Title: Who Is He To You
Author: Monique Mensah
Headline: A Man Of Different Faces
“Who Is He To You” by Monique Mensah centers around a man that is a father, a husband, and a loving but sometimes absent boyfriend. There is a man who is the father to Simone; she is an extremely beautiful teenager who is having a rough time at school because others are envious of her. Because of her beauty and her family’s wealth no one suspects that she is hiding a horrible secret which leads to cutting while alone.
There is a man who is married to Jessica, and she is simply happy to get away from her upbringing. There is another man who is the boyfriend of Ryan. Ryan believes their relationship is magic and headed for marriage but the man plays a disappearing act every so often.
Monique Mensah was able to take three storylines and weave them together with complete details and character development in “Who Is He To You.” This story is not one that has pretty packaging which means it will not make you feel good but it is a story worth reading. “Who Is He To You” ends on a high note and I am looking forward to reading “Smoke Screen” to see how Monique Mensah continues the dialogue.
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.