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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite
Tattered Innocence by Ann Lee Miller is her second jaunt into the lives of the young adults in New Smyrna Beach and, if anything, the second time around is even better! Rachel is dying to escape her life and troubles. When she sees the ad in Craigslist for a first mate, someone who's going to be at sea for weeks at a time, she jumps at the chance. Jake Murray is hesitant when he meets Rachel, but because she's the only candidate it turns out that she's the 'man' for the job! Sparks (and sarcastic words) fly when these two butt heads, but it's all as they try to make sense of their world and where they are headed.
One item of note, though, was that while the first book regarded sin, temptation, and religion in much the same way that Tattered Innocence does, it is only in this, the second book, that we really get a heavy-handed dose of Christian morality. However, the relationships and the real moral and ethical implications behind the choices they make really allow for understanding and soul-searching on the part of the reader as well. So all in all, this could potentially be a truly emotional journey for the right kind of reader. The ocean scenery, from the beach and shack where we first meet Rachel and Jake to the turmoil and danger at sea in the hurricane, was lovely. Visuals were intense and dazzling and made me long for a trip to Florida to try to escape some of my own romantic problems!