What does crazy look like? Let Deborah tell it: It's the reflection that looks back at her in the mirror. She has a career she loves, two beautiful children, and a handsome and successful husband. Her life seems to be the blueprint almost every woman she knows would kill to live. But working full-time and being a full-time mother, full-time wife, and full-time Sunday-only Christian seems to be taking its toll on her. With all the scheming and shenanigans Deborah orchestrated to get this lifestyle, she might have to come up with a whole set of new ones to maintain it.
Lynox is Deborah's husband. She thanks God for putting Lynox back into her life after a game of cat and mouse that defied the laws of romance. He feels that all Deborah needs is to let her hair down, maybe make some new friends and live a little. When Deborah agrees and then suspects Lynox of having an affair with the woman that he suggested she form a friendship with, will he live to regret his own advice?
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Deborah and Lenox are two very successful people in the book world. He's a writer and she's an editor, both at the top of their fields. The reader learns about the tumultuous beginning of their relationship and how it was off and on before they finally wed. Deborah brings with her a child from a former relationship and the couple have a three-month old son. And this is where their current struggles begin with Deborah not really understanding what might be the reason for the ebb and flow of her emotions. For a long time she relied upon her spirituality to heal her ups and downs, but as the story continues both she and reader realize she may need to utilize more earth-bound resources.
Although the idea of the book is good, the writing is awful. E.N. Joy tells the story in paragraph after paragraph that are without any real action or dialogue. She mostly does expository information dumps which prevents the reader from truly engaging with any of the characters. The dialogue that does occur is stilted and fraught with cliches and slang that make it superficial. There is no real emotion or credibility behind it.
What the book is filled with is preaching and preaching and more preaching. Biblical quotes occur almost every other paragraph and that's where all the dialogue occurs, including Deborah's own inner dialogue. And that isn't even well written.
While I understand there is a niche for this genre, and that E.N. Joy may view her books as a ministry of sorts, the story can still be written much better than it is. This second book in the diva series is not nearly as good as the first and I only purchased the second one because I could forgive some of the preaching in the first one. But unlike this book, in I Ain't Me No More the preaching is well spaced and makes sense within the plot. In One Sunday at a Time, the plot is an inconvenient vehicle for what seems to be Ms. Joy's mission of witnessing to the reader.
Like in the first book, "diva" here is a misnomer. Deborah is no more a diva than the character in the first book. The use of the word almost feels like Joy's trick to buy it because most readers will think they are buying one sort of book when they are really picking up this type.
However, the narration is excellent. In some ways it provides some balm for the writing, but mostly Luke's talent wasted on it.
I'll not purchase another title by this author. It is a truly a waste of money. If you want to buy a spiritual book, then buy one. This one would not create a conversion or true spiritual information of any sort.
This was a really good book. Debra try's to keep everything under control, but she can't seem to control her temper. She wonders if she is crazy, but doesn't want to keep seeking help not realizing that when she asked God to help her he already did but she needs to also use the resources that he has placed before her and stop thinking she could handle it on her own.
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