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Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite
“I’m not guilty. I did not kill him.” Khadesia feels like a broken record in her plea of innocence. The implication that she was responsible for the shooting death of her one–time boyfriend, the crime she did not commit, falls on deaf ears for a second time years after the event and forces her to fight for her freedom. In "A Generation of Curses" Patricia A. Bridewell demonstrates how innocence can be threatened when it is combined with an attempt to make a life change for the better. All Khadesia Hill wants is to be a loving mother, a successful business woman and a respected member of her church and family. When her sordid past comes back to haunt her, the only thing she can rely on is her faith in God and the belief that goodness will shine through.
The obvious belief in God propels the reader through Khadesia’s earnest desire to conquer the evils of gossip and unfounded half-truths. Even with her commitment to the church, the main character is faced with the realities of temptation while her husband must blindly place his trust in a wife he finds he really doesn’t know. In a world so willing to believe only the negatives in life, Bridewell gives an honest look at the struggles even the most loving couple must combat. Khadesia and Malcom Hill face her demons head-on as an inseparable team. "A Generation of Curses" is a totally believable story, but full of twists to keep the reader hoping and cheering for a happy ending.