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Johnny Tregalis leaves home the minute he turns eighteen, but he’s the only one who knows why…Arriving in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Johnny has nothing—not even a plan. Local veterinarian Jackson Everett notices the boy, who reminds him of his own teenage son, and offers him a bed for the night. Meeting Jackson’s wife Graye, his son Jared, and four-year-old daughter Bryce, JJohnny Tregalis leaves home the minute he turns eighteen, but he’s the only one who knows why…Arriving in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Johnny has nothing—not even a plan. Local veterinarian Jackson Everett notices the boy, who reminds him of his own teenage son, and offers him a bed for the night. Meeting Jackson’s wife Graye, his son Jared, and four-year-old daughter Bryce, Johnny sees a family he could never imagine. He’d been raised by his abusive father after his mother disappeared with his younger brother, and he’s sure he’ll be packed off to a shelter in the morning. He can’t believe it when he’s invited to stay indefinitely.Johnny refuses to discuss his traumatic past as he attempts to fit in…The Everetts try to help the profoundly troubled teen, but he seems to be at the mercy of his own mind. He’s held captive by flashbacks, excruciating night terrors, and a mounting inability to distinguish delusion from reality. How can he possibly recover, go to school, have friends…have a life?Physical scars only hint at deeper psychological devastation…As the shocking truth comes to light, Johnny struggles to overcome years of abuse, poverty, and despicable horrors to become part of a real family, but is he strong enough to defeat his demons? The Everetts realize Johnny’s journey is now their own, but they face a daunting task.How much sacrifice is too much when all you can hope for is keeping the tarnished?...

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ISBN : 27425974
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Number of Pages : 250 Pages
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keeping the tarnished Reviews

  • PaulaPhillips
    2018-12-08 22:25

    First , this book is quite a moving story which will have you in tears as it rips at your heart and as the reader you develop strong feelings for all the characters especially Johnny, the main character - I personally wanted to take him in my arms and love him , make sure everything would be ok for him and that no-one would ever hurt him again and then reading about his Dad, I wanted to kill him - he was such a mean person and I wanted his dad to suffer for all the pain he caused. I've never actually read a book where a character has made me feel so strongly with hate for them. One thing I really can't stand is abuse and violence towards innocent children, they should be cuddled and treated with love and respect. Not used as a punching bag , something to throw around, a money making machine or a pet. Keeping the Tarnished focuses on Johnny ,whom ran away from home when he was 18. Along the way, he meets Jackson who takes him home to meet his wife , son Jared and daughter Blythe. Jackson's family as they get to know Johnny, take him in under their wings - this part reminded me of the movie The Blind Side. Johnny has alot of issues that need to be worked out but Jackson's family are willing to stand by him all the way. Though this book had it's sad moments, it did make up for them as Jackson and his family had so much love to give Johnny and it made me smile, that he was finally get the family he deserved all along.This is one book that you will need tissues for, you will also need to have someone you can vent to when the time comes about the different characters and your feelings about them as I had my boyfriend next to me as he played his Xbox and I read. If you can handle Dark Fiction, then Keeping the Tarnished really needs to be at the top of your current reading pile as when you finish this is one book that will haunt you for a couple of days as you won't be able to stop thinking about the life Johnny had before and what he will have now - after and it shows that sometimes being a good samaritan can change someone's life for the better and it only takes one second to make that decision - should I stay or Should I just walk on past ?

