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Monday, May 17, 2010

No Matter Why by Joanna Aislinn

No Matter Why by Joanna Aislinn
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (208 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

Trust and stability became empty words the day motherless, sixteen-year-old Carrie Norwell’s brothers were murdered and her father’s heart gave out at the scene. Five years later, her barricaded heart remains virtually impenetrable to anyone willing to get close and offer what she wants more than anything: a loving family of her own.

That’s exactly what Billy Jay Eldridge wants to offer the right girl. Operating on a heart and spirit rivaled only by his looks, he’s two years out of college, managing a store and on his way up the corporate ladder. Still, he toys daily with nobler--yet dangerous--career aspirations. Then shy, quiet Carrie joins his crew. Intrigued by her haunted eyes, he sets out to know her better, unaware his life’s calling will be the greatest obstacle to getting her to accept from him what she wants and needs most.

At an early age, Carrie Norwell learned that life doesn’t come with guarantees. The trauma in her life has made her an emotional cripple. Even after five years of counseling, she cannot cope with college or a job—that is until Billy Jay comes into her life.

Billy Jay Eldridge, an upbeat, positive person with an innate desire to be of service to others, nudges Carrie out of reclusive, comfort zone. Billy Jay, not long out of college, finds that climbing the corporate ladder is not for him. Handsome and charismatic, he draws people to him in a natural way—without egoism. Friends, family, and fellow workers hold him in high regard, but Carrie rejects his overtures, taking much of the joy out of his life. She believes if she admits she loves him, he will die (in her self-centered view of life, she truly thinks she has that kind of influence). His high-risk job as a policeman fills her with fear.

Carrie’s Aunt Marilyn, who has been Carrie’s surrogate mother since Carrie was five years old, tells Carrie that God writes a script for people’s lives and they have to live it, while Billy Jay nudges Carrie to use her free will and choose happiness rather isolation. He says he can love enough for both of them if she will just come to him—but the choice must be hers. He is the catalyst for Carrie’s redemption (symbolic savior). Her weak, dependent characteristics linger a little too long in the story, but she does finally gain some emotional strength that gives hope for her future.

Joanne Aislinn weaves together a story of a man who reaches out with love and a girl who tries to deny love because of her fears and past hurts. The emotional journey of Carrie and Billy Jay is a compelling story of love finding its way passed many obstacles to prove LOVE is the greatest.