In Memory of...

Today bookstores and bloggers join together to celebrate and play tribute to Mr. E. Lynn Harris. Mr. Harris passed just before the publication of his latest novel, Mama Dearest.

In Memoriam: E. Lynn Harris

E. Lynn Harris's family, friends and fans mourn the passing of our beloved author. He died on Thursday, July 23, 2009 in Los Angeles. He was 54.

E. Lynn Harris was the author of eleven novels, including Invisible Life and A Love of My Own, and a memoir, What Become of the Brokenhearted. He placed ten consecutive books on the New York Times bestseller list. There are over 4 million copies of his books in print.

My review.

Yancey Harrington Braxton is back. She has been gone from the acting and singing celebrity main stream for a while but she is ready to get back to work and in front of the spotlight. Yancey has two problems...There names are Madison B. and Ava Middlebrooks. Madison B is the hottest, young talented song bird since Miley Cyrus. The other woman, Ava Middlebrooks just happens to be Yancey's mother!

Yancey meets a sexy, dashing, mysterious man by the name of S. Marcus Pinkston. He is very rich and very into Yancey. Marcus is exactly what Yancey needs right now. After recently getting out of an horrible relationship. Marcus has ties to the media business. He tells Yancey that she should consider starring in her own reality show. At first Yancey isn't sure but she sure could use the money and this would help her career.

Ava Middlebrooks had just been released from prison. A lot has changed since than, including the fifteen pounds she gained. Ava wants to prove to everyone that she is not a washed-up has been actress. She will do anything it takes to be back on top, even if she has to take down the competition which includes her daughter.

Mama Dearest is the latest novel to feature Yancey Harrington Braxton. This is the first novel I have read by Mr. Harris. I would suggest reading the prior novel as the story line seemed to pick up and continue from the last. Reading the prior one would help the process of reading this current book move more seamless. I liked the characters. They all had their own unique personalities. Though I do have to say that Ava was all about herself but she did keep things interesting. Yancey seemed too nice to be in the industry, only because everyone else is more cut throat than her. My only issues were that I was expecting Yancey to do more acting but the only person that really was acting was Ava and mentions of Madison B. but I never really got to experience her acting talents. Overall I thought Mama Dearest was a pretty good read.


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