Title: Fornication: Volume One
Author: Julia Press Simmons
Headline: A Decent Read
Fornication: Volume One by Julia Press Simmons is the story of a madam named Portia who comes from a family of prostitutes. Honey Dip is one of the women that works for Portia and the story revolves around her desire to turn her life around. The storyline is fresh and original as there are not too many fiction books out that are told from the prostitute’s point of view and Simmons does explore the question if Portia and Honey’s relationship is one based on true friendship or one based solely on money.
I gave Fornication three stars because it states it is Volume One but it seemed as if there were previous books written by Ms. Simmons that should have been read to fully understand this one. Fornication lacked character development and there were some spelling errors but overall it was an entertaining read. This was the first book that I have read by Julia Press Simmons but I will check out her other work sometime in the future.
Fornication: Volume One can be purchased here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0615577075/ref=cm_cr_thx_view
Title: He Beat Past My Skin: Redemption of a Broken Spirit
Author: Jessica Green
Headline: Tugs At Every Emotion
“He Beat Past My Skin” by Jessica Green should be required reading for all young girls and women. Dr. Angela Morrison is asked to facilitate a women’s meeting at a local church dealing with various forms of abuse and other demons. While Dr. Morrison is busy trying to help these other ladies, she realizes she also has some unresolved issues.
“He Beat Past My Skin” tells the stories of Candace, Anita, Toni, and Ernestine. They are dealing with issues such as: sexuality, rape, prostitution, living with AIDS, and all (physical, mental, emotional) forms of abuse. Even though all of their issues are different, they must learn how to love themselves enough to leave their situations.
Jessica Green has written the stories of five women in complete detail. Green did such an outstanding job with character development that it felt as if I was in the story, sitting at their church meetings and in their homes with them. This is a heavy book with very serious matter and I applaud Jessica Green for taking the time to bring these horrific stories to the forefront. I highly recommend “He Beat Past My Skin: Redemption of a Broken Spirit” to all women – just make sure you have some Kleenex available.