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This is the story of Georgie. She is a young black girl growing up in the 1940s in a small, rural town in Virginia. Life is hard and she dreams of better life. She experiences great loss and heartache. She loses friends and family, as well as the love of her life. And still, she remains strong. This emotional and inspiring story has a gritty dialogue. TM Brown's signature This is the story of Georgie. She is a young black girl growing up in the 1940s in a small, rural town in Virginia. Life is hard and she dreams of better life. She experiences great loss and heartache. She loses friends and family, as well as the love of her life. And still, she remains strong. This emotional and inspiring story has a gritty dialogue. TM Brown's signature writing style is captivating. You will find it difficult to stop reading once you begin...


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This is the story of Georgie. She is a young black girl growing up in the 1940s in a small, rural town in Virginia. Life is hard and she dreams of better life. She experiences great loss and heartache. She loses friends and family, as well as the love of her life. And still, she remains strong. This emotional and inspiring story has a gritty dialogue. TM Brown's signature This is the story of Georgie. She is a young black girl growing up in the 1940s in a small, rural town in Virginia. Life is hard and she dreams of better life. She experiences great loss and heartache. She loses friends and family, as well as the love of her life. And still, she remains strong. This emotional and inspiring story has a gritty dialogue. TM Brown's signature writing style is captivating. You will find it difficult to stop reading once you begin...

30 review for Struggles of the Women Folk

  1. 5 out of 5

    Eileen Dandashi

    From the Author: “Struggles of the Women Folk is based on fictional characters created from stories my grandma shared with me when I was a child. It is the story of Georgie, a young Black girl in the South during the 1940s. I hope that you can appreciate her pain, suffering and betrayal as you travel with her on highs and lows you won't anticipate. This is the story of the power of a woman's courage, love, strength and faith that exists within each and every one us, whether we know it or not.” Ab From the Author: “Struggles of the Women Folk is based on fictional characters created from stories my grandma shared with me when I was a child. It is the story of Georgie, a young Black girl in the South during the 1940s. I hope that you can appreciate her pain, suffering and betrayal as you travel with her on highs and lows you won't anticipate. This is the story of the power of a woman's courage, love, strength and faith that exists within each and every one us, whether we know it or not.” About the Story: This is Georgie’s story. She is a young Black girl growing up in a small, rural town in Virginia during the 1940s. She experiences great loss in her life—loss of family and friends and loss of her soon-to-be husband. Her spirit wanes but does not falter and remains strong where many with lesser misfortune fold. She has a great belief in God and has evidence of His love and mercy. A very powerful story indeed. The following is an excerpt from the book about Sissy, Georgie’s closest, dearest friend in all the world. ~Excerpt~ Sissy knew she wasn’t pretty, cuz erbody told her so! She had all dem black features that erbody thought was ugly: dark skin, short nappy hair, big eyes, big lips, huge breast and a big butt. None of that mattered to me, cuz she was not just my cousin; she was my best friend. Her momma and mine couldn’t stand each other, but we didn’t care. We’d been friends for as long as I could remember. Every day, we walked the five miles to the little shack we called skool, carrying our books and lunch pails. Momma would always have something special in my pail. There would be bread, cheese, jelly and sometimes even a slice of homemade cake. Sissy never had anything good. Most times, she only had a piece of bread or some leftover salt pork. “Ain’t got no money to be spending on some ugly thang like you,” her momma would say. Her momma hated her. Folks say it was because she didn’t know who Sissy’s daddy was. Her momma was walking home one night when some men jumped her in the woods and made her ‘with child’. That’s what the folks called it in 1944. No one used words like pregnant, at least, not the good girls. My Thoughts: This was a story of sorrow to me AND one of hope to those who are discriminated against. Its message was loud and clear. We humans can be the most benevolent and caring of God’s creation, but we, conversely, demonize those we don’t understand, who are different than we are whether in social standing, education, economically, or race. The book didn’t take long to read, yet told a powerful, moving story set in the 1940’s about a young girl, Georgie, and how society impacted her very existence. She was also a woman of strength, coping with the injustices of life. There are surprising moments in the story, twists not expected which gave it greater depth. None of the characters were flat, but very convincing in dialog and action. Ms. Brown’s continual dialog pattern of black speech gave the story further cadence. Tina Brown is still a young author but with a powerful voice. I appreciated the chance to read this book as it was given me for an honest review. I don’t believe any review should be given without honesty for readers depend on what we think.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Ewurum

