#1 Essence bestselling author Patricia Haley takes sibling rivalry to a shocking new level as one man tries to heal his broken family in this compelling series based on popular biblical stories.
Don Mitchell is certain the Lord has a plan for him to reconcile his family, when his younger half brother, Joel, suddenly resigns as CEO of their father’s company. The gesture comes after Joel has nearly sent the enterprise into bankruptcy. Don’s first order of business as newly appointed head of DMI is to bring his estranged older sister home. It isn’t easy. Tamara has been running from the past for years. But once she is home, she plans to claim her rightful place in the multimillion-dollar family ministry—no matter what it takes or who gets hurt. Joel, meanwhile, is regretting his decision to step down and is doing everything in his power to resume his path to greatness. As Don finds himself waist-deep in the corporate mess Joel left behind, his love life is also in flux. He must balance a complicated friendship with Abigail, his right-hand woman at DMI, with a budding romance involving his beautiful business partner in South Africa. Just as Don begins to realize that forgiving and forgetting may be his greatest weapon, a terrifying ordeal rocks the family to its core, and they must turn to God and to one another for the answers.
BROKEN – Patricia Haley
Chosen Series, Book 3
PATRICIA HALEY is the award-winning, Essence bestselling author of Nobody’s Perfect, Blind Faith, Still Waters, Let Sleeping Dogs Lie, and No Regrets. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Chicago. She lives is in Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter.With an engineering degree from Stanford Univ. and an M.B.A. in marketing and finance from the Univ. of Chicago, readers are often surprised to hear that Patricia is writing novels, given her technical and business background. She welcomes readers to visit her online at http://www.patriciahaley.com/ or join her Facebook fan page.
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Book Review by Linda Fegins
In this third installment of the Chosen series, Broken by Patricia Haley, readers are re-introduced to the Mitchell family, an African American family living in Detroit, Michigan, who own a multimillion business and ministry. However this powerful family is plagued with issues of family strife, anger, sibling rivalry, infidelity, impact of divorce on everyone, difficulty in forgiving transgressions, and learning to let go of the past and to forgive .
I loved the characters created as Haley’s savvy craftsmanship and the real life issues lead me to become so engaged that I disliked a few as though they were real persons I knew. After reading Destined prior to Broken, I read with expectancy to see how Don Mitchell would attempt the task of mending this broken family and put the family business together again in light of the challenges of conflicting plans and attitudes of the siblings and complicated relationships and loyalties. So engaging was this inspirational novel in which, Patricia Haley has based the story on King David and the family drama that surrounded him, I recommended that my Christian book ministry club read the book. While a few disliked some characters such as Tamara ( me too) and could not grasp how a training ministry could do the level of billion dollar business mentioned ( not me), they found the novel intriguing and suspenseful, filled with real life biblical issues, which kept them glued to the last page. Many decided that they just had to read the prior novels of the series.
Patricia Haley has penned not just a great story, but one that subtly, yet profoundly if that makes sense, addresses how we struggle and respond to issues of betrayal and rejection and the scriptural importance of forgiveness and walking in faith and love without preaching to us. There was indeed so much truth in the book to make the fiction feel real.
November 11,2011 by L.Fegins
Having read Let Sleeping Dogs Lie, Destined, Broken and thereafter, lastly Chosen, I needed to ask this inspirational and thought provoking writer a few questions.
Why did you select Detroit for the home of the family?
Ans. All my novels are based in areas where I’ve lived and/or traveled. It adds an extra piece to the story when I can incorporate elements of the city. My books are primarily based in Detroit, Chicago, and Philadelphia.
What lead you to create this series?
Ans. Inspiration for the Chosen series came from one of my all time favorite characters in the Bible, King David. He is an imperfect man plagued with family tragedy, personal failures, and constant battles. Yet, he is remembered as someone highly favored by God. I’m equally intrigued by his son, Solomon. I’m equally intrigued by King David’s son Solomon who managed to squander away his noteworthy position of power, wealth, and godly favor after succumbing to his weakness for women. Joel plays the role of Solomon in Chosen and Destined as the son of Dave Mitchell. At the conclusion of Chosen, readers weren’t satisfied with only an epilogue ending. They wanted more. So, Destined was born. Then, I couldn’t stop with just tales of the Mitchell men. In Broken, the women have something to say as well, particularly the high-spirited estranged daughter, Tamara.
What suggestions do you have for writers on the business side and the creative write side?
Ans. My suggestion to writers is that writing is the creative side. and publishing is all about business. You have to understand the difference and recognize that having talent on one side might not carry over the other. You may be a great writer and lousy businessperson. Fear not, that’s why you’d want to get an agent and shop a deal for as long as it takes to get published. If you’re confortable with conducting the business component, then you have the options of self-puslishing or seeking a mainstream publisher. How much time, support, investment capital, and patience will dictate the path best suited for you. No matter whether you publish or get published, do your homework. Understand how costs, royalties, contracts, and other key elements work. You are your most trusted advocate.
Do you have any writing courses?
Ans. Periodically I teach writing workshops at conferences. I tend to focus on getting writer’s started. Although I don’t do courses on a regular basis, I highly recommend venues such as the Iowa Writer’s weekend summer courses. I went a couple of times early in my writing career and it was very instrumental in helping me begin learning the craft.