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That Melvin Bray Kindle Edition
About the Author
- ASIN : B079234P9K
- Publisher : Abbott Press (November 5, 2013)
- Publication date : November 5, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 3856 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 292 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,395,482 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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The novel has three parts woven into an inspirational thriller: Magg’s reunion with her childhood friend, Lizzy, a psychiatrist, to review their childhood experiences and help Magg with her childhood scars and struggle with forgiveness. Conversations between them often suggested to me the kind of humorous dialog that they surely had during their college sophomore years.
Part 2 takes place 35 or so years earlier as Magg’s flashbacks reveals many experiences as a 5 and 6 year old having to learn to deal with an irresponsible, alcoholic father’s adult problems which at times became violent. Yet, the flashbacks also reveal the dear hearts and gentle people in a small town in the middle of the Bible Belt that those of us who grew up in such a place during the late 40s and 50s can remember and appreciate as much as Southern fried chickin’. Magg was one of 9 children that bonded admirable in their challenges, no doubt with the religious influence of their mother, aunt, neighbors, and local community.
Part 3 is the mystery, clues to which were planted early in the story. Although against odds, things that recalled the mystery and led to its conclusion were discovered 35 years later while Magg was visiting her friend Lizzy. The trail that followed was well organized and detailed. Readers will not want to put the book down. For me, the conclusion was satisfactory for those who needed closure, but one question was not resolved. It may linger in the minds of many of us. Sometimes I think it’s just part of the writer’s craft. We won’t forget the book.
Finally, Magg’s family get together after 35 years, and Magg explains what has happened to her other 8 siblings. The book is both a heart-warming story and a gripping mystery.
The book's narrative takes place between two Southern ladies, who are old friends revisiting unresolved issues of their past. It makes you want to curl up in a club chair, with a cup of tea, to travel back to a time when the world moved a little slower. Having lived in the South once, I enjoyed Ms. McBride's colorful dialogue peppered with "Yes, ma'am" and "No, sir."
This is a quick read that is hard to put down at times. My favorite part of the story was the compelling friendship between Magg-Pie and Lizabeth. It was credible and heart-warming to see how much love and heartache they shared...a lifetime worth. It demonstrates how human beings can endure great hardships, but as long as one person is there to help you cope -- you can endure and persevere.
"Than Melvin Bray" is wonderful book that reminded me that forgiveness starts with forgiving ourselves.
Theresa Merrill Anovick, LinkedIn Marketing Trainer & Social Media Coach