Monday, October 5, 2009

#BookReview: Something She Can Feel - Grace Octavia

At first glance I thought Something She Can Feel would be a typical romance novel, a genre I can take or leave. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it's the story of a grown woman coming into herself.

The daughter of a well known preacher in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Journey Cash has had her life mapped out for her; first by her father and then by her husband, Evan. Journey and Evan have known each other since they were seven and while Evan has always had Journey's best interests at heart, before their wedding day Journey begins to doubt that he's the man for her.

In addition to her self doubt on the home front, Journey begins to suspect that oldest brother has something to hide and knows for sure that her youngest brother does. She doesn't realize that her parents do as well.

When Dame, a former music student turned multimillionaire rapper, comes to town to donate money to her school, something is stirred in Journey. Surprised to find that Dame is not the stereotypical rapper, she begins to spend more time with him and through conversations with him begins to question whether or not she's been living the life she wants to live or the life that's been created for her by those around her.

It's evident in the storyline and development of the characters that Grace Octavia has grown since the 2007 release of Take Her Man. I applaud her for that and for giving the reader "something she can feel."

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