Deborah L. King
Paperback Pub. Date: August 22, 2019
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing, LLC
Formats: Paperback, eBook
About the Book
Glory’s mother will stop at nothing to keep her daughter from worldly temptations…
Glory Bishop lives her life in pieces. At work and with her friends, she reads novels, speaks her mind, and enjoys slow dances and stolen kisses with her boyfriend, JT. But at home, Glory follows strict rules and second-guesses every step. Though she dreams of going to college and living like a normal teenage girl, her abusive mother has other ideas.
When JT leaves to join the navy, Glory is left alone and heartsick. The preacher’s son, Malcolm Porter, begins to shower her with lavish gifts, and her mother pushes Glory to accept his advances. Glory is torn between waiting for true love with JT or giving in to the overzealous Malcolm.
When a stranger attacks Glory on the street, Malcolm steps in to rescue her, and her interest in him deepens. But the closer she gets to him, the more controlling he becomes. Glory must eventually decide whether to rely on others or to be her own savior.
About the Author
Deborah King has been a writer and storyteller her whole life. She published her first short story when she was seven years old. When she’s not writing, Deborah enjoys cartoons, cooking, photography, and Star Trek. Born and raised in Chicago, Deborah has managed to achieve all of her childhood dreams and still lives in the area with her husband and two youngest children. According to her daughter, she has “literally aced her life!”
I confess this book wasn’t like what I pictured when I read the blurb. I didn’t realize that Glory’s mother uses religion to justify abusing her daughter or that religion would play such a central role in the book. Usually, that would have been a turnoff for me because of personal beliefs surrounding organized religion. But the storyline is well thought out, and the book is well-written around it.
Poor Glory, her mother has kept her woefully ignorant. Her mother’s abuse is not just physical or emotional because she has raised Glory for one goal only. She’s denied her proper education, the chance to go out and live in the world, even a sliver. So it makes sense that when Malcolm comes along, Glory latches on with all her might. There’s a sense of freedom that was never there. I think it would be easy to spend the book angry at Glory’s naivete or get upset with some of her decisions, but you have to look at her situation and understand that cycle of abuse she lives.
Bishop has given readers hope in nothing but the best for Glory. There is a special place in the afterlife for people like Mary, and sadly, there are plenty of Marys out there in the world. Unfortunately, even though Glory has friends, she didn’t truly have anyone in her corner because most of them backed down after saying their piece.
I received the book a week before my stop on the tour, so I worried I wouldn’t get the book done in time. However, I finished it with plenty of time because once I started reading, I didn’t want to put it down. I confess that this book ended so abruptly it was a bit of a letdown. But it leaves you with a feeling of hope. Rockstar Book Tours sent along book 2, which I definitely plan to read because Glory’s story isn’t finished. Overall, a well-written, heartbreaking, and engaging read of a teenager bound to do great things in the world.
Praise for Glory Bishop
“If you enjoy complex characters, you’ll love this book. From a zealous and abusive mother to a free-spirited best friend much older than Glory, the cast is as engrossing as Glory herself. Deborah King maintains complete control of the narrative, manipulating perception of the characters even as their actions go in other directions. In some ways, you may even find yourself sympathizing with the violent boyfriend. Deborah King wields the pen in such a way as to grab you by the wrist and pull you along like you’re best friends. Glory Bishop is Chicago’s answer to Judy Blume!” —JORDAN EHMANN – Indies today
“Glory Bishop is an enthralling novel, sad, yet hopeful, written beautifully and masterfully in a way only a true storyteller can accomplish. The characters are complex, and unravelling their motivations, desires, strengths, and weaknesses, will keep readers thinking about this novel long after the last page.” —-USA Today bestselling author Kelly Stone Gamble
Glory Bishop is timely and timeless. This book should be required reading for every woman who thinks she must be obedient to be loved. Glory is a protagonist who has a lot going against her, but Ms. King makes her strong, and it is a delight to see where that strength takes her.— Barbara Conrey USA Today Bestselling Author of Nowhere Near Goodbye
“From the powerful first scene of Glory Bishop to its emotional ending, I was all-in. Deborah L. King is a fresh and compelling voice in women’s fiction.”— Jennifer Klepper, USA Today bestselling author of Unbroken Threads.
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