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Previously published as Locked in Purgatory

In his prime, LUTHER BENNETT had it all … everything but loyalty to his family. And for that, when LUTHER needed his children the most, they abandoned him, forcing him to suffer in silence, tucked away at Shady Acres Rehabilitation Center. SAMUEL BENNETT, the unfortunate heir to his father’s misdeeds, has grown weary of following in LUTHER’S footsteps. SAMUEL desires a life to call his own. Trapped in a marriage that doesn’t exist and a mounting mistrust of all men, LYNNE BENNETT has always felt like the black sheep of the family. After ten years of refusing to see or even speak to LUTHER, LYNNE finally decides to confront her father and the aftermath is explosive.

Ripe with secrets, denial, and a festering anger that sears the heart, ESTRANGED unravels the family lies that bind.

308 pages, Paperback

Published October 15, 2020

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Nakia R. Laushaul

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She reads and she writes. And she really loves her son!

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December 3, 2020
Estranged by Nakia R. Laushaul (previously published as Locked In Purgatory)
I feel like fate brought me and this book together. I happened to see an ad for it on Instagram and I read the blurb and on a whim I decided to buy it. This is completely different from the type of book that I would’ve chosen for myself. But I ended up really loving it.

The book is about the Bennett family and centers around the perspectives of Luther Bennett the father, Samuel Bennett the son, and Lynne Bennett the daughter. Luther Bennett was at one point, a successful businessman but most of all a ladies man. Now, he finds himself in an assisted living facility waiting to die. Throughout the book, you learn a lot about the type of man Luther Bennett was and how that affects his family. The way that the family dynamic unfolds keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering what the characters will do next.

My favorite thing about the book is how we learn so much about Samuel and Lynne’s mother through the three perspectives. The entire time you’re truly wondering what could this woman be thinking and what makes her want to keep caring for someone who hurt her so many times.

I’d really recommend this if you’re trying to get out of a reading slump. It was a quick and powerful read!
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