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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Forever Restored: Healing in the Aftermath by Curtis McKenzie is an inspirational story that explores crime in a high-density residential neighborhood, infested with crime, street gangs, drug addicts, and prostitutes. In this depressing setting, violence threatens the lives of everyone as a notorious gang seeks to take control of the neighborhood. Against this backdrop, one woman of faith, Freida Winslow, a forty-year-old African American woman living in an old, six-story brick apartment building, stands out to make a difference, offering a response that startles everyone and bringing reconciliation to her neighborhood. A novel filled with powerful lessons on handling difficult and challenging situations. This woman’s faith, her courage, and her resilience in fighting crime and standing by the victims will astonish and inspire readers.
The narrative is done in a captivating voice and from the very beginning, the author introduces a painfully dramatic situation, a young girl arrives, asking for help and carrying a baby who’s been shot. The theme of violence and social conflict is immediately introduced. The images of the setting are vivid and the reader has a clear idea of where and when the narrative is taking place. The social commentaries add to the flavor to the story, enriching the setting and the depth of character. Curtis McKenzie takes readers into a run-down neighborhood and allows them to experience the tension and the emotional turmoil that inhabit her readers. Forever Restored: Healing in the Aftermath is well-written, captivating, and a delight for those looking for writing that inspires.