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#Book #Review of: Strawberry Mansion by Julia Press Simmons @JPSimmons

Strawberry Mansion: A Philadelphia StoryStrawberry Mansion: A Philadelphia Story by Julia Press Simmons
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Tabitha, Lisa, and Shanice are best friends. They’re as thick as thieves. Shanice is my favorite. Her feisty attitude and no holds barred demeanor set her apart from the other two. Initially, it was difficult for me to relate to Tabitha and Lisa’s bond with Shanice (who is 14 years old while the other two are 19 & 17, respectively)because of the age gap, but I suppose it’s possible. The storyline dealt with some serious issues that plague a lot of families. The ending took a twist that I kinda saw coming so that was a bit of a bummer because I wanted more…like what happened to Eric’s sorry tail. Maybe he reappears in another book. I did enjoy the excerpt to Begonia Brown, which is next on my list. JPS does a fine job painting pictures and giving her characters a unique voice and their own set of problems to address.
Strawberry Mansion: A Philadelphia Story

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My #Review of Beautiful Disasters by @msdawnjasper

Beautiful DisastersBeautiful Disasters by Dawn Jasper
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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The story started off strong. Anika Connors was independent, smart and determined. She refused to let her feelings toward her father hold her back. I identified with her insatiable sexual appetite, but got lost along the way. I was thrown off by the bizarre love triangle between her, David, and Tee. It just seemed a bit odd to me that he was so in love with her while she was head over heels for Tee. Near the middle/end of the story is where it trailed off for me. I applaud her for taking the proper steps to move her life in a different direction by opening up to Eric, but it didn’t seem to flow…realistically. Though I’m sure there’s going to be a sequel, the ending could have been much better. There’s a difference between a cliff-hanger and abruptly ending a story.