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R.H. Burkett: Author
Wilburn demands homemade meals on the table three times a day from his obedient wife. She isn’t allowed to spend money without asking him or have a life of her own. Her only joy in life is her son Justice. Now that he is grown and in college, she can’t even look forward to dinner or daily conversations with him.
Much to Wilburn’s chagrin, Cynthia isn’t involved in much at their church. She faithfully sits in the front row every week as he gives his sermons, but feels out of place in many of the committee meetings. The church has many longtime members with their own opinions about everything and everyone – including Cynthia. She is constantly talked about and compared to the previous preacher’s wife. She is a smart woman and willing to help, but they won’t allow her into their fold. Cynthia has one friend, but doesn’t have much spare time to spend with her with all of the responsibilities she has taking care of Wilburn.
But there are secrets in the congregation. Whispers begin and grow to a roar that cannot be contained. Alliances are broken and betrayals are made. Hatred replaces love as fear threatens to consume the voice of reason, changing lives forever.
Original Cyn is not Sylvia Dickey Smith’s first book, but it is the first one I’ve read. The depth and dimension of her characters pulled me into the story immediately. Coming from a Southern Baptist background, I could see people I’ve known with more than one member of the congregation. I sniffled at more than one part because it was not possible to read this book and not become emotionally invested in the characters and story.
If you are a fan of Barbara Delinsky, you will love Smith’s writing style. I highly recommend this work of fiction that pulls your emotions from anger to sorrow to hope. Smith is a masterful storyteller that writes an easy to read novel that makes the reader think about social issues without being “preachy”. I will be seeking out more of her books.
Copyright © 2016 Laura Hartman
DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy that I can keep for consideration in preparing to write this content. I was not expected to return this item after my review.
For Cynthia it seems as though things should be just right: she has a husband that is respected, a family but still there is a longing for more. Not finding the happiness and support she yearns for, Cyn turns inward---but the truth that is revealed allows her to see that just settling is never good for anyone, no matter who they are. In the end there is nothing better or more liberating than the truth.
When all is laid bare before her will Cynthia allow the hurt and betrayal to get the best of her, or will she realize that the truth although freeing is not always easy to reveal and to live?
Definitely one of those books that will have you pulled in from beginning to end, ORIGINAL CYN shows us that truth has no respect of person, but neither does forgiveness and redemption.
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This story is one that will make the reader sit up and take notice. It is about a marriage that is very one-sided where the husband is king and the wife...Read more