    This African American story takes place in the 1940's and that on it's own was very attractive to me. I love historical fiction and the post slavery period in America is a particular favourite. There is a richness in the life experiences and culture of that time that is not quite common to other genres. Not only does T.M Brown weave a vivid tapestry of life as it were then, particularly highlighting the plight and challenges of the women ...and in certain instances men of the time but I found her This African American story takes place in the 1940's and that on it's own was very attractive to me. I love historical fiction and the post slavery period in America is a particular favourite. There is a richness in the life experiences and culture of that time that is not quite common to other genres. Not only does T.M Brown weave a vivid tapestry of life as it were then, particularly highlighting the plight and challenges of the women ...and in certain instances men of the time but I found her character building second to none. I love rich main characters and the story of Georgie is most certainly compelling, gripping and keeps you wanting more, but I love more a book with a solid backdrop with a multidimensional,well developed support cast. Tthe bonus for me was in meeting these different people who help give life and progression to this story. Getting to know who they are and how the came to be, to the extend made me wish to digress and follow their lives on the side as well. I am very curious about the story that could make up the life of the rich heiress. One that would dwell on the "coloured" girl that goes on with a married white man. Even her aunt I found to be sich an intriguing character and her story would be something to read. In short I can not find the words to tell you how brilliant this book is. T.M Brown is most certainly in a league of her own. I am looking forward to reading a lot more of her fictional work. - See more at: http://fabulosityreads.blogspot.com/2...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Selena Haskins

    I enjoyed this story from start to finish. This is a story that reminds you of the old folk tales your grandparents told you about when they were growing up. This is a story that is told through the main character Georgia who grows up in Southern Virginia. Georgia is the youngest of four children, and her closet friend is Sissy. She is raised under the strict hand of her mother who is a no non-sense woman. Georgia's friend and cousin is Sissy. I felt so sorry for Sissy who never really had a cha I enjoyed this story from start to finish. This is a story that reminds you of the old folk tales your grandparents told you about when they were growing up. This is a story that is told through the main character Georgia who grows up in Southern Virginia. Georgia is the youngest of four children, and her closet friend is Sissy. She is raised under the strict hand of her mother who is a no non-sense woman. Georgia's friend and cousin is Sissy. I felt so sorry for Sissy who never really had a chance to explore life the way she deserved to. The picture of Sissy is realistic and the way that "folks" treated women of darker complexions back in the 40's and 50's. From Sissy's birth, you could tell life would be hard for her, but I didn't expect the tragic events that would await her. Meanwhile, Georgia, the obedient but curious child grows up and move on in life without her dear Sissy. She has a hidden talent- drawing, that sends her up north to Baltimore where she must adjust to her life away from her mother, family, and the friends she once knew. I rooted for Georgia from start to finish. I wanted her to find love again and happiness. This was a good story, and I wish it was a novel, but sometimes keeping it short is good enough to help you remember it all. Good job Tina!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Arlena

    Title: Struggles of the Women Folk Author: T. M. Brown Publisher: T.M.B. Series: Part I Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review: "Struggles of the Women Folk" by T. M. Brown "My Thoughts..... What a very captivating read that took place many years ago that will keep your attention all the way to the end. Be ready for a lots of emotions presented in this read from 'pain, tears, sorrow, drama, heartbreaking, evilness, and even a little laughter and joy. The reader will really get caught up in this so Title: Struggles of the Women Folk Author: T. M. Brown Publisher: T.M.B. Series: Part I Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review: "Struggles of the Women Folk" by T. M. Brown "My Thoughts..... What a very captivating read that took place many years ago that will keep your attention all the way to the end. Be ready for a lots of emotions presented in this read from 'pain, tears, sorrow, drama, heartbreaking, evilness, and even a little laughter and joy. The reader will really get caught up in this southern historical read that deals with the post slavery period in American in all of what this mother had to go through. I will say this is one of those stories that once you pick up this read you will see how well this author brings it out so very well for the readers. Truly growing up as Georgie did in Southern Virginia was quite a good tale of a story. I don't want to spoil it other than say will Georgie find the love and happiness that she longed for as 'she dreamed of a better life?' There were some characters that were very well developed, defined, portrayed and even believable giving you one amazing good read. Well, to find out what all has gone on you will have to pick up "Struggles of the Women Folk which was the first of three stories. So, yes there is more of this story coming...'Tethered Angel.'

