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The Colors of Friendship (Colors Trilogy)
The Colors of Friendship (Colors Trilogy)
by K. R. Raye
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.95
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4.0 out of 5 stars Subjugate, August 1, 2014
Freshman’s in college, Melody Wilkins, Imani Jordan, roommates and Lance Dunn, the brother neither had, just all meshed well together. The girls help keep Lance, a football player, grounded and he serves as their entertainment and protector. Unlike Imani, the serious student, and Lance, a much sought after ladies man, Melody is searching for that magical one, true love.

Despite Lance’s and Imani’s constant ridiculing about Melody’s plan to find romance on a college campus, she meets Kevin, and from the very first night she’s convinced that he’s the one. Will their friendship be tested as Melody and Kevin’s relationship grows?

THE COLORS OF FRIENDSHIP by K.R. Raye was an easy read that centers around balancing friendships and love. What I really enjoyed is the bond the main characters share. I like that Raye addresses abuse, an issue that is very relevant, especially with new inexperienced love. The most pressing issue for me is, in a few scenes, the storyline seems like it dropped. But I believe that was in order to build suspense.

I’m not a fan of trilogies, I like my books to end when I close them, but I believe that Raye has a winner on her hands.

Mama B - A Time to Mend (Book 4)
Mama B - A Time to Mend (Book 4)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Travailing, July 6, 2014
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It's official, Doctor Frank Wilson and Beatrice 'Mama B' Jackson are married! It's been nine years since Albert, Mama B's first husband, died. She's not used to consulting others before deciding to get involved with helping others. When Jefferey Allen, her young neighbor, introduces himself. Mama B can already see that he's a very special young man.

It's clear that Mama B is ready to jump full-speed ahead with assisting the Allen family. But Frank asks that she not get involved with them. What she doesn't understand is why, and soon Mama B finds herself involved to the point that it causes issues in her marriage.

While trying to adjust to married life Ida Mae, Mama B's former sister-in-law, has asked to live in her brother's house since Mama B won't be utilizing it. Usually Mama B is ready to help any and everyone but, from past experiences, she knows that this is not going to be a good situation for anyone.

God uses each situation to help Mama B see something different in each of her new circumstances. It's not easy but Mama B, a faithful servant, knows that it'll be worth it.

A TIME TO MEND is book four in the Mama B series. Like the others, I really enjoyed this story. I felt like this one in particular was speaking to me. I love the characters, the sub-characters and the presence of God. Stimpson truly has struck literary gold with this series!

Stepping Down
Stepping Down
by Michelle Stimpson
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.00
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Paradigm Shift, July 5, 2014
This review is from: Stepping Down (Paperback)
Mark Wayne Carter, III is a husband, father and pastor. For six years he's poured his life into building up New Vision, the church he founded. Unfortunately the more of his time that's devoted to the church, causes anguish in his marriage.

Sharla is convinced that Mark needs to learn how to delegate so that they can still enjoy their life together. Lately she feels as if she's in competition with the church. Amani, their son, is becoming more and more defiant. Adopted, Amani simply wants a chance to meet his birth family. But Sharla is afraid of losing him and the secrets she's kept.

A new member at the church is desperately trying to capture Mark's attention. Mark is careful to keep her at arm's length. One night when she reveals her true identity and real intentions, she and Mark find themselves fighting for their lives. When the story hits the news cycle, members of the church, and media are speculating that things aren't as they seem.

Will Mark be able to overcome these obstacles? Or will his marriage and church crumble under the weight of the scrutiny?

I really enjoyed reading STEPPING DOWN. I love how even though they are both Christians, they both have to learn how to fully allow God to be at the head of their lives and marriage. I also love that this story ties right into the Mama B series.

Definitely worthy of a recommendation.
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Lead Me Home (Winds of Change Book 2)
Lead Me Home (Winds of Change Book 2)
Offered by HarperCollins Publishing
Price: $7.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars Truths, May 31, 2014
Shiloh Griffin is a wife, mother and first lady. She married her husband young, so any life she may have dreamed for herself became non-existent as her main purpose became being a helpmate to her husband and pastor and mother to their four sons.

While leading the women's bible study, Shiloh feels threatened by Jade Smith, the assistant pastor's wife. Shiloh knows the word of God, but when dealing with Jade, it's sometimes difficult to remember to be Christlike. Will these two ladies learn to co-exist?

