Jade Sperry left Palmetto, SC under a cloud. Gang-raped by the town bully, Neal Patchett and two of his pals, and pregnant and rejected by her own mother, she’s determined to make something of her life and return for her revenge. Dillon Burke, orphaned early when his parents died in an accident, and in trouble afterwards, he finally got his life together and had a beautiful wife and child. Then, they die in an accident, and he decides to check out of the world.
Jade and Dillon’s lives come together when she finally gets the chance to return to Palmetto to get her revenge on her attackers and she needs a top-flight construction engineer, which Dillon happens to be.
Breath of Scandal by Sandra Brown is an amazing story of revenge and redemption. Brown makes the story come alive as she shows a society where people are related to based on custom and expectations rather than fact, where status counts for everything, and old injustices are never forgotten. For anyone who has ever lived in a small town dominated by one industry or family, this will seem like a reading of history instead of fiction. You’ll be rooting for Jade and hissing at the bad guys from start to finish, and at the end, you’ll breathe a sigh of relief that, finally, all is right with the world.
I received this book as a gift. I give Brown four stars for this one.