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Aura Vanderleigh is similarly trapped by her own battle for self-respect, her own family's expectations, and her dreams of a better life. As a plus-size woman, she's been indoctrinated with the belief that she doesn't deserve love, let alone the love of a beautiful white man. She is ...
Aura Vanderleigh is similarly trapped by her own battle for self-respect, her own family's expectations, and her dreams of a better life. As a plus-size woman, she's been indoctrinated with the belief that she doesn't deserve love, let alone the love of a beautiful white man. She is surprised-and intrigued-when Jeremy shows up at her church one day. And fate has something wonderful in store: true love.
When Jeremy returns home with Aura, neither is prepared for the backlash. Will Jeremy's family be able to set aside their prejudices and accept their son's choice for a mate? Can Aura's family and friends learn to embrace her choice and believe that she deserves the love of such an extremely handsome and sexy man like Jeremy? Can they inspire compassion and tolerance in those who would tear them apart?
Posted January 25, 2015
Excellent very good book you won't want to put it down good from beginning to end didn't care much for some family members but it didn't take away from story hope therr's a part 2cant waitWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 6, 2014
A story that delves into prejudices and stereotypes
The problem I have with the Preacher’s Son is the giant emphasis on all the stereotypes and prejudices, which make it feel like the storyline is in the 1950s-1960s South and not the 21st century. It is incredibly difficult to wade through and get past every single stereotypical thing about racism in order to actually find a story within this book. Bigotry about African American and white relationships are shoved down the reader’s throat, along with the stereotypes about male models and the modeling industry.
From the beginning, you are introduced to Jeremy Ferguson who is not only a white preacher’s son but also someone who goes his own way in life and against everything his father wants him to do. Instead of following his father into religious life, he becomes a male model. Immediate animosity with his father and awkwardness, at least throughout two-thirds of the storyline, reign supreme. Then we are introduced to Jeremy’s girlfriend, Aura Vanderleigh. She is African American, while his family is southern white baptist, so welcome to the anxiety which pervades throughout the book.
There is a scene in the book where Jeremy’s father becomes a witness to a very romantic scene between Jeremy and Aura and all of a sudden he has an epiphany that Jeremy isn’t a gay man (just like Jeremy has always said) and his attitude towards Aura changes. That is a little out of the blue and odd.
I felt like there is just too much the author is trying to put in this story. She throws in too many other story lines. For instance, there is Jeremy’s cousin and his girlfriend (who is also African American) and how they have hidden their relationship for their entire high school life and she gets pregnant (stereotypical) and her father throws her out of the house. This should and could have been another book. It detracts from what could have been a well-written story about how the preacher’s family, who is mired in bigotry, has to come to terms with Jeremy and Aura’s relationship and how Aura’s family has to come to terms with the fact that Jeremy is there to stay by Aura’s side.
It was painfully hard to read some of the dialogue without rereading sections to make sure I hadn’t gone back 50 years to segregation and the deep south and then jumped forward to the 21st century for the other story line and specific family members that are thrown in. I wanted the author to stop imposing the same old fashioned rhetoric within the families’ dynamics and show us that even though they were hard-headed and very stupid at times they were still people trying to change.
-Reviewed by Khriste
Posted July 30, 2014
This book was awesome. At first I thought I was not going to like it. There were some parts that can be polish up be overall a good read. I like the way the author introduce different characters and their lives. This book let you see viewpoints for different sides concerning race, size and money. I can't wait for the next book about this family. If the author continue to write the way she did this one, I will be one of her biggest fan.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 29, 2014
Posted May 8, 2014
Yes Yes a Thousand times YES!!! This book is all that and more! You could feel the love Aura and Jeremy had for one another. I will say there is 1 thing I didn't quite like. I didn't like the "coming together" of Aura and Jeremy at the Fergueson's house. (When you read you will understand" I wish it would have been more romantic. The author left this book WIDE open for a second book. There was too much left open. Max and Matt JR, Matt Sr, Nadine and Eric and Mr and Mrs James. This book was awesome!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 16, 2014
Oh my! When I opened up the package and saw this book I started salivating and I think my children had to repeat what they were saying to me at least three times. Holy hotness in all its glory! Now, this really made me wondering what was going to happen with the story. I was snorting at the end of the first chapter, because I knew this book was going to be a doozy.
This book has its fair share of drama, love, conflict and tensions. All of this is mixed in with Christianity but not in a way that would turn a reader off. I actually found it more relatable in that way, especially when Jeremy and Aura talked about how they had been away from church and found that they had missed it. I have experienced that in my life, especially during times in the military. A place that you can be fully at comfort in and be with others that share the same spirituality as you.
The book flowed pretty good, not a hard read, but I found some of the dialogue hollow. A little more emotion would have pushed this book over the top. Other than that, the author really keyed in on some of the prejudices and how generations are overcoming them and seeing people for who they are, not by the color of their skin and how some prejudices the world still needs to work on, especially with body image. I also liked how Christians were portrayed. As a Christian, I know I'm not perfect. Every day I find myself stumble. Does this make me a bad Christian? No. It makes me human. As a human and as a Christian, I pick myself up, dust myself off and learn from the experience and help others learn from it too.
The story of the preacher's son, isn't just about him, but about those around him. About those in his and Aura's extended family, about friends, about difficulties that life has brought them. The characters intertwine with one another and an extension of the introductory story springs forward and branches off. You start learning more about how people tick and the reason's behind their actions.
I am a bit disappointed in Jeremy and Aura. Her wanting to wait, his understanding but yet constant pushing. The quickness to get to the solution and the person who made the suggestion. It just didn't feel right and I was a bit put off by that part of their story.
This book centers around Christianity, but the majority of the book centers around doing the right thing. Putting the prejudices behind and opening ones eyes to reality. This is a good book for anyone entering into adulthood to those who are just looking for a good read.
Posted March 4, 2014
Posted February 25, 2014
I saw this story and read other works from the author and i have to say that i was not sure what to expect. In the end i enjoyed the plot and related to the characters in some way or another.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 28, 2014
From the minute that I began to read the book i was not able to put it down. I instantly got connected toThe Preachers Son, and the characters. I am praying that the author will continue with the characters and give us a part 2. This book is excellent and a must read
Posted January 27, 2014
Posted January 27, 2014
I didn't want to put the book down. I enjoyed the characters and the flow of the story. I have and would recommend this book to anyone who wants a good christian love story with some spice.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.