  5. 4 out of 5

    RYCJ

    The Good. Can’t complain one bit about the really quick read of women struggling to get a grip on family, community issues, and men. The Mmeh Okay. The familiarity of issues… the rolling stones making and leaving families amid community tensions…held me captive trying to figure out where the story was going. The Best Part… Loved the writing. It is really, really, very good, and without spoiling the story, the ending helped assuage reading through the struggles. Replete with spoken urban dialogue a The Good. Can’t complain one bit about the really quick read of women struggling to get a grip on family, community issues, and men. The Mmeh Okay. The familiarity of issues… the rolling stones making and leaving families amid community tensions…held me captive trying to figure out where the story was going. The Best Part… Loved the writing. It is really, really, very good, and without spoiling the story, the ending helped assuage reading through the struggles. Replete with spoken urban dialogue and a backdrop of domestic unrest and action balanced the story balanced.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Valerie Puri

    This was a very compelling read. It was fast paced, yet the growth of the story and the characters never felt rushed. Struggles of the Women Folk certainly lives up to its title. The struggles that the main character Georgie faces amounts to more than most people could bear. This story was an incredible emotional roller coaster. Just when things seem on track, everything is derailed and the struggles continue. This story is well written and keeps your interest throughout until the very last page This was a very compelling read. It was fast paced, yet the growth of the story and the characters never felt rushed. Struggles of the Women Folk certainly lives up to its title. The struggles that the main character Georgie faces amounts to more than most people could bear. This story was an incredible emotional roller coaster. Just when things seem on track, everything is derailed and the struggles continue. This story is well written and keeps your interest throughout until the very last page.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    A page turner from the beginning and an emotional roller coaster to the last page. I kept thinking, how would I favor in all that Georgie endured. Struggle seemed to be an understatement. 4.5 stars

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jovon

    More than I Expected I really really enjoyed this read. I appreciated the fact that although the circumstances of the main characters life were horrible for the time period it didn't seem too outlandish. I wish there were more to readmit was over before I knew it. More than I Expected I really really enjoyed this read. I appreciated the fact that although the circumstances of the main characters life were horrible for the time period it didn't seem too outlandish. I wish there were more to readmit was over before I knew it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sidne

