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Dara has spent her whole life watching quietly instead of talking. She stutters. All of that is about to change when she goes to live with her eccentric aunt who refuses to let her hide behind her speech impediment. In the process she meets the delectable Daren and sparks of all sorts begin to fly. Daren's mother and Daren himself were former students of Aunt Cecelia's. Hi Dara has spent her whole life watching quietly instead of talking. She stutters. All of that is about to change when she goes to live with her eccentric aunt who refuses to let her hide behind her speech impediment. In the process she meets the delectable Daren and sparks of all sorts begin to fly. Daren's mother and Daren himself were former students of Aunt Cecelia's. His little sister is a current student. Aunt Cecelia is the proprietor of the Etiquette Academy for Brown Skins, a school that teaches African Americans of all ages social graces and etiquette. Against Dara's will, Aunt Cecelia enrolls her in these classes. Between speech therapy, etiquette classes, an irresistible attraction to Daren, and unveiling of family secrets, Dara's new life will have you laughing, applauding and falling in love with her and, of course, with the sexy and alluring Daren.


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Dara has spent her whole life watching quietly instead of talking. She stutters. All of that is about to change when she goes to live with her eccentric aunt who refuses to let her hide behind her speech impediment. In the process she meets the delectable Daren and sparks of all sorts begin to fly. Daren's mother and Daren himself were former students of Aunt Cecelia's. Hi Dara has spent her whole life watching quietly instead of talking. She stutters. All of that is about to change when she goes to live with her eccentric aunt who refuses to let her hide behind her speech impediment. In the process she meets the delectable Daren and sparks of all sorts begin to fly. Daren's mother and Daren himself were former students of Aunt Cecelia's. His little sister is a current student. Aunt Cecelia is the proprietor of the Etiquette Academy for Brown Skins, a school that teaches African Americans of all ages social graces and etiquette. Against Dara's will, Aunt Cecelia enrolls her in these classes. Between speech therapy, etiquette classes, an irresistible attraction to Daren, and unveiling of family secrets, Dara's new life will have you laughing, applauding and falling in love with her and, of course, with the sexy and alluring Daren.

33 review for Benevolence: A Humorous Family Secrets Novel with Romance

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Gee

    Good This was a very good book! It did start out a little slow for me but once it picked up I was able to get into in! This was my first read by his author!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Urs

    I acquired this book as a free download from the Kindle bookstore. I learned about it by following @FreeBlackEBooks on twitter. In this book, Dara is a twenty-six year old woman, who has been sheltered most of her life. While she prefers silence over speaking because of her stuttering, her silence is not to be taken for weakness. When she finds out that her father is not the man that she grew up calling “dad,” she turns away from her immediate family and turns to her aunt. Dara’s decision not on I acquired this book as a free download from the Kindle bookstore. I learned about it by following @FreeBlackEBooks on twitter. In this book, Dara is a twenty-six year old woman, who has been sheltered most of her life. While she prefers silence over speaking because of her stuttering, her silence is not to be taken for weakness. When she finds out that her father is not the man that she grew up calling “dad,” she turns away from her immediate family and turns to her aunt. Dara’s decision not only helps her find her voice, but it also helps her find love, and find family that she never knew that she had. This book is more so a story of family lies and secrets than it is a romance. Smart readers will figure out a couple of the secrets beforehand, but others secrets will never be seen coming. The chapters were short and easily digestible, making this a quick read for those who have time to sit and just read. The book held my interest through the end. Dara and her aunt Cecelia are interesting characters, although readers will really only get a glimpse into their lives. There are other interesting characters in the story; however, I was never sure of the purpose of some of the characters, like Simon, for instance. There were a couple of things that bothered me about the book, but they did not take away from the overall enjoyment of the book too much. For one, the epilogue is not really an epilogue in the traditional sense. Instead of bringing closure to the book and addressing any loose ends, the author uses the epilogue to voice her own opinions about characters of the book and the moral story of the book. I prefer readers to be allowed to find their own meaning in the story and decide for themselves how they feel about the characters and the story. Another thing that bothered me about this book is the word usage in the narration. It is clear that the author is smart and has an extensive vocabulary, but I could not help but think that the author sat with a thesaurus next to her while writing this book. Some of the word usage does not flow well or seem natural. At the same time, I wondered if it was a play on words and setting because Aunt Cecelia ran the Etiquette Academy for Brown Skins. Because of that possibility, I tried to overlook the sometimes awkward word usage. I was not as bothered by it in the second half of the book, though. I am not sure if I got used to the word usage or if it died down as the book continued. The book is labeled as “humorous,” but I do not remember laughing at all during this story. It really is quite tragic with all of the lies and secrets. It is still a worthwhile read, though, especially if you can get if for free. This book was better than a good number of the free books that I download.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gina G

    great read. Very unexpected twists and a great message of wisdom

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