A teaching opportunity lands in Shiloh's lap. She would love to be able to do something separate from her husband and children. Despite loving her husband, children and ministry, she finally feels as though her life has meaning. Immediately Shiloh finds herself bonding with the students.

Monica, a 16-year-old, has a real talent as a flutist. She finds it easy to confide in Shiloh. In doing so, Shiloh realizes that this was by God's design. Before, Shiloh can assist Monica, she has to open up her long ago buried secrets to her family. Will her past be a wrecking ball in their lives?

This is the second book in the Winds of Change series. So far we've gotten very acquainted with two of three of the Wilson sister's. As always, Hawkins books are comforting, with real life characters and circumstances. I was so drawn into the story, and how she is able to tackle multiple story lines.

Definitely worthy of a recommendation, Just be certain you read COMING HOME first.

Mama B - The Complete Series
Mama B - The Complete Series
by Michelle Stimpson
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars I’ve enjoyed this entire series, January 13, 2014
“Mama B - A Time to Speak” was a FREE kindle read that introduced readers to Mrs. Beatrice ‘Mama B’ Jackson, a widow with four children who loves the lord. Along with being healthy, dressing fly, and being a loyal follower of God’s, Mama B is always willing to help others. Her granddaughter Nikki and great-grandson Cameron come to stay with her. She’s hoping to help Nikki get back on her feet, while at the same time establishing a relationship between Nikki and God as well as Nikki and her dad.

While trying to help with her own family matters, Mama B finds her doors open to the members of the church and trying to watch what she says as she is not in agreement with the visiting pastor and his wife’s message. Can Mama B find the right way to address them without causing a rift in her own family?

“Mama B - A Time to Dance” is the second in the Mama B series. In this edition, Mama B has gotten her house back and is enjoying it until her nephew, Derrick Jackson, shows up with his bags. Mama B has made it clear to him that she does not house marital fugitives. Unbeknownst to her, Derrick’s issue is more serious and definitely keeps her in prayer for him, his wife, and their child.

Dr. Frank Wilson, who readers met in A TIME TO SPEAK, has asked Mama B on a date. At seventy-two and stuck in her ways, Mama B is certain that she is beyond her dating years. But when Libby Maxwell, her walking partner and friend, dares her to call him, Mama B accepts the challenge. Will she regret it?

“Mama B - A Time to Love” is the final book in the series. Mama B is alone again in her home and back to doing charity work. While enjoying being a help to those in need, the new rules seem to hurt those who really are in need of assistance. Eunice Henderson is one of those affected by these rules. When she and the director have a little more than words, it’s Mama B to the rescue.

Things between Mama B and Dr. Frank are definitely moving into the serious side of things. She’s invited him to her church and it seems things are going smooth until First Lady Cynthia Dukes warns Mama B to be careful with him.

Can Mama B figure out and fix things in Eunice’s life while at the same time trying to mesh well with Frank?

Michelle Stimpson has stumbled on gold! Mama B is a refreshing character who will remind readers of their own grandmothers. It is amazing how in each of the stories, no matter what the problem is and how challenging it may seem, everything is resolved with God’s promise to His people.

My only issue is that there are quite a few typos, but, even with those, this book is uplifting and I’d easily recommend to ALL!

I Wish I Had a Red Dress
I Wish I Had a Red Dress
by Pearl Cleage
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Our Own Reality, December 19, 2013
Joyce Mitchell is a devoted social worker, an optimist and a widow. Since the loss of her husband, she founded the Sewing Circus - a place for young women where they can receive assistance, job counseling, GED classes, daycare, and development into becoming ‘free’ women. Joyce and the Sewing Circus have been in business for two years and now they have to find a way to keep the program funded.

Nate Anderson is new to Idlewood. He’s the Assistant Principal at the high school. Friends of Joyce’s have been unsuccessful at setting her up. This time it appears that Nate, a former cop, who is looking for a way to connect to the young males before the cuffs, just may be the one.

With so many issues arising between the young ladies and males in the community, it seems to keep Joyce and Nate on opposing sides. Will they ever find a common ground?

