Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Review: A Fistful of Honey by Malena Crawford

The Blurb
Her world is ending, but only she can stop all of existence from meeting the same fate…

This stunning novel begins when a pending divorce and job loss force Alena Ford out of her elite life in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, and into a gritty section of Brooklyn. Stripped of everything, she is forced to face the demons of her past and the ghosts in her heart. When Alena befriends her eccentric neighbor Gloria, the woman’s stunning amethyst necklace and Black Madonna painting draw her into a world of ancient secrets, dark forces, and powerful magic.

It is a world in which black women are divine. Alena finds that it is up to her to save humanity from a universal evil, the Shetani. To succeed, Alena must first conquer her own darkness; if she loses, the fate of the world is at stake. A brilliantly crafted story that seamlessly grapples race, oppression, divinity, and the redemptive power of forgiveness. 

My Review
A wonderful story that broke my heart more than once while reading it. Alena’s journey to finding her true self was a tortuous experience. The story shows Alena at her lowest point and sheds light on how she got there, but the most extraordinary aspect of the book was how she got out of the troubles she’d been thrust into. The novel portrays her self-doubts but also her strength and courage as she struggles to become more than who she is.
The journey she takes isn’t only on the human realm, but the spiritual one as well. Not all of the aspects Ms. Crawford presented in the story resonated with me, but I enjoyed reading about spirituality from a diversified, perspective.
There were points in the book where I thought the author was talking directly to me. Teaching me a lesson through Alena’s life. I loved these moments. At the same time I didn’t agree with the concept of having a favored people- perhaps it’s because I’ve had a problem with it before reading this story.  I was slightly annoyed with the cliffhanger she presented, but not enough to deter me from loving the story. 
This was a wonderful book which I would highly recommend.
I give this story five out of five crystal shaped chocolate bars.
I purchased my copy from AmazonUK

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