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Thirty-four-year-old Cynthia Barclay knows that marriage is supposed to be for better or for worse. Unfortunately, for the last ten years Cynthia has experienced the worst that marriage has to offer at the hands of her abusive husband, Marvin Barclay. With the hope of saving herself and her family, she turns to the Lord. When she doesn't see God manifest Himself in her lifThirty-four-year-old Cynthia Barclay knows that marriage is supposed to be for better or for worse. Unfortunately, for the last ten years Cynthia has experienced the worst that marriage has to offer at the hands of her abusive husband, Marvin Barclay. With the hope of saving herself and her family, she turns to the Lord. When she doesn't see God manifest Himself in her life fast enough, she decides that she wants out.Abandoning her hope, her husband, and her two young sons, Cynthia boards a bus from New York City to Richmond, Virginia. She begins a new life armed with six thousand dollars on a prepaid credit card, a sketchy plan for success, and a promise to return for her sons--that is, until she meets Cheo, a photojournalist with enough connections to take her where she wants to be and help her forget where she came from.After six years in Richmond, Cynthia's dark past resurfaces. At the risk of losing it all--her past and her present--Cynthia returns home to right her wrongs. Has Cynthia chosen the right time to return home, or is it too late for God to restore everything she has broken?...

Title : Born at Dawn
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ISBN : 9781601626752
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Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Born at Dawn Reviews

  • Tazzyt2bossye
    2018-10-31 05:42

    What do you do when you've taken all you can? Trying so hard to please everyone and you're just disgusted with your entire life. Some say 'stand'...some say 'leave'....some say 'pray'...but what do you do?

  • Arlena
    2018-11-06 07:48

    Title: Born At DawnAuthor: Nigeria LockleyPublisher: Urban ChristianReviewed By: Arlena DeanRating: 5Review:"Born At Dawn" by Nigeria Lockley...Book Description...."Thirty-four-year-old Cynthia Barclay knows that marriage is supposed to be for better or for worse. Unfortunately, for the last ten years Cynthia has experienced the worst that marriage has to offer at the hands of her abusive husband, Marvin Barclay. With the hope of saving herself and her family, she turns to the Lord. When she doesn t see God manifest Himself in her life fast enough, she decides that she wants out. Abandoning her hope, her husband, and her two young sons, Cynthia boards a bus from New York City to Richmond, Virginia. She begins a new life armed with six thousand dollars on a prepaid credit card, a sketchy plan for success, and a promise to return for her sons that is, until she meets Cheo, a photojournalist with enough connections to take her where she wants to be and help her forget where she came from. After six years in Richmond, Cynthia s dark past resurfaces. At the risk of losing it all her past and her present Cynthia returns home to right her wrongs. Has Cynthia chosen the right time to return home, or is it too late for God to restore everything she has broken?"What I liked about this novel....This is presented so very well to the reader from this author. The number one question did Cynthia really escape this horrible life she had which was a abusive marriage? I found from the read it seems like after she had done so, by escaping(leaving her abusive husband and two boys), however, Cynthia still seemed not to be able to live the type of life she truly wanted with her new life and friend Cheo. The question is...What did Cynthia long for? So, when time presented itself for Cynthia to have to return home...it was then that with the change that her husband Marvin seemed to have made...now becoming a Christian... what will she decide to do? Stay or leave? Will she finally get the family she had longed for and be able to ask as well as receive forgiveness for all that had gone on earlier? Well, I don't want to say because I don't want to truly spoil it for the reader...other than say you must pick up the good Christian fiction to see how the author brings it out to the reader. I had so many mixed thoughts about this read for and against this heroine but in the end after much thought I was able to see how and why Cynthia choose to do what she did. This is definitely one of those unpredictable stories that will give you a lot of food for thought long after the read. Would I recommend this Christian fiction read of "Born At Dawn?" Yes!

