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BREAKING THE TIES THAT BIND
Genre: Mainstream, Multicultural
Breaking the Ties That Bind is absolutely one of my favorites by Forster. She craftily uses visualization to give life to the words with just enough details to corral the reader’s imagination. The drama, rejection, disdain, treachery and disappointment are eerily palpable as Kendra struggles with a biological tie that threatens her spirit, sanity, livelihood and liberty. Still, amidst the turmoil, it’s exhilarating to follow the steadfastness of a good man battling the influences of a vixen. This must-read is fantastic to the last line.
Ginny’s selfishness ruins her marriage and is on track to ruin her daughter Kendra’s chances at happiness. Despite predictable heartache, 33-year-old Kendra Richards succumbs repeatedly to her mother’s demands for money that she’ll never repay. Kendra knows her mother is troubled, but she doesn’t understand why she can’t say “no” to her, which brings her to psychologist Sam Hughes. Sam helps Kendra find the answers she’s looking for, as well as the love she’s been longing for. She’s finally happy until Ginny turns up again with stakes that are higher than ever. Now, Kendra must finally decide if she’s willing to lose everything for a woman who has nothing to give. It becomes a now or never moment for Kendra to break her mother’s hold. (DAFINA, Oct., 320 pp., $14.00)
Reviewed By: Robin R. Pendleton
Published: October 2011