Series: Standalone Novel
Published by Self Published on 2/3/20
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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I’ve experienced the ways love can change a poor man into a rich one, a sinner to a saint, and make people beg for redemption.Yet nothing I’d ever done was as profound as marrying the woman I love.Every mission I took was a risk worth taking knowing I'd go home to her loving arms.What I didn’t know was in my quest to right all the wrongs of the world, I was destroying the only part of it I’d die for - my marriage.The ripple effect of miscommunication and the sin of my omissions would change all of our lives.And it would be my wife who would pay the price.
Ripple Effect is different; it’s achingly raw and with its element of suspense and secrecy, it’s a story you will devour eagerly just to see how it all unfolds. I found a gem in Tracey Jerald and it has me even more energized to continue picking up books by authors I’ve not yet read because Tracey Jerald is proof that there’s great stories by even greater storytellers yet to be found! This was my first read of hers but it certainly will not be my last.
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2020 has been the year of new-to-me authors. I’ve made it a conscious effort to finally check out some of the many authors I’ve never read or, as in the case of Tracey Jerald, pick up books from authors I’d previously been unfamiliar with solely because the blurb sounded so good! That’s what happened with Ripple Effect, a story about a married couple whose lies of omission and inability to listen cause violent ripples to tear through their relationship. I knew this storyline sounded like my kind of tea and I was not wrong!
I picked this book up mainly because the couple is married. I love a story where the couple is deeply committed but circumstances slowly chip away at their foundation until they find themselves shattered and heartbroken, unsure if things can ever be repaired. I LIVE for stories that physically pain my heart and it’s been a good while since I’ve read a book that caused my heart to twinge and ache like Ripple Effect did. It hurt, this story, delivering actual stabs of pain, as I felt the ripple effect of Calhoun Sullivan’s secrets, witnessed the loneliness and insecurities creep in on Libby. The longing and the uncertainty and the eventual distrust that builds in the wake of his inability to tell his wife the truth is a palpable force in this book and if you live for that ache like I do, you’ll want to read this book.
Ripple Effect is a second chance romance and the way it unfolds is completely refreshing and addictive. You know how it begins and you get a good idea of how it ends pretty much right away. But the “in between”, the rise and fall of this marriage, the heartwrenching course of events that reveals itself at a painstaking pace is rich with heartache and steam, suspense and devastation. There’s no way you won’t feel all the things on these pages and you’ll be desperately turning the pages just to see what happens next.
Cal and Libby’s story is decidedly outside the box. It’s refreshingly original, rife with emotion and agonizingly suspenseful. I very much enjoyed this story and the author’s writing and storytelling. I so appreciate when an author sets out to write a book that’s so unlike everything else out there. Ripple Effect is different; it’s achingly raw and with its element of suspense and secrecy, it’s a story you will devour eagerly just to see how it all unfolds. I found a gem in Tracey Jerald and it has me even more energized to continue picking up books by authors I’ve not yet read because Tracey Jerald is proof that there’s great stories by even greater storytellers yet to be found! This was my first read of hers but it certainly will not be my last.
About the Author
Tracey Jerald knew she was meant to be a writer when she would re-write the ending of books in her head on her bike when she was a young girl growing up in southern Connecticut. It wasn’t long before she was typing alternate endings and extended epilogues “just for fun”.
After college in Florida, where she obtained a degree in Criminal Justice swearing she saw things she’ll never quite believe and never quite forget, Tracey traded the world of law and order for IT. Her work for a world-wide internet startup transferred her to Northern Virginia where she met her husband in what many call their own happily ever after. They have one son. When she’s not busy with her family or writing, Tracey can be found in her home in north Florida drinking coffee, reading, training for a runDisney event, or feeding her addiction to HGTV.