This time, there will be a hero...
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Josie spent twenty years as a battered wife, dying for a hero.
Now, she's dying to become one.
Josie Kane is a “difficult” woman, a pure enigma - one who survives
her abusive husband by honing her unnerving talent for playing
she knows exactly how to manipulate a bully.
Finally divorced, she thinks the abuse is over, and she’s free.
She’s wrong. And her cynicism is building.
Josie works with battered women, trying to rescue them from a fate similar to hers. But on the night that yet
another battered woman is murdered by her husband, pining for a hero as she dies in Josie's arms, her
cynicism becomes a quiet, simmering hatred.
Her one remaining refuge is in her bond with Maxine and Samantha, the two friends whom she loves like sisters.
When Samantha becomes pregnant by Jack - an abuser who makes known his intentions to use the baby as a
weapon of control - Josie’s hatred ripens to a vengeful fury.
She sets out to take on one more batterer, manipulate one more bully… And she lures Jack into the crosshairs
of the ultimate mind game.
Her friends are convinced that she intends to rid Samantha of Jack.
But with Josie Kane, as always, there's a twist.
With her friends helpless to stop her - and with Samantha hanging in the balance - Josie squares off with Jack
in a life-and-death, winner-lose-all battle of wits to determine which side will win Sammy's future.
And this time, there will be a hero.
Available November 29, 2012
Midwest Book Review: October Snow
October Snow is a dark debut novel about the aftereffects of domestic violence. The protagonist is Josie, who survived as a battered wife for twenty years by playing mind games on her abusive husband. Her talent for manipulating a bully remained after her final, bitter divorce, and she works day to day with other battered women. But when she witnesses the death of a woman murdered by a husband, hatred starts to gnaw within her. Then, one of her best friends becomes pregnant by a manipulative man who reveals his plans to use the child as a pawn. Josie can take no more; she intends to unleash her own manipulative talents to ensure a brutal, final solution upon her friend's abuser. Tense and suspenseful, October Snow is a gripping read to the very end, highly recommended. - Midwest Book Review
Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite
In Jenna Brooks's October Snow, a woman who was a battered wife witnesses the death of one too many battered wives, murdered by her husband. May, Josie’s friend, dies in her arms and the moment changes Josie forever. She steels herself to putting an end to the abuse that continues to plague the women she is trying to rescue. She must do this before the same fate that took May's life catches up with them. Josie knows exactly how to make a bully wish he had never crossed her path. When Jack, her friend Samantha's abusive husband, reveals that Samantha’s baby by him is a tool for manipulating her, Josie has had just about enough. She steps in to take care of the problem. Will she rid Sammy of her problem permanently or does she have some other tricks up her sleeve to defeat the abuser?
October Snow is a brilliantly written piece that digs deep into the soul and psyche of an abused woman who has been able to set herself free from the controlling and manipulative bondage of an abuser. It digs deep into the characters involved in the struggle in such a way that the reader will feel as if they are living the nightmare themselves. The plot is expertly designed to keep the reader on the edge of their seat and turning pages in order to discover what new twist the story will take. It is a deep look into abuse, control, battering, and the struggle that women endure in order to survive. The character development is superb. This is not a story for a light-weight reader, but rather a harsh look into the reality of this horrible injustice. You will feel the terror, the anger, and the vengeance.
Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite
There are very few topics that society deems too taboo to talk about and in October Snow Jenna Brooks tackles one of the toughest: domestic violence. We are introduced to Josie Kane on the one day that will define the rest of her life. As a domestic violence advocate and former abuse victim, Josie was unable to save one woman from her batterer and she has never gotten over her death. With the help of her best friends Max and Sam, Josie endeavors to carve out a peaceful existence after decades of abuse and torture. When Sam is fed up with her pseudo-husband’s escalating violence, it will take everything within Josie to help her friend escape with her life.
It would be easy to chalk Jenna Brooks’ novel up to just another domestic violence tale, but that would be a gross understatement of what October Snow is truly about. While it does give readers an insight into the Family Court system of injustice, it is about the support and love these women provide one another in hard times. Each woman has suffered abuse in one form or another, some unknowingly, and their journey to healing is told with vivid imagery that’ll have readers reaching for a handkerchief. October Snow is a powerful story of a bold woman with more heart than she ever realized. The talented Jenna Brooks did a masterful job of creating lovable characters that come across as real people rather than characters in a book. Whether it’s the girls conjugating ‘bimbo’ or the adorable spitfire Tyler, histrionic Liz, and even the sadism that is Jack, they all make an impact on the soul.
It has been a long time since a story brought me to tears and October Snow brought on plenty of happy and sad ones. An understated masterpiece filled with heart.
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