You would expect from a skilled author She weaves it all together with a evel of detail that makes you feel as if you were there with the characters witnessing their triumphs and struggles As a fellow author I can appreciate the The Catholic Home: Celebrations and Traditions for Holidays, Feast Days, and Every Day liberty she takes with changing tenses aittle used but effective Green Metropolis: The Extraordinary Landscapes of New York City as Nature, History, and Design literary tool that I have used myself but only seen infreuently used by other authors of fiction This is a work of substance that I would recommend to everyone After reading Rosalyn Story s Wading Home Ioved it so much that I had to read her first novel More Than You Know When I first saw the title I started singing the old standard by that name without knowing the song was a thread throughout the novel It s a sweet poignant The Magic Cake Shop love story of a nine year old boy who promised never to tell where the infant came from before he delivered her to Big Mama to adopt and raise Eighteen yearsater he finds that baby all grown up and they have a happy marriage for 25 years until he tell her the secret She banishes him he runs away and we find him iving homeless on the streets of New York CityI oved the yrical uality of this story but not as much as I oved Wading Home I Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability loved the jazz music that tells it s own story as background to the plight of LJ and Olivia as the secret slowly unravels with all the threads that tore them apart and would finally bring them back together I give it four stars A satisfying moment from beginning to endLike a good meal this serves a great appetizer through dessert Sets the stage for a terrific suspense and teases out a fulfilling ending Thank you for aovely read This book starts out with a mini prologue from Arkansas 1955 More Than You Know picks up the story in 90 s New York It starts out by describing the weather with beautiful words and introduces a character with initials for a name LJ I hate initials for names in novels It s a personal thingMore Than You Know moves along about as fast as a turtle with arthritis in the kneecaps The novel does weave a very interesting history for LJ and Olivia once the book finally gets around to it Which feels ike 5 years ater because of the way the book is paced The Big Mama Olivia LJ Vaughn connection is a American Hunger: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Washington Post Series long time comingThe writing is very pretty and the pacing is very slowThis is not my type of book but the story idea is uite good If youike flowery descriptions of weather skin tones and music then this book will be terrific for you And I The Mother Zone like that the authorives in Dallas too. Conforms to its own rules and that ove can endure even the most profound injuries Rosalyn Story herself a successful musician has created a yrical emotionally consuming page turner that delves deeply into the mysteries of ove family and marriage.
Deep dark family secret to OliviaShe banishes him from the house forever not knowing that her wish may come true Grief stricken by his wife s outburst and dismissal from his dream job LJ turns to the bottle Drinking and wallowing in despair he plunges off an embankment anding in the river He escapes the car and the city that doesn t want him by jumping a train to New York CityNew York City has ittle to offer a poor black man with a saxophone He travels from corner to corner and park bench to homeless shelter playing his horn while iving on the streets One day Covington a jazz singer turns him onto an open club spot LJ slowly starts piecing his The Somme: Heroism and Horror in the First World War life back together as this gig allows him to save a few dollarsAs the story unfolds youearn that keeping secrets can tear a relationship apart and deepen your resolve to stay true to yourself As Olivia Sicilian Lives learns bits and pieces of the truth her heart opens and she realizes her purpose inife But will her purpose and LJ s dream meet againEvery family has at Tattoo a Banana: And Other Ways to Turn Anything and Everything Into Art least one dark secret but it is how youive with that knowledge which makes the difference The development of characters along with the use of flashbacks will keep you turning the pages of this novel The outcome was unexpected yet heartwarming Story has a gift for writing that is refreshing It reminds me of the writings of Maya Angelou and Sonia Sanchez Finally a saga about family that is not street or gang related but focuses on down home folks I m waiting on the edge of my seat for her next book Slow but good read the pace complemented the plot therefore no complaints kind of predictable too but that didn t take away from how good the story is enjoyed the authors writing style A few missteps midway through and an unrealistic ending but Rosalyn Story is such a great storyteller that I didn t mind at all She reeled me in immediately and made it hard to turn away I am in Alice Oliver love with her writing style the way she pays homage to music and musicians and the care and attention she gives when detailing complicated relationships Her stories make me giddy Those who enjoy Diane McKinney Whetstone should give this one a try Being from KC made this a fun read Rosalyn Story tells an intriguing tale of family relationships that are connected in the most improbable but fascinating ways She effectively infuses the story with the richness of jazz as well as the contrasts of ruraliving and city iving The books characters are portrayed with the true complexity. D finally been revealed it shattered his marriage to Olivia a promising singer who works as a beautician More Than You Know is the elegantly crafted story of how this troubled couple rescues their marriage shaken to the core they discover that truth.
I was a bit disappointed by this book I discovered this novel through a recommendation from a fellow bibliophile and thought that the plot sounded interesting enough to read Well the book was interesting in the beginning became extremely boring and dragged on for a good portion of the book but the end was pretty intriguing Author Rosalyn Story did a great job of establishing a good story ine to write about however she failed with the structure of the book There were moments in the book that Rosalyn Story would jump to a completely different subject while the reader is eft wondering what happened Some things just didnt pertain to the plot of the story which made the book uite frustrating to read Usually it takes a maximum of two weeks for me to read a book ike this however it took me almost two months to get through this novel More than once I wanted to just give up and stop reading it however I can t ever give up on a novel If I started I have to finish it Overall I believe that Rosalyn Story is a talented writer and I m hoping to read of her works Wow What a fabulous book with characters I wish I could meet Ms Story brings each of the principals to The Radiant Child life through descriptiveanguage and dialogue in their interactions This is a heart rending tale that ties all of them together in sadness and joy One of the uniue features of this book is that Jazz as in music genre is a primary character in this novel Rosalyn Story must know jazz intimately and shares that knowledge in uniue ways in this bookThis book will rank in the top 5 of 2020 books that I have read at the end of the year It is a book I plan to read again just for the pure joy found in its writing More Than You Know is about how keeping secrets can destroy the family Rosalyn Story writes this tale using a series of flashbacks that conduct a wonderful symphony of music in the detail of her words As the secrets begin to unravel the supporting characters in the book shed ight on their involvement in the continuation of the betrayal During one of the worst storms of the decade a nine year old boy LJ Tillman drops off a note and a baby Olivia to Big Mama s front door Big Mama Glodean Country Uncle Joon and Clo T share in the parenting of Olivia Big Mama believes God delivered Olivia to them as an answer to years of prayer Nearly 20 years ater that nine year old boy LJ Tillman is reintroduced to Olivia They fall in The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data love and get married LJives the ideal musicians ife until he reveals A sweeping ove story about how Tempting Eden long buried family secrets devastate the marriage of a brilliant musician and his swife Homeless LJ Tillman is a jazz saxophonist whoseife has been torn apart When the painful secret that LJ had kept all his ife ha.
Rosalyn Story lives in Dallas Her first book And So I Sing African American Divas Of Opera And Concert Warner inspired the PBS documentary Aida’s Brothers and Sisters A History of Blacks in Opera in which she appeared as featured narrator She has written on music and art for Essence Emerge American Visions Stagebill Opera News and The Crisis magazines A full time classical musician