It’s ALWAYS about the Chicago Bears

I was reading Carl Weber’s novel, The Family Business 2, and imagine my surprise when I read the sentence below about the Chicago Bears. I thought to myself, not the Chicago Bears again. While I respect the Chicago Bears, I am a die-hard Indianapolis Colts fan!!!

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The Family Business 4 Carl Weber

Always Forever Reading’s Rating = 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Just when life is once again normal for the Duncan family, trouble looms around the corner. An unexpected foe tests this family beyond limits. Loyalty, betrayal, secrets, strength, perseverance, happiness, and a mother’s love are the explored themes of this book. Because this novel has unexpected twists and turns, readers will keep turning each page until they have finished reading it. 

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Grand Opening: A Family Business Novel by Carl Weber

How It All Started

In Grand Opening: A Family Business Novel, readers are introduced to Lou, L.C., Larry, and Levi – the infamous Duncan brothers. There is also a story line focusing on Chippy, Donna, and Alejandro Zuniga. Overall, I like the novel because I now know how the Duncans got started with their businesses and how L.C. and Chippy’s relationship began. However, I hated reading about cockfights, dog fights, and helpless piglets because I am an animal lover.

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Forever Reading’s Rating = 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Carl Weber’s To Paris With Love

Paris Duncan is away at school, and a break has finally arrived. She is ready to come home, but there are circumstances preventing her from doing so. Instead of going home for this much wanted school break, Paris has to vacation in Spain at the request of her family. London, her big sister, is pregnant, and Mr. and Mrs. Duncan, their parents, do not even want these sisters to be near each other in the same household. Their relationship is so strained that they constantly quarrel with one another. Therefore, L. C. and Chippy want London to be far away from all drama so that her pregnancy will not be in any jeopardy, and yes, this drama includes Paris. If you are familiar with Carl Weber’s A Family Business Novel series, then you know that Paris lives, breathes, and eats drama, and she knows how to irritate anyone and everyone.

While in Spain, being typical Paris, she finds adventure by way of Niles Monroe. Niles is a handsome man who immediately catches Paris’ attention. He is a man whom Paris can see herself marrying, and she is the kind of girl whose heart is not easily captured by love. Niles and Paris are truly smitten with one another, and their relationship is heaven on earth. Sadly, she finds out some news that could wreak havoc on this new relationship. When she learns that Niles has been contracted to kill her father, she must make the most important decision of her life. Will she choose her father or assassinate the true love of her life? Read To Paris With Love to find out how Paris deals with her dilemma. I promise that you will not be disappointed.

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Carl Weber: The Family Business 3

This third installment presents readers with more drama for the Duncans. Vegas Duncan is finally home from prison, and he gets right back to Duncan β€œbusiness” without a missed step. Junior Duncan wants to propose to Sonya, his true love. However, his love for Sonya causes a war with a powerful enemy, her husband, Brother X. Also, L. C. Duncan is shot by an unknown enemy, and Chippy, his wife, must remain strong and keep the family together during these crises. However, don’t think that the other family members are without issues of their own; they have them. To find out how the Duncans will overcome this new set of challenges, read this novel.

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Forever Reading’s Rating = 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Laurie Halse Anderson

See Something Say Something

Although high school can be a fun place, it can also be a place associated with dreadfulness. This is the case for Melinda Sordino. While trying to navigate her way in high school, Melinda finds it to be full of cliques or clans, as she calls them. However, she falls into the clan of the Outcasts, and sadly, she is the sole member.

Melinda is an outcast due to one catastrophic event that happens at a party. As a result of trying to do the right thing, she is ostracized; she has lost her friends. This novel explores the dynamics of man vs. man, man vs. society, and man vs. self.

I really like how Halse allows Melinda to narrate her story. There are a few times when people talk to her, and she responds. But there are other times when people talk to her, and she does not say a word; the only thing that can be heard is silence. It is the lack of words that lets readers know that whatever has happened to Melinda is extremely traumatizing.

I also like how this novel focuses on Melinda’s classmates who are viewed as powerless due to censorship by Mr. Neck, a teacher at Meadow Merryweather High School; however, one student, David Petrakis, fights back. David becomes one of Melinda’s true friends who encourages her to speak up like the Women Suffragettes.

Lastly, this book reminds me of Fomba, a character in The Book Negroes. This character suffers a tragedy so great in his life that he loses his ability to speak. Although their experiences are different, their suffering is the same – the inability to be heard. Will Melinda ever her find her voice? Read Speak but do not be surprised if you are at times, speechless.

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Forever Reading’s Rating = 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Don’t You Dare Read This Mrs. Dunphrey

Read Something Say Something

Siblings, Tish and Matt Bonner, have a tough life at home. Their parents have an extremely rocky marriage. Their mom is so obsessed with pleasing their dad that she neglects not only herself but also Tish and Matt. What is worse is that their father cannot keep a job, and he stays away from home for periods at a time. When Mr. Bonner is at home, he is abusive: physically, verbally, and mentally.

Even though their mom is the head of the household, when their father is not at home, it is actually Tish who makes sure that she and Matt have what they need. Tish is the only person providing a stable life for Matt. He recognizes this, and he looks to his sister for security. But who is there to help Tish?