  • Shanoff Reads
    2018-12-08 00:44

    **I received an ARC for an honest review.**This book drew me in right from he beginning. I wanted to know all of Johnny Tregalis' deep dark secrets. I wanted to know all of his inner most fears and the cause of them. I wanted nothing more than to connect with this broken young man and I did. Johnny Tregalis has had a nightmare of a life, but it didn't completely shatter him. I loved the strength that his character showed continually though this book. I loved the ability he had to claim his happiness even though he was tortured by thoughts of his past. I loved that a crucial point in his life he met the best people he could have come across and it was all on his random choice of taking a bus to Lake Charles. The Everett family is definitely not your typical privileged family. They are so much more. They are open and welcoming. They are loving and kind. They are exactly what a tarnished teen like Johnny Tregalis needed. Their family welcomed him into their home and they all immediately felt connected to him. Their son, Jared, who was the same age as Johnny, really helped Johnny realize a lot about himself. He realized that everyone has something that they struggle with no matter how put together they look or the family they come from. He also realized that even boys like Jared have insecurities about themselves because of how others treat them. I loved all of the things that Johnny discovered about himself and them while living with the Everett family. Jackson and Graye treated him just like he was one of their own children. They gave him love and understanding that he had been lacking his whole life. They gave him a support system that he desperately needed especially with his horrid past kept plaguing his present. They gave him a future that he never thought that he would have. They gave him the family he needed. From the very beginning I was consumed with wanting to know all of the dirty, gritty details of Johnny's past. I just could not wait for it all to be revealed, but when it was all revealed I was absolutely gutted for this boy. There wasn't one part of his childhood that would be considered a good memory, except of his mother and brother, but even that was tainted. All of the things that Johnny went through while living with his father are enough to damage and tarnish anyone, but for some reason Johnny was able to adapt outside of that setting. He was so sweet, kind, protective and happy when he came to the Everett farm, despite how his past was haunting him. He adjusted well and made connections with each family member that helped him in ways that they didn't even understand at the time. This book was a beautiful tarnished tale that ultimately leads to Johnny beginning the healing process of his mind and soul. It wasn't an easy path for Johnny or the Everetts, but they all needed each other in this part of their lives. Jared needed a friend to connect with, Jackson and Graye felt a strong pull towards Johnny and knew he was brought into their lives for a reason. I definitely recommend this book. Although be warned it is NOT a ROMANCE. It is true to the psychological thriller genre. It won't be easy to read at times and its downright heartbreaking once the truth is out there. But it is also uplifting when all the secrets are revealed and Johnny's and the Everetts' bond is all the more stronger.

  • PaulaPhillips
    2018-12-03 03:30

    First , this book is quite a moving story which will have you in tears as it rips at your heart and as the reader you develop strong feelings for all the characters especially Johnny, the main character - I personally wanted to take him in my arms and love him , make sure everything would be ok for him and that no-one would ever hurt him again and then reading about his Dad, I wanted to kill him - he was such a mean person and I wanted his dad to suffer for all the pain he caused. I've never actually read a book where a character has made me feel so strongly with hate for them. One thing I really can't stand is abuse and violence towards innocent children, they should be cuddled and treated with love and respect. Not used as a punching bag , something to throw around, a money making machine or a pet. Keeping the Tarnished focuses on Johnny ,whom ran away from home when he was 18. Along the way, he meets Jackson who takes him home to meet his wife , son Jared and daughter Blythe. Jackson's family as they get to know Johnny, take him in under their wings - this part reminded me of the movie The Blind Side. Johnny has alot of issues that need to be worked out but Jackson's family are willing to stand by him all the way. Though this book had it's sad moments, it did make up for them as Jackson and his family had so much love to give Johnny and it made me smile, that he was finally get the family he deserved all along.This is one book that you will need tissues for, you will also need to have someone you can vent to when the time comes about the different characters and your feelings about them as I had my boyfriend next to me as he played his Xbox and I read. If you can handle Dark Fiction, then Keeping the Tarnished really needs to be at the top of your current reading pile as when you finish this is one book that will haunt you for a couple of days as you won't be able to stop thinking about the life Johnny had before and what he will have now - after and it shows that sometimes being a good samaritan can change someone's life for the better and it only takes one second to make that decision - should I stay or Should I just walk on past ?

