"Starting over against all odds"
Reviewed by Helen Williams
Posted June 18, 2019
Romance | Contemporary Women's Fiction | Women's Fiction Contemporary
THE ME I USED TO BE by Jennifer Ryan is an emotionally
gripping story about a young woman who has basically lost
all hope when her life is shattered to pieces. Imagine
spending time in prison for a crime you didn't commit.
While in prison she was attacked several times and almost
died. This is a wonderful story that shows how this young
woman had the courage to fight against the odds and come out
triumphant. She has every reason to be negative, feel
resentful, and to want revenge, but she takes a whole
different route. She takes the chance to rebuild her life
and become the woman she was meant to be.
When she was twenty years old, Evangeline Austen went to
prison for a crime she didn't commit, refusing to name
anyone else. While serving her sentence, she refused to see
her father or any family members. She was attacked several
times and nearly died. Chris Chambers is the cop who
arrested her that lead to her prison sentence. Now Chris
shows up at the prison to tell Evangeline that her father
has died and that she is being released. Chris gives her the
opportunity to clear her record by helping to prove who was
behind the crime she went to prison for. Evangeline receives
a cold reception when she comes home. Her father has left
her the sole responsibility for the family's failing ranch.
Her mother blames her for her father's death and her
brothers are resentful of her being responsible for making
decisions regarding the ranch. The family will have an
eye-opening experience when they learn everything that lead
to Evangeline going to prison. Even though Evangeline was
treated horribly, she showed so much grace in seeing to
everyone else's needs.
Chris feels so much guilt about everything that Evangeline
suffered. Working together to expose the truth will draw
them closer together â€” a great story about triumphing over
In New York Times bestselling author Jennifer
Ryanâ€™s exciting new novel, a young woman has the chance to
rebuild her life and become the woman she was always meant
An inheritance she never expectedâ€¦
After serving time for a crime she didnâ€™t commit, Evangeline
returns home to discover her father left her solely
responsible for the familyâ€™s failing ranch, her mother
blames her for her fatherâ€™s death, and her brothers want her
out of their way. With her familyâ€™s future squarely on her
shoulders, she desperately searches for ways to save their
homeâ€”before they lose everything.
A chance to right past mistakesâ€¦
Her only ally, Chris Chambers. The cop who sent her away is
positive she took the fall for someone else. And if she
helps him track down the real criminals, heâ€™ll clear her
record. But the closer Evangeline and Chris get to exposing
the truthâ€”and to each otherâ€”the deeper Evangeline is drawn
into a dangerous sting that will finally bring her justice
and pave the way for a bright future.
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