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Picture Perfect [Kindle Edition]

Deatri King-Bey
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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To the outside world, the Reynolds family is picture perfect. In the Reynolds’ home, Jacob Reynolds, CFO of a major corporation, is experiencing a midlife crisis; Anna Lee Reynolds, happy home maker who isn’t too happy with her life choices, is slipping into menopause; and Junior, the sixteen-year-old son, is proving the terrible twos have nothing on the terrible teens.

When Anna Lee decides to return to college, the family portrait is torn to shreds. Jacob wants a new and improved portrait with his entire family. Anna Lee insists it is time to take separate portraits. Junior begs for the old portrait to be refurbished. All three are hurting and unsure, and the changes in their lives have just begun.

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  • File Size: 347 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615432271
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043M6L6S
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,291,920 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A United Front December 14, 2010
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It amazes me that behind closed doors there can be a lot going in a family. Outside looking in readers will not believe there is anything wrong with the Reynolds in Picture Perfect by Deatri King-Bey. Anna Reynolds cannot take her husband's stubborn and inconsiderate attitude. Anna realizes that if things are going to change in her life she will have to take matters into her own hands.

Jacob Reynolds loves his wife and son very dearly. Jacob's past family issues have found their way into his present and he is not able to recognize the difference. Jacob is losing a battle with himself and once he discloses to his wife the reason the Reynolds' life changes drastically.

Junior Reynolds is a gifted student who has found love across the street. Junior keeps a straight face but is dealing with his family issues in the wrong way. Junior will do whatever it takes to keep his family intact even if it means breaking ties with those around him.

Picture Perfect is a story about a family trying to get over their generational curses. However, while going through them they learn the true meaning of being a family. Readers will become frustrated with some of the characters' behaviors and actions, but everything happens for a reason and the ending makes the frustration worth it. I recommend this book to others.

This book was provided by the author for review purposes.

Teresa Beasley
APOOO BookClub
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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The Reynolds family appears to be a happy and cohesive family. Jacob is the head of his household and provides the best of everything for his family. Anna Lee is his doting wife, taking care of him and their son, Junior. Junior loves his parents, but is closer to his mother. As their lives evolve, Anna Lee decides to return to school to pursue her bachelor's degree, causing tensions to rise in the family. Jacob, scared of losing his wife and family if she returns to school, does something that will cause more harm than he's ever imagined.

Betrayal, family secrets and lies across generations are laced throughout PICTURE PERFECT. Deatri King-Bey depicts the Reynolds's family story vividly. She doesn't leave anything to the imagination, allowing the reader to see the harmful damage family lies can cause if not stopped. As I read, I became frustrated with the characters and their reactions to situations, making me wonder if I would react the way they did.

Reviewed by Jaime L. Lincoln
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Moment In Time October 24, 2010
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A Kodak moment is made when a picture captures the best moment in time. Sometimes the pictures end up in a box, a drawer, or for the very organized, a photo album. Every now and again, one will take the time to look at the pictures only to realize that the captured image triggers memories. But just because the picture represents something as perfect is it really?

Carlos Reynolds Sr. is a man's man. He has always had the best: best wife, best kids, best profession, and the best possessions any one man could want; yet holds the worst philosophies on life. Carlos Sr feels as long has he provides for the family he can do as he pleases irrespective of the consequences. When his wife can no longer take his narcissistic life philosophy she decides to leave Carlos Sr. In her departure she leaves behind three shattered lives, her sons, Alan, Jacob and Carlos Jr.

Jaded by abandonment and living the lies their father tells them regarding the divorce, Alan and Jacob turn from sweet little boys into confused grown men. Alan turns into what he despises most, his father. Jealous of little brother, Jacob, Alan will do and say anything to make sure misery has company.

Jacob is a forty something, successful Chief Financial Officer, father, and husband. He knows he has it all but never takes the time to realize it. Caught between the advice of his father and the urge within to live his own life, Jacob does something that changes his family portrait forever.

Carlos Jr., the eldest of the sons, mostly keeps to himself so unlike his brothers, he needs no praise for any of his actions he just does what is right because it is right to do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECTION IS NOT ALWAYS WHAT IT SEEMS January 18, 2013
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Jacob Reynolds is the CFO of a successful company, but also functions as an emotional punching bag for his reckless brother. As a result of his own insecurities, and in the midst of a midlife crisis, he finds himself questioning just how successful he really is. His wife, Anna Lee, is a stay at home mother who is has become totally dissatisfied with her life. After having been the devoted wife and mother for so many years, she decides to make some serious changes beginning with her return to college. Their son has not always had the best relationship with his father and always stuck closely with his mother. In his teens, Junior faces the typical issues such as school and puppy love, in addition to having to deal with the two separate roads his parents seemed to have taken right in front of his eyes. As turbulence arises, their family is jolted and all three have to find their own way in life in order to discover genuine satisfaction and happiness.

Perfect Picture by Deatri King-Bey was a successful depiction of the status of many homes - perfection is not always what it seems. Although fiction, this title was filled with many lessons that the reader can take away and apply to their own lives. There are so many examples of what to do to cultivate the family (and what not to do in various instances), especially as it pertains to marriage and parenting. Simple gestures such as spending quality time together, supporting each other's goals and not allowing outside forces to influence marriages are addressed. The many repercussions of not handling these types of issues in a positive manner are also exhibited in detail. One thing I loved was the unexpected twists that were injected into the storyline that kept me glued to my Kindle. I really enjoyed this title and look forward to reading more from Mrs. King-Bey.
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More About the Author

Deatri King-Bey began in the publishing industry in 2001 as an editor for Third World Press Inc., the oldest African-American owned publishing company in the country. Though she supported the non-fiction and literary mission of Third World Press Inc., she found commercial fiction more to her liking. On the fiction side of developmental editing, she freelanced for several publishing houses 0ver the years and has edited for authors such as L. A. Banks, Beverly Jenkins and a host of others. Deatri is also a women's fiction and romance author. In 2008, her title Whisper Something Sweet won the Emma Award for Best Steamy Romance of the Year. Deatri also writes dangerously sexy suspense with Curtis L. Alcutt under the pseudonym L. L. Reaper. Their first installment of the Black Widow and the Sandman series is available.

Deatri is currently the Chair of the Romance Slam Jam Organization, the place for readers and authors of Black romance to meet, is writing, editing, conducting workshops and whatever else she can get into.

On a personal note, Deatri fell in love with and married her hero while they were in the military together. She also graduated Magna Cum Laude from Chicago State University and raised three fantastic daughters who have given her three fantastic grandchildren. Currently, she lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband of twenty-four years.

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