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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
Daines L. Reed’s heartfelt novel, Good Morning Beautiful, follows the life of Cynthia Thomas, a hospital administrator with a past characterized by failed relationships and who is currently involved with a selfish, evasive man. Cynthia has always longed to have a family of her own. Now, as she turns forty, the desire is even greater. However, Victor, the man she is in a relationship with, does not share her vision. Constantly in fights with his child’s mother, Victor does not want to be in a relationship. He strings Cynthia along and, contrary to his undependable nature, Cynthia proves to be faithful, loyal and reliable. But not forever as Cynthia begins to cultivate a deeper sense of appreciation for herself and starts seeing Victor for who he really is.
Imperfect in some ways, Cynthia is a realistic character. She is ready to continue growing and change her perspective on how she has viewed relationships and her opinion of them. As the main character, her thoughts, which do not appear in her conversations with other supporting characters, are expressed, which further develops her role. Good Morning Beautiful also effectively explores the theme of sisterhood through Cynthia’s relationship with Julene, a faithful friend who sticks with Cynthia through thick and thin. Cynthia’s mother is comical and introduces humor into the plot through the scenes where she appears. Good Morning Beautiful by Daines L. Reed is an amazing sequel that will resonate with readers who appreciate realistic characters and a story that inspires growth.