Thou Shalt Not Want by Gloria Bush Smith

Thou Shalt Not Want by Gloria Bush Smith

Rating: 4

Heading: Is it Worth It?

Thou Shalt Not Want, the debut novel by Gloria Bush Smith, details how far a woman could possibly go to have a child since she cannot conceive. Monica Gordon is a married woman, who goes to church regularly even though her husband Reese does not. The two of them have been married for six years and after several attempts to conceive a child, Monica is informed that she is unable to carry to term. One day, a young woman named Bryn, who resembles Tyra Banks, walks into Monica’s church. The two quickly become work associates and then friends.

Over coffee Monica shares with Bryn that she is unable to have children and immediately Bryn offers to be a surrogate for Monica and her husband. Without thinking through the entire situation, Monica and her husband agree but they never sign legal paperwork. Before you know it, matters change quickly and a series of twists and turns occur. Throughout the course of the book, Monica prays to God for many things. God answered every single one of her prayers leaving her to wonder what have I gotten myself into.

Thou Shalt Not Want was an entertaining book. The only disappointment was the unanswered questions at the end. I do hope there will be a sequel so the reader can have some closure.

This book was provided to me courtesy of the author for review purposes.

Lessons Learned: Loving Yourself As A Black Woman by Tinisha Nicole Johnson

Lessons Learned: Loving Yourself As A Black Woman by Tinisha Nicole Johnson

Rating: 5
Heading: A Must Read for any Black Woman

Lessons Learned: Loving Yourself As A Black Woman by Tinisha Nicole Johnson is a book that helps women get past their failures and move forward. The author, Tinisha Johnson, provides motivation and encouragement to women to prepare themselves for a productive failure. There are 10 lessons in the book and each are filled with the author’s personal experiences and what lesson has been learned.

While the title of the book states it is for black women, this book could be beneficial for a woman of any ethnicity. It includes how to let go of past pain, how to define and find true happiness, self-control, self-worth, and goal setting, to name a few of the lessons. Lessons Learned goes on to instruct the reader how to gain self-confidence and how to improve their life overall.

Lessons Learned: Loving Yourself As A Black Woman is a very uplifting book that helps lay out techniques on how to break free from the past and develop true self-love so the reader can succeed in all areas of their life. I truly enjoyed reading Lessons Learned, as it was a quick read yet made me take time to analyze some areas of my life. My favorite lesson in this book was number eight which discusses self-image and being comfortable in your own skin.

I recommend this book to any woman, especially young women. This book was provided to me courtesy of the author for review purposes.

Confessions by Sasha Campbell

Confessions by Sasha Campbell

Title: Confessions
Author: Sasha Campbell
Rating: 4

Heading: Honesty is the Best Policy

Is it possible to save a marriage if each spouse is completely honest with one another?

This debut novel by Sasha Campbell, Confessions, follows the marriages of two lifelong friends. Both of their marriages are in a downward spiral and quickly falling out of control. Nikki is married to Donovan, who is a soldier recently deployed. Her best friend, Trinette, is married to Leon who is a CFO that lives in a different city than his wife.
Nikki is a radio talk show host who gives relationship advice to her listeners. It is quite ironic that Nikki gives advice even though her personal life is in shambles. Under the advisement of Trinette, she decides to date while her husband is away. Trinette, on the other hand, lives the “single” life except when her husband is in town on the occasional weekend.

This book is a page-turner because you want to know what will happen when Donavon comes home. Will Trinette’s double life finally catch up with her? Will confessions be made? Will the four of them be honest with their spouses, but more importantly with themselves about their own behavior?

I recommend this book to everyone, especially those that are married who think their secrets will never be exposed.


This book was provided to me courtesy of the author for review purposes.