Reading the “The Darkest Child” by Delores Phillips for the 2nd time was so much more revealing than the 1st time go-round. It was so much more detailed and graphic than the 1st. It wasn’t that they weren’t there, I was just more aware of the content than I was before. Ms. Phillips does a wonderful job of characterizing a mother whose not only disfunctional within herself, but possessive of her children and afraid that they will leave her. “The Darkest Child” – Tangy Mae – is so courageous and strong…she constantly struggles between succumbing to the love of her mother, and the building of self-respect and self-love for herself…and, eventually, in the end, she wins. However, not before she warns her mother of exactly what she has created: “You need to understand that you’ve placed yourself in the hands of the same children you taught to honor you. I’m afraid they might honor you the same way you’ve honored them, and we both know that’s no good.”
“The Darkest Child” by Delores Phillips has earned five stars. Ms. Phillips has succeeded in making me laugh, in making me cry, and in forcing myself to take a good, long look at my views to make sure I’m not just conforming or getting by, but actually believing and standing up for what I believe to be true.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel…actually so much that I wanted to read other works by the author; however, after searching, I found none.
I give it 5 stars.