We meet Cheryl Goldman as a high school student. She is in a relationship with Shaun, her first love. After two years in relationship that excluded intercourse – Cheryl wanted to save herself for her wedding night – one night, she decided that it was the night. However, she changed her mind when the reality of what she was about to engage in hit her. Shaun was decent enough to have no hard feelings. However, the next day he was with another girl who ends up pregnant. This is the initial shaping factor that lays the groundwork for how Cheryl chooses men.
Fast-forward two years, Cheryl has not dated and is a homebody. She’s not ugly, but she’s not a video vixen either. Her family is no help either. Cheryl’s mother nor her sister, gave Cheryl the advice she needed to cultivate her own inner confidence. They expected her to simply figure the right way to do things. In fact, it was Cheryl’s sister, Angel, who introduced Kevin and Cheryl via a blind date.
Easy on the eyes, Kevin Goldman was a man on the rise and he made sure to let everyone know it! From the first few minutes in his presence, Cheryl knew that the handsome vain man at the table was not to her liking. Cheryl cajoled her into continuing the date and he finally charmed her with his smile and some attention. This is the beginning of this well thought out tale.
Let Me Just Say This by B. Swangin Webster is not what I expected. I knew it was urban fiction. I knew it was going to deal with a woman’s bad relationship. I knew that the main character (Cheryl) would be damaged by the end of the book. A quick glance at the cover gives you this information.
What I didn’t know was Let Me Just Say This would deal with the gnarly issues of domestic abuse and violence in a very real, in-your-face manner. There are descriptive scenes within the book depicting violent abuse. There is strong language and expletives present as well. And, there are moments when the author gets on a soapbox and preaches to the reader just a teeny bit (mostly towards the end). But, I get it. Sometimes, things need to be said baldly. This fictional story, I am sure, mirrors many women’s relationships – regardless of their ethnicity, color, creed, or race.
This is a book for both men and women to read. Even if you are in a loving, productive relationship, reading this book is an excellent way to get a glimpse into the psychology, and mindset of someone who does not feel worthy of love. The author has done an excellent job in her character development.