"Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary." ~ Jim Rohn
Whew Chile. . . where do I begin?
Genevieve, as you can rightfully assume, is about a black women in her thirties named Genevieve, with a semi-complicated life. I say semi-complicated because we really don't get to know much about this character in the beginning because she is so guarded.
But what makes this book so intriguing is that even though the main character is Genevieve, the story is actually told through the eyes of her husband and how he struggles to love all of her, while she's only giving him bits and pieces.
He has tried for years to break down the walls his wife has had up since their first encounter. Walls he originally believed to be seductive and mysterious, but were now becoming emasculating and causing him to question not only his manhood, but also the love his wife has for him.
Their marriage comes off as one of convenience. They're both smart, well educated, both lost their mother's at a young age, and both left small towns because they wanted better lives. Everything looks good on paper, but within their home, their marriage is a ticking time bomb. But let's be clear, they do love each other.
Then something happens, something Genevieve has dreaded, and yet, brings her the closure she needs. Genevieve's grandmother has passed, and her husband takes this opportunity to finally see where his wife comes from. The past she desperately ran away from.
Let's just say, he gets more than what he bargained for.
Not only does he get wrapped up in his wife's country family drama he learns all the reasons why his wife abandoned her home town and reinvented herself.
On top of that, he finds himself attracted to his wife's sisters, Kenya. Kenya, a younger woman fighting off her own demands, but finds herself mutually attracted to him as well.
This story is filled with dark family history, sexual abuse, child abuse, and proof that the secrets we often try and bury can come back and bite us in the ass. Hard!
I definitely give this story a 5/5 review and definitely recommend as something to add to your reading list, if you haven't already.
There are certain scenes in this book that are so vivid you can't help but feel like you're experiencing these moments with these characters. Now, this book is definitely not for those faint of heart, There are A LOT of sexual scenes and they're very descriptive, but not trashy at all. It's like he makes the sexual encounters erotic and desirable at the sametime. Something you either want to experience, or find yourself reminiscing about if you have experienced it.
Now, some of you may have noticed I never once said what Genevieve's husband's name was. That's because, I don't think it was ever once mentioned. LOL, insane right?
Eric Jerome Dickey created a character so good we never even learned his name, and it never took away from the story!!! AMAZING!!!! LOL. Now if some of you read and caught his name, please tell me! Cause I missed it and tried looking for it. Couldn't find it at all!
Also, if you have read it, let me know what you think! I am definitely interested in other point of views. And if you have any books by Eric Jerome Dickey that you like, let me know! My reading list is still growing!
Well, thank you guys for joining me today. If you're following my on social media you know the next book I'll be reading is Beloved by Toni Morrison. Feel free to read it with me. And if you've read it already, let me know what you thought about it!
Talk to you guys soon!