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The Other Side of Through by Marsha D. Jenkins-Sanders

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"The Other Side of Through" by Marsha D. Jenkins-Sanders

The other day, you were in the check-out line and you noticed the headlines on one of those Hollywood magazines. Some famous couple is splitting up and it's not a pretty parting.
But wait. Wasn't she married to some other famous man just last week? Wasn't he in the arms of a different beautiful starlet?
Fame can obviously lead to temptation which, in turn, leads to hurt.

The other day, you were in the check-out line and you noticed the headlines on one of those Hollywood magazines. Some famous couple is splitting up and it's not a pretty parting.

But wait. Wasn't she married to some other famous man just last week? Wasn't he in the arms of a different beautiful starlet?

Fame can obviously lead to temptation which, in turn, leads to hurt. In the new novel "The Other Side of Through" by Marsha D. Jenkins-Sanders, Katlyn doesn't believe her heart-throb husband would cheat on her. Women throw themselves at him, but that would never go to Justin's head.

Would it?

Katlyn was used to having men flirt with her and she promised herself she'd wait to settle down. When she met Justin Kinkaid, though, she fell hard for him. When he asked her to marry him, she was thrilled. She loves being his wife. True, Katlyn fights jealousy when female fans flirt with her husband, but she knows Justin is trustworthy.

Felicia, Katlyn's best friend, used to date a married man but he broke her heart. So when Terrell Sanders asked her out, she was cautious. What was a fine brother like Terrell doing with plain old Felicia when he could be dating any Atlanta belle?
Although Terrell didn't want to settle down, he thought Felicia was as close to "the one" as he'd ever find. He carefully courted Felicia as he harbored a deep secret. But, as Felicia's love life heated up, Katlyn's fizzled. Katlyn discovered that Justin was cheating on her with a South American hootchie.

Justin thinks he might be in love with Nicola, his hot new girlfriend. Marriage to Katlyn was ho-hum, but there's nothing boring about Nikki. Is Katlyn's marriage save-able, or are she and Justin through?

"The Other Side of Through" is a good enough story. The characters are entirely believable, and some are easy to like. The scenes are not contrived to the point where you're rolling your eyes and sucking your teeth. The plot line is readable enough to hold your interest through 222 pages. Author Marsha D. Jenkins-Sanders is no Toni Morrison, but this is nowhere close to the worst novel I've ever read.

The problem with this book is that it suffers from lack of editing. There are pages filled with detail that have no bearing on the story. In one case, there's a fascinating insight on Katlyn that went nowhere. In another case, a character was fleshed out and we never heard about him again. I thought everything ended too abruptly and could have, in fact, very easily been two books instead of one. Add a bunch of grammatical errors and you have a story that's pretty decent but is spoiled by something that a good editor could have fixed.

If you can overlook the flaws, then "The Other Side of Through" will entertain you all the way through. If you need your novels to be slicker, then this one will bug you up one side and down the other.

"The Other Side of Through" by Marsha D. Jenkins-Sanders
c.2007, Strebor Books International $14.00 / $16.99 Canada 222 pages

 

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