JoeyPinkney.com Book Review
The Preacherâ€™s Daughter
by Kendra Dunn
(Laâ€™ Femme Fataleâ€™ Productions)
4 out of 5 Stars
Guest JoeyPinkney.com Book Reviewer: Marchieta Taylor
The Preacherâ€™s Daughter is an Urban Fiction novel that explores Heaven and Hell from a hood perspective. Shar is the preacherâ€™s daughter and neighborhood beauty that Slay has kept his eyes on since she was twelve. Now at the perfect age of eighteen, the much older Slay feels like Shar is prime for the picking.
He has everything any naive girl could imagine: money, hood fame and swagger. Shar realizes early on that she is not built for the transition from Heaven to Hell. Blinded by love and determination to be Slayâ€™s main chick, she enters into a world with no easy way out.
The Preacherâ€™s Daughter does not delve into the dynamics of Sharâ€™s home life. I believe the book would have a greater impact if the reader was allowed to see more of her family life up until eighteen. This way the reader could have benefited from a turning point that leads to her rebellious behavior. The authorâ€™s only indication of her fatherâ€™s opinion was briefly glossed over within the beginning chapters.
The subject of church was virtually non-existent with only passing thoughts reflecting back on Sharâ€™s home life. Even with the reflections in the novel, Shar never spoke in a tone that would lead the reader to think she was unhappy with her upbringing.
Despite building my interest in reading about â€œthe preacherâ€™s daughterâ€, the overall message of the book was not lost. The message seems to be that growing up sheltered did not prepare Shar for the choices she made once she became an adult. The book could have very well been titled The Doctorâ€™s Daughter.
Overall, I would definitely recommend The Preacherâ€™s Daughter due to its quick paced storyline. The disappointment from the title does not detract from authorâ€™s ability to engage the reader from start to finish.