Jezebel: The Prequel (Jezebel #4) by Jacquelin Thomas
Published May 2nd 2019 by The Audio Flow, LLC
This was not what I was expecting from this book at all. It has adultery, lust, social issues, homophobia, religion, religious bias, lies and more. I have not read any of the other books in the Jezebel series, but I think I will now. Anabeth was willing to give up her dreams for her family. Her parents wanted her to marry the assistant pastor, but she was in love with someone else. Well, after getting it out of her system, her mother helps her to disguise her loss of virginity for her wedding night. Several years later, along comes her daughter Jesse Belle, well, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. I was not sure if I liked these characters or not. They were manipulative and did what they had to in order to get what they wanted. It looks like they will be getting some payback in the future books. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Janina Edwards. The story takes place in the south and Janina Edwards had the accents down pat. I enjoyed her voices, expression and inflection. It made this story a good one to listen to. This is a short story, easily listened to in one day. I was gifted a copy of this book upon request from Caffeinated PR. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
About the Book: Before Jessie Belle Holt, there was Anabeth Grainger Holt–her mother. Anabeth had dreams but put them aside to marry the young pastor her parents chose for her. When she gave birth to Jessie Belle after several miscarriages, the little girl became her world. Status and respect mean everything to Anabeth.
When her daughter threatens to destroy the perfectly painted family picture that Anabeth has created, she is forced to make some choices and keep secrets that will haunt her for the rest of her life.