Jagged Edges by Doris H. Dancy

Derek Wellington had his life set.  He was born into wealth, graduated with honors from Harvard Law, and, since high school, knew he would marry the beautiful Morgan LaRue.  …but somewhere along the way, everything he thought he knew about himself, about Morgan, and even about life itself will boggle his mind, and catapult him into a world of betrayal, deception, and confusion. Somewhere in this darkness, he must search for The Light to find his way out of a maze that, if he fails, will destroy his heart and soul forever.

About The Author

Doris H. Dancy is an accomplished and award-winning educator, speaker, writing consultant, playwright, wife, mother and now author. Her life’s focus has been educating our youth in an appreciation of both the written and spoken word.   She received her BA Degree in English from North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina and began a teaching career in both English and Spanish.  She was graduated from Hampton University with a MA in English Education and eventually became Chairperson of the English Department, English Teacher Specialist, and later Curriculum Leader of English K-12 for Hampton City Public Schools.  Teaching and supervising were both rewarding careers, and each taught her a different level and focus of professionalism and commitment.  As the Curriculum Leader, along with many other responsibilities, she developed and provided staff development for a writing program that guaranteed student achievement.

Guest Post:

Why I Wrote Jagged Edges

            I will be honest and say that it took me quite a while to realize why I was writing Jagged Edges, a Christian romance.  I was just enjoying the ride.  However, as I do all things, I sought God for His guidance, and, soon it became quite clear that there are many reasons for writing this novel for the society in which we live today.  Below, I detail a few.

There are numerous young men and women who are confused about love for a lot of different reasons.  They confuse infatuation with real love, and, in the excitement of it all, begin to give too much far too soon.  Many times intimate relationships begin before these young couples have an opportunity to see who they really are and what they actually want for their own lives.  Once intimacy is involved, young ladies often become emotionally attached when that may or may not be the young man’s position at all.  These relationships are often short-lived and hurtful.  The impact of this kind of disappointment sometimes is revealed in unwanted pregnancies, low self-esteem, and a constant attempt to find true love in all the wrong places.

In chapter seven of Jagged Edges, young women are given a lesson in how to say no to intimacy, and young men hopefully realize that they don’t have to ask in order to be masculine, and that, many times, it would be a great idea if they avoided the question.  One of my main characters, Arianna, who has only recently met Derek, the protagonist, is not lured by his good looks, his wealth, or his education.  She is unwilling to allow him to push her into a deeper relationship that she is not yet ready for, even if it means an end to their new friendship.  Arianna is firm and clear that she is “nobody’s rebound or one night stand or convenience or friend with benefits.”  She knows who she isShe says,  “I want to be your friend before I’m your lover…I don’t want to get caught up in my own imaginations, and I definitely don’t want to be caught up in your fantasies.”  She tells him that she wants him to know her, and she wants to know him before there is intimacy.  Derek also realizes that, despite the fact that he is asking, he should not at this point because he is in a relationship with someone else even though, at the time, he is not sure where that relationship might be headed.  He is in a confused position and knows that he should not complicate things by bringing someone else into his life.  In both cases these two people can see that rushing into intimacy is a bad idea.

Too many people ignore these kinds of red flags, and in writing this novel, it is my wish to make the warning signs crystal clear and bring them to the forefront of our awareness.  Hopefully, this can help, if even just a little, in stopping the pain of so many bad and misguided relationships that end with children who live in turmoil.

Additionally, I wrote Jagged Edges to give those of us who love romance an opportunity to read it without numerous expletives and lurid explicit sex scenes.  I believe that there is an audience for the type of novel where you have to use your imagination, where men know how to treat women with respect, and where those who are in a search for God realize that they can find Him in all the right places.  He is available to help us find the right mate who is willing to help us build a relationship and grow in love with respect and dignity.

Review:

JAGGED EDGES is a book that contains a wonderful message of love – God’s love and human love. In that, the book holds a wonderful enlightening message.

It is a good book and definitely one worth reading, however, in my opinion I felt the book had a tendency to be overly descriptive and the dialect was somewhat overdone. I enjoyed the beginning of the book, but quickly fell into a pattern of skimming.

I am not going to rate the book as I feel I may not have been the targeted audience and I think the reader should make up their mind about the book.

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