underneathA marriage is supposed to be a happy one, full of laughter and spirit. It is supposed to be exciting yet mature, and responsible. This was not the case for Kendall. “Divorcing” a life from a long term partner and children, Kendall opted to separate and marry Spencer. She thought she would be happy…

This is a story told with deep emotion and by two ladies – Kendall, the mother and Diamond, the daughter. We see the inner turmoils of both women when Kendall’s transition from being unmarried to married becomes an obstacle for the whole family. Her son, Jules shows his own emotions by shouting it out whereas Diamond keeps it locked in, and then lets it out in an ugly outburst of men and sex.

Domestic violence is one of the main issues in the book and Rhonda uses her writing skills perfectly to convey the blows, throws and punches. The fear in Kendall is brilliantly portrayed as is her denial that her husband is not a wife beater and that he will not do it again. It had me shouting at the page, for Kendall to stop being stupid and to get out!

We see a teenage love problem from Diamond’s pov who falls victim of verbal bullying at her school. Named as an easy girl, she is called many things and becomes an outcast when her best friend leaves her. She becomes acquainted with an older man – her teaching assistant and falls into the trap of love, need and want but when her boyfriend gets too needy and begins to stalk her, she becomes alarmed but too ashamed to tell her parents.

Diamond’s call of distress is what brings Kendall to her senses but her problems don’t end there.

Rhonda’s writing is fresh and heart-tugging. Her scenes are vivid and the reader will feel every bash, slap, and punch as well as hurt, disbelief and hope. I applaud Rhonda for such a good, heart wrenching read!


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