Mother of Pearl by Melinda Haynes

Mother of Pearl by Melinda Haynes

This book served me a whole lot of southern vibes!
Set in Mississippi in the 1950s, it tells the story of a small town where the color of your skin dictated the treatment you got. Old family secrets and poor choices are the makings of this story. When, Valuable, a sixteen year old girl, gets pregnant and everyone in town knows that she’s no stranger to her boyfriend Jackson, because ’em gray eyes speak of the same father. An unlikely friendship forms between Valuable; Joody Two Sun (who seems to know everything including the future), Even Grade, Canaan, Grace and Joleb.
The events after this build up on a simple question ‘how far would you be willing to go for the one you care about?’
I loved the accent of the characters. Canaan is judgmental and he offers no apologies for it. Grace is forthright and forceful and she talks back to any white folk, including her employers when they make wrong decisions. Joody is mystical, what with the visions, rocks and chanting around open fire? Even…well, he’s contemplative and I enjoyed their bantering with Canaan! Honey, Even thought, Lord have mercy, the man said honey.
This book is not for the impatient- entertain me now, kind of reader (if there is such), but it is a book that tells of the story of humanity, a true form of kindness that springs up in people we least thought it would.
Review posted on: Goodreads
Available on: Amazon

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

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Norah gives birth to twins: a boy and a girl. The boy is born healthy while the girl upon delivery displays signs of Down Syndrome and so, her Doctor of a husband, David decides to give away the girl. He hands her over to Caroline Gill, the Nurse who assists during the birth and asks her to send the child to a home. Caroline being that she’s infatuated with David agrees and braves the cold snowstorm to do just that. When she gets to the facility she realizes that it’s not the place for the little girl and she raises her.

What would you do if you found out that your husband lied about the death of your child and instead gave her away?

How would you tell your wife that the daughter she thought was dead is indeed alive and being raised by someone else because you were afraid that they were not perfect, or is it normal?

I did not know what to expect as I started reading this book. What I knew was that at some point I was so sure that David would crack beneath the pressure of the guilt and tell Norah the truth. I now know that I was the reader and not the writer, for there were some twists and turns that I did not see coming.

Have a lovely weekend.

Currently reading: Mother of Pearl by Melinda Haynes

City Affairs by Seb King

Intrigue, mystery, passion, ambition are just some of the things that come to mind when I have to describe this book.

City Affairs: My Quest for Love by [King, Seb]

Lissie, a 29 year old young woman has a shaky start for she’s been cheated on by the men she loved and dated. Steve’s cheating is the final straw and soon, she’s single and unaware of what’s been happening in the background to serve as the perfect opportunity for Pierre to get into her life.

I loved the way the author captured the vibrant city life in London.

The intensity in which Pierre exerts himself as a dominant in this story could take a toll on people, especially when Lissie asks him to ease up on administering the pain and he ignores it. If BDSM is not your cup of tea, then there are scenes in this book that would downright irk if not offend you. At some point I was so mad at Pierre that I set the book aside. I’ll also admit that I am no expert on BDSM, what I do know is that Pierre was relentless in his pursuit of Lissie, and his intensity builds up on his dominance so much so that it made this book more interesting.
I did receive a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher via NetGalley.

Also reviewed on: Amazon

The Day Ends like Any Day by Timothy Ogene

The Day Ends Like Any Day by Timothy Ogene

I know not why this book oozes “coming-of-age,” because it felt more like an awakening to me.
This is not just about an outlook on Africa, more so Nigeria, but rather it’s Sam’s struggle with his identity and his need to understand and fully participate in his life. The tone is neither harsh nor apologetic, but when it chooses, it is more compassionate and understanding and I loved that about it.
It’s a story told from Sam’s perspective about his childhood, growing up in the blocks, his friendship with Pa Suku,the man who introduces him to Literature, Jazz and Poetry. His decision to study Literature and his sexuality. At some point he admits, “To write a memoir is to paint the past. Each drop of memory is a brush stroke, the paint making intended and unintended patterns; on canvas, the result, a presumed replica of the past.” It is divided into three parts; the first part is centered around his childhood and life in the blocks.

