Holding Onby Angela Thomas
Thomas was born in a small black community in Nova Scotia. Even though she was the only girl of color in her school, Thomas enjoyed a happy
Holding On is the heartfelt autobiography of Angela Thomas, a victim of childhood sexual, physical, and psychological abuse who learns to rely on her faith in God to help keep her alive and lead her to achieving a peaceful life.
Thomas was born in a small black community in Nova Scotia. Even though she was the only girl of color in her school, Thomas enjoyed a happy existence until she was eight. After her father dies prematurely, Thomas' life begins to change as the darkness of abuse surrounds her. Not only does she have to endure relentless sexual abuse by her stepfather, but she also witnesses his physical mistreatment of her mother. Thomas survives emotionally by believing that God has plans for her and her mother. After summoning the courage to leave, Thomas and her mother move to Toronto, and just as she finds happiness again, her mother leaves her at age fifteen to live on her own. As Thomas battles justifiable anger and loneliness, she begins to work on forgiving those who have hurt her most.
Thomas shares a genuine story in how she overcame the biggest obstacle in her life only through the saving power and grace of Jesus Christ.
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Brandi McNeal’s life is a mess. She hastily moved away from home without an explanation to her brother Troy or to anyone else on the Double M Ranch. Brandi is known as something of a wild child, not promiscuous, just accident prone around the animals and a bit too spontaneous. Now Brandi is returning home with her daughter, Suzy. Wonderful, right? Well, it might be under different circumstances. Troy doesn’t know she’s coming and he certainly doesn’t know he has a new niece. Their relationship has been somewhat tense since Brandi left and then didn’t come home for the birth of his own daughter, Hannah. Now, Brandi shows up, nowhere to go, out of money, and with a baby in hand. Brandi’s homecoming is anxious for all the obvious reasons and then to ratchet things up more, she tells Troy she’s kept her pregnancy and Suzy’s birth a secret from the father. Brandi is just full of secrets including the fact that she’s promised a hospital that they could host a fundraiser rodeo on the Double M Ranch. And to add fat to the fire, during her absence, Troy made Dex Walczok, a former employee of the ranch, his partner. So Brandi can’t avoid Dex. The entire situation is way out of hand and spiraling more and more out of control by the second. For Suzy’s sake, Brandi has to grow up and get her priorities straight. But she get’s off to a poor start, hiding Suzy from Dex and drawing her friend into the deception. Of course, everything unravels fairly quickly. It’s then that you understand why she chose not to tell the father. There’s tons of misunderstanding going on, along with a lot of lust and gratuitous sex between Brandi and Dex. It’s meant to be an emotional joining. It doesn’t quite come across that way. The story is more about their physical attraction to each other rather than their passionate response and angst as lovers rejoined. Holding On can’t be taken too seriously. Sherri Thomas has written a light playful romp. This book is awarded 2 ½ stars. Reviewed by: Sallie Lundy-Frommer Author of Yesterday's Daughter