Under the Mayhaw Tree by Charlotte Boyett-Compo

Under the Mayhaw Tree

byCharlotte Boyett-Compo

Kobo ebook | April 21, 2015

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SWEET VICTORY

Small-town football star Drew Dunne sacrificed everything for friendship and guilt. He’s spent most of his life unloved and unwanted. A kind touch, a gentle smile, an encouraging word are all wisps of memory from before the accident. For him there is only family, duty, loyalty. And longing. Until he meets Allison.

When Allison Bennett looks in the mirror, she sees a woman whose life has gone from bad to worse. At the mercy of an abusive husband, sweet tenderness is something she can only dream about…until she finds it in the arms of Drew Dunne.

Not every sacrifice is worthwhile, not every promise is worth keeping, and events in a small Georgia town will test this pair to the very depths of their souls, but at the end of the journey is the truth that—if you’re willing to pay the price—true love can conquer all. Drew Dunne will finally be with the woman he loves. Or die trying.

Title:Under the Mayhaw TreeFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:April 21, 2015Publisher:Boroughs Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1942886144

ISBN - 13:9781942886143

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking *Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Book Plug Promotions in Exchange for an Honest and Fair Review* *Warning: This book includes quite a bit of sexual and physical abuse. If these topics are triggers for you, please do not read this book. Drew has had a hard life. That's putting it gently. He had an abusive father, his mother died at a young age, his chance at professional football was ruined, and the town he lived in blamed him for the death of his best friend. Add a group of men out to kill him and that’s Drews life summed up. Allison married young after having to quit college. She married a nice looking man who longed to be a coach. What other secrets did he have that he longed to achieve? This is not a book I can say I truly enjoyed. It was raw, graphic, and maybe in some parts, uncensored. It will tear at your heartstrings and possibly break you. This book depressed me from the beginning to about ¾ of the way through. It touches on subjects such as bullying, sexual and physical abuse, and had an incredible amount of violence in it. If you are of the faint of heart, this is not for you. Now, after what I've said above, I enjoyed reading the last ¾ of the book. I laughed, smiled, and enjoyed the story line. The author is incredibly descriptive in her writing. This was a positive and a negative throughout different parts of the book. As a whole, had I known more detail what the story line was, I probably wouldn't have read the book. It just is not my type of scene. The author did a great job writing this book though. Her writing flowed, the ideas flowed well, and the scenes fell together smoothly. If you like reading intensely dark books that surround themselves around such tragic stories like Drew had to tell, I think you will enjoy the book.
Date published: 2015-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Be prepared to be stunned & gripped by this book! One of the biggest questions running through my head after I finished reading this book was, "Why have I not read anything by Charlotte Boyett-Compo before? How is this just the first book?" This book was often painful and hard to read, but it was exciting and impossible to put down. It's amazing how much hope there was to be found in a story that seemed to only give Drew and Allison pain. My interest was captured from the very first page and stayed that way through the last page. I don't even know where to start when it comes to talking about Drew and Allison. Their situations were interminable and unbearable. I wanted to reach into the screen of my e-reader and liberate them from their tormentors or throw it in a fit of anger for all that happened to them. Luckily, I persevered as did they. Charlotte Boyell-Compo did a fantastic job at making certain tough moral issues easy to overlook. It just made it that much easier to be sympathetic towards Drew and Allison. For those readers who have trigger warnings, there are going to be a lot of moments in this book when you'll feel sick. I know I did. I don't condone violence however I was surprised to see how blood thirsty I was when it came time for Drew to finally have the upper hand. I found it very easy to forgive him for the sins he committed while finding it impossible to forgive others who had committed the same or even worse sins. I loved Allison. She faced so much but was so strong. I admired her for the strength she had. I really do wish she'd taken action sooner. I'm trying very hard to convey how amazing this book was and I feel like I'm failing at it horribly. Truly this is a book that needs to be read in order to understand the magnitude of how amazing this story is. The lows are unbelievably low and you can't help but be astounded by them. The only aspect of the story that was unclear was the time period. I can't help but think this could only happen in an era long gone, because this happening in today's world seems impossible. Now that I know of Charlotte Boyett-Compo and I've had my mind blown by one of her books, I will certainly check out her previously published back list of over 100 books.
Date published: 2015-04-24