Shame: The Story of Jonathan St. Andrews (The House of Crimson and Clover) by Sarah M. Cradit

Jonathan St. Andrews has spent seventeen years content to live in his quiet, secluded 24677873world. Popularity never more than a passing thought, friendships would inevitably lead to disappointment when others realized he was every bit as awkward on the inside as he seemed on the outside. With high school graduation right around the corner, Jon sets his sights on a career in medicine, spending his evenings at his father’s side learning the family business.

One seemingly innocent encounter with Carla Edgewater, the most beautiful girl in school, changes everything. Softened by her distress, Jon agrees to help her, only to find himself hurling down a path he never could have anticipated. As Jon and Carla grow closer, the looming threat of her jealous, dangerous boyfriend, Lionel, is a bomb waiting to go off.

Circumstances swell into a perfect storm, crashing down toward a tragic, shocking conclusion that alters Jon’s life forever. – Goodreads.com

I’d made up my mind not to like Jonathan St. Andrew and was hoping karma would step in to make him pay for his wrongs.  Then I read Shame and learned about the wrongs that had been done to Jon.  Never judge a book by its cover.

Parts of Jon’s story were heart-rending, but I also learned how he discovered his career path in life and just how important his relationship with his brother, Finn, was to him. This author truly has a talent for character development and I appreciated this opportunity to delve into the tragic past of Jonathan St. Andrews and maybe feel a little more empathy for him.  The House of Crimson and Clover series just continues to be more compelling.

I received a digital ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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