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by J.L. Berg


It’s the story of Willow, who grew up in a bad situation with an emotionally abusive mom. When the situation finally reaches a breaking point, Willow goes to live with her aunt four hours away where she begins to heal. Helping her along the way are her big-hearted aunt, her amazing new best friend, and Sam, the son of the local bookstore’s owner. But her relationship with Sam definitely has its dramatic ups and downs. And a final twist will have your head spinning! It’s an emotional ride (and you’ll see bloggers agree).

Head down.

Don’t look up.

Never make eye contact.

Those were the words I lived by growing up, the words that protected me in an unsafe home. But words are only letters and eventually even they couldn’t keep his hands off me. Hoping to leave behind the shattered life of my past, I find myself in a boring, small town, with an aunt I’ve never met and at a school I loathe. But soon I learn, not everything in this world is as black and white as I’ve determined. Sometimes those we are so quick to judge often need a second, third or even fourth time to make a first impression. And often, there are friendships and even love waiting just around the corner, if we are brave enough to take the first step. Am I brave? Or will I hide behind these tattered gloves of mine forever?

About the author: J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready series and the Walls series. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she's not writing, you will find her with her nose stuck in a romance novel, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate. http://jlberg.com


“Willow may have started off broken, but she discovered the true meaning of family and exactly how brave she is.” ̶ Cocktails and Books

“This book is beautiful, it’s a story about trust, trust in others and trust in you.” ̶ Ceres Books World

“This story was excellently written, it has tragedy but also warm friendship and love. In the end this is a hopeful book with a positive message that made me feel good. You wouldn’t think so at first but ultimately this proved to turn into story about bravery. The touch of romance, so sweet, so pure, was a lovely addition that had me swooning big time.” ̶ The Belgian Reviewer, 5 out of 5 stars

“Readers are treated to a charming and sweet romance between Willow and Sam. At its heart, this is a story of bravery, hope and love and I think that J.L. Berg did a beautiful job with it!...Willow Fairchild has grown up with a very specific set of rules designed to keep her protected in her unsafe home. One night, desperation drives her to break a rule and her world is forever changed as a result.” ̶ The Book Boyfriend Addict, 4.5 out of 5 stars

“Willow and Sam are everything I adore about J.L. Berg’s characters and then some. They possess all of the complexity and charming personality I’ve come to rely on from this author along with plenty of teenage angst to make these two impossible to ignore….The Tattered Gloves overflows with genuine emotion, vibrant imagery and heartbreaking honesty making it another hit novel from J.L. Berg and a must read for fans of YA romance.” ̶ Prisoners of Print, 4.5 out of 5 stars

“The author creates beautifully—and sometimes painfully—real characters. You feel the pain living inside of Willow. You see the internal strife, the struggle to be normal, the desire to just be loved. And as the story unfolds, you see the strength of a person’s soul and what a difference just a few good people in your corner can do.” ̶ Pink Lace and Silver Buckles, 5 out of 5 stars

“J.L. Berg did a wonderful job telling about these sensitive issues in this brilliant story of Willow. She showed how the people who love you will be there for you and accept you, red gloves and all.” ̶ Words We Love By, 4 out of 5 stars

“The story of The Tattered Gloves is a story of survival, redemption, acceptance, love, friendship, and understanding….You will find yourself completely immersed in the story and before you know it you will be closing the back cover, sighing to yourself and wishing that it hadn't ended.” ̶ Reads All the Books

“The Tattered Gloves by J.L. Berg is an emotional and inspiring book that will sweep you off your feet and will leave you emotionally wrecked once you finish it!... [Sam] along with Addy and Allison helped Willow through her awful past, even without most of them knowing the full truth of it, and helped her become the girl we all fell in love with at the end of this book.” ̶ Reading Past My Bedtime, 4 out of 5 stars

“This is one that pulls at your feelings and emotions and just doesn’t let go until the last page.” ̶ A Leisure Moment, 4 out of 5 stars

“Willow, Sam, Addy, and Allison are great characters, and people I could definitely see myself getting along with in real life.” ̶ Becky on Books, 4 out of 5 stars

“I read it in one sitting, you really are taken on an emotional roller coaster with the characters and are left wanting more. This is a story about overcoming tragedies when you think you can’t go on, not judging a book by its cover, learning to live again and being brave when it’s the last thing you want to do….This story stayed with me long after I finished it.” ̶ Sweet and Spicy Reads, 4 out of 5 stars

“The relationships between each of the characters was wholly unique and beautiful. I came to love each of them, for different reasons, and the all brought their own messages about love and life to the book.” ̶ A Literary Perusal

“Willow’s Aunt Addy is everything Willow’s mother was not. Through her aunt, Willow learns her own family history, along with some valuable lessons about humanity. Willow may not have won the parent lottery, but family is so much more than just who gave birth to you.” ̶ Adventures in Writing, 5 out of 5 stars

“I loved each and every character and they all played an important role in this book. Willow's support system was amazing. I highly recommend The Tattered Gloves if you love emotional Young Adult romances.” ̶ Silence is Read, 4.5 out of 5 stars