    Book cover Summary: This is the story of Georgie. She is a young black girl growing up in the 1940s in a small, rural town in Virginia. Life is hard and she dreams of better life. She experiences great loss and heartache. She loses friends and family, as well as the love of her life. And still, she remains strong. This emotional and inspiring story has a gritty dialogue. TM Brown's signature writing style is captivating. You will find it difficult to stop reading once you begin... My Review: Stru Book cover Summary: This is the story of Georgie. She is a young black girl growing up in the 1940s in a small, rural town in Virginia. Life is hard and she dreams of better life. She experiences great loss and heartache. She loses friends and family, as well as the love of her life. And still, she remains strong. This emotional and inspiring story has a gritty dialogue. TM Brown's signature writing style is captivating. You will find it difficult to stop reading once you begin... My Review: Struggles of the Women Folk is a Novella. (under 150 pages) The story setting is in Virginia and the year is 1940. One of the best part of the novel I enjoyed was the rhetorical dialect the author chose to use which was a perfect tone for that era. Some readers might view the novel as a Coming of Age read. The main character and narrator of the story, is teenager Georgie. She is an independent young lady whose heart desires to achieve a better life for herself. The adversities and challenges this young girl endured was woven into a compelling tale that also included secondary characters Sissy, Georgie's mother and Aunt Adele. The complex themes of their struggles I found weaken by the voice of Georgie. I felt their pain but not their struggle. The ending was a bit abrupt but glad HOW it ended. This is the first novel I read from this author and It was not disappointing by far. The Characters were believable, the author stayed within the era, some character development among the characters, and readers will experience varied emotions. With those elements you have a satisfying read. My reading pace was moderate and non stop. This novel held my attention from beginning to end. The author penned a well written historical fiction of secrets, betrayal, hardship and deceit. Definitely worth reading. I give the book cover a 4/5 rating. Much improved from the last cover. I love the title of the book, "Struggles of the Women Folk" but i don't think the struggles were flushed for each character to match the title. 3.5 / 5 rating. This novels sits on my shelf as a DARN GREAT READ with a 4/5 review rating.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    I was blessed to receive this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This very brief novel follows the life of a young African American girl from Virginia named Georgie. Her story begins when she is 16 years old, and she loses her best friend to complications from a brutal rape and subsequent pregnancy. Following this, her life is a series of incidents that appear to be overwhelming, and beyond her ability to cope. (view spoiler)[Impregnated by her boyfriend just before he was drafted into the army, she i I was blessed to receive this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This very brief novel follows the life of a young African American girl from Virginia named Georgie. Her story begins when she is 16 years old, and she loses her best friend to complications from a brutal rape and subsequent pregnancy. Following this, her life is a series of incidents that appear to be overwhelming, and beyond her ability to cope. (view spoiler)[Impregnated by her boyfriend just before he was drafted into the army, she is forced to leave a good job as an artist for a company that makes postcards because of the strict religious attitude of her employers. Returning home, she is forced to raise her child on her own, when events conspire to keep her and her boyfriend apart. Years later, the woman who had arranged for her to get the artist position commits the ultimate crime: she conspires to steal Georgie's daughter and move to Europe with her lover. (hide spoiler)] It is only Georgie's great faith in God that enables her to survive all her losses, and set herself on a path to regain control of her life. Author T.M. Brown has written a compelling story of injustice perpetrated against the weak by the strong. It is truly believable that a white "benefactor" with unlimited funds and a sense of entitlement would have used that advantage to manipulate the life of a poor black woman for her own personal pleasure and benefit. And while certain plot points seem a bit contrived, they do not diminish the overall message of the book. Despite a predictable ending, something which usually ruins a book for me, I actually looked forward to the ultimate resolution, because I cared so deeply about Georgie. This lovely book is highly recommended for anyone who enjoys stories of people holding to their values and overcoming adversity as a result.

  11. 5 out of 5

    M.M. Jaye

    This is the coming-of-age story of Georgie, a black woman growing up in rural Virginia in the 1940s. Striving to be good, all she wants is a peaceful life, but all she gets is pain. This becomes a suffocating pattern that she cannot seem to extricate herself from, and when she loses the one good thing in her life, again through deceit, she has no reason to live. But instead of letting go, she uses prayer as a balm to soothe her pain, and soon hope flourishes. In a society rife with prejudice, ste This is the coming-of-age story of Georgie, a black woman growing up in rural Virginia in the 1940s. Striving to be good, all she wants is a peaceful life, but all she gets is pain. This becomes a suffocating pattern that she cannot seem to extricate herself from, and when she loses the one good thing in her life, again through deceit, she has no reason to live. But instead of letting go, she uses prayer as a balm to soothe her pain, and soon hope flourishes. In a society rife with prejudice, stereotypes and an unabashed display of racism, black women are continuously victimized; not least from their peers. That was an element of interest in this book. And as the title suggest, this story depicts the struggle of all women folk; not only black women. I’m Greek, and around the time Georgie was growing up, my grandmother was giving birth in the fields, child after child, knowing that not all children will survive, a fact that gave birth to “Death shall claim his share”. The cynicism with which their harsh reality armed those women was carried over to their own children—not their cherished sons but their daughters. Maybe it was a way to reinforce them, make them stronger to face their own struggles, but in reality what was reinforced was their lack of conviction in their self-worth, their eternal victimization. With a voice strong in its simplicity, T. M. Brown lays out a tale of deceit, betrayal and dark secrets and a young girl’s struggle to navigate in life through them. Although this is historical fiction, the message defies time and is still very relevant: perseverance and never losing hope. Even though it’s overwhelmingly harrowing at times, this is a must read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Janice Ross

