Book Reviews

The Spotlight: A Review Of “You, Me…Them!” By The Fertile Chick

Hi everyone, happy weekend! I hope your week was awesome. Mine was pretty good, I think. I got a few things ticked off, thank God.

Well, I’m back on The Spotlight with a book review of a book I read this week, by a fave of mine. You all know her; the incredible The Fertile Chick!!! She published two books earlier this year, A Love Of Convenience and You, Me…Them! I have only been able to read one, and that’s the one I am reviewing today – You, Me…Them!

Well, the cat is out of the bag – I loved the book! But I guess you might want to know why. Well, firstly, The Fertile Chick doesn’t disappoint. This is her at her very best! Every book I’ve read by her has been golden, but this takes the cake because she goes deeper than ever, and delves deep into faith issues, in addition to the usual drama and life issues her stories address.

This story considers the most unthinkable thing happening to a blissful marriage – children arising from nowhere to expose the infidelity of the husband. Molly is devastated when, not one but, two teenage girls are brought to her home by their grandaunt, saying that they are the offspring of her husband, to whom she has been married for 21 years! Just that simple revelation opens a can of worms and throws their world into chaos.

Someone else might have dealt with this story in a one-dimensional or two-dimensional way, but The Fertile Chick did this story justice, as she slowly unraveled all the layers of this betrayal, even addressing the things these young girls had been exposed to because of the negligence of her husband, who had simply paid their mother off to stay away. A man, who had been a hero of sorts to her and everyone they knew, regarded a man of God and mentor to many, is suddenly revealed as the human and weakling that he is!

There are many lessons to learn from this mammoth story. From the first chapter to the last, the story keeps building your understanding on the depth of issues in the story and in life generally. It was like a very rich fruit cake, addressing jealousy, infidelity, child abuse, bad parenting, favouritism, sacrifice, forgiveness, sexual compatibility and false religious doctrine and so much more.

The characters were also well developed, believable and relatable. The heroine truly was, even though she experienced her own mental breakdown and humanity, her actions were understandable and forgivable, and also very revealing of how fragile we all are and the importance of getting help when we need it, be it physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. The story and the wisdom shared through it was just awesome!

However, I definitely believe more effort should be given, at this stage of her artistic development, to editing. There were a few too many typos, not a great deal, but noticable. Also, I thought Angela, the therapist, shared a story that was much like Angel’s story in Redeeming Love, by Francine Rivers. It may or may not have been intentional, but it’s something the author needs to watch out for.

And the last chapter on the Songs Of Solomon was good, but I feel that this biblical book seems to be the Christian Marriage Counsellor’s sole recourse to teaching on sexuality in marriage. This book of the Bible has been stretched to say much more than it is saying, because it is the most explicit when it comes to romance. I read it recently, and it is poetic and passionate, but not so sexual to make anyone squirm… When the sex therapist made mention that it was hotter than any “Harlequin romance”, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes.

All that said, The Fertile Chick and God are to be praised for this work! I am so glad she followed inspiration and humbled herself to be used by God to deliver this book to the world. It is a book that will turn the hearts of the husbands to their wives, and wives to their husbands again. It certainly helped me to see the need to do more to be a good wife to my husband. Life does happen, shit happens, but we have to be strong and resilient to fight for what we want, need and deserve. It’s not going to be easy, but there’s grace enough. Thanks for reminding me of that, Sis!

Everyone, and I mean everyone – children too – should read this book! It’s got everything for everyone, and it is wholesome.

God bless your pen, The Fertile Chick!

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