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Lifers [Kindle Edition]

Jane Harvey-Berrick
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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After eight years in prison, twenty-four year old Jordan Kane is the man everyone loves to hate.
Forced to return to his hometown while on parole, Jordan soon learns that this small town hasn’t changed since he was carted off to juvie all those years ago. He is the local pariah, shunned by everyone, including his own parents. But their hatred of him doesn’t even come close to the loathing he feels every time he looks in the mirror.
Working odd jobs for the preacher lady, Jordan bides his time before he can leave this backwards town. But can distance erase the memories that haunt him? Would living in another state free him from the prison of his mind? Will the pain of living ever subside?
Torrey Delaney is new in town and certainly doesn’t behave in a way the locals believe a preacher’s daughter should. Her reputation for casual hook-ups and meaningless sex quickly spreads around town. And that’s on top of her budding friendship with the hardened ex-con handyman – the good Reverend is less than thrilled with her estranged daughter’s path.
As friendship forms, can two damaged people who are afraid to love take their relationship to the next level? Can Torrey live with Jordan’s demons, and can Jordan break through Torrey’s walls? With the disapproval of a small town weighing heavily on them, they struggle to find their place in the world. Can they battle the odds, or will their world be viciously shattered?
Is love a life sentence?

Due to scenes of a sexual nature, not recommended for under 18s




***** TOTALLY BOOKED, 5* REVIEW *****

“This book consumed me. You know you’re on to a good read when you can’t even let go of your Kindle to cook the evening meal.

Jane Harvey-Berrick’s writing was flawless. The story was sad, poignant, emotive, and tragic and held a valuable lesson we can all take with us and Jordan and Torrey completely stole my heart.

This story tells how one wrong decision, one split second of misjudgement can change your life and it’s told beautifully.

We fell in love with two characters who certainly took a piece of our hearts with them by the end of this book. Lifers is a standalone story and one we absolutely recommend picking up.”

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2921 KB
  • Print Length: 383 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Harvey Berrick Publishing (7 Feb 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H3E9WGY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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For as long as I can remember, I wanted to write. Perhaps it was growing up in Alderley Edge in England, well known for its mystery and folklore, which sparked my imagination as a child.

I enjoy writing in several different genres and I'm inspired by the personal stories of those around me. It's often from a simple discussion overheard in the train ('Exposure'), in a café, or in the street, where ideas for characters or scenes come to me.

I fell in love with both Sam ('The New Samurai') and the eponymous Sebastian, and missed them desperately once I'd finished their stories. I love writing dialogue and always try to include touches of humour in the most poignant stories.

Whether you like thrillers, fantasy or adult romance novel, I hope you'll enjoy the journey through my stories.

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4.8 out of 5 stars
4.8 out of 5 stars
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
"Lifers" by Jane Harvey-Berrick is an extraordinary story - not just about love but about guilt, forgiveness, redemption, acceptance and second chances.
It is extremely intense without the need of big drama moments. By being more low-key, it actually manages to evoke so much more emotion and to move deeply. But not only did it touch my heart, but also my mind. There were so many emotions and thoughts towards various characters and although it was easy to consider some of the behavior described as wrong, this book made it hard to judge anyone. Pain, anguish, despair, loss and guilt can make people do things they normally wouldn't do.

And Jordan's life is governed by those emotions. Getting out of jail after serving eight years, he tries to survive his parole in the town he grew up in. In the town where his life changed forever, with one mistake affecting the whole community.
But Jordan wasn't just imprisoned due to a court sentence. Even more than that, the guilt and hate he feels for himself have been keeping him captive.
Feeling undeserving of forgiveness, love, happiness, a second chance and of life, he doesn't even question it when people treat him like the dirt on their shoes. This alone had me weep so many tears for him.
But things start to change when Torrey comes into his life and like a force of nature takes it upon herself to show him he is worthy - worthy of friends, laughter, joy, love, happiness and life. It is not an easy task, made harder by the fact that those two couldn't be any more different.

While Jordan, unlike his younger self, is now shy, reserved, subservient, careful, fearful and closed-off, Torrey is like a whirlwind. She is full of life, speaks her mind and doesn't do it in a diplomatic manner.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must read emotional rollercoaster! 15 Jun 2014
By TC
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is my first Jane Harvey-Berrick book and it certainly will not be the last. It was very, very good. This is the story of a boy, a broken boy who after 8 years in prison is released to find that everything has changed, his hometown and especially the people. He is an outcast, with people taunting him, ignoring him and making his life miserable daily.

