A truly broken Toni
The book started out at a slow pace that I was tempted to abandon it after the second chapter. Too much boring information about her family, their country life, and the strict religious rituals they had to endure.
It picked up speed a few chapters later and got to be interesting as you learn about Toni’s struggles in the music business. The guilt she carried to branch out as a solo artist and her inability to make her sisters singing career a success. In addition to feeling guilty her mother added to the guilt trip. This carried a lot of stress as well as her father’s infidelities which caused the parents to eventually divorce.
Being the eldest daughter naturally makes you feel you have to pave the way for those behind you and Toni was no exception with her five siblings. No surprise, she suffered a few health setbacks, but she is a strong and courageous woman and you cannot help but feel her pain and wish her more happiness with her sons and family. This will happen when she learns to take care of Toni and she seems to be well on her way to that goal.
When I started to read the story, it reminded me of my own childhood experience growing up with a similar Connie in my elementary school. A white woman with black siblings being a mystery to me and everyone else for a long time.
The story focuses on Connie and her trials and tribulations in being the anchor for her family. Her determination to make a better life for herself, daughter and sister and escape from her poverty stricken neighbourhood. It showed a strong willed woman who got her man on her own terms. It showed you can be broken and get healed. In the end love does conquer all.
I was surprised about Peaches dad’s final demise. In spite of his brutal treatment of his kids they still forgave him enough to show up in his final hours. This just shows the heart of family. The ties that bind.
The story ends with Connie to begin a new chapter in her life heading to California with her family and her long time friend and lover, Dean. All in all a good read.
The book could have done with another round of editing as there were a few glaring mistakes that could have been picked up through the editing process. However the errors were not enough to throw you off the story.
DAAIMAH S. POOLE
The title alone is a dead giveaway that this book is about gold diggers. I picked up this book as something relaxing and fun to read. However, it was far from relaxing. I don’t particularly like when there are too many protagonist and antagonist to keep track of and also with names that sound bulky in your mouth. It’s too much trying to remember who is what and who did what.
The men in the book were depicted as black athletes who were rich and a bit slow in the brains. The women were all annoying and did not have much substance. When a strong woman was depicted as in Cherise she turned into a whimp and took back a man that humiliated her big time.
Adrienne had me with my mouth open several times as she is so unbelievable with her demands. But she does have spunk. As for Zakiya I want to slap her across the head to get some sense in there. Don’t even get me started on Tanisha. Her behaviour and ending was so not realistic.
Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance
I am a big fan of Angela Bassett and I’ve seen Vance before but his presence in movies do not leave any memorable on my brains. In this book they each took alternate turns talking about their childhood up to when the two met and later fell in love.
I like love stories and found this two endearing. The two went through a series of failed relationships then they took stock, reflected on what their needs were and tried to improve themselves before embarking on another failed relationship. During their healing process they encountered each other although they had met each other at an earlier time.
It just goes to show that when you take time on yourself God will send you your soul mate in due time.
I found Vance to be an annoying young man but he has grown into a caring loving husband. A bit too caring if you ask me when he expresses how he puts his wife
second after God. It was a bit repetitive but I guess he was trying to make a point.
I find Angela to be as sweet as she is depicted on the screens but she can be annoying with her constant referral of lack of a father growing up. I don’t know why people who have achieved a degree of success still mourn about a stupid man that was not there to hold their hands in childhood even though there were other relatives who picked up the slack.
It was a joy to read about their quest to become parents and how it became a reality.
However that put them on a preachy platform and they ended the book on a preachy note.
It does make a nice love story.