    In my quiet time, I took a journey. I cuddled up with Author TM Brown’s “Struggles of the Women Folk” and became one with her lead character, Georgie. I’m still in awe. From the moment I began reading the first sentence to the very last, I felt every single word and every single experience. Even after I completed this remarkable reading, I had to take some time to meditate on the life of the main character. “Struggles of the Women Folk” takes place many many years ago. It’s a time that many would In my quiet time, I took a journey. I cuddled up with Author TM Brown’s “Struggles of the Women Folk” and became one with her lead character, Georgie. I’m still in awe. From the moment I began reading the first sentence to the very last, I felt every single word and every single experience. Even after I completed this remarkable reading, I had to take some time to meditate on the life of the main character. “Struggles of the Women Folk” takes place many many years ago. It’s a time that many would want to forget, a time of lessons to be learned and a time of pure heartache. Brown’s tale however, was of the strength we hardly recognize or know we are capable of, until we look back on all that we’ve endured. Oh my goodness, who could not appreciate such a deep and enduring tale of one woman’s struggle through life. This is not the first book that I’ve read from Author TM Brown, and will certainly not be the last. I’ve said it before and will continue to say this – SHE WAS BORN TO ROCK THE WORLD! Brown’s writing has the ability to set readers in a trance, totally engulfing them in her world. I cried, smiled, cried some more, went back and re-read certain parts, smiled and pressed on with Georgie. This is the type of tale that is simply timeless; one that could never grow old because it tells of human nature and the heart of man. This is a MUST READ!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Victorius Promos

    Heartwarming, Moving & Thrilling Struggles of the Women Folk is a unique book that translated me on a beautiful journey of another era. The richness of this historical fiction will leave a lasting memory in your mind – it depicts strength and remarkable courage and enables you to reflect on your own life struggles and victories. Georgie the lead character is my favorite; she adds zest with touch of discipline, strength and endurance. Georgie had me doing some deep reflection on my o Heartwarming, Moving & Thrilling Struggles of the Women Folk is a unique book that translated me on a beautiful journey of another era. The richness of this historical fiction will leave a lasting memory in your mind – it depicts strength and remarkable courage and enables you to reflect on your own life struggles and victories. Georgie the lead character is my favorite; she adds zest with touch of discipline, strength and endurance. Georgie had me doing some deep reflection on my own life’s journey and I saw a bit of myself in her. Deeply moving and intriguing tale by TM Brown it kept a smile on my face from start to finish – I felt every emotion that was expressed and I LOVE IT every single word of it. @VictoriusPromos

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine Carey

    Struggles of the Women Folk is one novel that truly had me from the first few pages. Having a love for the era it was set in,which was the 1940s was a plus for me. The story chronicles one woman’s tragic life from childhood to adulthood as she deals with emotional tragedies of sexism, racism and personal family struggles time after time. Georgie grew up in the south amidst a post slavery era when traces of slavery and racism still ran rampant. The story is woven rich with Black American Vernacul Struggles of the Women Folk is one novel that truly had me from the first few pages. Having a love for the era it was set in,which was the 1940s was a plus for me. The story chronicles one woman’s tragic life from childhood to adulthood as she deals with emotional tragedies of sexism, racism and personal family struggles time after time. Georgie grew up in the south amidst a post slavery era when traces of slavery and racism still ran rampant. The story is woven rich with Black American Vernacular. I cried for Georgie as she witnesses a horrific event early in her childhood that haunted her forever. Just when you think this woman is getting a break another event befalls her that will shatter her life. I found myself crying and rooting for Georgie every time she was on the cusp of possible happiness. This novel would make a great addition to classrooms as a supplemental reading for Black American History Studies. Author Brown writes with such passion my emotions ran deep with each scene. I can only say one thing- this novel should be made into a movie. Bravo to Author Brown for sharing this heartwarming and unforgettable story with us.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Teri Stich

