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The Devil Made Me Do It (Urban Books)

by Colette R. Harrell

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We have heard the saying... When a reader opens a book, they are transported to a new world, and they never know what they may encounter. Maybe that's not exactly how the saying goes...

This author piqued my interest within the first few lines of the book. I started to reminisce on my childhood days growing up in Detroit. The book starts off with Esther as a kid experiencing her first disappointment in life. After standing in line for hours for an opportunity to try on Cinderella's slippers - when it fits she is told it doesn't and is sent on her way. As the book progresses - we get to witness the trials & tribulations Esther has to endure throughout her life.

"For each of his young assignments, he was just beginning. He knew from experience it was better to catch the fruit before it matured."

When I read that line I closed the book and started searching for my book tabs. This book shows how the enemy tries to build his "foundation" early on in our minds/lives. It can start with a simple heartbreak and manifest into something you think you have no control over. The author takes readers through each pivotal moment of the character's life which makes it easier to relate to their dilemma(s). This is a story of loss, love, family, faith, and forgiveness. The characters are well-written; the settings are so descriptive that you feel you are narrating the story.

The Devil Made Me Do It is a captivating novel from start to finish. Author Colette R. Harrell's debut novel will stay with the readers long after they have read the book. I highly recommend this book.

Hands Down! One of the best books I have read this year. (I'm on my 90th book for the year...) ( )
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Briggs Stokes, heir to his father's multimillion dollar ministry, falls for Esther Wiley, but when the two are forced apart by tragedy and an all-out battle in the heavens, the couple may become a casualty of war.

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