Thursday, March 7, 2013

{Glass Road Blog Tour} The Return of Cassandra Todd by Darrel Nelson

Book Description:  When the popular girl whose friends bullied him in high school suddenly reenters his life, little son in tow, Turner Caldwell must put the past behind him if they are to survive.
Turner Caldwell works at a local motel as a handyman while attending college full-time. On his way to class one day, he is shocked to see Cassandra Todd and her young son in town. The sight of her brings back powerful memories of being bullied in high school—she was the popular head cheerleader and he the target of her friends’ mean-spirited pranks.
When Cassandra and her son check into the motel where he works and she asks for his help in eluding her abusive husband, he finds himself entangled in a dangerous drama that will require him to forgive and draw on every skill he has if they are to survive.

My Thoughts:  Cassandra Todd is not one of "those" girls that I would have hung around in high school.  She and her "cheer" squad are quite mean and they are bullies. Those teens who they think others are beneath them. So many of these girls lack character and, as in, Cassandra's case, she ends up marrying Brad, the high school football captain who was a bully.
Now, that she and Brad are married and have a sweet four year old son, Justin, Brad has indicated that he will beat Justin.  
Cassandra refuses to let her child be an abused child and takes off to the place where she grew up.
Turner Caldwell suffered humiliation from the bullying of Brad,  Cassandra and their friends.  Ironically one of first people that Cassandra meets again is Turner Caldwell.  Turner is one nice, sharp guy.  He works as a handyman at the local hotel and takes courses at the college.  When things being to get tough Turner is about the only one who can help Cassandra and Justin.
To me this great read is about character.  Those who are bullies in high school are usually bullies in their adult life, too. This read contains  a lot of suspense! Darrell Nelson is one of those authors who is good with those hold.your.breath.moments.  I, also, like the imagery that Mr. Nelson uses to make the reader feel as if she were the character...              ". . . she stepped into the hallway as cautiously as though walking through a minefield . . ."  (p. 1)
And then there's a life lesson about forgiveness . . . forgiving, letting go and living a Godly life.  It's not easy to forgive but as this book points out~forgiveness can only come with God's help!
*This book was provided for review by Glass Road PR*
Meet The Author: 
Darrel Nelson is the author of The Anniversary Waltz and ateacher. He writes novels, articles, plays, and music. He has bachelor’s degrees in English and education from the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. 
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Realms (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1621360210
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621360216

1 comment:

  1. Tammy, thanks so much for taking the time to read and review my novel. I'm grateful for your positive, encouraging comments. Hopefully, you'll also enjoy my future novel, Following Rain.