    I was fortunate to have been chosen to receive this as a Goodread’s Giveaway. I can honestly say I was hesitant when I opened the package, it’s a short book, only 102 pages. As I started to read it I was still quite skeptical, just didn’t seem to appeal to me. Well, it is one you will want to continue because you truly get swept up in the story. It’s the ole story, set in the south, young girl of the “wrong” color, wrong side of town, etc, etc; at least that’s what is appears to be. Let me tell I was fortunate to have been chosen to receive this as a Goodread’s Giveaway. I can honestly say I was hesitant when I opened the package, it’s a short book, only 102 pages. As I started to read it I was still quite skeptical, just didn’t seem to appeal to me. Well, it is one you will want to continue because you truly get swept up in the story. It’s the ole story, set in the south, young girl of the “wrong” color, wrong side of town, etc, etc; at least that’s what is appears to be. Let me tell you as you continue you forget you are reading: you feel like you are sitting on the porch swing with a glass of Sweet Tea or Lemonade, listening to the story of someone’s life. I read this in a couple of hours and didn’t want it to end. The trials in Georgette’s life were hard, no one should live them, but the author made them real without glorifying anything. I am donating my copy to the library as I feel this would be a wonderful addition to both African American History Studies as well as Women History Studies and this being Black History Month the timing is perfect.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Day

    Ms. Brown has the ability in just a few opening lines transport you to another era. A time that sadly isn't too far back in our history. Most of us usually live a so called normal life, a life with a balance of good times and those not so good times. Other people seem to live almost charmed lives. T. M Brown's heroine sadly is one of those who has tragedy and despair fill her life. That said, if you like when the author has a way with words and her style captures you page after page you will enjo Ms. Brown has the ability in just a few opening lines transport you to another era. A time that sadly isn't too far back in our history. Most of us usually live a so called normal life, a life with a balance of good times and those not so good times. Other people seem to live almost charmed lives. T. M Brown's heroine sadly is one of those who has tragedy and despair fill her life. That said, if you like when the author has a way with words and her style captures you page after page you will enjoy the time spent reading “Struggles of the Women Folk.” I know I did. I don't believe in spoilers so I'll just say. In my mind's eye... I shared the fear Georgie felt in the school house... I walked down the dirt road with Georgie and her mother. I grieved with her at the betrayal of those she trusted... Best of all, I thought about this story long after I finished reading it. AND... isn't that the best reason to read any book. Well done, T.M. Brown!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Abby Vandiver

    4 1/2 stars The first chapter pulled you in and made you want to stay until the end. This book had been sitting on my Kindle a long time, and I'm very happy that I finally got to it. It was a good book. I enjoyed the setting, the characters and the feel of the book. All were authentic and real. Georgie is a girl who lives through a whole heap of trouble before she can find happiness. But she's strong as were many of the women in the era that this book is set. I lowered the rating because of the prob 4 1/2 stars The first chapter pulled you in and made you want to stay until the end. This book had been sitting on my Kindle a long time, and I'm very happy that I finally got to it. It was a good book. I enjoyed the setting, the characters and the feel of the book. All were authentic and real. Georgie is a girl who lives through a whole heap of trouble before she can find happiness. But she's strong as were many of the women in the era that this book is set. I lowered the rating because of the problems with the timeline. There were problems with gaps, such as the story of why her aunt was so hostile with her. Georgie is supposedly the baby child, with older siblings, yet, her aunt and mother had the same boyfriend with their first child. Where did the older kids come from? This is just one of the illogical happenings. Not many people notice things like that, I do, but it still couldn't take away that this was a good story. Definitely recommended.

