I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Devil Made Me Do It by Colette Harrell
Published by Urban Books Genres: Fiction
The voluptuous Esther Wiley has always known that she is special. She’s a tiara-wearing, wand-carrying kind of Cinderella princess in disguise. The problem that her very own Fairy Godmother, the Prophetess Mother Reed, struggles with is getting her to live like it.
Briggs Stokes is the reluctant heir to his father’s worldwide, multimillion-dollar televangelist ministry, yet he yearns to be his own man. His past mistakes have caused him a private life of hurt and loneliness.
Esther and Briggs meet and develop a deep soul connection, until tragedy strikes and the two are thrust apart. Their separation leads each down a different path scattered with emotional minefields. While each step they take brings them closer to who they were always meant to be, the devil is on assignment. He sends in reinforcements to usher in confusion and create chaos, and soon no one is safe. The members of Love Zion church reel from the rumors, innuendo, and downright sabotage that is going on around them.
When others devise evil schemes to seek the destruction of Esther and Briggs through jealousy, greed, and murder, only divine intervention can save them. As an all-out battle for dominion breaks out in the heavens, will Esther and Briggs become a casualty of war?
We have heard the saying… When a reader opens a book, they are transported to a new world, and they never know what they may encounter. Maybe that’s not exactly how the saying goes…
This author piqued my interest within the first few lines of the book. I started to reminisce on my childhood days growing up in Detroit. The book starts off with Esther as a kid experiencing her first disappointment in life. After standing in line for hours for an opportunity to try on Cinderella’s slippers – when it fits she is told it doesn’t and is sent on her way. As the book progresses – we get to witness the trials & tribulations Esther has to endure throughout her life.
“For each of his young assignments, he was just beginning. He knew from experience it was better to catch the fruit before it matured.”
When I read that line I closed the book and started searching for my book tabs. This book shows how the enemy tries to build his “foundation” early on in our minds/lives. It can start with a simple heartbreak and manifest into something you think you have no control over. The author takes readers through each pivotal moment of the character’s life which makes it easier to relate to their dilemma(s). This is a story of loss, love, family, faith, and forgiveness. The characters are well-written; the settings are so descriptive that you feel you are narrating the story.
The Devil Made Me Do It is a captivating novel from start to finish. Author Colette R. Harrell’s debut novel will stay with the readers long after they have read the book. I highly recommend this book.
Hands Down! One of the best books I have read this year. (I’m on my 90th book for the year…) – Orsayor
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