Book Review: Time For Tenderness


Genre: New Adult / Contemporary

Overall: 3-stars

About: Time For Tenderness is a little hard to describe.  It’s best described as the story of a black family dealing with the emotion repercussions of being lead by a bitter, hateful mother.

Review: Time For Tenderness is a little bit less of a romance than a new adult/contemporary story about a family.  It starts featuring Valerie and her daughter.  Valerie is estranged from the father of her daughter– Tony –who very much wants to get back together with her.  The romance part of it didn’t work very well for me.  I understand what the author was trying to do, but I wish that the story had started with Tony and Val together.  Otherwise, Tony very very pushy to me.  Patrick, for the matter, also feels very pushy.  Patrick is the love interest for Val’s younger sister, Monica.  The story is really more about the impact of the way their mother raised them– and their brother.  Their father comes back to town and tries to help as well.  The book is incredibly engaging and a good read.  I wasn’t sure I would enjoy it at first, but I really wanted to know if the family would get over the trauma caused by the mother.   I’d recommend it for the story, but it doesn’t really read like a romance to me, at least.

Why you should read/get it: You’re interested in black literature, or family dramas.



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