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She meets Cheo, a handsome Latino, living in the same complex. They become romantically involved. At home, Marvin is still up to his shenanigans with drinking and women. Pastor David tried to counsel him too, but Marvin had no respect for David. Marvin had known David when they were together in a gang as teenagers, and he refused to believe David was any different now just because he was a pastor. Six years later Cynthia returns — but it won’t be to bring her boys back with her.
I’d seen some reviews saying how appropriate the title was for this story; I found it was not evident until close to the end. This is Christian fiction with Pastor David quoting the Bible and trying to get both of them to give their lives over to Jesus. I can fully appreciate that aspect of the story. For non-Christians, it may be too faith based. The characterization was skillful and I had no problem picturing the scenes. Upon Cynthia’s return, I did find that both her and Marvin’s thoughts and expressions to be somewhat odd. Overall, I enjoyed Nigeria Lockley’s debut novel and rated it 3.5 out of 5.
Cynthia chose to do the unthinkable: she abandoned her children and left them with an abusive parent. She escaped, but left her two sons behind in a dangerous situation. I wanted to judge her. I wanted to dislike her. But Lockley manages to portray Cynthia’s humanity and brokeness in a way that garnered my sympathy. For Cynthia, leaving her children was the equivalent of putting the oxygen mask on herself first when the plane is going down. She had to save herself in order to have any chance of being there for her children.
Born at Dawn also offers narrative from the perspective of Cynthia’s abusive husband Marvin. The monster becomes human as we are allowed to see the history and patterns of neglect that stem from Marvin’s shady childhood. He is flawed, arrogant, manipulative and childish, yet I found myself rooting for his recovery.
Born at Dawn is unpredictable and delectable. I devoured this book and savored the flavor of love long after I finished it. I have mixed feelings about the ending, and I hope there’s a sequel or spin-off coming soon. If you want to read a book that will challenge your moral compass and have you feeling some type of way, then you HAVE to read Born at Dawn!
I appreciate the Author writing about a subject that seems to be taboo among Churches, Domestic Abuse. However, I was conflicted with the advice of Pastor David. I felt as though he was always attempting to make Cynthia stay in an emotional and physical relationship.
I'm sure someone will read this and think they would never leave their children behind, but until you are in "this" situation, you don't know what you would do. This is a story of survival, and surviving can make us make questionable decisions. It would have been impossible for the Barclay family to function properly had Cynthia stayed. Marvin had to miss his "water" from the dried up "well" to realize the role he played in the dissipation of his marriage. Sometimes we must hit rock bottom to realize that God is our "go to" solution for everything.
I enjoyed seeing Cynthia's growth. She became a Victor. I started feeling "some kind of way" toward her after she became successful and didn't go back for the boys. It broke my heart every time she called home and "listened" to Keith talk. This tear jerker does an impeccable job showing how abuse affects the abuser, victim, and children.
Cynthia and Marvin's reaction to their tragedy left me feeling conflicted, but it shows that everyone experience grief differently. A person who is not a Christian or nonreligious may have issues with this read because it may come across as too "preachy". I was surprised by the "happy but not so happy" ending. I enjoyed and appreciated this story. #teamcheo
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