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Schooling Carmen Paperback – January 6, 2012
"...a great read." -- Jack Roberts, Host, Public Radio Network
"A rare blend of rich urban story-telling with a sensuous touch into the mind, body and soul." -- Trisha Thomas, Author of Nappily Ever After
"Beauty isnt what we see in the mirror...what one woman sacrificed to learn that powerful lesson. Inspirational." -- The Romance Readers Connection
"Cross quickly pulls her readers in...It's not Cross' style to do anything ordinary, or expected" -- Detroit Free Press
"Energetic..." -- Kirkus Reviews
"I recommend this book highly...I loved the way the author told this story...look forward to her next offering." -- RomanceInColor.com
"Inspiring. Kathleen Cross is an exceptional author who really brings her characters and novels to life." -- RomanceReaderAtHeart.com
"Moved me to more than tears...changed my outlook on life. Kathleen Cross will be added to my top-ten list." -- Tina Burns for The Road to Romance --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Publisher
An unforgettable story of hard life lessons, renewal, and new love from an important new voice in African-American fiction. Cross is a gifted, intelligent writer who creates extraordinary characters.
Schooling Carmen is sexy and smart, yet also thought-provoking and timely--with an intriguing touch of mystery. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Ms. Cross has written another book on things society dote (beauty...skin color) on. An eye opening story.
Schooling Carmen is an engaging novel by Kathleen Cross. It shows how you can find love and hope in unexpected places. This story also shows that sometimes people have to learn life's lessons the hard way. The reader will feel the transformation and self-actualization that Carmen experiences in this story. Kathleen Cross mixes unexpected characters and circumstances that makes this a truly delightful read.
Throughout the book, Carmen becomes involved in situations and interacts with others who are not as they seem. She may think or believe them or their situation to be one way, but she soon finds out things are not as she thought. Carmen learns a lot about herself, as well as others along the way.
Ms. Cross does a great job presenting Carmen as a woman you will not like; but find yourself cheering for. She is faced with numerous challenges and heartache. And learns some devastating news that she tries to ignore. Yet, she hears from an unlikely source that she is "too beautiful to be so unhappy," and she really starts to believe it. Carmen learns to love herself and others unconditionally. She learns that you never know what someone else may be dealing with. And, there are no coincidences in life-only miracles.
This is a wonderful emotional book. It deals with a lot of heavy topics, but it also shows the beauty in true love and the human spirit. There is a magnificent love story, a beautiful schooling and joyous finale for Carmen, and the reader! I truly enjoyed this book; and dealing with Carmen in the beginning was the "watchman" and the beautiful ending was my "Layla." Absolutely radiant Ms. Cross!
Carmen Duprè, is a self absorbed and selfish woman, with some bigoted and seemingly heartless tendencies. It is easy to hate her from the start of the book. However, when Carmen is forced to face what, in her eyes, may be a possibly grim reality, she finds that there are more important things in life than looks. The book follows Carmen's transformation.
The author, Kathleen Cross, touches on many topics and addresses most of them fairly well in this intelligently written book. There are themes of race/ethnicity, family, appearances, bigotry, friendship, breast cancer, love, rape, and more.
The only issue that I had with this book is that I was never convinced by the romance angle of it. It never felt natural or fully developed. The two characters involved never really meshed.
Nevertheless, this is still a great read. I highly recommend it, even if you pay full price. I may go back and read Skin Deep now because of this book.
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