From the national Essence bestselling author comes an engaging tale about a family secret that sends one young woman scrambling to uncover the truth about her past.
Olivia Dawson has watched her mother struggle her whole life. For as long as she could remember, it’s always been just the two of them, trying to make ends meet. When Olivia finally gets her big break—acceptance into Julliard—she chooses not to go because she would rather stay home to take care of her sickly mother and help pay the bills than chase after her dream.
When Olivia’s mother finds out about her abandoned dream, however, she reveals a shocking secret: Olivia’s father is alive and doing very well for himself. Olivia decides to track down the man that might be her father, and confront him about the lifelong deception.
Her father Bernard Wells is a wealthy business owner—his success is partly due to his marriage to a beautiful heiress and socialite. And predictably, he handles Olivia’s reentry into his life the same way he handles everything: by throwing money at the problem. But this tactic can only work for so long before the truth comes to light, bringing surprising revelations and healing for everyone.
I adored this book. I could very vividly picture the whole scene unfolding as I was reading each page. Reshonda did a beautiful job weaving this story together of hope, friendship and love. You are drawn into the lives of the characters and celebrate their victories and spiritual growths along with them . You cry for their pain, trials and struggles. Prayer, faith, hope, and reliance on God are gently weaved into the story so that it does not come across as preachy, but heartfelt and direct. There are so many themes going on in this book from judgment of others, poverty, materialism, fear, adultery, resentment, forgiveness, chasing your dreams etc, that I feel this book has something that everyone can relate to, but above all the need and the desire to be loved and accepted for who we are.
I would highly recommend this book for ages 16-adult.
About the Author:
ReShonda Tate Billingsley is the #1 national bestselling author of numerous novels for adults, as well as the Good Girlz teen series. She recently won the NAACP Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Say Amen Again. She is also the author of the nonfiction book Help! I've Turned Into My Mother.
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