Year 28 is an amazing novel written by JL Mac. It takes place mostly in a small Louisiana town, filled with love, charm, and bayous. It also has some twists and turns I didn’t expect, and I am not just talking about the backroads!!! I have to say that this novel hit me in the feels a bit. The story is a must read and the characters bleed off the page. There are some triggers, so just be aware, I don’t want to give too much away though!
Raegan Potter is a woman I could be friends with if she’d let me! She is smart, strong, driven, and unfortunately guarded. Her walls sometimes are so fortified, you wonder if even a special forces team could gain entry. Raegan works as campaign manager in D.C. for the top politicians. It’s a cut-throat and dare, I say, soulless industry, Raegan, however, excels and is the best at what she does. She does everything she can to avoid going back to Palmetto Grove, LA; however, Raegan’s little sister is getting married. As much as Raegan wants to see her family and support her little sister, she doesn’t want to see him, Sylas Broussard, or remember their year 28 pact.
Sylas Broussard is every woman’s dream. A Marine Veteran, avid boater, Southern gentleman, and all-American man, he reminds me of some of my guy friends. After serving overseas and traveling around the world, the one person Sylas cannot get out of his heart and soul is Raegan Potter or Rae as he calls her. Sylas remembers every detail of their history together as children, friends, and high school sweethearts. Sylas also remembers Rae always running away from their relationship. With the year 28 pact coming up, he isn’t going to give up. Sylas is stubborn and giving up on Rae has never been considered since they were kids.
I absolutely LOVE how JL Mac wrote this book. Raegan has had trauma and the way she deals with it is very interesting. In her head, she has given physical identities to her feelings, such as Optimism, Regret, Self-Preservation, etc. and has conversations with them. For those who struggle with trauma, anxiety, depression, ADD, etc. this is what it feels like in our heads sometimes. I know I can’t speak for everyone, however I know a few of my friends and I have had conversations surrounding this topic. When the negativity comes in and starts repeating itself, it is the worst! I call those lie tapes. That style of writing gives us, as readers, a better understanding of Raegan and a connection to her. I probably said out loud numerous times, “Yes girl, yes, been there. Said the same thing, thought the same thing!”
If you want a story that makes you feel something, makes you look inside yourself, and is relatable, this is the book you MUST read. Put it at the top of your TBR list. I promise you will not regret it!!!