Reviews for Babies' Daddies

5.0 out of 5 stars Babies Daddies, April 10, 2008
This books tells the story of a struggling single
parent and women who are trying to make a differnce in
their lives from the street of hard knocks. I loved that
you could relate to some of these pains that the women
go through. The story from page to page chapter to chapter
was gripping. Kept you glued to the book until the last page.
From the moment i read a prologe from the authors site i could
not wait to read it. It was an excellent read and i must say
i did love all the steamy parts too.. Make you blush...
I give this 5 stars, 5 thumbs will simple love this book
and i look forward to more of her enthralling thrilling stories.
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4.0 out of 5 stars We Can Make it No Matter What, April 11, 2007
By Donnica Copeland "http://sistatalkbookclub.we... (Marietta, GA United States) - See all my reviews
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APOOO Rating- 4

Babies Daddies by Marlene is a story of perseverance in any situation. There are three women from extremely different backgrounds, that are brought together when they decide to go back to school. Their friendship helps them each to see their own situation for what it is and to realize they have control to make it better.

Marlene does a great job in showing that no matter what your history is or what your situation appears to be, everyone may struggle. The detail of the characters and their emotions are great and the stories just grip your heart. This is more than just a book about Babies Daddies, it is a book of women and their empowerment.

Donnica Copeland
APOOO BookClub
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3.0 out of 5 stars Out of the Darkness, December 19, 2006
By Nardsbaby "Connoisseur of the written word... (Westside Chi-town, IL United States) - See all my reviews

Three women from three different walks of life meet at college and become fast friends; a friendship that helps to balance each woman while they take their individual journeys. A good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Can Hold Us Down, October 26, 2006
By Ms Toni "Avid Reader" (Midwest - USA) - See all my reviews
Three women...three situations..three outlooks.

Situation #1 - Imagine you are the mother of two beautiful sons. You and your sons' father, Manuel, are still together and going strong despite some bumps along the way. Now imagine that because of misguided loyalty, he's done the crime and now he has to do the time. Sentenced to two years in prison, you are now left alone to take care of your growing children. That's two long years without his help with the boys. That's two long years of you shouldering all the responsibility. Do you stand by your man and do his time with him? Do you make the regular trips upstate with the boys only to hear their pleas for their father to come home with them? And what are you supposed to do when you get that itch? Do you let someone else scratch it or continue to itch for two years? What would you do?

Situation #2 - How about you thought you found the man of your dreams. You're married and happily carrying his seed. Surprise, surprise, instead of one child, you're carrying two. That's double the blessing, right? Well it seems more like a curse when your loving and devoted husband leaves you high and dry because family life is no longer for him. Two more children and two more babies' daddies later, something has got to give. This is not what you saw for yourself. You want better for your children. You deserve happiness, don't you? Is there still a Mr. Right out there for you? How do you turn your life in the right direction? What would you do?

Situation #3 - Your Prince Charming came and rescues you from your bleak and dark past. He is your soul mate and loves you more than life itself. You have it made, right? The only thing missing is the pitter patter of little feet. Nothing would make your husband happier than to start a family. His dream is your nightmare. Subjected to years of physical and sexual abuse at the hands of your family, the thought of having children scares you. Could you be a good mother? Could you give the love and attention that you yourself never received? Is the abuse an escapable cycle or are you doomed to repeat the past? You love your husband and would do anything for him, but can you do this one thing? What would you do?

Marlene Ricketts explores these three situations in Babies' Daddies. Blu, Ashanti and Sandra must deal with their insecurities, cope with the past, make the best of the present, and make decisions that will affect their futures. The power behind this novel lies in Marlene's character development and the emotional struggles of each female. Readers are emotionally drawn into their lives. Marlene has a gift for storytelling. The only drawback is the poor editing. Even so, Babies' Daddies works well and I look forward to reading more by this talented author. I also recommend her latest novel, Making It On My Own.

4.5 stars
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mama's Baby, Daddy's Maybe, May 9, 2006
Blu has tackled being a mother of two, for eight year old Manny Jr. and four year old Maleek. Manny Jr. needs a real attitude adjustment and nothing is ever good enough for him. Maleek is still too young to understand that his deadbeat father is wasting his life away. Both Blu and the kids are tired of "visiting" hours and wish that Manny Senior would get his act together. Manny Sr. still has yet to decide if being a daddy is worth him giving up the streets.

Ashanti's idea of having the perfect family has fallen by the wayside while caring for her four young children. Her set of twins, Dione and Tione, haven't heard from their father in years. Her youngest son Chris doesn't even know who his father is. While she tries to hold onto her last hope, Jasmine's daddy, Travon, Ashanti has to figure out if having a deadbeat man is better than having no man at all.

Sandra has it all, at least in her girlfriend's eyes. Her husband J'Shawn worships the ground she walks on. Sandra has beaten the odds after growing up in a rough family and later becoming a ward of the state. Her knight in shining armor has been with her through thick and thin and now Sandra must pay him back in the ultimate way. Will the childhood that she has tried to forget end up making her lose the one and only person who has stood by her?

By reading the title, there might be a faint thought of "here we go daddy bashing," but it is on the contrary. Marlene took each man at face value and called it how she saw it, yet she also gave the idea of not all men are alike. There are good men out there. Marlene Ricketts does a great job of mixing three women with different outlooks focusing on one common denominator, motherhood.

Reviewed by: LaDonna
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keesha of Sisters of Unity Book Club., April 7, 2006

Excellent book. A definite page turner from start to finish. Blu, Ashanti, and Sandra are three women from different backgrounds. Each of the women has high aspirations that land them on a college campus together and form a lasting friendship with one another.






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