  • Sara Schoen
    2018-12-08 01:28

    *Received for an honest review*4.5/5 stars from Sara at StolenGlances AuthorsFirst just let me say that this is an absolutely amazing book! I loved the characters and the depth of them, there were layers that rarely show in "early" writing of an author, but Bradon showed them. It's a moving story that has you feel for all the characters and their own certain tragedies especially Johnny.Keeping the Tarnished focuses on Johnny, who ran away from home when he turned 18 and is then taken in very "Blind Side" like, and work with him to put him on his feet and give him a future. While the book drew me in right from he beginning, I waited for the thriller part to show up. I enjoy thrillers and the darkness in them. The book has a great psychological aspect and is very well done, the thrilling part left a little to be desired. While some of the material was dark as anticipated, it didn't last or resonate as a thriller to me. Which isn't a bad thing, it's just more of a psychological read and more touching/family orientated which I still enjoyed.I loved the strength that Johnny's character showed, his ability to create a small amount of happiness even through his nightmares and melding of time (and again great psychological stuff, just not a lot of thriller).This book was a beautiful piece of work, and really inspired me to be a better person, much like the Everett's. While the ending is open ended, I hope for the best for all involved, maybe we will one day figure out what happened to Johnny in one of Bradon's later novels.TLTR version: I definitely recommend this book. Although there's not a thriller in the sense of suspense, action, or darkness as expected the psychological aspects were on par and impressive. It is true to the psychological aspect of the genre. It's heartbreaking and uplifting in one book.

  • Carissa Lynch
    2018-12-06 21:24

    This is one of the best psychological thrillers I've ever read. From the very first line, I was hooked and couldn't stop reading. This is an emotional, gritty thriller about a young boy, Johnny, who's suffered a great deal of abuse. The author touched on some heavy topics and I loved the way he handled these issues with seriousness, but gentle hands. No matter how screwed up someone is, there's always somebody out there, willing to love them. And I definitely loved Johnny's character. All of the characters in this book were so well drawn and the plot flowed perfectly. I felt so connected to Johnny, and I had intense hatred for his father. I loved the way this story played out. The author wove the pieces together well, creating a masterpiece of psychological suspense. I'm a huge fan of Bradon Nave and I can't wait to read all of his books!

  • Molly Carson
    2018-12-02 21:47

    Wow, what a powerful book.I wasn't sure what I expected when I choose this book. It was so powerful, so sad, but so beautiful at the same time. Johnny came from the worst home life imaginable but was still so happy. The store takes you from his escape at 18 to his finding a new life and loving family and the start of healing. It made me laugh and cry, but thru it all you find hope.

  • Mignon Mykel
    2018-11-19 01:38

    Received a copy of the title in exchange for an honest review.4.5 / 5 starsFor seventeen and half years, Johnny was under the impression that he was stuck in the house that raised him, with a father who beat him, after his mother took his baby brother and ran. While it hurt Johnny that his mother left and took Jacob with, he understood her need to get Jacob out.One day though, a school counselor was questioning Johnny's future. While he never spoke of the horrors at home, the counselor wanted to help. That day, Johnny learned that the moment he turned eighteen, he could leave.So with his father's liquor money and the few items he could stuff in his backpack, Johnny took off.This was such a heart-wrenching story. You see Johnny in extremely vulnerable moments and see that although his life wasn't the best by any means, he was rather trustworthy -- even with a slight edge of distrust, the thought that the other shoe was bound to drop at some point.I loved Jackson and Graye, and especially appreciated that Graye was cautious in inviting the runaway teen into their home for more than one day. She had a huge heart and it broke for the boy, but they didn't know his story.This family was so great. From Jackson taking Johnny in, to Graye's smile, to little Blake's sweet conversations, to finally Jared's full acceptance and ability to read the other teen... I absolutely loved this family.I will say, though, that I didn't get 'psychological thriller' out of this story. Certainly dark fiction, and while there are pyschological aspects due to Johnny's state of mind, the PTSD he experiences, and his nightmares, I was expecting something different by seeing the book listed as a thriller.While it's not my typical romance, at all, I went into the book knowing that it was a story about a teen boy leaving all he knew behind. I needed this change, and the story certainly gripped me. It read extremely easily -- in a middle school book sense. The sentence structure is easy with the occasional (at times, too many near one another) extremely descriptive sentences, at times making me feel like I was in sixth grade English. And because that annoyed me just enough, I couldn't give the story 5-stars; but it is definitely a great story. I could understand the elementary type tone in sentence structure during Johnny's POVs, but when that carried over into Jackson and Graye's, two educated people, I decided that that was an author characteristic rather than a characterization-writing choice. I wanted to cry for Johnny on many occasions; he couldn't get it better than accidentally running into Jackson when he was down on his luck. The title comes from the belief that those who are broken to the point Johnny is, are tarnished, that there's nothing in the world that can make that person better. Reading the opinions of some of the people, and watching Jackson and Graye fight for him, was so incredibly lovely -- while he may be eighteen, it is never too late to find family.

