Juggling motherhood and her job as a real-estate agent, Elizabeth Jordan wishes her husband could help more around the house. But Tony’s rising career as a pharmaceutical salesman demands more and more of his time. With a nice home in the suburbs and a lovely young daughter, they appear to have it all—yet they can’t seem to spend time together without fighting.
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.
First, let me say how breathtaking this cover is. I absolutely love it and it will be one that I will always mention if the topic of book covers is discussed. Now, that that’s out of the way, let me get into the book.
Going home. Sometimes we look forward to the comfort of the place we grew up. And, other times we don’t want to face the past and/or anything or anyone associated with it. Felona falls into the latter category.
Bivins does an excellent job of putting his spin on the age old tale of how childhood wounds follow us into adulthood if they aren’t properly dealt with. On the surface, Felona’s life looked as if it was going smoothly until she is forced to face her mother and their issues. Sometimes we kid ourselves into thinking closure isn’t needed, but in our most important relationships it is and in this complex and intricately written story, Felona finally gets it.
“You know what? I love this woman. We’re really good friends. Best friends, actually. We’ve been through a lot and I’m not going anywhere. Unless she comes with me. So…yeah…that’s all I got.”
Of course, there’s a boy. Well, a childhood friend that has turned into a man and he plays a very important role in helping Felona face everything. He doesn’t allow her time back home not to be productive and life-changing. Bivins does an excellent job of providing balance between their friendship and the romantic undertones.
I was unaware of Kenn Bivins until I saw this cover posted on Facebook by one of my book friends. On a complete side note, as a reader ALWAYS share book (covers, quotes, and reviews) stuff on social media and retailer sites because it is truly a BIG help to authors and other readers. Felona’s life is one of ups and downs that we get to watch grow and evolve through the final page. I look forward to reading more by Mr. Bivins!!