  • Reader's Paradise
    2018-10-25 04:35

    This Can’t Be LifeDoes for better or for worse mean we continue in the worse until better arrives? Could the covenant of marriage truly mean this? When Cynthia said her wedding vows they meant something to her, especially the for better or worse part. How could she accept the better and not trust that the worse could get better? Not being able to get the BETTER, Cynthia makes a decision that surprised this reader.She had to go, what else could she go; she had no choice only questions. After walking out on her marriage and 2 young sons she recreates a life for herself in another state. She meets a man who quickly becomes ally friend and eventually her lover, her life in Virginia is very different than in New York. It’s amazing how Lockley portrayed Cynthia as an absent mother; it’s not something we hear about often but readers can’t fault her because of what she has endured at the hands of her loved one. Love is sacrifice, once a mother has a child is she only a mother? Is she no longer a woman with wants and needs? Is everything placed on a back burner for eighteen years, when she can start living again? I don’t know the answers to any of these questions. But what I do know is how can one be a mother if she cannot mentally or emotionally take care of herself? Cynthia was physically absent from her sons’ lives. But in the six years she was gone she figured out a way to reach out to her oldest son. These times were tender, frustrating and fast moments never seeming to fulfill neither Keith nor Cynthia but it was all she could manage. Right before leaving for her journey she meets Pastor David who for this reader seemed a very different man of God, I don’t know how to describe him at the time of this writing. But riddle me this what Pastor would want a woman to stay in an abusive relationship? His theology surprised me throughout this book. So many tender moments followed by amazing struggles of one parent without her child while the other one struggle with them. I absolutely enjoyed this read my favorite part was connecting the concept of Born at Dawn I thought I was going to cry. Kudos and high five for first time author Nigeria Lockley!!!A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the author for my honest and thoughtful review.(Release date October 2014)

  • Authors & Readers Book Corner
    2018-10-27 04:31

    Cynthia Barclay believes in for better or worse but in survival more. When is it time to say enough is enough? Cynthia reaches this limit in Born at Dawn by Nigeria Lockley. Cynthia leaves to find herself after dealing with her husband’s issues long enough. It breaks her heart to leave her children but it had to be done. Cynthia moves to Richmond, Virginia with a small amount of money and the belief that she would secure a better a life for her and her children. She becomes a chef and as her dream becomes a reality tragedy strikes back in her hometown. Cynthia life had been going well and she knows going back home may cause a distraction.Cheo is a photo journalist who befriends Cynthia after she moves into his apartment building. Cheo and Cynthia’s friendship grows as does their attraction to each other. Cynthia is hesitating because of the baggage she carries as well as still being married. Cheo is willing to wait because the love he has for Cynthia is hard to ignore any longer. When Cheo finds out Cynthia has to go back to her hometown for a family emergency, he wonders if she will return.Born at Dawn was a wonderful story about finding real love even in the worse circumstance. I applaud Cynthia for her strength and that she realized that she deserved better. However, I was also upset with Cynthia because of the children and what they were left to deal with. The author does a wonderful job building up the relationship between Cynthia and Cheo, which kept me interested. I was also shocked by the twist in the story which tugged at my heart. I look forward to reading more by the author and recommend Born at Dawn to others.This book was provided by the author for review purposes only. Teresa BeasleyA&RBC Reviews4 Stars=Great Page Turner

  • Patricia
    2018-11-15 09:46

    Born at Dawn is a story of tragedy, truth and reconciliation. Cynthia Barkley has lived with years of humiliation, infidelity and physical abuse in her marriage with Marvin. She’s determined to stay since her marriage vows included for better or for worse. Until it becomes more than she can handle. Born at Dawn is well-written and incredibly relevant. With the overwhelming attention domestic abuse is receiving in the media, a book that focuses on domestic violence and a beginning toward healing is right on target. The Bible tells us in Psalm 121: 1-2 1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? 2 My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.I wish more time had been spent on the healing and reconciliation. The opportunity to witness and reach those that need to hear the Word is the message I wanted to hear screamed from the rooftop of Harlem and Richmond, as Cynthia began her journey through faith, before she gave up and went to drastic measures to end her seemingly insurmountable situation.That being said, Nigeria Lockley has written a wonderful book that touched my heart. I’ve been through the years of abuse and feared the consequences to my own psyche as I read it. Born at Dawn was written honestly, sincerely, and with a great deal of insight.I highly recommend Born at Dawn and give it five steamy cups of coffee. Please take the opportunity to read this remarkable novel by Nigeria Lockley. I am so pleased that Nigeria Lockley asked me to read and review Born at Dawn.~ Patricia, Room With Books ~ © Oct 27, 2014