Fortunately, Mrs. Dunphrey provides Tish with an outlet — writing — but this is not the typical journal assignment. Students can write about anything in their journals, but if they don’t want Mrs. Dunphrey to read a particular entry, then they simply write at the top of the page, “Do not read.” What happens when her mom reaches her lowest point? What happens when Tish has to become an adult at 16? Will she write about her family struggles in her journal? Will she allow Mrs. Dunphrey to read her journal entries? Will she write, β€œDo not read” at the top of her journal entries?

This is my second time reading this novel, and it still has a profound affect on me. As an educator, I have had the opportunity to help many Tishes and Matts. It is heartbreaking to see students endure adult situations in which their teenage minds are not mature enough to handle the stress that accompanies them. But like Mrs. Dunphrey, we help our students within our legal rights. Although this novel is fiction, it is true in many ways. It is a must read! It is a good read!

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Forever Reading’s Rating =🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Family Business 2 Carl Weber

The drama continues!

The Duncan’s are not seeing eye-to-eye due Orlando’s newly created drug, H.E.A.T., and Chippy expresses her feelings about this money-making drug, which catches Orlando off guard. However, a close encounter with death causes the Duncan family to value life even more and not be at odds with one another. Chippy also demonstrates just how far she will go to protect her family; she is a fierce mother and grandmother whose love is truly everlasting. Moreover, Carl Weber introduces two characters, Sasha and Trent, to add to the family drama. I recommend reading this novel because like the first installment of The Family Business, it is also a page-turner.

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Forever Reading’s Rating = 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Eric Jerome Dickey

The Tangled Web of Gideon

Although I am no stranger to Eric Jerome Dickey’s novels, I have not read the Gideon Series. I have read many reviews about this series, but I just have not read these particular books, so I decided that there is no better time like the present than to start reading about Gideon, the infamous hit man.

Sleeping with Strangers opens with major drama. Chapter 1 immediately interests me because Gideon, a hired killer is contracted to eliminate a minister. I’m thinking, “Surely, he will not kill the reverend.” Then, I say, “Wait a minute, won’t he go to hell if he kills a man of God?” Well, the clergyman does not make it; Gideon takes his life, receives his payment, and heads out of town. I am floored to learn that the minister’s wife wanted him dead. She discovers that he has cheated on her, and she exacts her revenge. Like the old saying goes, “Hell hath the no fury like a woman scorned.” In the King James Bible, Galatians 6:7 says it best, “…for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Hence, it is apparent that this man of the cloth must have overlooked and/or disregarded this particular scripture.

On a flight to England, Gideon meets Mrs. Jones, a consistent crier; Lola, a chatterbox; and indirectly, the mysterious man with whom he has business; he just does not know it yet. He is also searching for Thelma, his mother, and Arizona, a woman from his past and a character from Thieves’ Paradise. These characters take Gideon on a roller coaster ride, which abruptly stops and leaves readers rushing to purchase or check out the sequel, Waking with Enemies.

Because the suspense is at an all time high, I strongly recommend reading Sleeping with Strangers. If you have not read an EJD novel, then this is a great introduction. You will not be disappointed.

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Forever Reading’s Rating = 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Living in the Middle A. Robert Allen

A Stain of Shame and Darkness Descended Upon on America

Always Forever Reading’s Rating = 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

When his father unexpectedly dies, James (Jimmy) Montgomery, III learns that he is biracial, the “mother” who raised him is not his biological mother, and his birth mother is black. After the funeral, Jimmy attends Columbia University at the expense of Mrs. Montgomery as long as he does not cause any “trouble”. If and when he graduates, Mrs. Montgomery’s business arrangement with Jimmy will be complete, and they will never again see one another.

Now, a Columbia graduate, Jimmy moves to Harlem to live with Benjamin, the family cook. He must also decide whether to live his life as a black man, as a white man, or as a man living in the “middle”. Because this is not an easy decision to make, Benjamin and Milton Washington, his soon-to-be best friend, guide him; however, Jimmy is the one to make the final choice.

While living in Harlem, Jimmy is adjusting to life, and it seems to be going okay until he has an encounter with some white men. It is this trouble that causes him to leave Harlem, and Benjamin urges him to visit his mother in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Upon his arrival to Tulsa, the Greenwood community (Tulsa’s black neighborhood) is not so accepting of him even though his mother is a well-respected member. But lovingly, Jimmy’s mother accepts her son into her life, and he finally learns what it means to have a mother’s unconditional love. However, if readers are familiar with the Tulsa race riot of 1921, then they can deduce that Jimmy’s arrival in Greenwood is not the end of this story; it is only the beginning. Living in the Middle will take readers on a historical journey before, during, and after the 1921 race riot in Tulsa, Oklahoma. However, readers should be prepared to experience emotions that will make them shake their heads in disgust.

Because I read Death in a Promised Land: The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 by Scott Ellsworth, A. Robert Allen sent me an email to ask me if I would provide an honest review of Living in the Middle. The title alone captured my interest, so I agreed to read this novel. Allen’s novel makes readers feel as if they are living during this era and experiencing every occurrence that takes place. It also depicts these events in an accurate manner, which will make his audience question why and how mankind could be so cruel to one another. This book forces individuals to see the stain of shame and darkness that descended upon America. Moreover, Living in the Middle is a thought-provoking, informational, and suspenseful novel that I truly enjoyed reading. After reading this novel, I plan to read other books by Allan. Lastly, I would also like to thank A. Robert Allen for asking me to write this review.

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