- Posted August 14, 2013 by
'How Far Will You Go For The Ring?' by Roxie H.
"Find out through the pages of this compelling novel if Candice continues to be held captive by her savage, charismatic lover. See for yourself just how far she will go for the ring."
When I read 'How Far Would You Go For The Ring' by author Roxie H., the first feeling that swept over me was sadness. I genuinely felt sorry for the main character of this work. It wasn't that she was destitute or didn't have all of the things that she needed to get by. What came across clearly was the woman's lack of self-esteem. The circumstances that she faced and also placed herself in were heart-wrenching. But her mindset was what struck me the most.
Author Roxie H. paints a vivid picture of a woman that places value on the physical and the material before herself. It seemed that as long as she had all of the things that society values as being symbols of success, then it somehow translated to her having herself together.
It wasn't that this was a bad read. Roxie H. manages to take her readers into the complex world of a woman whose life is filled with drama. Indeed, the character Candice is complicated, bouncing from one man to another looking for love but clearly not understanding what love is.
There are episodes in this book where Candice is physically assaulted by her love interest and yet she continues her relationship with him; perhaps because she feels as if she has too much to lose. Even after having two children, there are still lessons that the average reader would hope that Candice has learned. There are questions that are left unanswered and some gaps, albeit small in size, that still need to be filled.
As a debut novel, Roxie H. can tell a story. This was not a poor attempt by any means. For those looking for a drama-filled read, 'How Far Would You Go For The Ring' may indeed fit the bill. For others, it may leave them wanting more. Ultimately, it really depends on your appreciation for the authors writing style.
My final consensus is that this is a story that cooked when it could have sizzled. Still, I am waiting for the authors next work because I personally believe that she has untapped talent!
Pro notes to the author:
"You are a gifted storyteller. You've managed to capture the essence of your characters, whether they are characters that you are inclined to like or not. Your story is hard hitting in certain areas...gritty in others. What I believe is that you have what it takes to go far in this industry. The reason that I say this is because even though there some tense issues that I picked up in reading your work, the storyline supersedes it by far.
"I found myself feeling sorry for Candice, mostly because her behaviors and wrong choices seem to be somewhat reflective of her own self esteem and self worth. You mentioned that you lived this story on a personal level. Good for you for coming out on the other side. Some women don't make it. I've never subscribed to the ideology that a woman needs to make herself second or third in a man's life. Clearly, Candice and other women like her thought that it was worth the sacrifice of their humanity to have the material things in life. I couldn't help but feel sorry for her when she thought out loud even though Champ had other women, she was the main one.
"The story overall resonates of sadness...sadness that too many of our women think of themselves as a prized possession not realizing that they are still a possession, no matter how much value the person that may lay claim to you may place on you.
"Your title rings true...too many women are willing to endure too much to get the ring without weighing the true sacrifice behind it. Kudos to you for telling the story in such an attention grabbing manner."
~ J.L. Whitehead