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Pamela "Pill" Jones has more than baggage; she has a whole storage unit. Partially raised by her older sister, she is accustomed to struggling to survive by any means necessary. Pill has vowed to always have the best. Priding herself on being a fashionista and living the life of a commercially successful hairstylist, Pill has just one problem: money runs through her hands like water through a sieve. When she taps out her bank account, Pill is forced to realize there are some things the makeup at the MAC counter ...
Pamela "Pill" Jones has more than baggage; she has a whole storage unit. Partially raised by her older sister, she is accustomed to struggling to survive by any means necessary. Pill has vowed to always have the best. Priding herself on being a fashionista and living the life of a commercially successful hairstylist, Pill has just one problem: money runs through her hands like water through a sieve. When she taps out her bank account, Pill is forced to realize there are some things the makeup at the MAC counter can't cover, and some burdens her Dooney and Burke bag can't carry.
Living in the shadow of his cousin, Pill's husband of six months, Corey, is trying to forge his own identity with a spiritual foundation. After falling head over heels with the very sexy and self-confident Pill, Corey finds that his treasure of a wife comes with a promissory note. During the course of the Marriage Maintenance class at their church, Corey finds there is no end to their relationship issues. He hopes through prayer and devotion that they can find the source of their own individual pain, so they can heal together.
With Pill and Corey, keeping up with the Joneses means chasing after their own desires on the raw fuel of their convictions.
Posted June 17, 2012
As a kid, Pamela “Pill” Jones didn’t have a normal family structure. With an absentee mother, she was raised by her older sister. Instead of nurturing, there was usually a lot of overcompensating. She vowed to always have everything, regardless of the cost, that she wanted. A shopaholic, swimming in debt, Pill doesn’t realize that her shopping expenditures are wrecking her marriage.
A sweetheart, Corey Taylor doesn’t know what it’s like to struggle or have to steal the things you want. Pill looks at his wealthy family and because he’s always had, she feels she can’t explain her past to him without judgment. They’ve only been married six months and they have long left the honeymoon phase. The two find themselves in battle after battle about money, intimacy and the past. Enrolled in their church’s Marriage Maintenance class, Pill and Corey soon find themselves in one-on-one counseling with their first lady. Is their marriage doomed? Or will they be able to heal, forgive and trust?
“Taylor Made” written by Sherryle Kiser Jackson is an awesome read! I was in love from page one. Engrossing is the way the story deals with marriage, introduces God, healthy natural hair, the importance of finances, love, family and forgiveness. I also appreciate that the lessons are lessons that can be used to assist in your own marriage.
Readers who’ve enjoyed “Taylor Made” should also check out “Wife 101” by A’ndrea Wilson, as both books deal with classes on before and after marriage. This is definitely a book that I can see recommending to others and I’m looking forward to reading more from this author soon.
I LOVE THIS BOOK!
Reviewed by: Crystal
Posted March 10, 2012
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'Taylor Made' personifies a Christian couple struggling to survive their first year of marriage in a secular world. Sherryle Kiser Jackson creates the main characters Pamela and Corey Taylor with multidimensionality and sass, like the characters Savannah, Bernadine, Robin, and Gloria in 'Waiting to Exhale' and then 15 years later in 'Getting to Happy' by Terry McMillan. Jackson takes you through a range of emotion where you will hold your breath; you will exhale and get to a happy place, in a 'Taylor Made' fashion.
Shopping to Pamela is like heroine to a fiend—a habit her salary as a hair stylist can’t support; a habit her husband Corey is tired of supporting. As the power struggle ensues, Pamela refuses his many sexual advances during the infancy of their marriage and pushes Corey further away. Because of her trip-like ways, she earns the nickname, "Pill" from her mother. But as Pill contemplates her next shopping fix, Corey looks to a female co-worker as medication for his marriage blues.
Marriage Maintenance class at their church becomes the initial dose of healing where they learn communication skills alongside other couples. Corey and Pill need a little more assistance, so their church offers a cure--individual couple therapy with First Lady Rawls, a familiar character we first meet in Jackson's debut novel, 'Soon and Very Soon.' There, they accept individual responsibility for the state of their marriage and First Lady Rawls subtly poses the Shakespearean question, “What’s in a name?” to Pill, causing her to embrace the positive connotation of her birth name, Pamela.
Jackson manages to entertain and educate. Her writing experience and craft are evident in the memorable character development of Corey and Pamela. 'Taylor Made' is a novel that will stand the test of time, is a Christian relationship couples’ manual, is perfect for book club discussions —is a must read!
Reviewed by: Patricia Biela, an editor of Broke on Ice by Tony Medina
Posted September 11, 2011
Pamela "Pill" Taylor has come a long way from the struggling streets that surround the hood she was raised in. Still, it seems that no matter how much success she sees, nothing is enough. While she does not indulge in many carnal things, her addiction to shopping is enough to dig a hole so deep that her own husband is contemplates whether he will even save her. Never mind that he feels lost in the wind of her retail receipts plus the fact that there is another big area where their marriage is lacking.
Sherryle Kiser Jackson has written another Christian Fiction book that readers of any genre can read, be entertained and relate. The joy in reading her books is that she has a crafty way of intertwining morals without coming off as preachy. And even in that, she gets the word through. Readers will find something about themselves that will have them looking inward. There is at least one scenario that is relatable in this book, if not all. For married couples who don't believe in counseling, this is a great book to read and get indirect therapy. The subject matter is very real, honest, and yes, Christians go through this too! I loved it!
RWA Bookclub President