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Stand By Me by Neta Jackson

Avis is a hard working principal at an elementary school. Kat is a student at a local Christian University. When they first meet at Souled Out Church, they have no idea how much then need each other.

In Stand By Me, Avis has a lot going on in her life. She is a busy educator, a wife, a mother, and a leader in her church. But, life is far from perfect. Avis has not heard from her daughter, Rochelle, for several months. When a bunch of college students start to attend her church and rent an apartment in her building, she finds them to be somewhat annoying.

Kat is one of those college students and she feels that Avis is not that pleased with her. Kat is a new Christian with high ideals. She is an education major who is passionate about teaching people about all sorts of things.   She values good nutrition, green living and other ideals that do not work so well in the inner city. But, through all of her ideals, the things she is missing the most is the love of her family. Her parents live in a different city and are not Christians. This leaves Kat searching for a family in her new home.

I enjoyed reading this book. I connected with the character of Avis. A lifetime Christian, mother, wife and educator. I could put myself in her shoes and could totally see why she acted the way that she did. While reading, I found myself getting annoyed with Kat, too. She has a lot to learn about life in the real world. That was a convicting for me while I read. There were enough things left hanging at the end that will set up the rest of the books in the series. I am looking forward to reading the others in this series.
I was given this book by BookSneeze. The opinions are all my own.


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