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Tattered Innocence (New Smyrna Beach #2)
Title : Tattered Innocence (New Smyrna Beach #2)
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ISBN : 9781482740479
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 362

A tale of passions indulged, denied, and ultimately forgive.On the verge of bagging the two things he wants most—a sailing charter business and marrying old money—Jake Murray’s fiancée/sole crew member dumps him. Salvation comes in the form of dyslexic, basketball toting Rachel Martin, the only one to apply for the first mate position he slapped on craigslist.On a dead runA tale of passions indulged, denied, and ultimately forgive.On the verge of bagging the two things he wants most—a sailing charter business and marrying old money—Jake Murray’s fiancée/sole crew member dumps him. Salvation comes in the form of dyslexic, basketball toting Rachel Martin, the only one to apply for the first mate position he slapped on craigslist.On a dead run from an affair with a married man, Rachel's salvation is shoving ocean between her and temptation.Rapid fire dialogue and romantic tension sail Jake’s biker-chick of a boat through hurricanes, real and figurative. A cast of wannabe s


Tattered Innocence (New Smyrna Beach #2) Reviews

  • Michelle

    Okay, at first I wasn't sure what to think of this book because sailing and stuff like that didn't do much for me. However, the more I read the story, the more it pulled me in. By the time the romance and the conflict picked up, I was hooked and couldn't stop reading. There is so much depth to this story and so much truth in the lessons learned. We often do things because of shame and guilt that we later regret.I appreciated the way the author showed the pull that Brent had on Rachel. I also lov [...]

  • Virginia Carmichael

    I'm not sure which to talk about first, the plot or the writing! I guess I'll start with the writing. I don't have a lot of free time, but I still read a lot (3-5 books a week). I never finish a book that isn't worth my time, and even when it's a great book, I may not read it again or put the author on my short list of 'must reads'. But Ann Lee Miller is one of those authors for me. She tells a gripping story with prose that's fresh and unique. You can read a few pages and see that she's not ste [...]

  • Jeremy Mcclung

    Tattered Innocence continues Ann Miler's proven track record of exploring the inner life of twenty-somethings in an honest and compelling way. This book explores the themes of guilt, forgiveness, grace and love in a genuine and thought-provoking way. This was probably my favourite of Miller's four novels, and the closing line has stuck in my head for two weeks now. For anyone struggling with self-forgiveness; for anyone who feels dirty or guilty; for anyone who wants to move beyond the mistakes [...]

  • Books Movies Fandoms

    My ‘Blogging Reader’s Review’ all rolled into one (From our blog: BooksMoviesFandoms.wordpress):I was introduced to this novel by it’s wonderful author,Ann Lee Miller. As always, I love to let other readers’ know what kind of character set up you will get with a novel beforehand. The Author does in fact, give you a nice mixture of two P.O.V.’s (Point of views) from the lead characters in this story. This is always a good thing because you can get a more in-depth view of the story fro [...]

  • Roses Book Blog

    I received a copy of this book to give an honest review. At first when I started to read this story I wasn’t too sure I would be able to follow along. I don’t know too much about sailing and the list of terms at the beginning of the book did scare me a little. However once I really got into the story I couldn’t put it down. I read more than 75% of this book in one night staying up until well after 3 am. This story was one that I will remember for a long time it was a captivating story that [...]

  • Wall-to-wall books - wendy

    Way to go Ann! This is the 4th book I have read by Ann Lee Miller. I would have to say this one was my favorite (with "The Art of My Life" a close second). There were a lot of little things going on in this story but it kept a nice flow to it. I think out of all her books this one had the best flow. It was very easy to follow along in the lives of both Rachel and Jake. The author took you to see a little of their past so you could understand where they were coming from. You had to know where the [...]

  • Ranaereads

    Originally posted at ranaereads/tattered-innoce*I received a copy of this book for my honest review.Tattered Innocence is the story of Rachel Martin and Jake Murray, both a little broken by their personal lives. Rachel, needing an escape from her life, sets out of find a job that will take her anywhere but here. She applies for a job as first mate on Jake’s boat, the Smyrna Queen. Rachel is not impressed by Jake at their first meeting, he seems rude and standoffish. Not one to let an opportuni [...]

  • Dianne

    Just when I thought Ann Lee Miller couldn't top The Art of My Life, she turns around and blows me out of the water with Tattered Innocence! I want to add right at the start-DO NOT hesitate to read this book if you have not read other books in this series. It stands alone just fine, as do the others!Rachel is trying to outrun her guilt over an affair with a married man. Bret used her, she let him and thought it was love. By the time she found the strength to call it off, she had already violated [...]

