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Book Review: Keeping Secrets (The Essien Trilogy #1) by Kiru Taye

Book Title: Keeping Secrets (The Essien Trilogy, #1)
Author: Kiru Taye
Format: eBook
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


I finished reading Keeping Secrets (The Essien Trilogy, #1) by Kiru Taye today.  At first, the story unfolded rather slowly, but I enjoyed the unsuspecting twists and turns throughout the plot, which is full of drama and suspense.  Taye makes you feel intertwined with the characters' feelings and emotions.   I think that I will finish the other books in The Essien Trilogy.


Based on the theme of arranged marriage, this book follows the love story of Ebony and Felix, who happens to be a wealthy financial businessman.  Trying to appease the board members of his organization, Felix agrees to get married and determines that Ebony is a perfect fit. Even though their marriage is only paper, but the relationship quickly transitions to something else, almost beyond their control.

Many life lessons can be taken away from the first book in the trilogy.  If you want your relationshi…

Book Review: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Book Title: Americana
Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Format: Paperback
Rating 5 out of 5 stars

I have been curious about Chimamanda since I heard her recite her work on Beyonce's Flawless track. During a recent trip to Barnes and Noble, I picked up Americanahto read when I saw it on display in the middle isle of the store.  I did not read the synopsis of the book.  I just dived right in to read it.  The first chapter was completed it one sitting.  I could not believe how engulfed I became with Ifemelu and her life.

As I read the text, I immediately felt a connection to Ifemelu.  At times, her life mirrored past experiences from my life.  I enjoyed growing with Ifemelu, as she transitioned from a teenager to a woman, as well as traveling with her to the United States and back to her home country.

Thinking about how Ifemelu struggled to transition from being African to an American intrigued me. Being an African-American born in the United States, I have never considered how diffi…

Blogtour: Love's Great Plan by Regina Puckett

BOOK INFORMATION TITLE – Love’s Great Plan SERIES (& Book #) – The Warren Family Series #4 AUTHOR – Regina Puckett GENRE – Romance PUBLICATION DATE – 10/23/2015 LENGTH (Pages/# Words) –204 pages/ 49,790 words PUBLISHER – Punk & Sissy Publications COVER ARTIST – Mihai Blanaru / Dreamstime.com May be read as a standalone book BOOK SYNOPSIS As the son of two famous actors, Coty is used to the unfaltering scrutiny of the media. But even though he’s been in and out of the spotlight his entire life, he is totally unprepared for the public’s harsh judgement when he’s forced to kill a teenager in the line of duty. Amanda is the love of Coty’s life. She wants to stand by his side and weather his current crisis, but he’s determined to create a distance between them in the hope of protecting her. His biggest fear is that, if the media makes a connection between them, the reporters will turn their focus from him and onto her. That would most certainly bring the media to rehash the lurid s…

Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
I say,
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman

Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That'…

Guest Post: Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison
By Mtutuzeli Nyoka
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison is a song for the ages. This is the first Toni Morrison book that I discovered, and for over two decades I have repeatedly gone back to it. It has cast a magical spell on me since, and has been my best introduction to modern works of literature. Its narrative never ceases to invigorate and enthrall.
The language is rich, apt, deliberate, uninhibited, and beguiling. The novel is a reflection on family, community and nationhood. It is about the torment of dispossession, power without bounds, and the ugly face of bigotry. It is also about survival, about human resilience and the indestructible quest for identity. The narrative is carefully crafted and wonderfully lyrical-a song with almost no equal.
We journey with the story's main protagonist, Macon (Milkman) Dead Jr, from birth, through the vacuous, stultifying, and even lurid terrain of his adolescent life. We finall…