- File Size: 2389 KB
- Print Length: 258 pages
- Publisher: Akashic Books; Second edition (January 12, 2015)
- Publication Date: January 12, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00R3L748K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #428,668 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I so wanted Donovan to get help and overcome and release himself from his predators grip. He deserved happiness. Oh and Grammy's grip as well.
I would have wanted to see more development from Elaine's character. It appeared she may have struggled with something developmental as a child. I wasn't quite clear.
Luscious was a dear. She may have been able to help Donavon. In spite of her issues she helped keep Campbell sane.
Lastly, Campbell. I felt as if it were happening to me. Riveting! This is why Bernice McFadden is truly gifted in this area of drawing you into the characters lives.
Overall, I enjoyed the book, but it took me over a month to get past the first few pages as it didn’t grab my attention. After trying again, I finished the book in one work day, it was a quick read or maybe work was just really slow that day. Lol.
I have completed 5 other McFadden titles that I consider exceptional and have given no less that 4 stars. Even though this particular read fell unexpectedly short for me, because of my reading experience with McFadden's past material, she remains one of my favorite authors, as I know what she is capable of.
Through carefully placed flashbacks, we transcend generations and meet Campbell and Donovan's grandparents and parents in their younger state of being. We experience their pain, joy, shame, and fears. We learn their most scandalous and guarded secrets and begin to understand all the complexities and dynamics that shape their thoughts and actions. We clearly see the cycle of desolation that ultimately molds and influences Campbell and Donovan. The families are dysfunctional, the homes are broken, no one is perfect, but they are doing the best they can given the circumstances. McFadden gives us just enough to understand Campbell's quest for love and to empathize with the troubled, delicate psyche of Donovan. Will Donovan and Campbell overcome the personal baggage to embrace love? Can they supercede their haunting, painful pasts for a promising future together? Read to find the answers.
It is the beauty of McFadden's words, pacing, and storytelling style that keeps the reader mesmerized throughout the book. This reviewer finished the book in one sitting. Her writing style is simplistic, precise, and rhythmic which makes it so easy to visualize images, hear the voices, and feel the emotions. Loving Donovan will not disappoint McFadden fans...I loved it and cannot wait to see what she presents next.
Reviewed by Phyllis
APOOO Bookclub, Nubian Circle Book Club
Bernice McFadden's writing is much like prose at times. Her style also reminds me of Toni Morrison, in that the words are not only rhythmic but expertly weaved into a storyline that will hold you captivated. Even the most disturbing passages of this book, are masterfully written. The reader is invited to peek into the mind of the book's nemesis, who is also a variable in Campbell's attempt at love. If you like books, that emotionally connect you to the story line, leaving you wanting more long after you have read the last page, then Loving Donovan will be satisfy your desire for good organic literature. Thank you Bernice for sharing your art with the world.