Winner of the African American Literary Award for Fiction, Essence® best-selling author Victoria Christopher Murray delivers a cautionary tale about debt and the dangers of an overly tempting offer. Married at 17, Adam and Evia Langston have worked their way up from rags to riches. But as they are enjoying all the trappings of their success, a financial downturn leaves them teetering on the brink of disaster. And that’s when Evia’s boss makes the Langstons a fivemillion dollar offer they can’t refuse.
©2011 Victoria Christopher Murray (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC
As usual Victoria Christopher Murray wrote a great book. Although at some points I wanted to reach in the book and shake Evia and then slap Marilyn, lol. I would definitely recommend this book.
I've been an avid reader since I was a child. I love different types of writing styles and I am never afraid to try new authors.
I picked this book because I had to see if 2 people could withstand the backlash of dancing with the devil. While I think the author did well with the writing there were things about this story I didn't love. Like Evia's mother, who threw her daughter out when she was a pregnant teen, but then she and Adam bend over backwards to give her money even when she continues to treat them like dirt. There is family loyalty and there is reality. Also I didn't like that Adam waited till the money was gone and they were destitute to deal with reality. How many smart minded people who understand the value of money would not make changes that would protect his family better? The fact that he didn't plan better for a rainy day was a surprise based on how money conscious he was. That didn't really add up to me. And Evia was a wimp in my opinion. She appeared to be a very strong woman but she fell apart when life got tough. What did they think would happen when they took the deal? But when you make a decision such as the one they made to get the money they wanted what could they expect? I would have liked Evia to have given back more attitude to Adam and her boss. Adam didn't seem to want to man up and deal with the choice that he made; and how his bad choices left his family destitute. He was open to putting the blame on his wife but I didn't see him man up and that was disappointing. I can see the author writing these flaws into the story on purpose but it made it less believable in my eyes.
Audio books give my eyes a break...
Where do I start? I struggle with anything good to say about this title. I really tried to see and justify what I thought was the authors intent, but I just found this book typical, maybe as of a writer trying to do something different with the evident, I don't know. I looked at the authors videos about this book but I still don't get it....
I was told this author was uplifting and I'm trying not to be confused... is this a book of spirituality, faith and inspiration? There is absolutely no foundation for this being any of the aforementioned. So, Heeeeck yeah I would change some things...for instance, I would have spent more time balancing out the bad choices of the parents with some growth and maturing somewhere in there..instead the author seems to drone on with unnecessary soliloquies in the mind of the wife ...a husband with his own agenda ...along with the negative productions of meetings with her good angel bad angel girlfriends.... what a drag....
I mean, I get it... the descent of wrong choices into the abyss that turns your household to shambles can be devastating-however, in order for this book to be inspirational one would think eventually a light bulb of right would go off over one of these peoples heads or the voice of truth and reason would penetrate their hearts... at the very least leaving the reader with hope! But I guess I was misinformed...
And I would rewrite that awful and awfully obvious ending...seriously!
What selfish, irresponsible and shortsighted parents the lead characters were, seems the husband learned one lesson from his upbringing ...live above your means at all costs...and the wife? well...she....she was just plain annoying...seriously who does this?
And although I'm sure the author wanted to reflect this couple as being in a long yet still passionate marriage, it just came off as if they had sex to keep from facing the issues of life....it was empty and hollow ...I don't know.... that could have been her point however, it just seemed ridiculously gratuitous to me.This book was far from inspirational and what's worse the ending left it open for a sequel ...Ugh!
Yes, to use caution when choosing any of this authors other books.
This story began with some potential ...but throughout to the ending was just plain evil to me.....to bad I happened to choose this particular composition to start with by this author, it left a bad taste in my mouth. Obviously this is just my opinion and I could argue both sides of looking at this book unfortunately the only side I can give at this time is the side eye.... and it ain't pretty being left without an understanding of what the author was truly trying to relay.....but read/listen and judge for yourself.
The only redeemable thought for my time is choosing to hope I understand the authors intent correctly.....she having wanted us to see that all church goers/professing Christians don't know or serve the Word of the Elohim of Abraham, Issac and Jacob (which is what I find typical) and because of such are deceived and and ruined in the wake of trial. I can respect that intent, if it is as I believe but, it just really came off to me, like a bad science fiction movie.
The storyline is quite good; however the characters don't necessarily ring true. The author curtails the use of
The twists and turns. Definitely on the edge of my seat.
The head of the company the wife worked for...
This was a very good novel, one that really got the mind going. There was a few too many lusty parts in the book for my taste, but I got the point the author was makig sure to get accross. The ending was good too, it did not let me down.
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