Monday, September 27, 2010
Review: Flaws and All by Shana Johnson
Joy has swapped blogs for the day with Shan from Curled Up with a Good Book and a Cup of Tea. While she is over there reviewing romance, Shan is here reviewing women's fiction.
About the Book
Faith, family, and friendship have always been top priority to lifelong friends Lawson, Reginell, Sullivan, Angel, and Kina, but each one is about to be put to the test during one turbulent year.
Lawson Kerry is a struggling single mother who has finally gotten her life together. Now, a fierce custody battle with her ex threatens to the tear apart everything she’s built. Reginell Kerry is a starry-eyed singer determined to make it to the top of the charts, but will she change her tune when a chance at fame means shedding her clothes and her self-respect?
Sullivan Webb is the pampered wife of a charismatic pastor with political aspirations, but she just might destroy her husband’s campaign and their marriage if she can’t control her wandering eye. Angel King has dedicated her life to nursing following the destruction of her marriage. Can she maintain her professionalism when she discovers that her newest patient is the woman who stole her husband? Kina Battle has had enough of her husband’s verbal and physical abuse. When she’s pushed to the edge, the situation heads in a deadly direction, and there’s no turning back.
Nothing is sacred, all bets are off, and the lives of these ladies will never be the same. Will they have the strength to hold on to their friendships and put their trust in God?
Flaws and All is a powerful novel that deals with heavy issues honestly, openly, and spiritually. Readers will instantly be caught up with these five women, their stories, and their faith.
This novel surpassed my expectations. At first I thought it would be difficult to keep up with five characters, but Shana Burton has masterfully told their stories without cluttering the book or leaving anything out. Serious issues such as adultery, domestic violence, and deception are dealt with from the perspective of pain and loss but also forgiveness and triumph.
The Christian message in this book is simple - like all Christians these women are not perfect and still have their struggles but their trust is firmly placed in God as the One who can bring them the strength to get through it all.
After reading Flaws and All, Shana Burton has quickly given herself a place as one of my favorite urban Christian authors.
About the Author
Shana Johnson Burton is the best-selling author of Suddenly Single, First Comes Love, and Flaws and All. She lives in Georgia with her family and is currently a high school English and Journalism teacher and the co-host of The Lovely Magazine radio show. She was a 2009 Georgia Author of the Year nominee for Best Fiction (First Comes Love). Her next novel, Catt Chasin’, will be released in 2011.
Shan from Curled Up With a Good Book and a Cup of Tea is stay at home mom with an amazing husband, a beautiful 3.5 year old daughter and a very cool one year old son. When she's not chasing behind her kids, she spends her time reading, volunteering, and driving her husband crazy with her non-stop talking. At the end of a very long day, she loves to relax by curling up with a good book and a cup of tea.