Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “Judge’s Girls” by Sharina Harris, Kensington Publishing, October 27, 2020 for Suzy Approved Book Tours
Sharina Harris, the author of “Judge’s Girls” has written an emotional, thought-provoking, intriguing and captivating story. The genres for this novel are Domestic Fiction, Women’s Fiction and Contemporary Fiction. I love the way Sharina Harris vividly describes her characters and their growth and events in this book. The timeline for this story is set in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events. The author describes her dramatic characters as complicated and complex. The themes revolve around Joseph Donaldson, a Georgia Judge, who passes away and the three different women that mean so much to him in his life.
When Joseph passes away, the family is surprised at the stipulations in his will. His biological daughter Maya is an attorney who seems very strong and positive. His step-daughter Ryder is almost ready for college, and has a flair for writing poetry and expressing and communicating her thoughts. Jeanie, was Joseph’s wife, and seems to have issues emotionally dealing with many things. Joseph provides for all of them, but does want Jeanie to be able to live in Maya’s house for as long as she wants.
Maya and Jeanie don’t get along, and it seems at times that Maya acts not only as the big sister to Ryder, but taking on the role of parent as well. To both Maya and Jeanie, Joseph’s wishes spell out a recipe for disaster. Maya has always had to “man up” and be strong and not show weakness by crying. Jeanie on the other hand seems to have been treated as a fragile person.
Can this new arrangement allow for forgiveness and second chances? I appreciate that the authors discusses alcohol and drug abuse, and getting the help that one needs. The author also discusses the importance of honesty, communication, family, love and hope. I highly recommend this amazing novel for other readers.