Review: “And Then There Was Me” by Sadeqa Johnson

29939064“And Then There Was Me” by Sadeqa Johnson
304 pages, Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s Press
Published April 11, 2017
ISBN: 1250074169
Bea is a surrogate mother, carrying more than her husband’s cousin’s child. She’s also carrying devastating secrets. She is bulimic*, and her charismatic, handsome husband Lonnie is extremely unfaithful.

When Bea’s closest friend Awilda betrays her, Bea must turn from a destructive path and start fresh — not only for her two precious children, but for herself.

I enjoyed this book a lot more than I expected. It moves really quickly and was hard to put down. There are tons of women out there who face the kinds of struggles Bea encounters on a daily basis. Johnson writes from the heart — in a painfully honest way — about marriage, motherhood and so much more.

The storyline of “And Then There Was Me” is very much dependent on how the characters interact in their friendships, marriages, etc.

What I find most interesting, without giving too much away, is the parallel between Bea and her mother Irma when it comes to perspectives on fidelity in a relationship. Further, Bea’s friendship with Awilda is closely linked to her relationship with her mother.

I also really love the mix of cultures represented throughout. That is another theme Johnson touches on — pride in one’s heritage. It is something Bea wants so badly to instill in her bi-racial children, Chico and Alana. Chico is more interested in fitting in among his peers in the posh, mostly-white New Jersey suburb where the family recently moved.

“And Then There Was Me” is an ideal poolside/beachside read for the summer ahead — and I’m not just saying that because of the cover, which is so enticing. This book truly has something for every lady, regardless of marital status, race, station in life, etc.

*This book contains MULTIPLE triggers related to bulimia. I would not recommend it to anyone with an eating disorder!

I received an ARC through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

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Sadeqa Johnson, a former public relations manager, spent several years working with well-known authors such as JK Rowling, Bebe Moore Campbell, Amy Tan and Bishop TD Jakes before becoming an author herself. Her debut novel, Love in a Carry-on Bag, is the recipient of the 2013 Phillis Wheatley Award for Best Fiction and the 2012 USA Best Book Award for fiction. She is a motivational speaker, inspirational blogger, wife and mother of three incredible children. Second House From the Corner is her second novel.

Reviews of And Then There Was Me
And Then There Was Me is a well-written, thought-provoking novel that many women will relate to.”
Kimberla Lawson Roby, New York Times best-selling author of Copycat

“A story of one woman’s journey toward the life she deserves, with plenty of satisfying and surprising twists along the way.”
Kirkus

“And Then There Was Me is a thought-provoking novel about marriage, parenthood, and friendship.” –PopSugar, “26 Brilliant Books You Should Read This Spring”

Reviews of Second House From the Corner
“Novelist Sadeqa Johnson should take a bow for her latest effort. Fans of 2011’s Love in a Carry-On Bag (12th Street Press), her first offering, will devour every word of Second House From the Corner. –Essence Magazine

“I loved Second House From the Corner. Sadeqa was totally in my head at some times (with the mommy stuff!), and I found the ending really, really satisfying. Well earned.” – 23 Books You Should Read This Winter, Popsugar

“Johnson is a skilled storyteller with a breezy style, and the journey of Felicia, a strong African American woman, will have particular appeal for Terry McMillan fans.”
Booklist 

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