Picture Perfect

Picture Perfect

by Deatri King-Bey


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To the outside world, the Reynolds family is picture perfect. In the Reynolds' home, Jacob Reynolds, CFO of a major corporation, is experiencing a midlife crisis; Anna Lee Reynolds, happy home maker who isn't too happy with her life choices, is slipping into menopause; and Junior, the sixteen-year-old son, is proving the terrible twos have nothing on the terrible teens.

When Anna Lee decides to return to college, the family portrait is torn to shreds. Jacob wants a new and improved portrait with his entire family. Anna Lee insists it is time to take separate portraits. Junior begs for the old portrait to be refurbished. All three are hurting and unsure, and the changes in their lives have just begun.

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ISBN-13: 9780615432274
Publisher: King-Bey Productions
Publication date: 01/05/2011
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

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Picture Perfect 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ApexReviews More than 1 year ago
The Reynolds family has always been the picture of perfection, and for good reason: Jacob, the patriarch, is the successful CFO of high-powered corporation; Anna Lee, his beautiful wife, is a dedicated homemaker; and Junior, their sixteen-old-son, shows great potential to carry on the family's proud legacy. Things are never quite what they seem, though, and when burgeoning internal strife gives way to full-on familial conflict, the Reynolds' family picture may ultimately become irreparably broken... Picture Perfect is a thoroughly compelling read. In it, author Deatri King-Bey presents the reader with a strikingly realistic portrait of the typically unpredictable paradigm of family life. In the Reynolds family, King-Bey has created a microcosm of the stress, drama, and unforeseen tribulations representative of the everyday struggles that families go through, highlighting the fact that not all problems have quick and easy solutions. Furthermore, she tackles the complicated legacy of familial curses, effectively displaying the damage that they cause from one generation to the next if true healing is never achieved. Surprisingly emotional and powerfully real, Picture Perfect takes the reader on an eye-opening journey through the dark realities of family life. A highly recommended read. Karynda Lewis Apex Reviews
ReadersInMotion More than 1 year ago
A Kodak moment is made when a picture captures the best moment in time. Sometimes the pictures end up in a box, a drawer, or for the very organized, a photo album. Every now and again, one will take the time to look at the pictures only to realize that the captured image triggers memories. But just because the picture represents something as perfect is it really? Carlos Reynolds Sr. is a man's man. He has always had the best: best wife, best kids, best profession, and the best possessions any one man could want; yet holds the worst philosophies on life. Carlos Sr feels as long has he provides for the family he can do as he pleases irrespective of the consequences. When his wife can no longer take his narcissistic life philosophy she decides to leave Carlos Sr. In her departure she leaves behind three shattered lives, her sons, Alan, Jacob and Carlos Jr. Jaded by abandonment and living the lies their father tells them regarding the divorce, Alan and Jacob turn from sweet little boys into confused grown men. Alan turns into what he despises most, his father. Jealous of little brother, Jacob, Alan will do and say anything to make sure misery has company. Jacob is a forty something, successful Chief Financial Officer, father, and husband. He knows he has it all but never takes the time to realize it. Caught between the advice of his father and the urge within to live his own life, Jacob does something that changes his family portrait forever. Carlos Jr., the eldest of the sons, mostly keeps to himself so unlike his brothers, he needs no praise for any of his actions he just does what is right because it is right to do. Though his role is in brother's life is mostly silent, he is there when they need him the most and it is when Jacob is finally able to confront his demons he receives the truth about their parents from Carlos Jr. Benjamin Franklin told us "Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see". That is some of the best advice one can adhere to. So often society sees what a person wants them to see, never realizing the happy home that is presented in the tabloids, splashed across the internet and flashed on television could never be a fraction of the hell that is really living in their home. The three men all soon find themselves at a crossroads where lies are revealed, choices are made and battle lines are drawn in the sand. Will they be able to break free of the carefully crafted facades their lives have become? Even if they find their way out of the darkness, will there be anyone waiting for them? My Rating: 5***** Reviewer: Karen Reynolds Review for Readers In Motion Bookclub
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