By Tonie Short
Author Tonie J. Short, a man, has penned Sherri’s Song; a novel told from a woman’s perspective of an abusive relationship. In this highly acclaimed novel, Sherri is married to Paul Thomas. They are living a happily ever after, until Paul loses his job. Financial pressure starts to build. Paul’s inconsiderate remarks morph into verbal abuse. Sherri, unwilling to take the verbal abuse, hits Paul and domestic violence ensues.
In the aftermath of the encounter, Sherri confesses to Emma, her old fashioned, Christian mother, of the fight and the beginning demise of her marriage. Emma does not believe in divorce and urges Sherri to seek counseling to save her marriage, telling her to hold on, better days are ahead if she can weather the storm.
Sherri has a nosy, feisty, best friend, Edwina, who she tries to keep in the dark about her marital woes. Eventually Edwina discovers Paul has put his hands on Sherri. She is very upset seeing the emotional and physical stress Sherri is under. Her heart is out there for her childhood friend. Edwina urges Sherri to leave her husband, saying she has a better idea for her future.
Sherri’s Song is a novel filled with many twists. Author Tonie J. Short has put a final twist before the ending that readers never see coming. It is at this point that some women say he reveals himself as a male author, because only a man’s mind works like that. Sherri’s Song is a five star novel with vivid characters that forms bonds with readers. This is a nonstop page-turner with universal appeal that leaves casual readers and booklovers wanting more.