“I have always loved when one of my favorite authors tries writing something outside of their comfort zone….and that is exactly what J.L. Berg has done with Tattered Gloves. Let me just say…She knocked this Young Adult novel out of the park. I loved this just as much as her contemporary romance novels.” ̶ Book Bitches Blog, 5 out of 5 stars

“It was wonderful to read how much Willow grows throughout this book. Coming from the background described throughout the book, she really begins to recognize what her life can be like in Sugar Tree and become a brave young woman.” ̶ The Book Whisperer, 4 out of 5 stars

“I was due for a good YA book and this hit the spot. J.L. Berg wrote a captivating story on a subject that is being written more and more often in YA with really quirky and lovable characters.” ̶ Up All Night Book Blog, 4 out of 5 stars

“This is a beautifully written and inspiring novel! It’s about being brave in the face of hardship. It’s about learning to live again, even when you don’t think it’s possible. And it’s about finding beauty in ordinary things. Honestly, this book touched my heart, and touched it deep….These characters became REAL to me. I connected with them, I cried with them, and I soared with them.” ̶ Pretty Little Book Reviews

“Sam is something else. Let me tell you. He’s the most sincere, patient, loveable and protective teenager I have ever come across. But he’s no pushover.” ̶ Read-Love-Blog, 4.5 out of 5 stars

“The Tattered Gloves had the most amazing cast. All of them were genuinely good people. People that I would love to be around. JUST AMAZING!!!! Willow, Sam, Allison and Addy were the heart and soul of this book.” ̶ Happily Ever After, 4.5 out of 5 stars

“The Tattered Gloves is a real page turner, keeping me on my feet as I was reading. Honestly one of the most amazing books that I’ve read. Little bit of tears follow by laughter and topped with a little bit of romance. Could not put it down until I finished.” ̶ Viviana, Enchantress of Books, 5 out of 5 stars

“I found this to be a beautifully, well-written story and a emotionally, inspiring novel. I love the characters and became connected with them. I felt their pain and cried with them. It is about learning to live again, even though you don’t think you can go on.” ̶ Alpha Book Club, 5 out of 5 stars

“JL Berg has truly stretched her writing muscles with this YA.” ̶ Jo and Isa Love Books, 4 out of 5 stars

“J.L. Berg takes you on an emotional journey of strength, perseverance, and courage. You will truly feel for Willow and will watch as she slowly blossoms into the beautiful young lady she was meant to be.” ̶ Bookalicious Babes, 4 out of 5 stars

“This is a must read! Talk about a book that gives you the feels, that grabs your attention and sucks you in! I have always enjoyed a really good young adult romance and this one delivers on all levels. This is the first book that I have read by J.L. Berg and to say that I am hooked on her writing style is an understatement. The characters are well developed and the storyline is engaging, sweet and romantic. But it doesn't come without its hardships as well. I felt like I was right there with Willow.” ̶ iScream Books, 5 out of 5 stars

“Willow brings a sadness and paralyzing fear with her character but slowly but surely you get glimpses of her bravery, caring and protective nature. I really adore her character because she was written so realistically and as beautiful as one can be when enduring life’s hardships.” ̶ Southern Bred and Read, 5 out of 5 stars

“This was a wonderfully written story with amazing characters I really felt connected to. Willow for all she had been through was so brave and strong.” ̶ The Smut Librarians, 4.5 out of 5 stars

“I finished it in a little over a day because the plot was so interesting.” ̶ Little Bookworm Reviews, 4 out of 5 stars

“If you have never read a J.L Berg book I advise you to read this one. It will have you hooked to this author who will make you cry your eyes out. Awesome and inspiring story.” ̶ FMR Book Grind, 5 out of 5 stars

“One of my favorite parts of the novel were the characters. It was refreshing to see the plot focus on such positive characters.” ̶ Bookish Confessions, 4 out of 5 stars

“This was a thoughtful story, one that wasn’t just about falling in love but about discovering who you really are and finding your footing in a world that you had given up on.” ̶ Dog-Eared Daydreams, 4.5 out of 5 stars

“The Tattered Gloves is the book that will leave you breathless and an emotional wreck as you follow this one girl who is trying to come to terms with her own loss. It pulled at my heart, putting to paper the grief and pain at the consequences of losing your loved ones. It's beautifully written and done in such a way that makes you appreciate the beauty of life and how love and friendship will rally together to support you when you're at your lowest.” ̶ A Small Girl, Her Man and Her Books, 4 out of 5 stars

“This is story about hope and second chances when you think there is nothing left. I absolutely adored it and would recommend this book to any YA or Adult. I absolutely love J.L. Berg and can't wait for more from her.” ̶ Live Read Breathe, 4 out of 5 stars

“The Tattered Gloves is a standalone novel with a Hallmark vibe, dark undertones, and the perfect touch of romance. J.L Berg captured the beautiful side of being young, while simultaneously reminding us how fragile our minds are, regardless of age. Within a matter of pages, I knew this book was special.” ̶ Candace Reads, 5 out of 5 stars