And on the Eighth Day She Rested is a wonderful
story of how a woman, Ruth, overcame 14 years of physical and mental abuse from her husband, Eric, with the help of three
women and, of course, a good, black man: Bernice ( Bernie), the outspoken, co-worker,
who is having an affair with a younger man and struggling with society's take on the relationship; Clara, the mother figure,
who has her own scandal to deal with; May, the health guru with the perfect life (husband, children, big house, expensive
cars, etc.) or so it seems; and Adrian, the man that helps Ruth realize she is worthy to receive the love and life she deserves.
Ruth's journey of empowerment begins at
the age of 32, 14 years after being in an abusive marriage. At the beginning
of this journey, she thinks to herself, "He'd taken that insecure girl and built a pedestal for her to stand on, and later
on, cussed her out every time he knocked her down. As time went on, he didn't
bother with the pedestal, because keeping her down was easier for both of them. And
still in the back of her mind the question lingered: Why Ruth? Why are you still with him?"
writing of this story is so descriptive that I could feel every slap, punch, hair pulled or verbal assault Ruth received from Eric.
I could also feel every hug and/or kiss Ruth received from her friends and lover.
I truly enjoyed reading this
story. The book is a "page turner" from the prologue to the ending. I could not put it down. I look forward to reading more books
by J.D. Mason.
Circle Book Club rating for And On The 8th Day, She Rested is 5 out of 5 stars. We welcome
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