  • Literati Literature Lovers

    People aren’t perfect, they are flawed and have feet of clay, and this is the premise of the novel Tattered Innocence. Rachael and Jake are the two main characters in this book by Ann Lee Miller. Each is trying to live with the hurt and pain that they have encountered in their young lives. Both have made some life choices that they seriously regret. How they come to terms with those choices and grow beyond them is the main plot of the book.Living isn’t easy, and making mistakes is part of li [...]

  • Rachel Marie

    I wasn't sure what to expect going into this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. This book was filled with humor, romance, serious moments, and truth. It will take your emotions for a ride (er, sail) and leave your mind filled with thoughts.Rachel is running from her past. Her affair with a married man has left her feeling like a failure, no better than her mother. She has isolated herself from her friends and family, and takes a job as first mate for Jake. Jake himself is running from his pas [...]

  • Rachel

    As a big fan of Ann Lee Miller’s books, I was excited to pick up another one. Tattered Innocence is unlike the other novels I have read by her in so many ways, but it still holds the core concepts that she stands for. I was slightly intimidated when first setting out to read because of the sailing terms glossary. It is extremely helpful, but it looks more haunting than it actually is. Different from other book by Miller, Tattered Innocence focused on two characters instead of a group. I enjoye [...]

  • Michelle

    After an affair with Bret, a married man, Rachel Martin wants to get as far away from him as she can. Jake Murray’s love life had just turned topsy turvy not only when his fiance Gabrielle dumps him, but she leaves him without a first mate on his charter cruise boat, The Smyrna Queen. Rachel applies for the job and gets it, but at her first meeting with him, she has made up her mind that her new boss is cold and unfriendly.Jake left the corporate world to start his own business on The Smyrna Q [...]

  • C.R. McBride

    Just when I thought Ann Lee Miller couldn`t produce anything better than The Art of my Life I read Tattered Innocence. I loved it from the start. Rachel has made mistakes, unintentional and without malice but big mistakes in her life. She tries to run from them, hide away but she cannot escape herself.Jake tried to live a life he thought he wanted but he also is trying to run from his past. This is their story of how they find their place in the world, how they find a love that is right for them [...]

  • Victoria Rainey

    Rachel Martin is on the run from her past. She make a drastic turn in her life to leave a married man behind and make positive changes in her life and find the salvation she is longing for. Rachel’s biggest issue seems to be dealing with her problems and not running from them. Rachel as fights the stigma that comes with having dyslexia. Jake Murray thought he had everything he wanted in his life until his fiancée dumps him leaving him angry and puzzled. Jake’s fiancée was to be a crewmembe [...]

  • Heather Allen

    I am very torn when it comes to this novel. I have to consider this book as being a part of two genres; romance and Christian. In one genre I feel the novel solidly earned it's place, however, in the other, I felt it was lacking. As a romance novel the book was fantastic. Miller does a great job of really pulling the reader into the story. There is a sense of commraderie between reader and character that makes you want to root for them. Maybe just a tad more emotional development, and this story [...]

  • Cathleen

    I received a copy of "Tattered Innocence" in exchange for my honest review.Rachel Martin applies for a position as First Mate aboard the Smyrna Queen captained by Jake Murray. Rachel is running away as far as she can from a relationship she is involved in with a married man who has young children.Jake Murray was recently dumped by his "Blue Blood" wife-to-be and finds himself without a fiance and First Mate. When Rachel shows up to interview with Jake they are both dealing with relationship issu [...]

  • Terri

    Original review found at kristineandterri/This was ultimately a story about two people who had committed acts outside of the lines of their moral compass and faith and how the resulting guilt can affect every decision and interaction afterwards.To address the elephant in the room this book is in the Christian Fiction genre and therefore there are a lot of references to God and spirituality. This does not overwhelm the story nor become "preachy" at any point. Rather I found the religious referenc [...]

  • Anne Campbell

    The superbly talented Ann Lee Miller's books always rate high in my lists. Her books will not be acceptable to the Christian Book Association's standards because they depict the very real temptations and failings of humans--not excusing them by a long shot--but showing us the pain and guilt that results especially from sexual slip-ups. She shows her heroes' and heroines' progressions through and past their temptations and to God.Tattered Innocence is no exception. Rachel Martin is consumed by gu [...]

  • Ashley

    Tattered Innocence is a charming, engaging tale with authentic, complex characters. I really enjoyed reading Rachel and Jake's story, and I loved the coastal setting. I couldn't entirely relate to Rachel's struggle, especially when she had such a hard time getting over Bret, because he was just so creepy. But I could understand where she was coming from and I liked her overall. I really liked Jake, until he almost chose to marry Gabrielle. I can't stand when people think marriage will 'fix' an i [...]

