Book Blurb

It’s the nineties, an era of upheaval. But Denise is too caught up in her own battle to notice. Terry is her mother, or that’s what Denise’s birth certificate says anyway (she checked to make sure). Their life is as picture perfect as Terry can possibly make it, which is to say that it’s not picture perfect at all. There’s the missing father. Then there’s the pregnancy at nineteen.
Now Terry has to decide—does she let Denise and her baby destroy the balance of power in her home, or does she destroy Denise?
Denise gives birth to her very own baby girl, but this isn’t a time of celebration. She doesn’t know what a good mommy looks like. All she knows is that she has to protect her daughter from Terry. She has to protect them both from Terry. She has to win this one time.
Denise runs blindly from her mother and straight into the open arms of lust, drugs, and Tyrell. On the outside, Tyrell is a street-smart hustler. Inside, he’s searching for something, but he doesn’t know what. And he’s too busy with the life to figure it out. Staying alive means throwing himself from moment to moment, from dollar to dollar.
Tyrell is a mystery to Denise. Denise is a new hustle to Tyrell. Or at least that’s what he thinks at first. Will Denise change his world, or will he change hers?

My review

Broken Essentials by April Harper is a very emotional book. It has 20 chapters and each chapter is as interesting as the previous chapter.

It covers the themes of crime,violence,hatred, drugs,prison,love etc. all because a mother, Terry refused to protect and love her daughter , Denise when Denise needed her most.

At the end of the book,there was reconciliation and forgiveness. Every mother needs to protect and love her child no matter the situation or circumstances.

The book cover will want to pull you into the pages. I wanted to know the story of the girl on the book cover and the pages have the ability of pulling you deeper and deeper into the plot.

I was provided a free copy of this book by the author. All opinions in this review are my own.

About the author

Author April Harper

My name is April Harper and I am the Author of Broken Essentials, my debut Novel. I was born in Akron, Ohio and raised in San Antonio, Texas. I am the proud wife and mother of 9 children through a wonderful blended family. After serving my time in the United States Army I began working in the Apartment Management Field. 
I enjoy being with my family and learning new things. My latest hobbies include writing my next book, and supporting other Indie authors as much as I can with all that I have learned and continue to learn.My hope with Broken Essentials is to start conversation. I hope that the characters are able to tell their story in a manner that readers are able to recognize the strengths and weaknesses of people of all ages who have walked the characters same path. I hope that it allows people to have better understanding and most importantly forgiveness and correction. Broken Essentials is beauty within chaos.  

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