That is until Torrey comes along. She faces her own demons and is known for being the town 'slut'. She hides behind this facade and keeps her secrets well hidden. She and Jordan start off as an escape from life and in Torrey case, rebelling against people. What they didn't expect was to realise that they are each others salvation, they need each other. They both have their demons, can they confront them and work past them?

This book was truly amazing and I didn't put it down, it has a shocker ending and although I found it a little slow, it was truly a gem of a read and I would certainly recommend it over.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story, definitely a must read 20 Mar 2014
By DonnaC
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Lifers by Jane Harvey-Berrick
5 stars!!

“You’ve turned…into a life sentence for all of you – for Paul, for Jordan. You turned them into lifers.”

This book was certainly an emotional rollercoaster and the writing was absolutely flawless! This is one of those books that makes you “feel” and as I have said in numerous reviews, that is a really special talent. Yes this story is sad in parts, it is emotional, it has you thinking and is extremely thought provoking, but the genius here is that Jane Harvey-Berrick has written her heroine (Torrey) with such an amazing sense of humour that even when I was crying, in the next heart beat I was laughing. This book is perfectly balanced, I totally and utterly loved it and I could not put it down.

Torrey was a girl that you couldn’t help but fall in love with; she has had more than her fair share of knock backs and this has left her very mis-trusting. After her latest failed relationship, she plays the field, desperate to never feel that sense of loss again. She literally puts up a wall on her emotions and her dalliances with the opposite sex are purely that, after all it is just sex, just a release. Having relocated back to her mum’s whom she hasn’t had a relationship with for over 10 years; she gets a mundane job in a café while taking a break from her career as a paralegal. One day in walks Jordan Kane, the world stops, he seems to be the local pariah but Torrey is fascinated and that is the day the world changed for them both.

Jordan Kane, I totally and utterly fell for this guy, hook, line and sinker. He had me the minute he walked into that café. You cannot help but be drawn into his story; he is out on parole, having had to move back to his parents as one of the conditions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 9 Feb 2014
By Laura TOP 500 REVIEWER
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First read for me by this author although I have seen books by her before, not sure why I have never read them but I shall now be rectifying that.

Torrey is 24 and a feisty woman, she takes no s*!t ! She has come to live with her mother who is a Preacher and who Torrey hasn't had much of a relationship with since her mother left when Torrey was 13. One day a hot guy walks into the café Torrey is working in but her boss tells her not to serve him. Ignoring her boss, Torrey chases after the guy and gives him a takeout coffee but then her boss sacks her.

Jordan is 23...he is on parole after serving 8 years in Prison. Ah Jordan...what can I say about him. You really feel for him and his circumstances. When he was 16 something happened to him that changed his life and his parents life. Jordan is now back in his hometown where mostly everyone hates him. When Torrey shows Jordan attention he can hardly believe it but she becomes his guardian angel.

Their love story is a sweet one. At times I did feel like I was reading about teenagers, not two people in their early 20's. The sex scenes are well written and their chemistry and connection is believable.

Some things that weren't believable to me were Jordan's Dads acceptance of Torrey moving in and although the story is slow moving, I felt there was a bit of telling not showing to speed the story on four months.

This is a story of moving on and forgiveness and of course love. It was a refreshing change from most things I've been reading lately. I like the sound of the authors next book due out in June but I will also be reading her previous novels.

A recommended read.
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Published 22 days ago by victoria raven
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN AND HEART WRENCHING! LOVED IT!
Jane Harvey-Berrick writes a flawless novel once again. She has fast become one of my favourite writers, and I look forward to reading her books. Read more
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Wow! An amazing read and couldn't put it down. The way Jane Harvey-Berrick wrote the story was brilliant and I wouldn't have changed a thing. Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars Emmm.....
I was looking forward to reading this. The sample was good. The book started well but I found it too depressing! Maybe it moved a bit quick for me as well. Read more
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A really good book that grips you right from the start...I'm certainly going to read the rest of this authors books and hope they are as good as this one.
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OMG this book is brilliant! I was laughing my ass off one minute and the next I'm crying my eyes out. This is a beautiful story I couldn't ask for more. Read more
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