  • Rae Sontheyon
    2018-11-27 21:18

    Where You Come From Isn't Who You Are. . . Warning keep the tissues on standby, because this book is heartbreaking and uplifting all at the same time. I've seen it compared to Blind Side, but this story is sooo much more. Truly I didn't know what to expect when reading this novel, but after finishing I'm left feeling emotionally changed in asking myself who can I help in order to make their lives better. At the stroke of midnight, Johnny Tregalis, turns eighteen and knows he's finally legally free from his extremely abusive father. The problem is he hasn't a clue what to do or where to go, Johnny just knows he has to run. Johnny ends up stranded alone, tired, hunger and afraid in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He is then approached by a stranger named Jackson Everett who notices Johnny's distressing situation and offers him a place to rest for the night. Jackson not one to normally bring home homeless people can't peg his reasoning for helping Johnny out, but knows he just has to help the boy. Johnny is immediately welcomed into the Everett home and though it was meant to be a one night stay, he is eventually offered a permanent home. It's during Johnny's stay with the Everetts that Jackson and his wife, Graye, find out more and more about the trouble teens past. Johnny is a honest and kind hearted boy but it's clear his past home life was nothing short of dark and abusive. Johnny's continues to have a lingering feeling of fear and begins questions if he should stay with the people he's grown so fond of when all he can dream of is his father and fears his dad's return for him. The question for Johnny and the Everetts is can Johnny be truly healed and happy? Overall, great emotional read. Oh I just wanted to jump in the book and hug poor Johnny a billion times over. Johnny's story will break your heart, but the love the Everetts show him will bring a smile to your face. It's sad to know that a story like Johnny's isn't truly fiction, knowing that there are sick people out there in the world. But I hope there are real Everetts out in the world too. My favorite part was the fact that Johnny was still kind hearted, his life was horrid but he remained good, I loved that! For all that he endured it was great to read that he could still laugh and smile. So if you are up for reading a book about a family taking in a boy who endured abuse no child should have to take especially from a "parent" and yet they remain lovable and strong, than I suggest taking a read of this book just keep tissues handy. **I received a free copy in return for an honest review**------Read more of my reviews at: http://heyitwasfree.blogspot.com/------

  • Charity Foster
    2018-12-03 04:33

    Wow. Talk about a book that invokes all your emotions! This book sucks you in and keeps you turning the pages until the end. It was so gripping that I couldn't stop reading, I had to know what was going to happen next and how Johnny was going to overcome it. Johnny was such a strong character that my heart couldn't help but ache for him. I wanted to reach through the book, hug him and let him know everything would be alright.Oh, and lets not forget about the Everett family. The author did a wonderful job of creating a family who was so accepting of Johnny and treated him as though he was part of the family. They helped him to see past his past and become an even stronger person. I absolutely adore this family.I honestly have not read any books like this one before, but I'm telling you right now that I will definitely be branching out! Great job Mr. Nave, you have gained another loyal reader and I can't wait to read what you write next!

  • Catarina Swartz
    2018-12-07 00:37

    I have never read a book that is so emotional intense until now. This book had me riveted to every word and eager to get to the end. You will be crying as you read the pages and not even realise until the tears hit your kindle. This book is very sad and emotional and your heartbreaks for Johnny. You will want to wrap him up in your arms and tell him he is safe and he is loved. Your heart goes out to the Everett family for having so much love and understanding and for accepting Johnny with all his emotional trauma.Brandon Nave has written a brilliant novel and is a must to read. You will learn to hate through this book but not a Johnny or the Everetts but at those who can hurt other so badly.I gave this book 5 stars and look forward to Brandon Nave next book.

