This book, Glorious, is very personal to me. This is why I could not write a reveiw immediately. I knew that at some point I would have to try and put the beauty of the novel in my words. To tell the truth, I was afraid. How could I write about a novel that reaches the epitome of successful writing? When I heard the title, Glorious, I could think only of the chords of an organ flowing throughout a cathedral. I knew she could have only become like aged wine from the valleys of France. It took the courage of a lion to write this review. This is why I am writing this one differently from all my other reviews. Have I met Bernice L. Mcfadden somewhere? No, I just feel that way. Perhaps, it is just the kinship of two people who love the magnificence of words. I first met this powerful and enduring author in the book Sugar. I also have read The Warmest December. I am ready now to read Camilla's Roses.
When I saw Bernice L. Mcfadden's name again recently, she was discussing Glorious. In my mind that one word rang a resounding note in my soul like a Gospel spiritual can do whether I am in a church, in an auditorium or in my favorite chair listening to the radio. In Glorious there is a wealth of beauty because Bernice L. Mcfadden knows how to weave a magical carpet that makes you hum a soft hymn or notes from Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Lady. You are on a ride that will take you through sorrow, love, hate and rage. This author touches each emotion with the right tone.
If you are a reader, a bibliophile, you know the words, the sentences, the paragraphs of Bernice Mcfadden's books are like pure gold, like rainbows dropping from the sky after a storm and like the melody of a love song. Bernice L. Mcfadden weaves a spell over and over again. She takes us to places and makes us shout it is indeed GLORIOUS. As a lover of quotes, I do have to write one here. Without it I will feel something is missing. Bernice L. Mcfadden's writes these words on her website. "I write to breathe life back into memory."Bernice Mcfadden