Sunday, June 15, 2014

Guest Author - Ann Lee Miller

Tattered Innocence
by Ann Lee Miller

No one is perfect. We all make mistakes. Sometimes we make them knowingly and without a thought to the consequences they might bring upon us and those around us. That’s the theme of this book. Rachel made a choice that almost separated two families. Jake made a similar decision. Neither one feels that they can ever be loved or love another again.

They are both trying to run away from the choices they made, running away from God at the same time. It isn’t until they run into the arms of God that they can deal with their past mistakes and be able to face their futures.

The only problem I had with the book was that the transitions seemed to be missing sometimes. There were a few times I had to go back and re-read something to understand that Jake or Rachel were looking back to the past. There were a few places when the POV changed abruptly, which was also a little confusing.

Not a blatantly Christian book, but a fairly clean read. The things that were included were pertinent to the story. Overall, I really did enjoy the story. I will be purchasing more of this author’s book in the future.

A Word From the Author:

Tattered Innocence, my first novel, drew heavily from living on a sailboat as a kid. I re-wrote it about thirty-seven times over seventeen years. Finally, an excellent freelance editor salvaged the mess I'd made by helping me infuse continuity and order.

I was raised by a Catholic mother and a guilt-manipulator father. Just growing up earned me a Ph.D. in guilt. Guilt is universal, we all struggle with it to varying degrees. I wanted to paint a picture of what it feels like to "recover" after we've done something that goes against our moral code. God pours out His forgiveness, but it's hard to absorb because of shame, remorse, and the difficulty of forgiving ourselves. Tattered Innocence is one woman's journey into God's forgiveness.

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Ann Lee Miller earned a BA in creative writing from Ashland (OH) University and writes full-time in Phoenix, but left her heart in Florida, where she grew up. She loves speaking to young adults and guest lectures on writing at several Arizona colleges. Over 100,000 copies of her debut novel, Kicking Eternity, have been downloaded from Amazon. She blogs sailing memoir at