Where is beauty? Come on a trip to see where "beauty is". Join Mrs. California 2017, Kristi M. Eddy, as she takes you on a journey to discover all the places beauty is found and the secret to true beauty.
Ronnie had the perfect life every little girl dreamed of. Her handsome and successful husband, Michael; her active son, MJ; An immaculate home located in an upscale neighborhood; A lucrative nursing career. Even though Ronnie’s every effort was to make Michael a happy man, hostility in the home prevented her from enjoying her fantasy life. Enduring unthinkable situations from Michael, Ronnie gradually realizes her life isn’t what she wanted or imagined. Her biggest fear is leaving a controlling husband and living alone to raise a four-year old son. Ronnie knew she had to leave before it was too late. Or was it already too late?
“Sometimes you gotta put folks in line.” This is the mantra of Sister Nadeen Simmons, Head Usher at Greater Trials MB Church and the pastor's right hand. Nadeen is a self-proclaimed sanctified wife and mother. She has no time for nonsense, especially not from her husband, daughters, or members of her congregation. Sister Nadeen is determined to do a work for the Kingdom of God and win her place behind the pearly gates, even if it means she has rule her household and her church with an iron fist. She prides herself on her church reputation and strives to maintain that reputation no matter what. She allows no room for her three girls to embarrass her or smudge her prestigious church status. While she berates others for their infidelity, she is not above committing adultery or being a hypocrite. She will test the sanity of a Saint and dare you to tell her that she ain’t. The only person that can make her bend and almost break is her mother, Ruth, the very person who passed along the gift of her ungodly ways.
In 1850 Charleston, South Carolina, brutality and cruelty simmer just under the genteel surface of Southern society. In an era where ladies are considered mere property, beautiful and headstrong Willow Hendricks’ father has filled her life with turmoil, secrets, and lies. Her father rules her life until she finds a kindred spirit in spunky, outspoken Whitney Barry, a northerner from Boston. Together these Charleston belles are driven to take control of their own lives—and they are plunged into fear and chaos in their quest to fight for the rights of slaves. Against all odds, these feisty women fight to secure freedom and equality for those made powerless and persecuted by a supposedly superior race. Only when they’ve lost it all do they find a new beginning. Book 1 presents Willow and Whitney—and the reader—with the hardships the slaves endure at the hands of their white masters.