Book Review


In My Father's House, 2011, by the late E. Lynn Harris. Every time I re-read one of E. Lynn Harris's books I sigh with regret that this great storyteller is gone from this world. He was and will always be one of my favourite authors. His genre, gay men's fiction isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I don't care. (I really don't like to categorize his work that way but that's how most book retailers do it.) Beauty in words is all that matters to me. I also don't care because not only was he a great writer but to me gay relationships are just relationships like all other human beings have. Love, companionship, loyalty, respect. Things that most of us want and/or need.

In My Father's House has some graphic sex scenes that I could have done without but that goes with any other author. Yes, sex happens but I don't need the details. That's just me, nuff said about that.

In My Father's House follows the life of main character Bentley Dean as he breaks away from a privileged life in Michigan, to struggling and building his own identity and life in hot & steamy Miami, Florida.

Bentley Dean's life was planned out for him. From whom he should marry. To where he would attend school. To Bentley eventually working in some capacity in the family business. As he and his family learn, life doesn't always work out according to plan.

Bentley's father does not approve of his only son being gay & choosing to live his truth. So Bentley leaves to start fresh. Breaking off ties and going into the unknown. Discovering who he is and what he needs to do to make a new and different life for himself.

I give In My Father's House A Novel 4.5/5.

(affiliate link)

Anyone else a fan of E. Lynn Harris's work?

Song of the Week:Paradise - Mylo Xyloto Paradise, Mylo Xyloto, Coldplay, 2011 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by EMI Records Ltd. See Paradise. (Links may not work in all countries.)

Till next time,



Coven: The Scrolls of the Four Winds by Diane Wing. Witches, magic and other worlds are the themes of this book and also happen to be some of my favourite genres to read. This fiction novel about reincarnation and magic was definitely up my alley.

In ancient times four children are chosen to be born forming a coven, to protect ancient texts, secrets and therefore the universe with their varying gifts. Reincarnated over many centuries, these women each represent a direction and an element. Victoria formerly Amira represents the North and Earth. Iman now Cassandra represents the East and Air. Mina now Alexis represents the West and Water. Uzma now Macy represents the South and Fire.

Like all of us, these women have free will to use their gifts and abilities to do good or bad. Because of Victoria the other three women have forgotten their purpose but are still able to develop their magical skills and abilities, throughout time. They have chosen to use their gifts to help others, while Victoria has fallen pray to dark forces, causing the others to spend centuries reincarnating and not knowing what their true purpose is.

In this lifetime Victoria has her own reasons for wanting to bring their coven back together. Mostly for selfish & evil reasons. Is it too late for Victoria or can true friendship help with her redemption? The other three women Alexis, Cassandra & Macy have not lost faith in their old friend, Victoria. Can she turn things around and do the same for herself?

Lessons I learned from Coven: The Scrolls of the Four Winds:

  • Every action has a reaction

  • Even when we do negative things, there is always a chance to redeem yourself. The bad will not be forgotten but you can make amendments and do better going forward.

  • There is a vast universe out there. We are not the only intelligent beings out there. Scary thought, to think otherwise.

  • Everyone has a purpose and reason for being here. We may know it right away or we may spend a lifetime getting to know what it is or we may never know our purpose.

Have you read Coven: The Scrolls of the Four Winds? Thoughts?

I give Coven: The Scrolls of the Four Winds 3/5. (I was given this novel in exchange for this review, but this did not influence my rating, like/dislike of this book.)









*Giveaway time! One (1) copy of Coven: The Scrolls of the Four Winds, will be given to a randomly selected person. Leave a comment below. Something along the lines of you'd like to be entered for a chance to win. You can decide how to word your entry. Make sure that you leave a valid email address, so you can be contacted. The publisher with get in contact with you, to ship you a copy of the book. Giveaway open to residents of Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. Giveaway starts on the publication day of this post (Monday, October 15th, 2012) & ends Monday, October 22nd, 2012, 11:59 EST. Share the link & good luck!

Till next time,