A well rounded woman is a woman who reads, and whether you love the traditional comfort of a hardcover or the modern convenience of an e-reader, indulging in a good book feeds the mind and soothes the soul.  Here are four books with captivating stories that are sure to be welcome additions to any book collection.

The Sacred Place – Daniel Black

The Sacred Place follows the story of fourteen-year-old Clement whose defiance of traditional black-white relations in the South goes against tradition and results in his brutal murder.  This event sparks a war forcing the black community to galvanize its strength in pursuit of equality.  As usual Black paints a vivid and realistic picture of race relations in the South while still managing to capture the strength and essence of a people.

The Reverend’s Wife – Kimberla Lawson Roby

The ninth installment in her award-winning Reverend Curtis Black series, Roby catches us up on Reverend Curtis months after learning that his wife Charlotte had affairs with two different men.  For now he’s cordial and respectful to her, but he’s also made it clear that once their son Matthew graduates high school, he will be filing for divorce. Charlotte, on the other hand, continues to do everything possible to make amends in hopes of saving their marriage. Unfortunately, Curtis is ready to move on and is being propositioned by a woman who desperately wants to become the next Mrs. Curtis Black.  Drama is around every corner in The Reverend’s Wife, and trust that you won’t be able to put it down!

Pleasure – Eric Jerome Dickey

If you’re looking to add a little heat to your summer reading list, then pull out an ice tray and get ready for a little Pleasure.  Nia Simone Bijou is an ambitious writer who has it all.  Except for the one thing that’ll give her the control she craves-and the power she deserves: absolute, uninhibited sexual satisfaction. Now, in the sweltering days and nights of summer, the heat is on. Nia’s fantasies will become a reality-with man after man after man!!

Every Day a Friday: How to Be Happier 7 Days a Week – Joel Osteen

You know we had to throw a motivational book in the mix!  When it comes to helping you get your life together very few do it as well as Pastor Joel Osteen.  In his latest book he teaches you how to generate the level of contentment and joy you feel on a Friday….every day of the week!  If you’re looking for a way to be happy everyday, not just Friday, pick up this book and learn how to get the joy you seek now.

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