The second part has Sam questioning most the things he witnessed as a child and his role in them and we see him interact with creatives and get a glimpse of his decision to write.

The final part is where the story is. If you ask me, (I know you didn’t, but I’ll tell you anyway), it is in the final chapters especially when Sam receives a letter from Pa Suku that the story did resonate with me. It felt like I was being called to judge not myself but my perception of myself and those around me and that is what stayed with me.

Sam says it better, “Memory is ice, vulnerable to changes in temperature.” 
Much love to NetGalley and the Publisher for gifting me with a copy of this book and I’m looking forward to reading more of Timothy’s works.

Visit the author’s page on Amazon: here

19 Souls by J. D. Allen

Release date: February 18, 2018

A killer hires a Private Investigator to look for her target, cool right? Well, not if you’re Cynthia, wait, I mean, Elizabeth, no I’m talking about Sophie. Yeah, Sophie hires Mr. Bean to look for Dan and this begins a trip down memory lane which at some point includes intrusion from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

19 Souls by J.D.   Allen
I received an uncorrected proof from NetGalley and aside from the grammatical mistakes, and the formatting, this turned out to be quite an interesting read because I had no idea what Sophie had planned and why she killed.

It made her both reckless and dangerous. It’s been an interesting read no doubt.

You can pre-order your copy of 19 Souls today from: amazon

 

Bad Girl Gone by Temple Matthews

There is something about being in between worlds, something that ought to make sense, create peace and resolve a dilemma, but this is not going to be a smooth run for Echo.

Bad Girl Gone by Temple Mathews

Echo, a sixteen year old girl, wakes up in a dark room. She tries to call out for her parents and boyfriend but no one comes to her aid. She demands to go home, but realizes there’s no way she would ever do that, because she is in Middle House, an Orphanage of sorts for kids who are murdered and she is a ghost.

I had a love-hate relationship with this book this book
I barely made it through the first two chapters due to the frustration I felt. I was so eager to know where Echo was and what was happening that I almost gave up on the book.

The story then took a turn, and Echo started to settle in at first, keen to investigate her murder and the reason that led to her death.
The interplay between the world of the living and the dead was not as convincing, save for her visit back to school, now that was epic! Her friends and classmates were typical teens; jealous hypocrites and I particularly enjoyed their being haunted. I wonder what that says about me.

For a proof copy, I’m grateful to Netgalley for giving me an arc, in exchange for an honest review. It was awfully cool of the author to use aspects of life and awakening as chapter titles. I loved Confessions and Awakening.

The characters are your typical teens and they go through the motions of life struggling to make right decisions, maintain friendships and you have a little bit of romance to remind you of what first love is like. I was drawn to one character in particular, Darby, and I wish there was more to her.

I’ll be on the lookout for more books by Temple Matthews, it’d be great to read more works by him.

Get a copy at:

Amazon: $18.99

Barnes & Noble: $18.99

Rain Falls on Everyone by Clar Ni Chonghaile

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book_imgAbout the book: Theo, a young Rwandan boy fleeing his country’s genocide, arrives in Dublin, penniless, alone and afraid. Still haunted by a traumatic memory in which his father committed a murderous act of violence, he struggles to find his place in the foreign city. Plagued by his past, Theo is gradually drawn deeper into the world of Dublin’s feared criminal gangs. But a chance encounter in a restaurant with Deirdre offers him a lifeline. Theo and Deirdre’s tender friendship is however soon threatened by tragedy. Can they confront their addictions to carve a future out of the catastrophe that engulfs both their lives?

If there’s one book you ought to read in 2017, it’s this one. I am not saying so because it deeply moved me, or because the folks at NetGalley were so smitten with me that they approved my request to read it, but because Clar (I…

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