Title: She Tells All
Author: Judah Lee Davis
Publisher: Createspace (self published)
First Published: 2010
Paperback: 228 pages
Sometimes to get to heaven, you gotta go through hell…
From her unhealthy obsession with stilettos to her weakness for Latin lovers, Madison Miller is a far cry from the church girl her Momma always wanted her to be.
She desperately tried to be good, but every time, she ends up between the sheets or in the back of somebody’s car. Finally, tragedy strikes and Madison is forced to learn some hard lessons about life, love, God, and why you should never spend the night with strangers.
Self-published novels often get looked down upon by the “why couldn’t they get published by a real publisher” brigade, but every now and then, you get a little gem that sparkles and stands out from the rubble, refusing to be tarred with that brush. This is one of them.
I was pleasantly surprised at how easy this novel was to read. Although it chronicles Madison’s sexploits, explicit detail doesn’t usually play much of a part in the proceedings, which is a welcome relief, given the amount of shenanigans she gets up to! It’s a nice change to have a promiscuous “heroine” who doesn’t feel the need to “drop the f-bomb” (as she calls it) every five seconds and although many of her activities are explicit, the author leaves much to the imagination, giving only the bare essentials in the sex scenes.
Madison is a very likeable character. She is obviously a little troubled and has terrible taste in men, but once again, the Davis bucks the trend and refuses to give Madison all the good looking charmers – she’s a regular chick and the guys she sleeps with are regular Joes too – some better (or worse) than others. And she’s such a caring person, constantly trying to help people and do the right thing, that you desperately want things to work out for her.
This is a very quick read, but an enjoyable one. And yes, I actually shed a few tears near the end which was handled in a tactful and sweet manner. Madison’s journey through slutdom to finding herself and keeping her faith is worth picking up if you like inspirations tales with believably normal characters.
Reviewed by Kell Smurthwaite