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.
Hoping for a new listing, Elizabeth visits the home of Clara Williams, an elderly widow, and is both amused and uncomfortable when Clara starts asking pointed questions about her marriage and faith. But it’s Clara’s secret prayer room, with its walls covered in requests and answers, that has Elizabeth most intrigued . . . even if she’s not ready to take Clara’s suggestion that she create a prayer room of her own. As tensions at home escalate, though, Elizabeth begins to realize that her family is worth fighting for, and she can’t win this battle on her own. Stepping out in blind faith, putting her prayers for her family and their future in God’s hands, might be her only chance at regaining the life she was meant for.
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.