  • JoAnna Shipp
    2018-11-21 22:20

    This book is both heart-warming and heart-breaking at the same time. Johnny is instantly lovable and relatable to anyone with a history of abuse. I did have to skip certain parts of the book because it was just too much for me to bare. The novel is brilliantly and beautifully written. Bradon Nave is becoming one of my go-to authors. Just be sure to have the tissues ready!

  • Maria
    2018-12-14 01:46

    I am in LOVE! With Johnny, the Everett's, and the story as a whole. All the characters were created so well and so in-depth that it was very easy to get sucked in. You feel so deeply for Johnny and you want to see him get better this is one heck of an emotional ride and I love every bit of it!

  • Peggy
    2018-11-21 01:27

    **SPOILER FREE**Absolutely amazing book! Loved the character and story. Might as well add to the "hard to put down" list, believe me, once you start you won't be able to lay it down! *Received for an honest review*

  • Irma
    2018-11-21 04:36

    This is a story that will make your heart ache. Poor Johnny...

  • MarshaBernabe
    2018-12-13 00:41

    Powerful!This was a powerful story of a young man who escaped a horrific home, and found a place to belong and heal. This book will stick with me for a long time.

  • Naznin Azeez
    2018-12-06 23:42

    This is a heartwarming story about Johnny, who runs away from his house and then finds refuge with a loving family. His father is excessively abusive and thus he suffers from severe PTSD. The psychological damage is massive. This is definitely a tear jerker at times and also makes you thank the heavens that you didn't go through what Johnny endured. His suffering is too much at the hands of his father. No one should ever go through such life... Overall, a book that's written very well.

  • Lisa Ward
    2018-12-08 04:43

    Johnny runs away in the middle of the night at the age of 18 . Reading this i find he is a abused child with many demons. He finds rescue with Jackson Graye , they take him and there we find love , faith , caring .. possibly can help Johnny with his past throught trust . There were times i had tears in my eyes as my heart was full of sorrow for what he ensured...

  • Esperanza
    2018-12-09 03:33

    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ FIVE STARS to KEEPING THE TARNISHED "I sure was not expecting this book to be so good. The Author Bradon Nave surely wanted to bring some highlights of the life of forgotten and downtrodden children to the forefront so that his readers could really feel the heat of abuse per say. Not only that but he tends to make your heart melt at times when you experience the abuse through the eyes of the character. I was really drawn into this book and feel that others will enjoy it as well as I did! I give this book a FULL FIVE Star rating!"* I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was collected and all opinions are mine.

  • Erin Lee
    2018-11-19 21:23

    Erin Lee’s Review of “Keeping the Tarnished” by Bradon NaveThe world would be a better place if there were more people like Johnny and the Everett family in it. Nave brilliantly weaves the tale of a troubled boy, Johnny, who finds himself finally free on his eighteenth birthday. After years of abuse by his father and uncle, and neglect by his mother, the boy struggles to find himself, alone with $188, in a world he’s never been able to count on. When he lands in the lives of the Everett’s—a family with as much heart as he—things begin to change. Struggling with PTSD and other lasting effects of long-term abuse, Johnny must find ways to trust, and even love, again. What made this book especially impressive was that it wasn’t preachy. Instead, Nave sent strong messages about love, loss, grief and the overall human condition through simple moments of kindness and others of obscene abuse. Through Johnny’s flashbacks, Nave allows readers tiny peeks into Johnny’s past without saying too much—slowly helping the reader to trust him, as the Everett’s do for Johnny. Perhaps the most important message this book sends is that extreme abuse does happen. It can be covered up, ignored, or unseen for years. The scariest thing about “Keeping the Tarnished” is how realistic it is. “Keeping the Tarnished” teaches us to look for signs we might otherwise miss and how important a kind word, or even a place to sleep for the night, can be to changing someone’s life. If you’re looking for a realistic novel that touches on both the very best and evilest, “Keeping the Tarnished” is for you. You’ll fall in love with many characters, wanting to reach in the book and help Johnny yourself, all while wishing for justice on the men who hurt him. You’ll come to believe and trust in the resiliency of the human spirit and leave it with a little more faith that there are good people out there. I give this novel five stars with no reservations and hope Nave continues to write about important struggles like Johnny’s. I believe this book will make a difference in changing lives for victims without Nave ever even knowing it. Amazing read!

