Mary McKenzie said,
on July 28th, 2009 at 12:40 am
“A Choice to Yield” review…
WOW is the first word that comes to mind! I was in the midst of reading two other books when “A Choice to Yield “arrived in the mail. I immediately started reading thinking I would read a chapter or two and call it a night. I finally did call it a night or should I say morning as it was now 3:00 am. The approach that was taken to enlighten the reader about an age old question was unique to say the least. The main character had a choice to follow the path that life had taught her regarding dating outside her race or follow her instinct. I found it an easy read yet had to stop and reread to clarify what I had read because of the impact a certain statement had on me. Laurence Cook definitely understood the issues he was trying to get across and did so magnificently!
Grand Rapids, MI
Velma S. said,
on July 28th, 2009 at 2:13 am
All I can say is OMG… at first I was hesitant about reading the book, the first thing I thought was another good black man choosing a white woman over his own. But after reading the book I got angry with myself….real love knows no boundaries and does not see color. Angela had a tough choice to make but through it all she ended up with her man, the understanding that not only did she have to deal with the negativity of friends, family and society, but although Mark seemed so comfortable with the situation he also had to deal with the same negativity. Angela discovered who her real friends were and realize that sometimes you have to let go not only of your beliefs but of so called friends. By the end of the story I had completely changed my way of thinking about interracial relationships – my own painful experience left me bitter – but thru Laurence’s writing I understand… where love is concerned, the heart has a mind of its own, we can’t control it, we can ignore it and try to fight it, but we can only do that for so long before the heart wins. Love truly is blind. Everyone – man, woman, black, white, red, yellow, all races, creeds, nationality, should read this book – stop causing your friends and family so much grief because you are not willing to open your heart and mind to experience truly love and happiness. Kudos to Laurence – kudos to Angela and Mark. Even though these may be fictious characters – the story is real – we see it every day. We all either have friends, family members or know people that are exactly like Paula, Bill, Eric and Chris… and if we look hard enough,… we may find some of those people in ourselves….Think about it…..
Anita Carter said,
on August 10th, 2009 at 3:20 pm
The author does an EXCELLENT job of capturing the reader and pulling them in to the character’s lives. He keeps you not only interested, but wanting more. The subject of an inter-racial relationship, a controversial one in our society today, was approached and tackled very eloquently and was executed victoriously! Laurence is a fantastic writer, and he does a wonderful job in describing places, things, tastes, and features. He paints a picture with his words, so that you can visualize what is being described in the book. For those who have been faced with making the choice that Angela had to make, ‘we’ know it is a hard choice to make, and NOT one to be taken lightly. In the end, it is all about what really matters in the affairs of the heart. There are so many aspects to be considered when entering into an inter-racial relationship, and Laurence does a fabulous job of covering all angles and capturing all the emotions from friends, family, society, co-workers, etc. The ending was very classy, and highly appropriate, although I want to continue to follow this couple and share in their happiness. I can not wait to read more from this author!
Amanda B. said,
on August 11th, 2009 at 6:16 pm
Laurence’s book is amazing. “A Choice to Yield” is very much like “Good Guys Finish Last,” since I could not put it down once I began reading. His descriptions of the settings made me feel as if I were sitting in the bookstore, coffee shop, etc., observing the action. There are many characters in his book; however, there are not so many that the storyline becomes confusing to follow. Angela’s character is very strong and he develops her well as the book progresses. There are always two sides to every story and Laurence uses Margo’s explanations later in the book to balance out the other side of the story Angela always mentions.
Laurence is well traveled and his experiences shine within the pages, making the book even more realistic. I look forward to reading more from this new writer in the future.
Diane Leach said,
on August 16th, 2009 at 8:22 pm
“Laurence, I wanted to let you know that I enjoyed “A Choice To Yield” very much. You know that I have enjoyed your writings and am always happy to get excerpts. The book was outstanding and I am so happy for you! One question did come to mind while reading it. Where did you get the chapters out of my book of life? I felt that your charcter Angela was me, using some of my experiences early in life. It is so sad that the world can’t just accept that we are all human beings. Plain and simple. Not black, asian, hispanic or caucasion but, living, breathing, feeling people. There is always that concern to make and keep others in our lives happy but, not ourselves.
I am honored to know you my friend and, wish you the best.