In this second installment, readers are introduced to individual members of the Sewing Circus as well as other residents of Idlewild. I absolutely LOVE the way the author utilizes certain black male stars as positive males and how through black movies they are able to analyze life and see things in a different way and apply it to their own lives. Both the title and cover play an important part into the journey of the lives of those in the story.

I really enjoyed this book.


In Search of Satisfaction
In Search of Satisfaction
Offered by Random House LLC
Price: $11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Abeyance, December 18, 2013
Yoville is a small, legal township founded by the rich for their own personal use. When slavery ended, some of the rich who lived in Yoville moved farther east while most returned seasonally, making Yoville a dying town.

Josephus Josephus, a former slave, had nowhere else to go so he stayed on with the Krupt family. Josephus fathered two daughters with two different women. His daughter Ruth was being raised by her mother Bessel and another man. Yinyang was born to the mistress of the plantation he lived on.

Josephus’ desire is to have opportunities like others. Willing to do what he can to insure that he will live well will not just affect him, but future generations to come.

IN SEARCH OF SATISFACTION by J. California Cooper is a substantial story about lineage, money, love, hate, support, and family. This is my second book by Cooper, and just like with FAMILY, I’m impressed with the way she weaves lively characters, storylines and plots. This is definitely recommended reading!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Quixotic, December 18, 2013
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This review is from: Open (Kindle Edition)
Poor little Ailana. Her parents died when she was young and she lived with a great aunt that harbored a ton of ill towards her. Without any friends Ailana simply existed. It wasn’t until Aunt Helene passed away that Ailana’s life began.

Ethan Scott, a businessman, introduced Ailana to love. Married, they share a very adventurous marriage. While Ailana and Ethan are clear on what they want in their marriage, things seem to heat up when Professor Austin Clark enters the picture.

I picked OPEN because I thought the book cover was HOT! I’ve read a few of Lamar’s titles and while this one is too short for my liking, it does its job of entertaining the reader. It took a minute for me to fully understand the particulars, as it’s not really spelled out. In some respects, I feel like the hinting versus the saying may have been the missing oomph. Even still, a quick and good read.

Hot Six (Stephanie Plum, No. 6): A Stephanie Plum Novel
Hot Six (Stephanie Plum, No. 6): A Stephanie Plum Novel
Offered by Macmillan
Price: $8.99

3.0 out of 5 stars A Pip of Life, December 18, 2013
Carlos Manoso aka Ranger, Stephanie’s mentor, missed a court appearance and now he’s the number one suspect in the murder of Homer Ramos. The people looking for Ranger all decide that Stephanie is their best way to find him.

Despite the manhunt out on Ranger, Stephanie is trying to bring in easier skips to help put some money in her pockets. While Mooner, the local weed head, is easy to handle, Morris Munson is in a league of his own.

Stephanie is losing sleep as her apartment has become a safe haven for runaway grandmothers, advice central for burnouts, a dog rescue, and a fugitive hangout. Can Stephanie get things back in order before she’s the next victim because of lack of sleep?

HOT SIX is just okay. Of course I laughed at Stephanie’s antics. I’ve come to enjoy the Plumb family and their life in the Burgs. However, for me, it seems that something was missing in this story.

Time to Shine (Fab Life)
Time to Shine (Fab Life)
Offered by Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Price: $7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Twisted, December 15, 2013
Sunday and Sam are no longer an item. But it seems that no matter where Sunday goes, Sam is there. At the studio, the House of Blues, the Grammy’s, and the photo shoot. Despite what Sunday’s heart may be telling her, her mind is telling her to get over Sam. He hurt her. But Sam is pleading his case, hopeful that Sunday will soon recognize that they are meant to be together.

Gia and Ricky aren’t as harmonious either. And while it’s obvious that they love one another, they both want to maintain their friendship, even if they’re miserable. Newcomers Piper and Meagan are totally different, yet they find that they have a lot in common which causes a rift in the friendships.

As usual, Sunday is caught up in the beef between Mystique, her mentor, and Drama, her cousin. While she is certain that Mystique is a high-caliber chick, her label mates at Reign Records keep telling her to watch her back.

Between school, music and boys, Sunday is on overload. Can she find a way to balance her hectic life while living out both of her dreams?

TIME TO SHINE, book five in the Fab Life Series, is just good. I like that you’re growing with the characters.

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