MADE TO HOLD YOU - Elle Wright
REVIEWER: Barbara Larnell | RATING: A
REVIEW: The decade of the 1980’s marks a dark period when drugs flooded the Black community and left families devastated in its wake. Author Elle Wright writes honestly and skillfully about a family that is forced to deal with the aftermath of an addicted member. Lincoln Wilson is a good man, son, brother, husband, and father. However, he is in the throes of a drug addiction that all but destroys everything and everyone that he loves. His wife, Layla Wilson Johnson, is left to keep her family and home together the best way she can.
This was a hard story to read because it is a vivid reminder of what happens when a home is torn apart by a drug addicted family member. The author pulls no punches as she depicts how this couple and other family members deal with this insidious situation. From the opening page, the reader is thrown into a riveting dark scene that lets you know the storyline is not going to gloss over the overwhelming wide-spread effects of drugs and relegate it to a “Just Say No” catch phrase. Layla fights for her family and displays strength when faced with financial and emotional adversity. Likewise, Lincoln also shows strength as he fights his addiction when faced with social influences. I admire him as he displays a steely resolve to get his family back. So, you may ask where is the romance in a story of such serious subject matter. When you read this memorable story, you will discover the romantic element weaved into the storyline quite adeptly. Kudos to the author! To put it simply, Lincoln loves his wife, and he is determined to win her love back. Despite what he has put her through, Layla still loves him, too.
I enjoyed MADE TO HOLD YOU. It is an engaging and compelling story of a man trying to rebuild his life after it is destroyed by drugs. It is sobering, yet it is a redeeming love story and a significant addition to the series. I highly recommend it along with the other stories of the Decades: A Journey of African-American Romance Series.
1st September 2018 | firstname.lastname@example.org