Soul On Fire
Published: December 1, 2011
Publisher: UrbanEdge Publishing
Every woman knows Dana, the heroine of Skyy Banks debut novel, Soul on Fire. Dana, simply put, is a survivor. Her sexually abusive past has imprisoned her and she has unleashed her pain to a sea of devastation and damage. Not until she confronts her demons can she garner the strength to brave the road to redemption. As she begins her journey to release herself from the shackles of her past, Dana quickly discovers the path to salvation and freedom is anything but smooth. Set against the backdrop of the corporate world of Atlanta, Georgia, Soul on Fire chronicles a young, professional woman s quest for inner peace and happiness.
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Warning get the tissues out before you start this book and keep them well stocked as you read. ‘Soul on Fire’ was one of the most emotional books I have read. The main character Dana really has been through the ringer. She has a successful business and has made a name for herself in Atlanta but everything else in her life seems to be falling apart. She suffers from terrible nightmares involving masked men and a little girl that they do terrible things to and it always happens at the same time of morning, 3:00 am. These dreams lead her to seek solace in love and affection from men, many men, even a married one that she has a long unhealthy affair with. All of these things she calls her mess of a life lead her to see a psychiatrist for help, Dr. Mitchell hoping she can explain the dreams and Dana’s sexaholic behavior. Dr. Mitchell helps Dana unravel a past Dana had no idea she had buried and even more terrifying she finds out it involved molestation.
Dana now has to face this and figure out why she jumps from man to man and how she can commit to a healthy relationship. Meanwhile the affair with the married man blows up in her face and an argument with her best friend sends her over the edge.
I cried my eyes out numerous times while reading this book. I really felt for Dana. It seemed to be one thing after another that just unloaded on her and right when you think she is starting to figure it all out, something else blows your mind. It was an amazing story and it was beautifully written. It was entertaining, brimming with pain and heartache that you felt with the character and I couldn’t put it down. I just had to see what happened to Dana next.
I do have to warn anyone who does not like or cannot handle explicit sex scenes or foul language this book is not for you. I however found it delightful, it was sad but it was a nice change from the typical love story. This book was so much more realistic because unfortunately I know there are plenty of people out there that have problems committing to relationships or problems with self-esteem because of things that happened to them. Books like this bring it out and make people realize it and I find that to be a very useful and helpful thing.
As far as I am concerned this book was sad but amazing and is a must read. It will most definitely open up some eyes! It had wonderful talent, was intriguing until the very end and I give it a big five stars!
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