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"This has to be the most unpredictable story I have read in quite sometime. Each character has their own clear voice and are so engaging." Blessedselling Author, E.N. Joy of the New Day Divas Series
"Nigeria Lockley's debut novel reads like a seasoned work of art!" Pat Simmons, author of No Easy Catch and The Guilty Series
 


Winner of the 2015 Phillis Wheatley Award for First Fiction

About the Author

Nigeria Lockley possesses two Master's degrees, one in English Secondary Education, which she utilizes as an educator with the New York City Department of Education. Her second Master's degree is in Creative Writing. Born at Dawn is Nigeria's first published novel. Nigeria serves as the Vice President of Bridges Family Services, a not-for-profit organization that assists student parents interested in pursuing a degree in higher education. She is also the deaconess and clerk for her spiritual home King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Church of God. Nigeria is a New York native who resides in Harlem with her husband and two daughters. Join her online at NigeriaLockley.com
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Product Details

  • Series: Urban Books
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Urban Christian (September 30, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601626754
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601626752
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,583,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the story of Cynthia who is in an abusive relationship with her husband, Marvin. Other reviewers have done a great job describing the story; I want to tell you how much I enjoyed the book and why. Author Nigeria Lockley has a beautiful writing voice. In my opinion a great writer will make you believe the story and the characters even if they don't stay between the lines you yourself have drawn in the sand and wouldn't dare to cross. I absolutely believed this story and its characters. Nothing about the book screamed, 'predictable, seen and heard that before.' I was amazed that Ms. Lockley would cross the line of decorum by allowing Cynthia to do what no self respecting mother would do, but she had me so deep in Cynthia's feelings, I found myself wanting her to win, no matter what. Then the author 'took me to church' and reminded me that God's truth doesn't change, no matter what I'm going through, no matter what my situation looks like. This book is a great read and I recommend it to everyone, but especially to those who are at an impasse in a difficult marriage. While everyone's situation isn't the same, this book will, at the very least, point you to our Savior, our repairer of every breach, our mender of broken hearts, the lover of our souls, which ultimately is all you need. Well done, author Lockley!
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Ok I have a confession. I have had this book for over a year and just decided to read it. When I tell you this book is awesome. Don't sleep on Nigeria Lockley. She knows how to tell a story that reaches to your very core. I will definitely be reading more of her work.
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Born at Dawn tells a story of reconciliation and restoration. The story is well-written and incredibly relevant dealing with domestic abuse passed down through generations. The author, Nigeria Locksley, deals with a difficult topic in an emotional and heart breaking read. We see the characters walk through tragedy and heartbreak but through faith in God attain healing, restoration and reconciliation!
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What would you do if you were domestically abused? Many of us say, “I wouldn’t put up with that for a minute!” The question in Born at Dawn becomes what did thirty-four year old Cynthia Barclay decide to do? She had started attending church and conferring with Pastor David. He encouraged her to place her trust in God; that only God could repair their broken home. But, Cynthia felt that all God was asking her to do was ‘wait.’ Well, she was tired of waiting and tired of being beat up while she was waiting. So, she leaves her husband, Marvin; her two sons, twelve year old Keith and nine year old James; and her home in New York and creates a new life for herself in Richmond, VA. Once she is settled and earning enough money, she will bring her boys to live with her. At least that’s the plan.

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.
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This was Mrs. Lockley's debut novel, and in my opinion, it was excellent. I went through a variety of emotions while reading for a book club meeting this weekend. I will be looking for more of her work.
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By A Dunbar on February 26, 2015
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I think that the plot was good. There weren't any grammatical errors, which is a plus. However the dialogue between the characters, especially from Pastor David was unrealistic. I love reading stories where there are tons of scripture references, however he only spoke in King James English. I was expecting more and just didn't get.
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I loved this book! It forced me to re-evaluate so many of my moral codes.

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!
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