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Sweet Bye-Bye Paperback – May 30, 2007
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Chantell has deceived herself into believing happiness comes from material possessions, job perks, and a poster-perfect fiance. Yet, with all the trappings of success, she is still unsatisfied. Her quest for happiness leads her to attend church and seek professional therapy. After losing three important people early in her life, Chantell learned to suppress her emotions. First, her mother died when she was five, then her grandmother passed, and during junior high school her best friend, Keith Talbit, left town. So, when her father has a heart attack, she is again confronted with painful thoughts of losing another loved one. Then Keith reenters her life and causes her more uncertainty. Overwhelmed with nostalgia but unable to reciprocate his expressions of love, Chantell realizes she will have to let go of her shallow past by confronting her father about her mother and look to the future by acknowledging her feelings for Keith. Good characterizations and a compelling plot make this a fine read. Lillian Lewis
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About the Author
DENISE MICHELLE HARRIS lives in Hayward, California.
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The next 200+ pages cover six months in the life of Chantelle as she revisits old family wounds, cleans house in relationships she's been in for too long, and reevaluates who she is and what she wants out of life.
Sweet Bye Bye is geared to twenty something females who are going through this time in their lives, and Christian women in this age group will find this book particularly entertaining. It's definitely Christian chick lit, because a focus on God and trying to live life according to God's principles is what separates this book from typical chick lit novels.
But Chantelle is no Sunday school teacher. She wrestles with her flesh, her ambitions in the workplace, materialism, and all the struggles that abound in the post-modern world. She's no goody two shoes; she's just another sister trying to live right and find that balance between living in the world and living God's way.
You can polish this book off in a day or a weekend of concerted reading. For what the book is-Christian chick lit-it definitely delivers. It also has a fairy tale ending and the dialogue is sometimes a bit wooden and unrealistic, but once again the story is good for what it is. I recommend this book for the young Christian woman struggling to live in the world with Godly integrity and without compromise.
I was looking for a Christian Chick-lit book and I don't think this books fits that category.
Maybe it's just me but shouldn't a CF book be more like a testimony of the main character? And if you (the author) are writing a book, shouldn't you do everything in your power to make that testimony of the hero/heroine, I don't know, just a little entertaining?
This is why some people like street fiction. It gives you the raw drama that the readers crave without that underlying pure accent on it when you're in your sinning period. A lot of times the main character is on their way to God and you (the reader) don't know it until they hit there epiphany moment and gets there life straight. That grabs people. And before someone twists my words I'm not saying that CF books should be advertised as ST books I'm just saying get some type of edge. PLEASE!
Does that not make for a greater testimony and in turn a greater book?
Don't get me wrong, i don't think that you should run out and start having graphic novels then have two pages of god in it and call that Christian fiction. But i do feel like it would not kill any one if authors, in this case Denise Michelle Harris, would make there books/testimony's more real to life. Have them go through.
Here's a great reference (and some of you judgmental Christian will probably be quick to say I'm going to hell) read, "whore" by Tanika lynch. That book has a hold on reality... unlike other books that shall remain nameless (hint-hint, cough-cough, nudge-nudge)
I could not finish this book because it was boring, plain and simple. The chick was too into herself to be into anyone else. And if you haven't figured it out yet the book was also bland.
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Good job Denise and I'm still waiting on my autograph when I come to town