  18. 5 out of 5

    --karen Green-berry

    5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional rollercoaster- BRAB ONLINE BOOK CLUB, September 27, 2015 Edit Review Delete Review Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Struggles of the Women Folk (Tethered Angel) (Kindle Edition) I don't know where to start, I had no idea what to expect but I'm glad I gave it a chance. Georgie is a woman that has experienced unbelievable harm but persevered. The story is set in rural Virginia back in the early 1900's, when the races were separated and whites had all the 5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional rollercoaster- BRAB ONLINE BOOK CLUB, September 27, 2015 Edit Review Delete Review Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Struggles of the Women Folk (Tethered Angel) (Kindle Edition) I don't know where to start, I had no idea what to expect but I'm glad I gave it a chance. Georgie is a woman that has experienced unbelievable harm but persevered. The story is set in rural Virginia back in the early 1900's, when the races were separated and whites had all the power. She lost her friend at a young age due to a brutal crime. She became pregnant and abandoned, lost her mother, her newborn son and still she persevered. But when her beautiful daughter was stolen from her, she was finally broken but only for a little while. The author has done a good job of taking the reader through this character's challenges, her defeats and triumphs. A great read. Comment Comment | Permalink

  19. 4 out of 5

    Evels

    I got into this story from the very first page. It was very fast reading that kept you interested in what was going to happen next. I felt for Georgie and her situation but I also felt for her mother and her Aunt Adele once I learned their story, and as is mentioned in the book, "Everyone has a story." It goes to prove that life is what makes a woman a bitch. But if you look beyond that, you will see the suffering that "bitch" has endured in her life. The book was aptly named, for women love, tr I got into this story from the very first page. It was very fast reading that kept you interested in what was going to happen next. I felt for Georgie and her situation but I also felt for her mother and her Aunt Adele once I learned their story, and as is mentioned in the book, "Everyone has a story." It goes to prove that life is what makes a woman a bitch. But if you look beyond that, you will see the suffering that "bitch" has endured in her life. The book was aptly named, for women love, trust and hope too much and oftentimes put all of that into a man only to be betrayed. An experience like that can alter all other experiences in your life until you make the decision to learn and take charge of your own happiness. Unfortunately, some women find it hard to be happy. They can't seem to catch a break.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dormaine G.

    From the first line of the book, I knew it was going to be an interesting read. The characters were well written so that I felt their doubts, fears and hardships along the way. T.M. Brown has written an amazing book that captured the heart and soul of the deep south in America. She delved into the past allowing the reader to travel back in time with the story line by giving thorough depictions along the way. I could picture what she was trying to describe and that is important for the reader whe From the first line of the book, I knew it was going to be an interesting read. The characters were well written so that I felt their doubts, fears and hardships along the way. T.M. Brown has written an amazing book that captured the heart and soul of the deep south in America. She delved into the past allowing the reader to travel back in time with the story line by giving thorough depictions along the way. I could picture what she was trying to describe and that is important for the reader when dealing with a different period in time. There were moments I laughed, moments I cried and moments I even wanted to walk away but I never could, of course. I found it too easily entertaining and so entertaining I finished the book in one sitting. I had to read more.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Caroline Oceana

    A beautiful story, which I read nearly all in one sitting. Vivid characters who are three-dimensional, with sympathetic portrayals of both women and men, recognizable for both their inner strength and their foibles. I related strongly to Georgie's wanting to be loved and to feel safe, yet wanting life on her own terms. She pays dearly each time she loves someone, but that river never stops flowing. This story of a young African-American woman in mid-20th century America keeps veering into tragedy A beautiful story, which I read nearly all in one sitting. Vivid characters who are three-dimensional, with sympathetic portrayals of both women and men, recognizable for both their inner strength and their foibles. I related strongly to Georgie's wanting to be loved and to feel safe, yet wanting life on her own terms. She pays dearly each time she loves someone, but that river never stops flowing. This story of a young African-American woman in mid-20th century America keeps veering into tragedy, but is suddenly life-affirming when you least expect it. It will stay with you, both its realism and its almost fairy-tale beauty. This is an author to watch!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kynthia

    I read The Struggles of Women Folk in one night. It was difficult to put the book down once I started. The voice of Georgie reminded me of my elderly neighbor who is also from Virginia and still speaks similar dialect, which I find endearing as I love the differences in spoken languages. The more I read the more I wanted to know about Georgie’s family dynamics and Aunt Adele’s inconsistent concern for her daughter, Sissy and the way skin color plays on how people threat you, in any society. Ther I read The Struggles of Women Folk in one night. It was difficult to put the book down once I started. The voice of Georgie reminded me of my elderly neighbor who is also from Virginia and still speaks similar dialect, which I find endearing as I love the differences in spoken languages. The more I read the more I wanted to know about Georgie’s family dynamics and Aunt Adele’s inconsistent concern for her daughter, Sissy and the way skin color plays on how people threat you, in any society. There were so many surprises throughout the story. I plan to read more of T.M. Brown’s stories.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Dixon

