Sinners Never Sleep (Urban Soul) Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2009
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- Publisher : Urban Soul; Original edition (October 1, 2009)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 300 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1599830655
- ISBN-13 : 978-1599830650
- Item Weight : 5.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.32 x 0.86 x 6.76 inches
Best Sellers Rank:
#7,756,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #4,378 in Black & African American Christian Fiction (Books)
- #25,073 in Black & African American Romance Fiction
- #25,711 in Fiction Urban Life
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Her life is further complicated when both her parents die and she has to stay in South Carolina to take care of their affairs. When she can't take another blow she meets the charming, Scott Christopher. He offers her his shoulder to lean on and his protective strong arms to hold her. She's soon faced with deciding whether to stay in his arms in South Carolina, or returning to her life in New York.
A web of lies, betrayal, forgiveness and new beginnings is the story Leigh McKnight spins in SINNERS NEVER SLEEP. Her storytelling grabbed my attention the moment I began reading until the very end. She offered valuable life lessons as she descriptively portrayed Rayanne's trials and tribulations.
Reviewed by Jaime L. Lincoln
of The RAWSISTAZ(tm) Reviewers
The portrait of people moving back home from the North to the South is timely. In the early twentieth century, there was an exodus of African Americans to the North, but, ironically, in the twenty-first century, many Blacks have relocated back to the South, where their roots started out. Ms. McKnight's theme is you can always go back home, but at what cost? Although this is a woman's story, it is reminiscent of "Soul Food," with its many family problems and inter-generational conflicts that were raised.
The sexual tension between Rayanne and Scott was played out in an interesting way, as well as the delay of the relationship's consummation. As a reader, I kept rooting for their relationship, although she was the older woman. I kept wondering when Rayanne would wake up, and see the good man right under her nose.
The dividing issue of drugs vs. legitimate money was a contemporary theme, and added to the story's social consciousness. I found Rayanne's speech at the high school about today's senseless violence to be very moving. In fact, Rayanne's involvement in the community, and her giving back, showed her in a proactive light, because at points in the story, she seemed to be a victim of her circumstances. Once she took back control of her life, she really came out on top.
This made Rayanne heroic as a protagonist, which added to the book's overall quality. At the end, when the older women of the community pushed back and beat the drug dealer out the neighborhood, then ran him out, it sent a socially redeeming message. That we can take back our streets.
This story deals with contemporary issues such as alcoholism, teenaged parenthood, foster parenting, older-woman/younger-man relationships, drugs in the Black community, divorce, elder abuse, sibling rivalry, friendship, betrayal, forgiveness, and inter-generational problems of the old versus the new. "Sinners Never Sleep" raises questions about success and how it has a personal definition for each person.
As a reader, you will be drawn into the lives of the characters, such as Maxine, Brenda, Jeremy, Swan, Josh, Aunt Bessie, and others. This is a feel good, homespun tale that you will love to read over and over.
Good job, Leigh McKnight.