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Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite
A perfect read for when you only have a short amount of time, Giving My Tears a Break by Dominique Wilkins, the story of Hannah Jeffries, is an easy to follow story of a woman who gets herself into a situation that so many unfortunately do. Hopeful for a marriage with her boyfriend of many years, Nathan Hawes, she keeps waiting and waiting for him to change, to mature, and make a commitment to her. Even though they share three young children, it seems as if nothing will change between them. And even as she grows increasingly frustrated with her situation, she is also becoming increasingly dependent upon Nate, and the idea of leaving him becomes scarier and scarier. Finally though, there comes the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back, and Hannah realizes that she must act.
I think we all know women like Hannah. Perhaps more capable than she realizes, she’s stuck in a situation with a good-for-nothing partner she feels she can’t escape. Dominique Wilkins writes as if she has a very personal experience with this subject matter, and the Christian undertones of her writing make it more meaningful than just a simple short story. I would recommend this novella to any reader who enjoys Christian writing, stories about women who need a hand, or just short fiction in general. Those who enjoy a satisfying ending with righteousness and vindication would also be happy with this read. Good work, Ms. Wilkins, and I hope to see more from you in the future.