Caroline Hegarty said,
on August 17th, 2009 at 3:57 am
Once I picked up this book, it was hard for me to put it down and address the many daily tasks in my hectic life. I was constantly waiting for a chance to pick up and continue to the next chapter.
The book was very thought provoking in terms of really taking stock of the underlying but frequently not spoken about thoughts and perhaps even subconcious programs that we are running in our heads and lives every day.
After reading the entire book and identifying with each of the characters’ individual thought processes and struggles, it serves as a reminder to me to always strive to come from a place of love and kindess in my daily interactions with people.
Thank you Laurence for sharing this book with me.
Reginald Sivenet said,
on August 25th, 2009 at 12:08 pm
A Choice to Yield is a fascinating book by Laurence Cook. I got engrossed in the story from the very first chapter.
The story is deeper than the the surface shows, which is about Angela, the main character, Deciding to cross the color line and be with the man, Mark, an African-American, of her dreams.
It delves deeper into the stories and fears we’ve grown up with from our parents, friends, and society. It is about the stories that we hold on to that limit our innate abilities to explore, be open, and grow from all experiences. However, we’re always worried about what our friends or society would say and how they would look at us because of our choices and decisions.
Most who reads this has in the back of their mind that love has no color. However, I challenge those readers who have the story they’ve grown up with that the races should keep to themselves, read with an open mind to really learn what life is all about, which is growth. One cannot grow
If he/she limits his/herself.
The author shows us that only we know what is best for us. Until we’re able to trust ourselves to believe that, then society, family, and friends will have a strong influence on what we truly dream and desire. We give up our power when we defer to others’ thoughts to what we want. Trust in yourself; be open-minded; and grow!
Jan Ratcilff said,
on August 31st, 2009 at 9:54 pm
I am very glad Mr. Cook found my profile and told me about his book “A Choice to Yield”. Interacial relationships are becoming more common in today’s time. Mr. Cook did a splendid job with the views a white woman has and what she would have to face falling in love with a black man. He did a execellent job on what a black man may face. That is one thing I didn’t understand until reading this book. I know for a fact love sees no color. Trust your heart. Your Family and friends don’t live your life for you.
Carolyn Schlee said,
on September 1st, 2009 at 2:54 am
I finished reading A Choice To Yield and I must say I was deeply moved and touched by what you wrote. It did not go as deep as my own relationship went but I congradulate you on your well witten novel.I also hope that some day there will be A Choice To Yield Part 2 that goes deeper into the relationship trials of being in a mixed relationship!
I will admit to you that what you wrote really had a deep impact on my very soul and heart. I am no longer with my boo but we still talk as it seems that we just can’t completely let go of each other. I am hoping I can get him to read your book as I think it would do him a world of good to do so!
Thank You So Much For Sending Me The Friend Invite That Led Me To Buy Your Book On An Impulse Buy That Is Something That I Dont Do !!!
I just put a picture of A Choice To Yield on my profile and your name in my books interest area along with the link! Also I put it in the top of my page for a headline! I hope you do not mind as I want to spread the word about you and your awesome book A Choice To Yield!
Thank You Sincerely.
From Your Friend & Fan
P.S. Keep Up The Great Works!! Cook.
Julie Payne said,
on September 7th, 2009 at 12:00 am
One of my favorite quotes is “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” Emerson got it right. There are always those trying to force their ideas and beliefs on you.
‘A Choice to Yield’ captures this gracefully and while the story centers on inter-racial relationships, it is a universal story of finding oneself and following your convictions. You’ve done your homework well, capturing the inner struggle beautifully. The range of emotion while reading went from anger (at one point I had to put the book down) to joy and laughter. It was a pleasure to read.
One day we will not need this discussion; character and integrity will be the true measurement of an individual; not the color of our skin or how much we make, what family we come from or where we were born. I truly believe that our God is great and who are we to tell Him that the love He brings into our lives is not good enough based on something as superficial as skin color?
