Wouldn’t Change A Thing by Stacy Campbell

Wouldn't Change A Thing by Stacy Campbell

Wouldn’t Change A Thing by Stacy Campbell

One woman’s seemingly perfect life is upended when her biggest secret—her mother is paranoid schizophrenic—becomes front-page news. With a penchant for lying, how can she turn her life around after so much deception?

Antoinette “Toni” Williams is beyond cloud nine. A successful architect, she is set to marry the love of her life, Lamonte Dunlap, Jr. But on the morning of her engagement party, Toni’s world comes crashing down when her family’s long-held secret of mental illness is exposed on the front page of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Friends scatter, contracts dry up, and Toni is forced to face the truth about her shattered family. Lamonte assures her he will stick by her side, but Toni is embarrassed and ashamed. The only thing to do, she decides, is to return to her hometown of Sparta, Georgia, to face her inner demons—and her institutionalized mother—that she’s spent twenty-three years avoiding.As she reconnects with family and townsfolk, Toni learns you can always go home; the question is, what will you find when you get there?

A provocative and heartbreaking tale of family, illness, deception, and love, Wouldn’t Change a Thing explores the ties that bind and one woman’s harrowing and ultimately redemptive journey back home.

“Until now, I never believed in karma. Not only is karma real; she’s a woman scorned who’ll stop at nothing for payback.”

Can you imagine what would happen if your deepest, darkest secret was exposed? That is the position Toni found herself in and it turned her world upside down. Wouldn’t Change A Thing takes us on a gripping journey into dealing with mental illness in our family and how karma works when we try to deny and hide important details of our lives from our loved ones.

I was already a fan of Stacy Campbell’s work, but this book moved her into the “I will automatically read whatever she releases” category. So many folks, especially those in the African-American community, like to sweep the whole concept and just how serious mental illness is in our nation. Stacy dealt with the delicate issue in a very respectful manner and hopefully Wouldn’t Change A Thing will ignite some much needed conversations and will help to eliminate the stigma and shame that currently surrounds mental issue.

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of Wouldn’t Change A Thing in exchange for an honest review.

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