    I thoroughly enjoyed Struggles of the Women Folk by TM Brown. I did not want it to end. I felt as if I was standing there with Georgie as she tried to help her friend, Sissy. When Donnie disappoints her, I felt as though it was happening to a dear friend. The ‘old wives tales’ from the south helped me identify with the circumstances surrounding Angel’s birth. Brown is a prolific writer who bravely uses dialect in instances and this is no easy feat. This book gives a lot of food for thought.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Karen Perkins

    Struggles of the Women Folk is a fascinating piece of social commentary, expertly brought to life by T. M. Brown. It follows the story of Georgie, a young black girl in the 1940s American South and her travails and challenges as she grows. Gripping and very emotional, I was with Georgie every step of her way, through loss, triumph and hardship. She stayed in my mind long after I had finished the book, and can only hope this is the first of many books by T.M. Brown. Highly recommended.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Adrienne Thompson

    This story grabbed from the first sentence and wouldn't let me go until I was finished. Even when I was not reading it, the characters and the story haunted me, and I found myself wondering about about the characters. Georgie became real to me as I read her story. I could hear her voice loud and clear, and once I'd finished this story, I was clamoring for more. Will Ms. Brown bless us with a continuation? I hope so! Adrienne Thompson Author of Your Love Is King This story grabbed from the first sentence and wouldn't let me go until I was finished. Even when I was not reading it, the characters and the story haunted me, and I found myself wondering about about the characters. Georgie became real to me as I read her story. I could hear her voice loud and clear, and once I'd finished this story, I was clamoring for more. Will Ms. Brown bless us with a continuation? I hope so! Adrienne Thompson Author of Your Love Is King

  26. 4 out of 5

    Joann(san diego shutterbug)

    Great book. starts off kinda slow but it dramatically picks up right away. Its not recommended for younger reader as there is talk of rape and such. Makes you feel the emotions the characters are feeling. All the characters were very described if not through words but through their actions. Very well written. Quick read but very impacting. I received this book as part of goodreads.com first reads books.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway and read it in one evening, couldn't put it down. What a strong, determined young lady Georgie was. I could feel her heartbreak, in all that she endured and couldn't help but think of all the real Georgies that had endured similar pain and hardships during that time period. I highly recommend this book. It pulls you in and holds you there until the very last page. Thank you T.M. Brown for a wonderful read. I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway and read it in one evening, couldn't put it down. What a strong, determined young lady Georgie was. I could feel her heartbreak, in all that she endured and couldn't help but think of all the real Georgies that had endured similar pain and hardships during that time period. I highly recommend this book. It pulls you in and holds you there until the very last page. Thank you T.M. Brown for a wonderful read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brynette Turner

    The writing and the story were amazing. I intended to only read a couple of chapters before going to bed but wound up not putting the book down until I was finished. I even had to wipe away a few tears throughout because the plot was so moving. Thank you T.M. Brown for doing such a wonderful job at bringing the characters to life. I felt right along with them.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ashiya Tinch

    Great book! This was really a good story. I found myself feeling like I was in the same story as Georgie. She had to endure so much pain and my heart ached for her. My only complaint was that even though it was the ending that I wanted, it seemed to end so abruptly. Like I needed another 2 or 3 chapters because I wanted to know what would become of everyone.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Smith

    I loved this book. The author's use of colloquial English gave authenticity to each of the characters. Georgie is a strong woman and her observations for the way the world is treating her people in the 40's is "spot on". From my studies of the culture back then, I could envision the situations Georgie finds herself dealing with. Amazing page turner! I loved this book. The author's use of colloquial English gave authenticity to each of the characters. Georgie is a strong woman and her observations for the way the world is treating her people in the 40's is "spot on". From my studies of the culture back then, I could envision the situations Georgie finds herself dealing with. Amazing page turner!

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