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We Ain't the Brontes (Urban Renaissance) Hardcover – January 25, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Urban Renaissance
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Urban Books; 1 edition (January 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781601622433
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601622433
  • ASIN: 1601622430
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,119,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Rosalyn McMillan is the author of six novels, Knowing, One Better, Blue Collar Blues, The Flip Side of Sin, This Side of Eternity, Midnight Pawn, and We Ain't the Brontes. Rosalyn is the mother of four children and six grandchildren. She lives with her husband, J.D., of over twenty-nine years, in Memphis, Tennessee. She enjoys reading, crocheting, knitting, making jewelry and fishing in their pond.

Customer Reviews

Will not be recommending this one to anyone to read.
Pearli
The story starts out slow, a bit tedious and doesn't do a credible job in giving the characters more depth to bolster the storyline.
Alvin C. Romer
I tossed the book down several times but continued reading, hoping that it would get better.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Linda Chavis on April 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Sibling Rivalry Like You Have Never Seen, At Least I Hope Not !

When we meet Charity Evans and her sister, Lynzee Lavender, they are on the way to the Essence Awards Show and before they can arrive, we get the most outrageous view of two people that will make you shake your head as I did for the next 200+ pages in disbelief.

Both Charity and Lynzee are authors but one takes hater-aid to a new level. In fact, there are some scenes in the book that caused me to cringe at the way the sisters talked about each other. There is a secret that when revealed could wreck havoc on the marriage of one sister and cause the relationship between them to rift beyond repair.

I was so excited to read this book as the title and synopsis make it sound like a great read, but for me it stopped short and fell flat because of the over-the-top theatrics of the sisters which overshadowed what could have been a great story.

We Ain't The Brontes by Rosalyn McMillan was different, I'll give Ms McMillan that, as if that was her goal she certainly achieved it.

APOOO Rating: 3

Reviewed by Linda Chavis
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Urban Reviews VINE VOICE on January 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Charity Evans and Lynzee Lavender are sisters who are also writers, but their relationship has always been strained due to the sibling rivalry caused by their professions. Lynzee is living in the lap of luxury by being a New Times bestselling author while Charity is still trying to get there. Charity has been struggling to get another publishing contract for years. With being a few steps from financial ruin, Charity's marriage and home life may be in trouble if she doesn't get another contract soon. Things get even more out of control when Lynzee reveals that she and Charity's husband had a child that was given up for adoption years ago. How will this news affect Charity's relationship with her sister and her own marriage?

We Ain't the Brontes is a fabulous book about what happens when sibling rivalry goes too far. Rosalyn McMillan does a wonderful job of breathing life into Charity and Lynzee's characters. There are also a few secondary characters in this story such as Charity's sons that makes this a well-rounded book. This story is peppered with true to life situations and emotions. You will see that there are two strong messages in this book. The first one is that blood is thicker than water, and the second is that marriage vows should be taken seriously. We Ain't the Brontes is full of witty, thought-provoking, entertaining dialogue that makes this a true page-turner. With We Ain't the Brontes, Rosalyn McMillan proves that she's back and better than ever.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the two worse books I've ever read! The development was horrible, the dialogue was atrocious, and the plot line needs so much work this author should have one of the book Docs she wrote about help her! This books seems to say that if someone treats you like excrement forgive them if they are your family. It seems to say that lying and cheating are forgivable from a spouse as long as he doesn't get your money. It seems to say that if a man has a child with another woman before he marries and have children with you, that child will be responsible for destroying your marriage ( it really tries to make this point by making her the villain the book!) it also seems to say that black women are all fighting for the disrespectful, no faith having, lying cheating man, before the good man....okay, there may be a track record for this one, but this book was just awful! Awful! Awful!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Rudolph on January 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Jealousy, greed, selfishness, and a whole lot more! What happens when you have two writers in your family? DRAMA! Rosalyn McMillian has not written a book in years. She made up for it in We Ain't The Brontes. Sometimes the children has to be the adults and the adults have to be the children in order for a lesson to be learned. This was a good and quick read. Will there be a sequal? Only time will tell.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cynnie H. on July 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book was terrible. I have read Ms. McMillan's other books and I really enjoyed them but this one was a chore to read. The characters are over the top and their antics are over the top!! These sisters are gluttons for punishment because even though their actions are unthinkable and unforgivable, they keep coming back for more. No, they "Ain't the Brontes"!!! I'm glad I borrowed this one from the library......
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 13, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book was one of the worst I have ever read. It was hard to connect with any of the characters or feel any sympathy. I couldn't even finish it. If I see the author I will ask for my money back. Avoid this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pearli on May 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book was absolutely awful! The only reason I read it was because I was confined to a hospital for 3 days with nothing else to read. This novel read like a first time writer's book as opposed to an established author. Not only was the writing poor, but it skipped around so much that I never knew how much time elapsed between all of the "drama". I read her first novel years ago and was eager to read this one, but I am so glad that I followed my first mind and obtained it from the library instead of purchasing it.

The plot for a 30 year marriage to crumble so quickly after one little secret that he himself withheld information from was too outlandish for me. If that caused him to begin calling his true love out of her name so easily and hating her, that love was not one that I would ever want to possess. And her trying to live higher than she really was able to at the time was so ridiculous when there was no income coming in, he stayed throughout all that foolishness but left after finding out that she knew he had a daughter. With the feelings for her sister that he expressed throughout the book, Mrs. McMillan could have easily written into the book that Charity did not Jett him because she did not believe Lynzee because she is so venomous and lies on a whim on a good day but she left that out for her own reasons.

Also I hope this was just writing for the book and not from personal experience. I have 5 sisters and thought that some of this was not fiction writing due to how certain ones in my family act when certain ones of us achieves anything significant. HMMMMM. Just like the songs that shoot to number #1 on the music charts are those that come from the heart and often mirror life, such as this book......
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