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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
The Pastor’s Daughter (The Rose of Ebony) by TK Ware is an inspirational fiction story. Nineteen-year-old Ebony is pregnant. The father is a married man. That’s not the worst of it. You see, Ebony’s father is the Pastor and the man who has fathered her baby is also a member of the church. While she tries to keep the pregnancy secret while she decides what to do, emotions are getting the better of her. Facing shame, she makes a threat, that she is going to tell everyone and take the consequences, but soon sees things from another side when she calms down. Unfortunately, the truth will out and Ebony finds herself having to confess. What will the consequences be? Will her parents take her side or disown her?
The Pastor’s Daughter (The Rose of Ebony) by TK Ware was something of a thought provoking tale. Being a short story, a lot was fitted into a small space and it did move rather quickly but that’s no bad thing. I liked the way the book was written – chapters telling of the girl's plight interspersed with confessions from Ebony herself, written in the first person. It gave a lot of depth and meaning to the story and made you see things not just as an outsider but as a confidante, from a more privileged position.
It is a Christian book but the messages contained within are not aimed solely at the Christian community. At one point during a confessional, Ebony asks that we not judge her and that is something that happens all too quickly these days – people being judged and tried before they have had a chance to tell their side. I enjoyed the book very much, the characters were developed in such a way that it was easy to identify with them and the storyline is one that is all too common these days. A good book, I would recommend it to anyone who likes short stories.