Kudos! I’m looking forward to the next installment.
on September 10th, 2009 at 3:14 am
A compelling, refreshing story, filled with learning experiences relevant to current times and issues, specifically, interracial relationships. Laurence does an excellent job of getting the issues out front and profoundly presents the lessons to learn — follow your heart, look at the inside, not the outside of a person. Real love crosses the line and knows no boundaries. I am the mother of 2 sons who followed their heart and
chose an interracial relationship. Reading ” A Choice to Yield” removed any reservations I had about their decision. It’s a must-to-read for anyone
contemplating or in an interracial situation.
on September 21st, 2009 at 5:01 am
I was enthralled to say the least about “A Choice To Yield” Lonz Cook’s new literary piece. I experienced every range of emotion from laughter to crying as I was taken back to my days of hanging out with the girlfriends, and trying to wade through that quagmire of relationships with all those near-misses and false-starts. Just learning to love yourself and make your own decisions is tough enough, but eventually we do learn to love ourselves. The interracial relationship was very relevant and the character of Mark was heroic instead of villanous as more often is stereotyped. I praise Mr. Cook for taking the path of least resistance and honoring the brother as the right choice. In this instance, the Good Guy did finish WELL. I found myself rooting for the nuptials in the end, but then that would have been a fairy tale. Thank you, sir, for restoring my faith in love.
Debra C. Lookabill, MSW said,
on September 27th, 2009 at 1:27 pm
I wanted you to know I started reading the book around 6:00am and finished around 1:00. The characters were intriguing and at times I became frustrated with the other characters dominating the pages but overall the book was great. Truly you have been… blessed with the art of putting emothions, concepts and ideas on paper! Stay true to God & your love of writing and you will be given the desires of your heart.Read More
Aleshia D. Howell said,
on September 30th, 2009 at 12:09 pm
“Awesome” is the first word that came to mind when I read the last line of “A Choice To Yield.” What a perfect manual for the entire close minded world. Lonz Cook dwelt with every attitude that exists in today’s society about interracial relationships. I found myself angry with Paula, Bill and Chris’s ignorance, smiled at the friendship cultivated between Angela, Margo and Karen, and cried listening to Amy’s story. What a blessing to have had the opportunity of experiencing the writings of Lonz Cook. I pray that God continues to bless him as he shares his gifts and talents with us. By the way, I’m on my second read…just in case I missed anything.
Beverly King said,
on October 5th, 2009 at 5:01 am
I wish that I could purchase enormous quantities and place in the hands of many people. It represents many of us who have gone through the trials and retribution of crossing the line and dating interracially. It debunks all of the classic stereotypes that many perceive when one embarks on such a journey. Laurence Cook truly hits cords that many will think but rarely speak of, he could open the eyes of many if they were to open the pages.
Jackie Neal said,
on October 5th, 2009 at 6:33 pm
I loved the way Lawrence pointed out how we sometimes let our friends and family instill their views and prejudices upon us. The book also showed how much power we give others when we worry about how “they” will feel about something we do.I enjoyed the book even though I thought the ending was somewhat predictable.
Peachas Blackburn said,
on October 10th, 2009 at 6:12 am
“Good Guys Finish Last” is an amazing book that has twists and turns that you never see coming. Its the book to read, when you had a crazy day at work and feel that your man has not been good to you, but deep down inside you know that you have the perfect man already. Because no one wants to end up being used and abused mentally by a man or woman like Simone tended to do and was hurting herself even more, as for Sabrina getting tangled up in her pass maked life hell for her and she needs to be free. I can see a part two to this story because Sabrina will leave her pass and move on to a new and brighter future that will remind her of the happiness of her Aunt Marge, and Simone will be Simone. The house that Lorenz showed to Simone will come in to play more, with the history becoming a reality to both ladies.
Thanks for bring this book into my life…….. Much Luv, Peachas
“A Choice to Yield” I have read this book three times and I am still feeling it. Words do not begin to say enough for this book. The way people look at life, relationships and character just by being blinded by something they think or heard from someone else. Not giving life the chance it deserves because you are afraid to explore all your options and to walk outside of your comfort zone.
Raegan Winchester said,
on October 25th, 2009 at 4:33 pm
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. At times I did get lost in the dialogue but overall it was an excellent book. Laurence is a great writer and did an excellent job portraying the truth in today’s society concerning the race barriers. I can not relate to Angela because I always had the I am gonna do what makes me happy attitude, however I know personally that the challenges she faced concerning here decisions was very common. I would recommend this book to everyone. Thanks
Antoinette Sampson said,
on October 28th, 2009 at 8:55 pm
I just finished reading, “A Choice to Yield”….what a great story, message and reflection of societies pressures. Mr. Cooks way of writing held my interest and I couldn’t put it down….I began reading, “A Choice to Yield” on Saturday evening and stayed up all night, finishing this great book early Sunday morning…Well worth the read! Lon presented issues we can all relate to one way or another in our life time…relating to friendships and/or relationships. Very thought provoking for sure! A follow-up to the characters in the story would be a definite read….
