When I started reading this story, I was of the opinion the story was of spiritual nature. And although the story had a spiritual connotation, that was a little bit removed from the nature of this story. That’s not the totality of this story. While I’m not a fan of fire and brimstone, hell and damnation, but this story could have used a little cussing and screaming by Mrs. Daniels. Her husband; Pastor Malachi Daniels was a Devil for sure. Now please, can you explain to me how the Minister ended up being the leader of the sinning pack. Malachi Daniels and his wife Melanie had been married 31 years, so that should have given readers a hint that they weren’t spring chickens. Furthermore, he should have gotten his Papa-was-a-rolling-stone out of his system at this point in his marriage and in his life’s choices.
So here’s the story. Pastor Malachi was cheating on his wife and she knew about his infidelities, she just refused to acknowledge his lecherous ways. Melanie thought that if she drowned he sorrows in booze, all would be right with the world. Obviously that didn’t work for her. Their adult and teenage children, the cleaning staff, housekeeper and everyone knew Melanie was heading towards being an alcoholic First Lady. Although Malachi knew his wife’s vices, he was too busy getting inside his next conquest to care. The sexual scenes were tastefully done, not overtly sexual. They were written with enough details to know something happened sexually. Like the old movies used to fade to black… Each character was easy to see and or make a connection with, including the villains in the story. The Pastors’ behavior was deplorable most of the time and I had no ill feelings about what ultimately, or possibly will happen to him and his marriage, as this was left opened to ones own connotation. Thankfully his children were sorta unharmed in the wake of his actions. Hopefully, they will eventually heal. This was an interesting read, not one I would normally gravitate to or add to my reading list. The story was maddening at times for me, and relatively thought provoking at others. Based on the stories content and the many moments I wanted to just scream at Pastor Daniels and his wife, this author did an excellent job telling this story 4.5 stars…
Carolyn M. Jackson
Book Binge Reviewer