How to Knock a Bravebird from Her Perch

Fiction - Social Issues
344 Pages
Reviewed on 08/02/2015
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Author Biography

D. Bryant Simmons, an award-winning author and publisher, writes realistic fiction that straddles the line between art and social commentary. She is currently hard at work on the Morrow Girls Series, a family saga that spans three generations of women. Simmons manages to incorporate meaty topics such as domestic violence into her fiction without sacrificing entertainment value.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

How to Knock a Bravebird from Her Perch (A Family Saga): The First Novel in the Morrow Girls Series by D. Bryant Simmons is a powerful story that revolves around the theme of domestic violence. Pecan is brought up by a loving father in the absence of her mother. She leads a happy life. It is at that time she meets Ricky Morrow, who also sets his eyes on her. Fate intervenes in the form of Pecan's father's death and Ricky convinces her to marry him as she is alone and needs someone to take care of her. They move to Chicago as Ricky wants to concentrate more on his boxing career. Ricky's abusive behavior starts coming to the fore slowly and this book will inspire all abused women to put their feet down and not take abuse any more in their lives.

It's a compelling read with characters and situations that are tangible and connect with readers very well. The story is encouraging to all women to handle their tumultuous lives in a positive way and make the necessary changes required. It also helps them to step out of the fear zone and accept that they have a problem and work towards solving it, instead of living in denial. The emotional roller coaster ride in the story is interesting and this book of love and loss will definitely strike a chord in the hearts of readers. Pecan's journey, though a difficult one, gives hope to readers. An encouraging story for all women readers who have undergone and are undergoing abuse in their marriage.