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Publisher's Summary

Gayle Saunders and Patricia Reid have been lifelong friends, as close as sisters. When they were teens their dreams led them down separate paths and away from each other. But they have reunited as adults, drawn back together by a bond of friendship that stood the test of time.

Now Pat and Gayle co-own the Ell & Me Company, a business they founded based on a character Gayle created years ago for her daughter. Things are going well, but real-life dramas ensue as each must face issues from the past in order to protect the future.

Pat and Marcus look like the perfect 21st-century couple - smart, talented, each at the helm of a high-profile enterprise and at the top of their game. But behind closed doors their marriage is challenged by the stresses of a two-entrepreneur household. Will their professional pursuits leave them time for each other and a family, or carry them into the arms of others? Will a paternity claim prove to be too much of an obstacle to overcome?

Gayle faces her own family drama and struggles to maintain control of her life. Despite dating other men, has she ever really gotten over her ex-husband, Ramsey, the gambler who left her and their daughter, Vanessa, in financial ruin? Gayle bends over backward to provide a stable, comfortable home for Vanessa and support her dream of becoming a dancer. And Vanessa, a rebellious and hurtful teen, seems just as devoted to making Gayle pay for every mistake she has ever made. And what ever happened to Ramsey?

In Gotta Keep on Tryin', Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant bring us heroines who will remind you, for better and worse, of women everywhere - women who know that true friendship keeps us grounded and that when things get rough, the bond between women can be stronger than any trials we face.

©2008 Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant (P)2008 Brilliance Audio

Critic Reviews

"The authors, themselves longtime friends, take on with gusto the pitfalls of modern life, friendships and entrepreneurship. Women especially will enjoy spending time with Pat and Gayle." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Loved the story! hated the narration!

I chose this book because i fell in love with the characters from "tryin to sleep in the bed you made" and the narrator.
this narration was awful all the characters sounded the same. high pitched distinctions for the kid characters in the book seemed a bit forced.

I really just wanted to find out what happened to Gayle and Pat, but couldn't even get through it :( sorry ladies.

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  • Nitra25
  • ORLANDO, FL, United States
  • 12-10-11

Great story but horrible narration!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The story is good but the narration made listening difficult!

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the follow up of the characters from Tryin to sleep in the bed you made as well as the introduction of new characters but again the narration was difficult.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrators from the prior books Grant/Deberry books should have been used! The authors should stick to writing books and pay for professional narrators!

Was Gotta Keep on Tryin' worth the listening time?

Depends I finished listening because I was invested in Pat and Gayle's story, otherwise I would bit have finished the book!

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I love the autors.

However l must admit I was hoping for a better and more stronger ending. I can't wait until the next book.

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INTERESTING

A slow beginning but gradually got better. I love Deberry and Grant's books!!! Thank you

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I wanted to like this book....

I wanted to like this book. I really did. I had to get a refund because I don't care for books that had too much cursing in them. In real life, I don't curse. I found it hard to hear a curse word---every other word. I didn't like that. I couldn't listen to the book at all with my kids around. I think it had more potential if it wasn't laced in so many curse words.

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another great book

loved it! i didn't know it a part of the first book. Thanks. cant wait for the next book. i know it will be a next book.

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Lithonia, GA

This book is awesome. I truly enjoyed it. I look forward to any future books that you both have on the horizon. Thank you both.

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  • R
  • baltimore
  • 10-27-17

well written <br />

you could feel yourself relating with the characters and routing for some while despising other. left you wanting more

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Quickly becoming my favorite, fun fictional authors!

I loved the first story with these characters and I'm definitely going to pick up the next installment to see where life has taken them. I enjoyed the narration by the co-authors. Great work.

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life in reality

it is the perfect story of the challenges of life. how we become engulfed in making through. Looking so hard we forget to see.