“Listen to me. You are about to find out what it takes, how the world is, how it works and how it changes when you are a parent.
Good luck and God help“Listen to me. You are about to find out what it takes, how the world is, how it works and how it changes when you are a parent.
Good luck and God help the child.”
We follow the story of a woman named Bride, a woman who was born so dark she's described as "blue-black." Both her parents are lighter in complexion than she is, so that caused friction between her parents, as her father couldn't accept the idea that his wife hadn't cheated on him. Neither parent seemed willing to accept that they could birth a child so black. Sweetness, Bride's mother, raised her to be tough. She tried to justify her actions by saying she was trying to prepare Bride for a world that would look at her skin and fear her. To Bride's credit, she grows into a beautiful, successful, confident woman who uses her skin to bewitch others. She commands a room when she's in it. However, after a painful part of her past resurfaces and the man she loves leaves her, Bride sets out on a journey.
I had to think about this book a few days before I could write a proper review for this book. I've been a long-time fan of Morrison's work and was excited to hear that she was writing her first book with a contemporary setting. However, while it is beautifully written and Toni Morrison is a wonderful narrator, this story is so disjointed. I'm not saying there aren't things to be taken away from this story, but it only grazes the top of the water, giving very little depth at all.
Characters come in with POVs that seem irrelevant and are never revisited again. While I definitely side-eyed the whole "I miss my black lady" chapter, at least it seemed to be the most earnest in trying to show how painful it is to have secrets and hurts that people would rather you ignore, or use them to make you stronger (as seems to be the overarching theme in all this) than trying to truly heal and make peace with your past--that includes Bride and her relationship with her mother.
This seems to lack purpose; it seems to lack a point. The driving force behind the story was weak. Resolutions I'd hope to see resolved never were. This story lacked cohesion, and honestly, I'm not particularly sure I understand what Toni was going for here. It's disappointing to feel this way about a Toni Morrison book because she usually has such powerful stories to tell....more
I think I would've preferred if this had just let things end the way they did in the first book. There were parts of this I enjoyed, but I was blindedI think I would've preferred if this had just let things end the way they did in the first book. There were parts of this I enjoyed, but I was blinded by all the pop culture references and politics. This book tried to be more than it was. Many of these pop culture references won't last, and they're referenced way too frequently. And it just felt weird to see Mike Brown and Ferguson name dropped and seeing criticisms of how our government treats our soldiers--as if to add some kind of depth to the writing. While I understand wanting to write something that acknowledges our changing climate, from Shondaland to our political landscape, this wasn't the book for it. I've enjoyed and reread the first book many times, and I wanted this to be equally as enjoyable. It wasn't a terrible book, and I was glad to read more about the McBroom sisters. This one didn't quite have the same magic as the first....more
2.5 stars. It was okay, way too predictable and went on way longer than it should. Was not surprised by the "twist" at all. In fact, all the signs wer2.5 stars. It was okay, way too predictable and went on way longer than it should. Was not surprised by the "twist" at all. In fact, all the signs were there from the beginning. Nobody just wanted to acknowledge them....more
Andrea Noble returns to her hometown of Bayou Blue, Louisiana to take over as the medical director of a clinic after going through a divorce in ChicagAndrea Noble returns to her hometown of Bayou Blue, Louisiana to take over as the medical director of a clinic after going through a divorce in Chicago. She swears off men, especially those potential player types, so when sexy Jamal Turner starts working at the clinic to help clean up some loose ends, Andrea does her best to avoid Jamal. What she doesn't know is he's more than just a hot computer tech.
I don't read a lot of romance these days. Back when I was younger, I went through my stage with romance books, but as I got older I noticed most of it was the same recycled stories over and over again. Very cliched -- for the most part. However, for some reason, I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I won't say that it was different from a lot of the romances I have read, but I will say that material was presented in an interesting way.
Who can't love a meddlesome grandmother, a love affair that never should have happened, and a Louisiana bayou backdrop? Not me. That's for sure....more
**spoiler alert** This is part of a series. I didn't know that until I saw it on Good Reads. However, I am guessing each book can stand alone since th**spoiler alert** This is part of a series. I didn't know that until I saw it on Good Reads. However, I am guessing each book can stand alone since this is a standalone story. It's very well-written, the writer has a lyrical, poetic way with her words. The problem I had with this book, though, is I stopped caring about the characters. At first, this started formulaic, and then, it got better, even if I did think both characters did too much assuming for the little information they had about one another. Then, things started falling into their laps too perfectly. The main female character turned into a woman who could do everything from fight three teenage boys to shoot a bear. She had no real flaws, and it just made it hard to relate to her after a while. Well-written, but weak story....more