||February 18, 2010
A suspensful crime story about a young, naive, honor student who struggles in the city to survive when she unknowingly meets a streetwise pimp.
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The Trouble With Change
The Trouble With Change is a suspenseful crime story about a college student, Sondra Taylor, who dreams of being the first in her family to graduate from college. With little money in her pocket, and a meager scholarship to school in the city, she sets out against the odds to do so. Between temp jobs and her dwindling saving, she is barely scaping by and Sondra can hardly afford to eat when she meets the charismatic and generous Vick, but he is not what he seems.
Suddenly Vick stood up and turned off the TV. I sat looking straigh ahead, hoping Vick could see how defeated and helpless he made me feel. I sat wishing he would show me some type of love pity, but instead he showed me none. Did he ever love me, I wondered, or was I just something to break in like a wild horse? Vick paced back and forth in the living room like a caged wild animal. Without Vick being aware, I watched him out the corner of my eyes. I saw the joy he took in causing me pain. He reveled in it, in both his features and expressions. He knew he had complete control over me both physically and mentally. And I hated him for it.
Living a Nightmare? Time for a change!
Do you know the difference between a dream and a nightmare? Alma Hudson does! Her dream was shared with us in Checkered Fences. However, her second book, The Trouble With Change will speak to more readers. In today's world, nightmares often occur more often than a beautiful dream, sad to say.
Hudson's book is dedicated to all the women struggling with domestic violence.
The introuduction of her book reminded me of my favorite Psalm 121. Let me share just a few line of these beautiful words.
I can't help but lift up my head and look to the sky. For above lies my one true love. Here I stand through life's changes and adversities. This is my story of my first storm. (p.1)
Sondra had won an academic scholarship for the University of Southern California. However, she soon realized that there were many more expenses than she had earlier considered. She was hungry most of the time. In fact, she met her neighbor Vick because he was hosting a party and she could smell the food and couldn't pass it by. He quickly saw how fast she was eating and he offered her the key to his apartment, telling her to come over any time, cook and leave a plate for him since he came home late.
At first she refused, but then...well, that's how it started. In fact, an offer of lunch also got her into antoher touchy situation where a man actually molested her but fortunately she was able to get away.
Months went past quickly as she and Vick settled into a routine, she coooking for him. However, Vick started coming home earlier and finally one evening tried to force her into having sex. When she refused, he apologized, bringing her flowers home. But a closed relationship did develop and they started dating and about a year later, he asked her to marry him. It was then that he brough up going home to Alabama, because his mother was scheduled to have surger for glaucoma.
But Vick became a different person in Alabama.
His mother moved into the home of her parents and allowed Vick and Sondra to live in her home, especially during the surgery and recuperation Interestingly, Sondra quickly became involved with Vick's family and was quickly accepted and loved. But Vick quickly got into the same business there--prostitution, drugs, and drinking, which led to the firt time he started beating Sondra. Soon she realized that he enjoyed violence as a part of sex.
One good thing came from their relationship. She gave birth to her daughter Patrice.
Only to have Vick begin to use Patrice to dominate Sondra even more, including having her guarded during his absences so she could not take Patrice and leave.
But Vick had never realized his wife was an intelligent, brave, and praying woman. Readers, I applaud this gutsy lady's story! It's one of those that you read and say. "You Go Girl" Her ending may not be the same as yours, but if you are in a domestic violence situation, this book isa must read! Alma Hudson's The Trouble With Change will help you find the strength to do what you need to do. For all other readers, read this story based upon true life to find a wonderfully courageous woman and spend a little time getting to know her like I have. You'll be glad you did!
Change is Gonna Come....But When?
Sondra's dreams of moving to Los Angeles and enrolling in college become a reality. But when she meets a man in her apartment building, the dream quickly becomes a nightmare. Sondra has little money to support herself after paying her basic living expenses. Often hungry, she falls prey to a neighbor, Vick, who offers her food in exchange for friendship. The friendship quickly turns into a romantic relationship and that's when Sondra's life spirals out of control. Vick is a violent pimp who moves her out of state where he can control, beat and manipulate her. Sondra knows she deserves better and she takes the steps to make it happen. Yet, what is she going to do about Vick, who refuses to let her go?
"The Trouble with Change" is a short book (only 105 pages), but it packs a powerful punch. This book takes the reader on an emotional ride into the world of domestic violence. I found myself hoping for the main character to get out of her horrific circumstances. Although there are quite a few editing problems, the book is still a good read. Also, the writer does spend a lot of time writing about minor, daily details in the characters' lives. However, I still found that this was a good book and should be a must read for all women.
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