Review: A New Day

A New DayA New Day by Margaret Johnson-Hodge
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“A New Day” by Margaret Johnson-Hodge was a, surprisingly, really good read. And, I say that because, when I first started reading this book, I did not care for the main characters, Carol-Anne, at all. At one point, I didn’t even want to finish the book, but I was determined to get through it. Partly, because I really liked her boyfriend, Max, so much. I wanted to find out what would happen with them.

Also, another reason why I didn’t so much care for the book at first, is because Carol-Anne went against one of the rules that I did agree with Steven Harvey on in “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment,” and this ended up causing a great rift between Carol-Anne and her daughter, Nadia.

However, this book makes a remarkable turn around, going from a meager 2-star read to a solid 4 because, as I’m reading the book, I realize that one of the reasons I didn’t too much care for Carol-Ann in the beginning is because she was similar to myself. I could read a lot of my qualities in her. And, not just me, but a lot of women.

I’m so happy that I kept reading this book…it was almost similar to baking a cake. Starting off, it doesn’t look like the individual ingredients will add up to too much. But, after you mix them together, and let them bake a little bit, you end up with this delicious-tasting desert. That’s what Ms. Johnson-Hodge served us.

I give it 4 stars.

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Review: Love, Charleston

Love, CharlestonLove, Charleston by Beth Webb Hart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Love, Charleston” by Beth Webb Hart is the warmest, most charming novel I’ve read in a long time. It was a real page-turner, and I found myself picking it up every chance I got. I’m so happy that I was chosen to receive it from the Goodreads First Reads Program.

It, initally, starts out about Rev. Roy Summerall, and his not wanting to move to Charleston after a job proposal has been presented to him. As time goes on, this move proves to be the best thing for him and his family.

However, the real heart of the novel takes place between two sisters and a cousin, Anne, Lish and Della. Even though these three women are different, they have a bond that’s untouchable and unbreakable. Anne, single and very tall, believes that she heard God speak to her about waiting for a mate. As a result, she’s been doing just that, but she’s starting to wonder if she heard correctly afterall…Lish is a doctor, mother of three, and has a doctor for a husband as well, and her life “seems” to be picture-perfect. But, is it? And, Della, mother of one, and married to an artist, isn’t sure if she made the right decisions with her life, and begins to contemplate it all. She begans to wonder whether life on the other side of the fence is greener, or did she always have everything she ever wanted all along.

“Love, Charleston” by Beth Webb Hart is a definite read for anyone that enjoys good chistian romance with sides of family, love and old-fashioned human spirit mixed in.

I give it 5 stars.

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Review: A Version of the Truth

A Version of the TruthA Version of the Truth by Jennifer Kaufman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“A Version of the Truth” by Jennifer Kaufman and Karen Mack was very refreshing…a real page-turner!!! This was definitely one of those novels that just makes you feel good all over…you know, makes you want to laugh and cry at the same time. Reading it makes you feel awesome about who you are, but then makes you want to go out and be a better you…the main character Cassie can be a go-getter, but she limits and holds herself back because she feels like she’s just not good enough…not w/o that piece of paper…but, when she lies about it to get a job that she falls in love with, and then the lie is found out by mistake, she discovers that lying about what you have just to get where you thought you want to be is really not all that great after all, but, fortunately for her, it leads to some pretty awesome discoveries…

I would recommend this book to someone who wants a good laugh, a good cry and to read about one of the not-so-great things people sometimes do when they don’t know what else will work.

I give it 5 stars.

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Review: Dirty Little Secrets

Dirty Little SecretsDirty Little Secrets by Joy “Deja” King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Dirty Little Secrets” by Joy “Deja” King was a page-turner for real…I couldn’t wait to read about what was going to happen next. Another thing I liked about this novel was that it dealt with an issue that, unfortunately, a lot of young women are dealing with these days. They’re always trying to find a “daddy” figure because they didn’t really have a one as they were growing.

As a result, they find themselves, more often than not, in situations that they don’t want to be in, and that are even harder to get out of. And, what’s worse is that it’s always a pattern. Even when they get out of it, they get back into the same cycle because that’s all they know.

I give it 4 stars.

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Review: Truth Be Told

Truth Be ToldTruth Be Told by Victoria Christopher Murray
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Truth Be Told” by Victoria Christopher Murray is the perfect example of a person being made to sleep in the bed that they have made. Grace Monroe, the main character, has a picture-perfect life – a great family, a promising career and no visible problems – right off. She really has no complaints, but, when she finds out her husband has a child from another woman, she’s force to deal with some issues she’s kept in the past for way too long.

I mean…her husband forgave her right…so, why is it so hard for her to forgive him? And, to top it all off, she’s dealing with a self-proclaimed spiritual nut for a sister?

If you love reading about “real-life” issues, and having their issues solved in a practical way, you’ll love this book. You’ll be reading trying to hurry up and get to last word on the page so so you can turn it and read some mo’…

This book kept me interested the whole way through, and its main issue is one that we all seem to face sooner or later.

I give it 5 stars.

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