Wednesday, May 07, 2014
NEW REVIEW : A Blessing and a Curse by Andrea Clinton
5 out of 5 books
Malika is not an ordinary woman by any means. Looking at her you would see a hardworking woman that is beautiful in her own right. She is extremely busy with owning an art gallery and working on her own pieces for the gallery leaves little time for having her hair done often or to dress up, but when she does her beauty shines through and through. What is extremely extraordinary about Malika is she has the gift of seeing visions of the future and at times being able to read someone’s mind. Malika at times feels like it is more of a curse than a blessing. Although Malika can see into the future, the one person she cannot seem to read into is herself.
Malika’s husband Hooch is an ex-football star that is miserable on how his life turned out. Looking at the perspective on how his life could have been had he not have been injured years ago. Just the thought of what he could have had with a career in the NFL is enough to make him the angry person he is. Hooch takes his anger out on everybody within the house. He has everyone walking around on eggshells because they never know how he is going to act or react to things. On the day that he tells Malika he is tired of going through the motions and is leaving her, she wanted to break down and cry but refused to give him the satisfaction of seeing that. All the mental abuse she taken from Hooch and all the things she sacrificed for him, Malika made a quick decision to take a vacation to get away from it all before he could move out, leaving her stuck with the kids and the bills. The sad thing is the only reason why Hooch told Malika he wanted to leave was to scare her into paying him more attention. Now the question is did Hooch push Malika too far?
A Blessing and a Curse by Andrea Clinton was a very good read! It is a story about love, hate, family, friends and secrets. The characters are easy to relate to and connect to in the story. The reader is sure to feel the emotions of the character/s in the story. Ms. Clinton did an excellent job in weaving together this story. I really enjoyed reading this book and will definitely be reading Ms. Clinton’s first novel One Who Loves You More and future works from her.
As a side note: In the beginning of the story the only thing that kind of bothered me was the fact that Ms. Clinton did not spell certain curse words out. As I was reading this I had to ask, so I sent her a message on twitter and asked her about it. She was quick to respond back and her response to this was she “wanted to make it softer on the eyes for those that hate cursing.” I had to respect that.
Reviewed by Leona
Posted by UR at 11:38 AM