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on December 25, 2013
Newcomer Iesha Womack tells a tale of best friends in the big city. These three successful women who can hold their own and couldn't be more different in nature. The fact they were different made for some great reading as we read about them clashing on many levels.

Summer owns Heaven, the hottest beauty salon in NYC. She is married to David. They had a daughter named Heaven that died of SIDS hence the name of the shop. Since then Summer has been obsessed with having another baby and it's putting a strain on her marriage. David just wants to adopt and stop the madness.

Constance aka Connie works as a hair stylist under Summer is mother to Meagan and in love with a married man. Reggie is the apple of her eye everything she does is to please this man. Even her daughter comes second fiddle. Will she come to her senses and realize this man is never going to leave his wife?

Renee is the man eater of the bunch and has a confidence that most woman can't stand. She is a diva and never caught with a hair out of place. She is engaged to be married to Sean aka Frog. They make the perfect couple. Will she be able to be loyal to one?

While I enjoyed reading about these ladies, their lives and most off all their friendship. I enjoyed the story but at times had to reread parts to make sense of what the author was trying to convey. Who was talking was not always clear. The need to have bold print in a conversation was just plain annoying, there was no need for it. With Content editing to make the points come across clear and constant would be a plus. I do look forward to the her next novel. Kudos for showing woman can have healthy relationships with other women.

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on July 25, 2010
Summer's beauty salon, HEAVEN, is the place to be. Not only can you get the best weave in all of NYC, but you're certain to pick up the latest gossip as well. Right now, Summer is preoccupied with her own thoughts as she yearns to be called mommy. Her salon is named after her first baby, Heaven, who died of SIDS. Summer and her husband, David, have unsuccessfully tried to conceive. While David keeps suggesting adoption, Summer wants to have her own child. Soon David is coming home later and going on last minute business trips. Has her wants exceeded his needs?

Constance and Summer were best friends who also worked side by side. A single mother, Connie was madly in love with Reggie, a married, successful lawyer. While she knew that it was wrong, you just can't help who you love, can you? She willingly puts her daughter Meagan's needs off in order to satisfy Reggie's. After so many tears, Connie soon realizes that she could do better. Will her needs finally be met?

Renee, the fashionista of the trio, is bodacious and boisterous. She and her fiancé, Sean aka Frog, have been engaged for two years and she's ready to set a date. After he begrudgingly agrees to her terms, Renee's insatiable appetite gets her in a sticky situation. Instead of working on what's wrong, Renee is already on what's next. Can her needs be quenched by him only?

"I Gotta Make it to Heaven for Going Thru Hell" was surprisingly a good story. Full of conflict, readers are quickly engaged in the friends' lives, loves, wants and desires. I try to avoid reading the synopsis on books, but after reading the book, I realized it didn't match the story. While I started and finished the book in one day, the one thing that bothered me through the entire story was having to reread something to make sense or trying to figure out the time line as the story is happening simultaneously to the three friends. This book is definitely in need of a professional copyeditor as well as a developmental editor. I believe if these adjustments are made, then this would definitely be a 5- star read.

3.5 stars
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on May 24, 2012
I couldn't put this book down....I finished this book in about 5 days, which is extremely fast for me. That just goes to show how interesting this book was. Very entertaining. I was sitting at the edge of my chair awaiting each next step. I certainly hope there will be a part 2 to this amazing story. Great job!
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on October 26, 2009
I had to go on an excursion this past Saturday which involved me having to ride a bus-for three hours. Thanks goodness I had this book! From the very first paragraph, the book had my instant attention, and I could not put it down. The author jumped right into the nitty-gritty, introducing the reader to all three characters right away. They are all very believable; each character is highly developed, very three dimensional and has her own, unique personality. The banter between Summer, Constance and Renee is quick, witty and real. I can easily see a little of them all in some of my own female friends. The only bad thing I can think of to say is that I finished the book to soon! I had nothing to read on the ride back to the city.
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on October 26, 2009
This book was so good I read it in one night. To the Author, the title will have you believing it deals with religion. Not.
I stopped reading urban books for quite a while now, they no longer caught my intrest, reason be, reading one book or 10 they were all the same. Everyone living in a fantasy drug world. Well I deal with reality, and this book was. 3 african american CAREER women living a day to day life, in relationships like myself. The book shows life has its ups and downs,but the 3 friends stood by each other side, UNTIL,,,,A good suspense at the end. I highly recommend this book to both men and women. A must read. I understand this was the author first book. She did well.
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on October 27, 2009
"I Gotta Make It To Heaven For Going Thru Hell" is a gripping first attempt by Iesha Womack that mingles friendship, deceit, lies, and redemption. It is a tale of three women who grew up as childhood friends from different backgrounds and at various junctions in life. The actions of a few unknowingly bind the friends together even as it seems they are drifting further apart. Just as a balance finally seems at hand a curve ball is thrown that will change the dynamics of the threesome forever. This book was one of those rare page turners that I did not put down until I finished. If you're looking for a good read this book is it!
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on December 9, 2009
"I Gotta Make It To Heaven for Going Thru Hell" is a gripping story of friendship and love. This book brings you an in depth look at complex issues within family, friendship, intimate, and professional relationships. The book is filled with moments of betrayal, laughter and heartache that will have you reflecting on your own daily life experiences. If your open to reading and growing with the characters as they journey through the stages of love and lust in life than this book is for you. I look forward to more of Iesha Womack's work and you will too!
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on June 22, 2010
I think the book was very well written -- especially for a first-time author. The plot had so many twists and turns it kept you engaged every minute. The characters are very easy to relate to and sometimes I found myself cursing at some of them! The book deals with themes that are familiar to any woman: friendships/relationships, love, deceit and trust -- or the lack thereof. It's a great weekend read. I can't wait for the next book!
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on November 2, 2009
WOW! Iesha Womack put out a nice relatable book of friendship, lust, deception, & DRAMA! 3 friend girls, whom 1 is married, another friend girl is having sexual relations with a married man & the other friend girl who is promiscuous and is confused as to what she wants. All 3 friends are going through their own individual DRAMA, however at the end all of their drama comes full circle!
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on November 15, 2009
I this book..
This book is a must read..
A Page turner from start to finish..
This book is stocked filled with drama and
deceit as you follow the lives of three charecters
some who you love and other"s who you love
to hate..I can't wait for the next book!!!!!
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