On a personal note, I have experienced the comments, rejection and disapproval of family and friends and battled with letting a great relationship go because of the pressures….after reading, “A Choice to Yield” I stopped analyzing the many opinions of others in regards to my choice to date interracially and no longer allow the opinions and pressures from family and friends to influence my decisions.
So, as well as entertaining, “A Choice to Yield” was a fictional story, from a realistic perspective.
Thank you Ionzcook for sharing your story, talents and insight through your writings.
Markeeta Rboinson said,
on November 1st, 2009 at 12:42 pm
Laurence, this novel was good… very good. I thoroughly enjoyed the read. The story flowed well and the way you ‘painted’ the characters with your words made me feel as though I was able to peep into their lives and share in their experiences.
I must admit, there were points in the novel that I struggled with. Sometimes, the conversations didn’t really feel natural. I found myself thinking while I was reading, ‘people don’t really talk to each other like this’, but I was able to get past that and easily got pulled back into the story.
Angela (and her initial circle of friends) angered me at first, but I found myself being hopeful that she would be able to get past all the generations of racial stereotypes that had been fed to her her whole life. By the end of the novel, I was pulling for her and Mark to make the connection she spent so much time and energy denying.
The novel was very entertaining and it also reinforced the struggle that biracial couples have to endure to live their lives as one. My brother/sister-in-law are one such couple, and your novel had an air of familiarity to it that I couldn’t deny.
Laurence, your novel was wonderful. I will certainly recommend it to my friends (readers and non-readers alike). Anyone(male, female, black, white) could find this story to be a great read!
Thank you for to sharing this remarkable story. You have a new fan.
Barbara Collins said,
on November 23rd, 2009 at 12:14 am
I was hesitant to read “A Choice to Yield” because I made a few assumpions about the topic. I thought the book was going to be about the typical “black male – white female” relationship with the so called “forbidden fruit” misperception of black men. I was wrong. This book was a great read. I could not wait to find out what the characters were going to face.
I like the way the characters related to each other. Mark’s character communicated genuine interest and love for Angela. He educated Angela about the realities of racial differences without any reservation – but with a gentle concern for a lasting relationship.
Laurence Cook writes with a loving and sincere tone – with the authentic truth about female relationships.
I loved the book – looking forward to reading the next book.
Author – It’s Your Turn: Find Your Authentic Self and Go Fetch It!
Helen Blocker-Adams said,
on March 5th, 2010 at 6:45 pm
Congratulations on your book Laurence. I did enjoy parts of it, actually most of it. The beginning caught my attention, but there was a part in the book about a third way in that seemed to drag a little. It seemed redundant. I actually got a little irritated with main character. I was saying to myself ‘alright, already.’ Almost like watching a movie and it starts out kind of fast, then slows down and you’re ready for it to speed back up again. So I kept reading. Over a period of weeks. But by the last 2/3 of the book, I couldn’t put it down. Late nights reading on several occasions. I really iked the way it ended from the standpoint of a woman finding true love, no matter the skin complexion. That was a beautiful thing. Again, congratulations and look forward to your next bestseller.
Sherrie sykes said,
on April 23rd, 2010 at 2:12 am
A Choice to yield is the first novel that I have read by Author Laurence Cook.
A Choice was an eye opener and flows with todays contemporary social life. Laurence did such a wonderful job bringing the characters to life, that it made it difficult to put the book down.
There is well developement of the main character, Angela, who is framed by a secondary cast of colorful and internally consistent characters.
I like how Laurence utilizes the locale of Atlanta in A Choice, it really adds intensity to the reading and provides a more visual medium. The realistic scenes make this an even more riveting read that holds your attention.
It is easily notable that Laurences has an artistic and poetic style of writing.
A choice to yield is definately a good read and suffice to say that I am looking forward to reading Good Guys Finish Last.
Jo Lucero said,
on October 9th, 2010 at 12:46 pm
It’s not just your usual interracial story for the sake of being an interracial story. It is about seeing beyond your comfort zone and listening to your heart and not your head, as God intended. It’s about learning to be your own person and to live your own life in your own skin; a lesson we all can take something away from.
Looking forward to the next book!!
Stay blessed Lonz and keep them coming!