by Sharina Harris
Genre: Women’s Fiction
When four college friends formed the Brown Sugarettes Mastermind Group, they had very different goals—but matched each other in ambition. Yet ten years later they can’t help wondering what happened to the hopeful, confident, driven women they used to be—and how to get
them back . . .
Radio personality Raina, known as “the black Delilah,” hates the wholesome persona that’s made her a success. Doling out syrupy versions of her grandma’s wisdom feels worlds away from the sarcastic,
tell-it-like-it-is woman Raina really is.
Kara Jones was sure she’d be a master sommelier by thirty. Life and loss interfered with that plan. Now she has one more chance—but it’s taking a toll on her self-esteem and her marriage.
Nikki Grayson hardly recognizes the stay-at-home mom she’s become. When her band signed a record deal, she swapped the limelight for a minivan and a sensible ’do. Now she’s wishing she had followed her heart. Instead, she’s drowning her regret in alcohol.
Public defender Sienna Njeri willingly put her city council aspirations aside to support her fiancé’s bid for office—and now she’s wondering if her loyalty is misplaced.
Longing for the support, advice, and tough love they once shared, all four resolve to start meeting up again. After all, their dreams may still be within reach. But are they worth the price they’ll pay to achieve them?
I like reading books with in-depth characters that evoke emotions in me. I definitely had this with Imperfectly Happy by Sharina Harris. It made me wonder why I’m just now hearing about this author.
Imperfectly Happy follows four friends who start a mastermind group to help them stay on track in pursuing in their dreams and passions. It didn’t work out how they expected since life got in the way. All four put their dreams and what they love to do on hold for the cookie cutter life. And now find themselves unhappy and wanting change. This prompts them to start their mastermind back up again and it definitely has a different vibe.
These character’s journey hit home for me because I saw myself in a few of them. Rana is a radio host working at a job she doesn’t like because of they won’t allow her to be her true self. Nikki wants to be back with her being so bad she turns to alcohol to dim her pain. Kara is letting the death of her mother stop her from passing the test she knows will make her a master of what she loves to do. Sienna is so busy making her fiance’s campaign run well she doesn’t see the wrongdoings right in front of her.
All four put others before themselves not realizing what harm they were doing to the hearts and how it was truly affecting their lives. I haven’t read a book in a while that’s brought me to tears but this one did. These women’s personalities and lives were well-defined as well as their back stories, which made it easier to connect with them and follow their story lines. I do wish the publisher would have created a book cover their represent what the book was truly about, but that is just one person’s opinion.
Overall, for me this was a heartfelt book of family, marriage, compromise and pursuing happiness once I got past the secrets and some betrayal. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more of this author’s work.
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Sharina Harris earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgia State University. After college, she pursued a career in digital marketing and public relations. Although her profession required writing, she decided to pursue a career in writing in 2012.
Sharina’s contemporary romance series under the pen name, Rina Gray, was named Book Riot’s 100 Must-Read Romantic Comedies. When Sharina’s not writing, she can be found with her head stuck in a book, rooting for her favorite NBA teams, and spending time with friends and family.
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