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Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite
Dominique Wilkins’ short story Lights, Camera, Mine! is a story of love, and the impact of being in an abusive relationship. Katrina gives her love to her family, her daughter, and the father of her daughter; however, that is not enough as Katrina is not receiving the type of love that she needs and deserves from Johnny. In the beginning of their relationship, Katrina loved the attention and gifts that Johnny constantly gave her. He was also older and more mature than other guys she knew. However, this attention turned into control and demands and aggressive behavior. As Katrina spends time with her friend Chris, she learns what true love is and how it manifests; however, it takes strength to take a stand and make changes and Katrina is not sure she has that strength.
Dominique Wilkins addresses a topic that is usually skirted around and tread upon lightly in many circles, that being domestic violence. Dominique shares Katrina’s story with Johnny, which begins like a fairytale and then soon is more like living in fear and experiencing a nightmare instead. Katrina is faced with many decisions, none of them easy, as she is involved with a man who does not treat her well and they have a daughter together. Katrina has a friend in whom she can confide and she realizes that her life does not have to be how it is; however, it is scary to make changes and requires a great amount of courage. Katrina’s story is interspersed with scriptures throughout and this book can be very encouraging for someone who is in a similar situation to Katrina. At times the story felt choppy as it did not seem to flow seamlessly; however, it is a short story and designed to end quickly while delivering a message.