Guilty of Love by Pat Simmons
Amazon Rating: 4
Review by Tavares S. Carney – Inspire, Motivate & Encourage
“Road to Redemption”
In Guilty of Love, debut novel from Pat Simmons, readers are welcomed into the life and times of Cheney Reynolds, a self-sufficient, independent, new millennium woman. Having had no empathy from college sweetheart, Larry Thimes, after having endured a traumatic medical procedure, Cheney decides to relocate to her hometown. Starting over would not be easy. She had practically shut everyone close to her out of her life except her best friend, Imani.
Upon settling into her new home, Cheney was a bit apprehensive of letting her guards down with her neighbors, Mrs. Beacon and Parke. However, Mrs. Beacon, affectionately known as Grandma BB to those in her inner circle, and Parke do not allow Cheney’s bold exterior to stop them from getting to know her better. After several incidents where she realized these two were there “to her rescue,” Cheney finally softened her shell and allowed them into her personal life and into her heart.
This novel deals with strongholds, overcoming them, judgmental family and friends, spirituality and most importantly, what it means to be equally yoked with your life mate. I particularly enjoyed getting to know the many layers of each character, as well as the supporting characters. Descriptions given allowed me to draw a visual of what they looked like and their overall style, especially Parke and his twin brother, Malcolm. I also enjoyed reading about the spiritual warfare with Hallison’s character. In the end, I was happy to see that almost all the characters were willing to let go and let God be in control.
Admittedly, the storyline was a bit slow for me at the outset but the author had a way of keeping my interest in hopes of the story picking up. About midway through, the story did pick up and I was happy about it. At this point, it did become a page turner for me. Lastly, and not to take away from the overall connotation of this review, I’d be remiss if I did not recommend the author pay close attention to verb tense for future novels (i.e., worst vs. worse).
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Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Urban Books (September 1, 2007)