Black Child to Black Woman

An African-American Woman Coming-of-Age Story

Fiction - Chick Lit
190 Pages
Reviewed on 03/22/2017
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Author Biography

Even at the age of seven, up and coming Author Cheryl Denise Bannerman, would sit for hours on end reading about faraway lands, intriguing characters and intoxicating storylines.

And by a pre-teen, she was writing poetry for publication and short stories for school that moved the reader to laughter, tears, and sometimes anger. She was an old creative soul from a young age, experiencing way too much ‘life’ than she would have liked.

Now this little girl is all grown up with a child of her own. A child who also loves to write, and even has a unique and masterful talent for drawing as well.

When Author Cheryl Powell (pen name, Cheryl D. Bannerman) is not writing for her next book, she is running her 21-year old virtual B2B Training and Development company based out of her Orlando, Florida, home. Since 1996, she has been known as an Instructional Design and e-Learning Specialist — with clients all over the US and overseas — creating classroom training materials, e-Learning modules, job aides and more for corporate employees and their clients.

This author also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Master of Science degree in IT Project Management and Leadership. She manages multiple projects over various time zones as an expert Training and Development Service Provider.

And, although this author’s works are fiction, she has incorporated many of her personal life’s experiences into their stories.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite

With life there are all types of experiences, lessons and challenges that shape us. It is the beginning of life from the womb to our formative years, up to the age of five, that help to create who we will be. If something drastic, brutal, or unfavorable occurs during these times, it can have a negative impact, but all is not lost - you can still overcome. Follow Tara Walker as her diary entries take us through the channels of her life from being a child, through puberty and teenage years to a young adult where each of these phases will have a tremendous influence on who she is and will become. Cheryl Denise Bannerman teaches us about how life can be happy yet have its dysfunctional elements, especially with those around us, from domestic violence, alcoholism, drug addiction and sexual abuse to feelings of isolation and loneliness. But in all things, despite what we face in life, God has another plan.

As I read Black Child to Black Woman: A Journey of Tremendous Proportions by Cheryl Denise Bannerman, I began to think about women like Maya Angelou and Oprah Winfrey. These two women are prime examples of how when our young lives are riddled with unfavorable occurrences, our choices and decisions make the difference. Just as Tara did in Black Child to Black Woman, as she transitioned from wife to mother, she began to see her life through different lenses. If you are looking for a true, gritty story about life in its rawest form, then Black Child to Black Woman: A Journey of Tremendous Proportions by Cheryl Denise Bannerman will fit the bill.