The Secret Lives of Church Ladies explores the raw and tender places where Black women and girls dare to follow their desires, and pursue a momentary reprieve from being good.
There is fourteen-year-old Jael, who nurses a crush on the preacher’s wife; the mother who bakes a sublime peach cobbler every Monday for her date with the married Pastor; and Eula and Caroletta, single childhood friends who seek solace in each other’s arms every New Year’s Eve.
With their secret longings, new love, and forbidden affairs, these church ladies are as seductive as they want to be, as vulnerable as they need to be, as unfaithful and unrepentant as they care to be – and as free as they deserve to be.
This is a great read packed full of stories of what life is like to live in the USA as a church goer black woman. We follow a selection of very different women and see how their lives are affected. I found the characters believable and I felt their difficulties and struggles with life, we see many subjects touched upon including finding love, friendship and finding acceptance, with some form of connection to the Church. I found it a captivating read and one I will remember for a long time.
I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.
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sounds like a good one –
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