By Joshilyn Jackson
Rose Mae Lolley's mom disappeared while she was once 8, leaving Rose with a heap of outdated novels and a style for harmful males. Now, as demure Mrs. Ro Grandee, she's dwelling the very existence her mom deserted. She's all yet forgotten the lady she used to be-teenaged spitfire, Alabama heartbreaker, and a crack shot with a pistol-until an airport gypsy warns Rose it is time to locate her as far back as that courageous, difficult lady . . . otherwise. Armed with purely her wit, her pawpy's historical .45, and her puppy fats Gretel, Rose Mae hightails it out of Texas, working from a guy who won't ever enable her move, on a project to discover the mum who did. Starring a minor personality from Jackson's bestselling gods in Alabama, BACKSEAT SAINTS will dazzle readers with its gorgeous portrayal of the measures a mom will take to correct the wrongs she's created, and the way some distance a daughter will trip to meet the calls for of forgiveness.
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Contents Also by Joshilyn Jackson Copyright ACKNOWLEDGMENTS PART I: A MARRIAGE MADE OF SWORDS CHAPTER 1 CHAPTER 2 CHAPTER 3 CHAPTER 4 CHAPTER 5 CHAPTER 6 PART II: THE GIRL LEFT IN THE TOWER CHAPTER 7 CHAPTER 8 CHAPTER 9 CHAPTER 10 CHAPTER 11 CHAPTER 12 CHAPTER 13 PART III: HANGING IVY CHAPTER 14 CHAPTER 15 CHAPTER 16 CHAPTER 17 EPILOGUE gods in Alabama ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I’m so ridiculously over-blessed. This is my fourth book with Caryn Karmatz Rudy, and she is like editorial heroin. I’m addicted to her keen insight and insatiable love of getting the words right, and so she is hereby forbidden from moving to France to be a perfumier and/or running in front of a taxi.
The girl’s friend was laughing with her now in a high-pitched trill that sounded to Rose like a mean pig squealing. Back behind the counter, Rose dumped a packet of Swiss Miss with minimallows into a clean mug. That girl, Bangs, was wearing a sundress, crisp green and new. She had a sheer white sweater thrown around her shoulders. It was a frivolous sweater, the kind a doting mother would buy along with new bedding and a tiny dorm refrigerator. Rose would bet her week’s tips that that same mother kept Bangs’s girlhood room intact, waiting for Christmas and spring break.
I’d listened to the real sound of her tail on the linoleum and thought to myself, This is how to kill a man. I keep myself believing I won’t, but I keep going, until I am there and already doing it. It was a trick I was playing on myself, and it worked even though I knew I was playing it. Thom left early. Before his run, he had to drop Fat Gretel off to get her shots, then go by his daddy’s main store and put an antique Winchester in the safe. He practically had to drag poor Gretel; she knew a car ride alone with Thom meant the vet.