SMALL TOWN LOVE BY MICHELLE LINDO RICE & MICHELLE STIMPSON BOOK REVIEW

SYNOPSIS

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One small town. One big secret. An even bigger love.

Sean Morrison has returned to Lovetown, TX, with one purpose in mind: Claim Janiya Thompson as his wife. He has his faith, his military career, his upscale apartment, and with Janiya by his side, his life will finally be complete. But Sean has a secret that could destroy his newfound relationship. Will he have the courage to tell Janiya the truth?

Janiya “Niya” Thompson has only known grief and uncertainty in her small town life. She doesn’t see any hope for a brighter future until her childhood friend, Sean, returns to town. Now, Janiya begins to yearn for more and opens her heart to new possibilities. Will Sean be a part of her healing or will he bring more pain.

 

Michelle Lindo-Rice (AUTHOR)

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Michelle Lindo-Rice is an award winning, bestselling author who enjoys crafting fiction centered about the four “F” words: Faith, Friendship, Family and Forgiveness. Her debut novel, Sing A New Song was a Black Expressions Bestseller and Editor’s Choice Feature Selection. She is the 2015 winner of the Black Writers And Book Clubs Rocks Female Author of the Year Award and a recipient of the 2017 Black Pearls Legend & Leader Award.

My Steps Are Ordered, the second book in the “On the Right Path” series made the AALBC bestseller lists on May/June 2014 and August/September 2014. My Steps Are Ordered was also #1 in UBAWA’s 2014 Top 100 list. The Fall of the Prodigal made Black Christian Reads National Bestsellers Fiction Top Ten List several times in 2015.

Michelle was honored to a nominee for Christian Fiction Author of the Year with AAMBC Book Club in 2014 and with Building Relationships Around Books (BRAB) Bookclub. Her “Able to Love” Series was nominated for Swirl Awards in the areas of best Interracial Series and Best Cover in 2015. Silent Praise was also selected as a USA Today Must-Read HEA romance in April 2015. Michelle was also a proud nominee in 2016 for an AALA Christian Fiction Award for Tell Me Lies and in 2017 for The Resolution. The Resolution made the AALBC May/June 2017 Bestseller List at #8. Her newest release, A Reason to Sing made#1 on the Black Christian Reads National Bestseller List.

Originally from Jamaica West Indies, she sees herself as a lifelong learner. She has earned degrees from New York University, SUNY at Stony Brook, Teachers College Columbia University and Argosy University. A pastor’s kid, Michelle uphold the faith, preaching, teaching, and ministering through praise and worship.

Her published books are:

Sing a New Song (Feb. 2013)  Walk a Straight Line (Jan. 2014)  Color Blind (May 2014)

My Steps are Ordered (Aug. 2014)  Unbound Hearts (Dec. 2014)  The Fall of the Prodigal (Jan. 2015)

Silent Praise (May 2015) My Soul Then Sings (Sept. 2015)  A Piece of the Pie (Nov. 2015)

Tell Me Lies (Jan. 2016)  Lie To Me (Jul. 2016)  The Resolution (Feb. 2017)

A Reason to Sing (Jul. 2017)

You can read her testimony, learn about her books, PLEASE join her mailing list, or read sample chapters on Michelle’s website at: http://www.michellelindorice.com

Connect with her on Facebook or Twitter (@mlindorice), Tumblr, Google +, YouTube, StumbledUpon, Goodreads

Michelle’s blog: michellelindorice.blogspot.com

Michelle Stimpson (AUTHOR)

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Michelle Stimpson the national bestselling, award-winning author of more than 50 books and 50 short stories. A former public school teacher, Michelle takes joy in teaching others through a good story. She and her husband are the thankful parents of two adult children and one amazingly joyful granddaughter.

When not writing or spending time with family, Michelle enjoys coaching teachers, mentoring women as they grow spiritually, and she dabbles in making jewelry. Visit Michelle online at MichelleStimpson.com.

Her cautionary short stories for reluctant secondary readers are at http://www.wegottaread.com.

 
QUEENIE’S REVIEW

Sean Morrison has come back to his hometown which vow to never return. But he had to get his first love. Sean was best friends with Niya and Jazz’s brother Jhavon.  He left the town and went into the military to escape.

 Niya Thompson is the twin to Jazz and deceased brother Jhavon.  Niya is a trip at the beginning of the book because she thinks she is going to die at an early age of 33. By the end of the story she has a positive outlook on life. This twin is shy and reserved. Niya is trying to find her own identity from her twin Jazz.

 Jazz is over controlling,  thinking she was Niya’s parent, and very overprotective of her sister. At first she’s really irritating with her rudeness and her stubbornness. I think Jazz is the older twin because of her disposition and attitude about everything.

 Big who is Niya and Jazz’s grandmother is so loving. She is raising both twins because their parents are deceased. Jazz is the one who is taking care of Big and do not have a life. Big’s analogies were funny.  I love Big’s doctor, Dr. Mendez because he is always referring to God.

As far as the other characters Cousin Glory and Poochie were funny,  “ghetto”, and uncalled for. Lakeshia and Ray Ray were predictable. Kristie, the nurse,  I liked her. The nurse was trying to encourage and give solutions to Niya about going to college. And oh yeah,  Ms. Maizie I felt so sorry for her. I even cried a little bit with that character.

 The characters of funny loving and caring. The characters make you seem like family or the neighbors next door. The dialogue between the characters was hilarious and kept me laughing throughout the book.

The prologue had me from the beginning. It really piqued my interest to find out what really went on with the rest of the story. The characters were well-developed, realistic, relatable, and very unpredictable in a good way.  The characters of funny, loving, and caring. The characters made you seem like family or the neighbors next door. The dialogue between the characters were hilarious and kept me laughing throughout the book. This is really a page-turner. Each chapter I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to read. The theme of the story was  families, love, faith, forgiveness, and patience. This story is so encouraging, interesting, and emotional. I love the relationship between the two sisters. It seems so genuine. My emotions were all over the place. I was saying Amen, laughing, getting mad, and I got angry. The twists and turns of the story had me on an emotional roller coaster.

The authors are both my favorite Christian fiction authors.  Both Michelles did an excellent job. I can see their writing style and I love the storyline. Can’t wait for the book to find out what has happened in Lovetown. The ending told me there is more and I am waiting on it. This book was provided by the author for an honest review. I give this book five stars.

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