4 out of 4 stars
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Gia Bennett grew up in the South during the 1970s and 1980s with a life of privilege that few black girls had. She either had her clothes handmade or went to New York and Paris to shop to be unique. Gia was the first black captain of her cheerleader squad, and she dated Rob, the football hero. She marries Charles, has three children, one grandchild, and has a perfect life as a pastor’s wife. She was an accomplished public relations executive for a Fortune 500 company in the Atlanta area. A career she flourished in and was ready to retire from. Gia goes to her 25th college reunion and plans to visit her childhood friends for the weekend. She wakes up in ICU after being pistol-whipped and left to die. Who and why would someone do this to her? Whatever happened to Rob? This book is Gia’s life story spanning over seven decades. Follow her journey by reading The Roots of Roswell: A poignant coming of age story by Michell Pulliam.
There are several aspects of this book that I like. Mr. Pulliam does a fantastic job describing the characters and the emotions surrounding them. I could picture how they looked and could feel their feelings of love, jealousy, pride, frustration, and fear. This book brought forth the realization that you never know the lasting impact you make on people, no matter how innocent or mundane it may seem to you. On the other hand, I agree with Gia’s Grandma Bessie, who always said, “Ain’t no need worrying, cause God knows and sees it all, and will make it right.” I grew up believing this.
There was nothing I disliked about this book. The plot flows smoothly from Gia getting ready to attend her reunion, back to her childhood, and then moves forward through her life. Starting with the reunion preparations to going back to her childhood was intriguing because I did not know what the reunion had to do with the plot. This book was a page-turner because I wanted to see how all of the events were tied together.
I only found five grammatical errors in this book, so I believe a professional editor has edited it. I thought about giving this book three stars because of the number of mistakes, but I enjoyed the book. Therefore, due to my enjoyment in reading the book and the relatively low number of errors, I decided to give this book 4 out of 4 stars. The author did a fantastic job with this book, and a professional editor could have easily overlooked the errors.
I recommend this book to fans of romance and crime thriller books. Although the characters in this book are Christians and the story revolves around their lives, I do not believe anything in this book would be offensive to non-Christians.
The Roots of Roswell
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