the illusion of everything sacred

The Illusion of Everything Sacred

by Queenetta Ross-Davis
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Reviewed by: Delonya Conyers
August 2010


On the eve of her sister’s wedding Tamia is forced to deal with the turmoil within her own union. Her twelve year marriage to her childhood sweetheart Devin was shattered along with her heart when he walked out on her eight weeks ago, claiming that he needed space. Initially confident that Devin would return to their loving home and daughter Tamia never shared her abandonment with her friends and family. However after eight weeks Tamia resolve has crumbled and she’s turning into a woman she barely recognizes as she stalks her husband searching for the reason for his departure. But will she be able to handle those answers when they come waltzing into her sister’s bachelorette party embarrassing her in front of her closest friends and loved ones?

Private suffering is a far cry from public humiliation and the difference between the two is that the latter has the capability of transforming a disheartened woman into a vengeful woman. Deborah, another wedding attendee had no illusion of happiness in her marriage to Michael. Miserable for years she placated herself by praying that God would rectify her husband’s abusive ways. But after five years Deborah is still there hoping that one day the love and honor that she bestows upon Michael will be returned. And until that day arrives she’ll be content with the farce that she displays publicly not knowing that her friends can see through her façade. Watching Tamia’s marriage fall apart makes Deborah even more desperate to save hers even if it’s not worth saving. Even the intended bride Queen isn’t spared from the drama when someone from her past resurfaces in an attempt to take her away from her intended.

The Illusion of Everything Sacred by Queenetta Ross-Davis explores both the depths a woman can sink to and the new highs they can reach when faced with the dissolution of the very thing they cherished the most. Although the premise isn’t new author Ross-Davis story plays out well especially with the impending wedding being the catalyst for each of the women’s metamorphosis. A theme that could of easily been overplayed as each woman struggles with their relationships instead shines due to author Ross-Davis’ skillful flair for story telling.

What did you like best about the book?
Author Ross- Davis gave her characters very distinct voices with sophisticated dialogues befitting their stations in life.

What did you dislike about the book?
I didn’t like that the book ended with a cliffhanger that will undoubtedly lead to a sequel. At only 187 pages I felt that author Ross-Davis could have ended the story fully by adding an additional 100 pages instead of necessitating an entire second book.

How could the author improve this book?
If not for the abrupt ending the book would have been perfect as is.


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