  • Itsy Bitsy Book Bits
    2018-12-18 00:27

    Johnny Tregalis leaves home the minute he turns eighteen, but he’s the only one who knows why… Arriving in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Johnny has nothing—not even a plan. Local veterinarian Jackson Everett notices the boy, who reminds him of his own teenage son, and offers him a bed for the night. Meeting Jackson’s wife Graye, his son Jared, and four-year-old daughter Bryce, Johnny sees a family he could never imagine. He’d been raised by his abusive father after his mother disappeared with his younger brother, and he’s sure he’ll be packed off to a shelter in the morning. He can’t believe it when he’s invited to stay indefinitely. Johnny refuses to discuss his traumatic past as he attempts to fit in… The Everetts try to help the profoundly troubled teen, but he seems to be at the mercy of his own mind. He’s held captive by flashbacks, excruciating night terrors, and a mounting inability to distinguish delusion from reality. How can he possibly recover, go to school, have friends…have a life? Physical scars only hint at deeper psychological devastation… As the shocking truth comes to light, Johnny struggles to overcome years of abuse, poverty, and despicable horrors to become part of a real family, but is he strong enough to defeat his demons? The Everetts realize Johnny’s journey is now their own, but they face a daunting task. First off, let me just say that while I was not immediately dragged into this plot, I was intrigued. It turned out less of suspense, action to more of the psychological aspects. The writing I felt was very detailed, maybe to the extreme at times so that it lagged the story along. The characters were developed seemingly to a point. It could be that the story would pick up in a later book. I did not have a clear connection to the characters, I just kept waiting for it to happen but it didn’t. I cannot fault the author but more thinking this particular book was just not for me. It could be just the book for you.

  • Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
    2018-11-19 00:41

    This is a beautiful, horrible story that will have you in tears as you read it through. Johnny has had a terrible life so far, but still manages to be a person who sees the best in all. He is, however, suffering from PTSD which affects his everyday life. He gets an exceedingly lucky break when he meets Jackson, who takes him home for the evening. The evening turns into days and Johnny realises how lucky he is.I think the thing that makes this book so enjoyable is the family connections that Johnny becomes involved with. He realises that everyone has problems and, to them at least, they are just as big as his own. He slots into their family life with ease, and becomes a confidante for Jared.There is a twist at the end that I never saw coming, and it made me feel physically sick but that is all I will say on the matter. This is a dark and twisted book that will delight as much as it will horrify. I definitely think it should come with a trigger warning. I thoroughly enjoyed it, although the scenes that Bradon Nave conjured within my mind will stay with me for a long time. Highly recommended.* I received this book from HEA Book Tours, PR & More in return for a fair and honest review. *MerissaArchaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

  • Charity Foster
    2018-11-18 22:25

    Wow. Talk about a book that invokes all your emotions! This book sucks you in and keeps you turning the pages until the end. It was so gripping that I couldn't stop reading, I had to know what was going to happen next and how Johnny was going to overcome it. Johnny was such a strong character that my heart couldn't help but ache for him. I wanted to reach through the book, hug him and let him know everything would be alright.Oh, and lets not forget about the Everett family. The author did a wonderful job of creating a family who was so accepting of Johnny and treated him as though he was part of the family. They helped him to see past his past and become an even stronger person. I absolutely adore this family.I honestly have not read any books like this one before, but I'm telling you right now that I will definitely be branching out! Great job Mr. Nave, you have gained another loyal reader and I can't wait to read what you write next!

  • Carissa Beattie
    2018-11-25 00:38

    Moving BookThis book was very hard to read in some ways but could not put it down. The characters were very believable and engaging. Will remember this book for a long time as it is very moving.

  • Bradon Nave
    2018-12-17 04:21