  • Desiree Watson
    2018-10-20 07:46

    Cynthia gets fed up with Marvin cheating on her and beating her. She walks out the door one day and does not return for four years, leaving behind her two sons, James and Keith. She moves to Virginia, meets Cheo, who encourages her to open up a restaurant, which she does. She is thriving and doing fine, but all the while James has stopped speaking and Keith has grown fond of the streets and girls. It is not until Cynthia is reading the paper one day that she finds out her oldest son has been shot and killed. She goes home after four years. What will she be in for when she returns? Will Marvin be waiting for her? Will James speak to her? She returns home with a heavy heart, knowing only the grace of God can fix the mess she's made of things. Read: July 2015

  • Michelle Lindo-Rice
    2018-11-07 05:53

    Every single word in Born at Dawn has significance, including the title. We meet Cynthia and Marvin Barclay and a hot Latino, Cheo. The relationship issues are not new, but Nigeria Lockley tackles it in a unique way. Predictable is not the word I would use to describe this tale. Unexpected sums it up. The events which unfold took me into the harsh reality of the world she'd created. A really good read and enjoyed the journey. Readers will have plenty to talk about, for sure.

  • Jackie
    2018-11-09 05:43

    Born at Dawn tells a story of reconciliation and restoration. The story is well-written and relevant dealing with domestic abuse passed down through generations. The author, Nigeria Lockley, deals with a difficult topic in an emotional and heart breaking read. We see the characters walk through tragedy and heartbreak but through faith in God attain healing, restoration and reconciliation!

  • Diane Coto
    2018-10-18 10:33

    What would you do if you were domestically abused? Many of us say, “I wouldn’t put up with that for a minute!” The question in Born at Dawn becomes what did thirty-four year old Cynthia Barclay decide to do? She had started attending church and conferring with Pastor David. He encouraged her to place her trust in God; that only God could repair their broken home. But, Cynthia felt that all God was asking her to do was ‘wait.’ Well, she was tired of waiting and tired of being beat up while she was waiting. So, she leaves her husband, Marvin; her two sons, twelve year old Keith and nine year old James; and her home in New York and creates a new life for herself in Richmond, VA. Once she is settled and earning enough money, she will bring her boys to live with her. At least that’s the plan.She meets Cheo, a handsome Latino, living in the same complex. They become romantically involved. At home, Marvin is still up to his shenanigans with drinking and women. Pastor David tried to counsel him too, but Marvin had no respect for David. Marvin had known David when they were together in a gang as teenagers, and he refused to believe David was any different now just because he was a pastor. Six years later Cynthia returns — but it won’t be to bring her boys back with her.I’d seen some reviews saying how appropriate the title was for this story; I found it was not evident until close to the end. This is Christian fiction with Pastor David quoting the Bible and trying to get both of them to give their lives over to Jesus. I can fully appreciate that aspect of the story. For non-Christians, it may be too faith based. The characterization was skillful and I had no problem picturing the scenes. Upon Cynthia’s return, I did find that both her and Marvin’s thoughts and expressions to be somewhat odd. Overall, I enjoyed Nigeria Lockley’s debut novel and rated it 3.5 out of 5.http://www.fictionzeal.com/born-dawn-...

  • Wanda
    2018-10-26 12:50

    I was Blessed to receive an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from the author. This is Nigeria Lockley's first novel and I think she is off to a great start as a writer. Her characters were believable and felt "real". They dealt with some real issues (domestic violence for one) that many readers can relate to in a very profound way and it will touch the hearts of many. The characters also remain true to their African American heritage with their dialect. The plot was solid and drew me in very quickly. It was a compelling story and I kept reading to see what would happen next and I wasn't disappointed with the results. Christian fiction readers will love the religious angle of the story. However, for non-Christian readers it might be a bit strong on the religious influence but that's each reader's own personal preference. It is a great story by a new author that I feel should be on a reader's "to watch" list. I'm certainly waiting to see what she brings out next. If you're a fan of Urban fiction or women's fiction you'll love it and I certainly recommend it!Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Readers Copy of this book from the author for my honest review and no monetary compensation was received.

