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Up at the College

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  172 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Yvonne Fountain Copeland is determined to move on after her husband of fifteen years decides to leave her because their marriage became "boring." Returning to her hometown of Durham, North Carolina, Yvonne is convinced that a change of scenery will help her draw closer to God and find inner peace. Yvonne didn't know that the journey to peace would lead her to sexy, single ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 14th 2009 by Grand Central Publishing (first published April 1st 2008)
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Sandra
Bad dialogue. Very cliche and stereotypical. It wasn't wworth finishing. I felt I was losing brain cells.....
Latiffany
I read a book called Church Folk by this author many years ago and I enjoyed it. I planned to keep up with her work, but never got around to picking up anymore books by her. I figured this was a good time to do so and checked this title out of the library.

This is the worst piece of fiction that I have read in my life. I don't understand how it was published. The plot was terrible, the characters were ridiculous, the narration was horrible. I don't understand how this book got published.

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Titilayo
I feel like I will never have to attend another baptist church service because of the preachy overly black liberation theology integrated into the storyline. it's well written. but jesus wept less than I did at all the passages I skipped because they were like patches of black ice. I was really excited after reading the acknowledgements. I mean what's better to write fiction about than real life experiences of being professionals at a hbcu? I love historically black institutions. I love sports. ...more
Michael
Yyvonne Fountain Copeland is struggling to maintain her sanity, when her husband Darrell leaves her, because he thinks their marriage is to boring. Although she fails to understand her husband reasoning, she is determined to stay strong for her two daughters: Danesha who is the oldest and D'Relle who is the youngest.In addition,she finds solace in the arms of God, and she knows that he will bring her out through anything. In addition,Curtis Parkes is the man she meets at Evangeline T Marshall Un ...more
Angelia Poole
A Wonderful Testament To God's Faithfulness!

Once again Michele reminds us that being faithful to God ultimately results in God remaining faithful to us. This eclectic cast of characters each discovers that God has been persistently calling them to Himself and that He's had a plan for each of their lives from the very beginning. Setbacks develop into setups and tragedies materialize into triumphs as God strategically works in the lives of those who have always been true to Him as well as those wh
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Whit
This book was not good. I got lost in the 30 different characters introduced every chapter. I really loved the Bible references and what not but the actual book was horrible. I'm in the middle of it and I feel like I have to force myself to finish since I spent money on it. Blah don't read this.
Chivon
this book took too many diversions and introduced too many characters to me. I wanted to see what was up with Yvonne and Curtis, but it took too long to get to the point.
Mamanise
This book is a poor representation of Christian fiction; then again maybe it's not considered Christian fiction. I loathe giving this "work" even one star. I am amazed that the author could quote scripture and talk about things of God then explicitly describe some stripper's seductive dance moves. What is that about?

I read Bowen's earlier works but never got around to this one until now. I attempted to listen to the audio version years ago and couldn't seem to get past the first chapter. I fina
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Julee3702004
I decided to read this book based upon a recommendation from a magazine. It was about a woman who has the pick up the pieces of her life after her husband divorces her. She and her daughters create a new life. She moves to another town and finds a job at an historical black college in North Carolina The book relies upon a lot of descriptions of the characters and what they do. The main character is an interior design instructor at a college and the author describes in detail the look of her offi ...more
Lethea
This book was a good insight into the life of an HBC. People get so wrapped up in destroying others that they don't understand that there is a higher being that works miracles. I was hoping that her ex-husband had regrets towards his actions. He got his just desserts....a piece of trash that couldn't match up to anyone's standards. I enjoyed reading this book and will read more written by this author.
Kim
I read this book because it was the March choice for my Black Authors book club. I really liked this book. The book quotes a lot of scriptures as it is loosely based around the churches in a North Carolina town. However there is just enough spice and funny moments thrown in to not be considered "too churchy". I would definitely recommend this to others.
Angie Riddick
Book could not hold my attention and was hard to follow. I thought the book was,going to focus on the two main characters but too many characters were featured .I did finish but it was a struggle for me to get to the end.
Grace
Good story but the constant addition of history and scripture is annoying.
Deborah Robinson
The book focused on anything and everybody other the the two people that book should have been focused on. Details on things that were unimportant. The book could have been summed up on one tracks. I thought it was a love story but they met each other at a dinner party and didnt go on a date until four disk later. This book was horrible and it went all over the place. It talked about characters that were not in the story line. I wanted to stop but I was curious as to what was going to happen. Pu ...more
Bridgette
Awful. BEAT YOU OVER THE HEAD with scripture and religion. Too many characters, most of which are insignificant to the story. Too much narrative about these insignificant characters, which adds absolutely nothing to the story. Simple scenes lingered on for pages. I skipped over 40% of this book and still felt like I read far too much. I had a hard time following what this story was about, I thought this was supposed to be a love story?
Eleshia Lusane
Preachy, overtly stereotypical, lackluster...NEED I GO ON!!! I have read a few of Michele Bowen's novels and she seems to believe all black people speak the same way and act the same way. Her characters were interesting and entertaining in the first book I read, but now they're just tired, boring, and her racial depiction is borderline offensive.
Alice
least favorite of the series-- but still enjoyable.

love all the Durham sites. But couldn't figure out where the Eva .. is supposed to be.
Dani
This book touched my soul and brought tears of joy. I highly recommend it for anyone that enjoys a good spiritual uplift.
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