THE PREACHER'S SON

THE PREACHER'S SON                   B.D. ANDERSON

Jeremy Ferguson is caught between two worlds-the conservative, faith-based expectations of his Southern preacher father and his own ambitions to live the life of a model in New York.

Aura Vanderleigh is similarly trapped by her own battle for self-respect, her own family's expectations, and her dream of finding true love. As a plus-sized woman, she's been indoctrinated with the belief that she doesn't deserve love, let alone the love of a beautiful white man. She's surprised and intrigued when Jeremy shows up at her church one day. Fate has something in store for the two of them...true love!

When Jeremy returns home with Aura, neither is prepared for the backlash. Will Jeremy's family be able to set aside their prejudices and accept their son's choice of a mate? Can Aura's family and friends learn to embrace her choice and believe that she deserves the love of an extremely handsome and sexy man like Jeremy? Can they inspire compassion and tolerance in those who would tear them apart? THIS BOOK CAN BE FOUND ON LULU.COM

MY REVIEW:
      What an amazingly complicated story that was one I just couldn’t put down.  It’s subject I would have that I was reading this story’s subject about a time from the 1960’s.  Yet, it was 2006 and it was about two families one black and one white who could seem to support their children in their love for one another.
     On one side there is Aura Vanderleigh a full-figure woman of twenty-six who is an accountant and very involved with her church.  She lives a spiritual life and has saved herself until marriage.  Which hasn’t been a problem she believes due to her darker color skin for a black woman, her size 16 body, she keeps her hair in its nature with small twists, but most of all she is not very pretty.
     What she doesn’t have in looks she tries to have in her faith, her service to God, and her friendships.  People just seem to want to be around her she just seems to have this grounding an effect on people.  But none more than on Jeremy Ferguson.
     One day at church she sees the most gorgeous white man enter her all-black Baptist church while she played the piano for the youth choir that day.  After services pastor asked her to show him around.  And so, it begins.  Let me back it up.
     You see Jeremy is a big-time model for Chaz well known everywhere especially at Macy’s New York where he is from.  At least now originally, he is from South Carolina.  Anyway, he was getting tired of the life that modeling afforded him.  “Wine, women and song.”  Especially, like on the very day he signs on to do an important contract and there is no one to share it with.
     Jeremy resorts to what he grew up with, you see he’s a preacher’s son.  He gets on his knees and he asks his father God to help him to not only find a home church but to find him a wife to share his life.  Someone that he could love and that would love him for him, not the model they see.  One that would believe as he does and understands his work and be okay with it yet be his partner too.  He finishes he feeling, so much better, lighter.
     He finds a church to call home and gets to a bible study for a week before the first service. When he sees the most beautiful smile from the woman playing the piano.  He thinks maybe she’s the one.  She was a big beautiful curvy woman black woman with a big beautiful smile.
     When the service was over the pastor called out to him to come to the altar.  It was perfect because She was up there where the piano is and he could get a much better look at her.  When he got closer he could tell she had it all.  The pastor asked Aura to show him around it was the best thing he had ever heard.  She recognizes him, which was embarrassing.  She just laughed this laugh that went straight to his man parts.
     He circled Aura several services before asking her out.  Now, over a year has gone by and she is meeting his parents.  Say what you will about progress but in South Carolina in this story any way it doesn’t accept interracial marriages openly and in your face.  Now you can have affairs with them and even children history can prove that.  Just not marry them.  You know colored/black people.
     Jeremy knew his parents were going to be a touchy sell and warned Aura.  Hell, his dad still thought he was gay for being a model.  When he said he invited a girlfriend over for dinner the first night of his visit they were excited now they were wishing he was gay.  His father was hostile.
     See if they can turn this around and find a peace within their families?  Or whether with or without their blessing they will end up married?  Or will the pressure be too much?

     This author deals with some heavy-duty subjects in this book.  Yet, she allows you to laugh at the craziness of it all.  But also, see how sad it is how we think we have progressed yet we are not even close.  Her style of writing is funny and fast-paced.  There is a sequel: part two where a couple of the characters will get the rest of their story told. Yay!  I give this: 5++++ stars.  Provided by netgalley.com.  Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com.

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