  • Cheryl Durham
    2018-10-29 04:59

    This was an awesome piece of work. Thanks to the African American Christian Fiction Book Club for selecting this book. This is the author's first published work. I can tell you that I will anxiously await her next book. She masterfully wrote about a topic that we read and hear about far too often: the deterioration of a family because of abuse and infidelity. But, this work goes beyond that. The author helps us to see how you can become weary while waiting on God and then take things into your own hands. Cynthia tired of the abuse...tired of the infidelities. Cynthia sought counsel from her Pastor. When she saw nothing changing....she chose a course of action that she thought was best..... You have to read the book to see the course she chose:).Been there and done that. The work may seem to be preachy for some. For me....it was delivered in a manner that was positive and ingratiating. The book ministered to me. God is in all of the details....for those who know him. Note: Born at Dawn......please read and remember: Galatians 6:9: Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

  • Dawn
    2018-10-20 10:59

    Ok I have a confession. I have had this book for over a year and just decided to read it. When I tell you this book is awesome. Don't sleep on Nigeria Lockley. She knows how to tell a story that reaches to your very core. I will definitely be reading more of her work. Another favorite author added to my list.

  • Edward Foy
    2018-10-31 08:43

    A nicely executed, compelling story. A very apt title, the realization of which comes toward the very end. Ms. Lockley deftly incorporates an appealing culinary aspect that enhances Born at Dawn's appeal as an engrossing as well as spiritually uplifting read.

  • Shannan Harper
    2018-10-21 07:33

    This was Mrs. Lockley's debut novel, and in my opinion, it was excellent. I went through a variety of emotions while reading for a book club meeting this weekend. I will be looking for more of her work.

  • Lisa
    2018-10-30 09:39

    I thought this novel was just ok. There was room to really weave a great tale but a lot of what was going on was a little far fetched. There were many editing issues a lot of grammatical errors and I really had a hard time connecting to the plot.

  • Tamara Young
    2018-10-28 08:55

    This book was absolutely awesome!!!!!!!!!

  • Yarnetta
    2018-10-20 05:41

    This is the first book I've read by this author. I truly enjoyed the book, it was realistic. So many women go through domestic violence, the author did a great job a bring the message across.

  • Nichelle
    2018-10-31 12:50

    It's been awhile since I stayed up late to finish a book but this was WELL WORTH it. This was a great debut novel. So glad my public library purchased even if it was only in the E-book format..

  • Carolynnette Taylor
    2018-10-25 09:48

    This was my first book by this author. I was not disappointed. Can't wait to read another.

  • OOSA
    2018-10-31 09:50

    Sometimes Leaving is Easy. Sometimes It’s NotMarvin and Cynthia Barclay are married and they are raising two boys. Marvin works hard to provide for his family. He dreams of having his own business one day, but it's always just out of reach. Cynthia nurtures her family and tries to take care of everyone, even when she can't figure out where she lost herself. A frustrated Marvin makes for an uneasy household. At one time it wasn't often that he hurt her, but now it's becoming a regular occurrence. Seeking a resolution to her marital issues, Cynthia goes to the church and, all of a sudden, everything seems to be too much to bear. Cynthia yearns for a change in her life, with her family, within herself. Should she stay and deal with her husband's abuse, mentally and physically, as well as his extracurricular dalliances? Should she leave and never look back? Can she? Will she? Will her search cost her more than she can afford? Nigeria Lockley’s “Born At Dawn” chronicles a troubled marriage and reflects on the effects of everyone's actions and reactions to the disintegration of a family. Physical and mental abuse, abandonment, adultery, spirituality, love, and loyalty are addressed. Disappointment, devastation, courage, selfishness and survival are a few of the emotions this read will evoke. The author does a good job of character development as readers get caught up in the emotions of the characters. I didn't have a favorite character or a favorite scene. I developed a bit of a distaste for Cynthia and her selfish actions. The last 60 pages were the best and were much too late to make this more than a decent read. This is indeed a tale that needs to be told but the painting was much too drab. I encourage the author to liven up her characters and plot to build a momentum to reel her readers in and keep their attention.Reviewed by: Tazzye