Review: 4 stars to Hitting the Right Note by Rhonda Bowen

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81uyTPAFk1L._SL1500_Synopsis: “Readers will be clamoring for more from Rhonda Bowen.” –Tiffany L. Warren, Essence® bestselling author

JJ Isaacs’ dream of becoming an R&B star has come true, and it’s all thanks to Rayshawn, her amazing producer–and secret lover. But as JJ enters the spotlight, the relationship gets harder to disguise. And the more she hides the truth, the more distant she feels from her faith, and from her family’s approval. But support may come from an unexpected place…

When JJ finds herself helping her estranged sister-in law, Sheree, through a difficult pregnancy, she discovers a surprising ally. But she also becomes enthralled with Sheree’s doctor. Simon Massri is world renowned–and scheduled to leave the country. The more time JJ spends with Simon, the more she questions her choices–in love and in work. Now she’ll have to face some tough decisions. Can she make peace with an uncertain future–if her heart is in the right place?…

 

REVIEW: 

Judith “JJ” Isaacs has been a righteous pillar within the Isaacs family. She is a young woman, yet she has always been grounded in her faith and her siblings look to her for words of wisdom until the pillar that is JJ begins to crumble. Judith begins to lose herself in an answered prayer. Yes, that’s right. A door opens; she walks through and gets swallowed up.
While lost, she finds a man that she met years before. It happened in an incident overseas- her heart became connected to a stranger by the name of Dr. Simon Masari. During the “lost” period that Judith goes through Dr. Masari manifests out of nowhere. Once he does her life takes an interesting turn. She is left with a decision that could cost her everything that he ever held dear.

In this Christian fiction novel, Rhonda Bowen stays true to the genre. This story is an illustration of real life and does not mock the Christian faith by being laden with comedy or farfetched characterizations.
The main character battles with the struggle of choice and Bowen demonstrates this complexity with ease. All of the characters were relatable and I found myself smiling at how well she wrote the sideline characters.
The pacing of this story was just right and each chapter was a tiny gift wrapped up nicely.
Bowen knows how to infuse various emotions into her stories and this was no different. Her growth is very evident. I am missing the characters already and cannot wait to see if she has anything else in store for the Isaacs family.

Trenika Austin
AAMBC Reviewer

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