I have to thank my dear friend Ally (@FSOG_AUS) for recommending Underestimated by Jettie Woodruff, it’s an amazing book. I have always enjoyed a book that not only tells a story about a snipet of time, but one that shows a journey over a long period of time. Often books will show a character changing pretty quickly, a few weeks or months in a book, but when a book spans years, the change seems more realistic and dramatic. That is just one of many reasons I love this book – the long time period it spans, and how the main character changes over those years.
The story starts with Morgan/Rylie driving to Mystic Bay to start a new life. We soon find out she’s left her abusive husband, and by abusive I mean, he’s sick fuck with money and power. If you’re squeamish about that, this probably isn’t the book for you. We go on the journey with Rylie while she hides from her husband, Drew, and makes a comfortable life for herself. As each page turns you wonder if and when Drew will find her. And what will Drew do to her when he does. The story will make you shake with fear and anxiety. But, just when you think he know how this might go, Jettie takes you on a totally different journey.
If you like a light and fluffy romance, this is not the book for you. But, if you enjoy a deep story where characters push the boundaries of our imagination, this is that book. Many have mentioned it’s a dark story, and in many ways it is. But it’s also a story about the strength of the human spirit and never underestimating yourself and those around you. This is the kind of book that will keep you up at night and when you sleep you may find yourself having crazy dreams about the story. It’s that engaging. There is also a sequel to it, Underestimated Too, but I won’t tell you a thing about it.