  • Judy

    Tattered Innocence by Ann Lee MillerNew Smyrna Beach Series Book 4Jake Murray had dreams. Owning the Smyrna Queen ketch was one of them. Only he had planned to have Gramps at his side and then Gabs. Neither of those things worked out. He does have a beautiful first mate who is helping him in more ways than crewing.Rachel Martin, cousin to Avra in the previous book, needs to get out of New Smyrna and fast. She has made some poor choices with far reaching destruction. Not only has she hurt own lif [...]

  • Tracy Krauss

    Ann Lee Miller has done it again in TATTERED INNOCENCE. Set in the tourist community of New Smyrna Beach, she’s woven a story so rich and complex that a mere book review can’t really do it justice. It is ultimately a story of God’s grace and forgiveness, told with authenticity and without sugar coating, yet in a touching and tasteful manner. Jake and Rachel are both emotionally wounded from past relationships and guilt ridden because of bad choices. Rachel signs on to Jake’s crew as a wa [...]

  • S.K. Anthony

    This book took me by surprise!In the beginning the author provides a list of crewing/sailing terms and what they mean, I decided to skip that and "wing" it, I didn't needt. I was able to follow along with no problems. Though, it's very considerate of the author to this for her readers.As I got into the story, I'll be honest and say that I thought this was going to be too God-centric for my taste, but it wasn't. Yes, it mentioned God a fair amount but it was NOT preachy in any way. It was beautif [...]

  • WiLoveBooks

    Rachel and Jake meet when she applies to crew on this boat. Both are escaping their pasts. They are both fresh from bad relationships but work in close proximity, becoming friends. There is a lot about forgiveness here. Forgiving others, forgiving yourself, and forgiveness by God. There are some Christian themes here, but the characters are flawed and make very human mistakes. There are a lot of obstacles to a relationship between these two, both within themselves and from outside forces. Lots o [...]

  • Britney

    Tattered Innocence is an engaging story! Ann Lee Miller’s writing is delightfully descriptive and I could almost feel the wind on my face and the rocking of the waters in this story set aboard a sixty-eight-foot sailing vessel, The Smyrna Queen. Written with authentic characters and witty dialogue, Tattered Innocence is a story of mistakes, guilt, and forgiveness. I found Jake and Rachel to be endearing characters and was eager to know how their story would develop. There were times I wasn’t [...]

  • Jo

    Jake Murray advertises for a first mate to help him crew his charter sail boat. Rachel Martin eagerly takes the job. Jake and Rachel are running from their past mistakes. Rachel is pleased to find that the captain she will work for is only a few years older than her own twenty-something. Neither of them wants to share their pasts, which brings along the constant friction between the two. Jake and Rachel are real people with real problems. Characterization and descriptions are well done and there [...]

  • Fran

    Wow. This story turned me every which way that was possible. Joy, heartache, humor, uncertainty and more, found their way into my thoughts throughout this book. It brought me back to my younger days of first love, innocent kisses and broken hearts. Days filled with adventures and Dairy Queen, and nights of "Vanilla Moons". Ann Lee Miller has a way of describing the events in such detail that you feel like your right there feeling the ocean spray and tasting salt air. This was indeed a story of m [...]

  • Cheryl

    I really like how this book showed the consequences of pass mistakes. There was a great deal of love and forgiveness that needed to happen. These characters were very real people who made real mistakes. They had so much to overcome, sometimes I got a bit bogged down with it. However - these issues were handled in a clean and uplifting way. There were twists and turns that I didn't see coming. I was anxious to see how it could all possibly be worked out. I was impressed by how real the characters [...]

  • Alexa Verde

    I loved the story line of self-forgiveness in Ann Lee Miller's Tattered Innocence. Faith is an important part of the story, and the characters growth with the lessons they learned made me care and cheer for them.The book is written in a fresh, unique writing style, and the characters of Jake and Rachel felt real and engaging. They were not perfect, and I liked it about them as well. The world of sailing was a bit unusual for me, but it pulled me into the story, and I might have learned several n [...]

  • Andi

    Rachel is running from an affair with a married man, and Jake is running from a broken heart. When Rachel answers the Craigslist add she is floored that the captain of the Smyrna Queen is a young hot guy, not an old sailor. Within the pages Ann writes a story that is true to life, the characters are real and that makes you want to care and cheer for them.I was completely pulled into the book. The spiritual element is not overwhelming, but is there, and it makes you evaluate your own life and cho [...]

  • Evelyn

    Thank you for the chance to receive and read Tattered Innocence. It was well written. I loved the metaphors and similes. Since I know nothing about boats and sailing it was a learning experience.I was amazed to realized how blessed I am to have grown up in a Christian family and to have a solid church family. This book showed me, in a greater way, how difficult it must be for those with no Christian background to live a moral life and come to terms with their guilt.