Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Book Review Alert: A Time To Love A Time To Hate

Book Review Alert: A Time To Love A Time To Hate 

Author: Tracey D. Harris

Published: November 9, 2020

Publisher: FeedARead.com    

ISBN: 978-1839455483

Rating: 4

I found this story very captivating and I felt as though I could feel the characters emotions, thoughts and actions throughout the book. In this book readers have the opportunity to see how love truly conquers all even hate. I found myself gasping for air as the author was very descriptive in how she depicted the raw emotions of the main characters. I would recommend this book for a cultural awareness course or even for a young adult who may wonder about loving someone from the opposite side of the fence and color. I would love to see a part two or a trilogy for this phenomenal piece. 

(Reviewed by Harmony Rayne)

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Book Review Alert: Final Harvest by Barbara Howard

Book Review Alert: Final Harvest Author: Barbara Howard Published: August 1, 2020 Publisher: Independently published ISBN-13: 979-8655968134 Rating: 3

Tracinda Simmons, better known as Traci, is a twenty-five year old young woman who lives alone. Growing up, she lived an unstable life. She had been passed from foster to foster home until she aged out of the system. Living alone as an adult has not been stable either as evidenced by living a in a fixer upper home that she can’t afford to fix up to city code, obtaining dead-end jobs through a temp-service and trying to cope day to day with anxiety issues. With the assistance from the temp-service she works for, a job that she normally would not have entertained, became available to her at at time when she had no choice but to accept. She became a bike courier. Overtime, she learned to appreciate the job and became a valued employee. In her neighborhood, she meets Rowena Garrett and her workers in a huge field where they are working. While Rowena seems to be a little rough around the edges, she provides hospitality by feeding and providing shelter to the workers who otherwise, would have no place to go. After the mysterious death of Rowena Garrett, Traci focuses on what really happened to Rowena. This comes about after her conversation with Milo, a young boy who depended on Rowena before her untimely death. He expresses to Traci that Rowena may have been murdered. The officer investigating the crime, Officer Wells, listens to Traci’s theory, but warned her to stay out of the way of police business. However, her also takes a liking to Traci. The curiosity behind Rowena’s death overwhelms Traci. Will she leave well enough alone or will she find herself in a web that she is unable to untangle?

This book was a great read and it earned an overall rating of eight. I felt this book deserved a rating of eight because I liked the advocacy of the main character, Traci. I liked how she found for others in her community. She saw the importance in something much bigger than herself regarding her community. I loved how the author incorporated anxiety issues with the main character in this story and showed that she was able to utilize coping strategies during her time of need. This proves the stigma of mental illness to be false. Individuals with anxiety issues can live independently with proper supports and resources. I particularly loved how the character came into her own and was able to make positive decisions for her life.

Monday, January 11, 2021

Book Review Alert: Million Dollar Bill

Book Review Alert: Million Dollar Bill 
Author: Sherrod Tunstall
Published: December 5, 2020
Publisher: SJT Entertainment
ISBN-13: 979-8690832551
Rating: 5

Victoria Harrison is a single woman, with two children (a set of twins) and a career that keeps
her family, as well as her expensive tastes, taken care of. Outside of her career and her weekly
Friday appointments, her life is a bore, not spontaneous in the least. She has everything that
she wants in life, except a love of her own. Her best friend, Jenel, has been pushing her dear
friend, Victoria, to add some love spice to her life. However, her heart has been broken. Years
ago, the father of her children ended the relationship when she was pregnant and he has been
a deadbeat dad ever since. Giving her heart to another man was not in the cards. Besides,
other than her children, she has a one-track mind: her career at Image Magazine, caters to plus-
size women. Image is the dream career that she has wanted ever since she was a child. She
has proven herself to be a top employee. At a time when she has an opportunity to advance all
the way to the top in the company, life throws curve balls in her direction: one, a possible love
interest; two, a blast from the past. Will Victoria step out on love, go full throttle in her career, or
will it all blow up in her face?

This book was an awesome read. I gave the book a five-star rating. I love that the book
displayed black women in a positive light. This story is relatable to black and plus-sized women
who are trying to make it in a light-skinned, slim body society. The character, Victoria Harrison
was a very successful woman and had additional streams of income. She also had a very
strong support system within her family and best friend. Victoria was very independent and took
care of her children as a single mother. I also love that the character was a plus-sized woman
who was very confident in herself. Characters like her proves the stigma of big women to be
false; big women are beautiful and can be successful. They also deserve love too. Love is not
only for skinny women. The author’s unique writing style painted a vivid picture of the characters
and the settings of the novel.

(Reviewed by Kela)

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Book Review Alert: Her Obsession by A. J. Write

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