focuses mainly on Revell and Scarlett, the town of Crossroads, Alabama and it's citizens played an integral part in the story. Polly, Scarlett's friend and Alex the "Yankee Carpetbagger" had an amazing story arc. I can't wait to read more about them. Also since over half the town was related to Scarlett one way or another, it was interesting to see their interactions with her, especially since they wanted to get their piece of the inheritance promised if Scarlett left town before the time allotted in her grandfather's will. I wanted her to stay and get the answers she wanted, but the build up to the truth seemed like it would be devastating. I must say some of the situations that happened in this book greatly shook me to the core. I railed and cursed and cried, but it was all part of the story and Revell and Scarlett's journey to the truth. People who have triggers shouldn't go into this book blind, but it's the twists this book takes that make it so amazing. Just thinking about it now makes my chest tighten all over again. This book has it all, great romance, great storytelling, pain, fear, and realization. It deals with so many tough issues and it's impossible not to be affected by the book. I couldn't get enough of it. Stained is the perfect title for this story of loss, love, roots, and redemption.