I read Brooklyn’s Journey as the debate regarding gay marriage, free speech and fried chicken sparked thousands upon thousands of people to stand up for the right of a restaurant chain owner to suggest that his definition of Biblical marriage between one man and one woman for a lifetime was God’s ideal. I am not writing this review of this excellently conceived and compellingly written story to get into that debate. Instead, as I was drawn into the disfunction of BrookLyn’s family of origin (which would fit the definition) and the emergence of Brooklyn’s love for Gabby (which would not), I considered how complex this national dialog about love, marriage and relationships really is when viewed through the lens of good narrative storytelling rather than newscasts, politics and extreme views on social media. That is why this is such an important book for all of us…straight, gay, bi, transgendered, married, single, divorced…BrookLyn’s story gives us a human glimpse of a few of the many challenges facing young people today as they seek to find love, identity and security in a rapidly changing world. Pick this book up and allow yourself to be lost in the pain, joy and confusion of this young woman. Share her journey from fear to empowerment, from solitude to community, from silence to finding her voice. Thank you Coffee Brown for putting your heart on the page. I look forward to more from you… Joan Ball, Author of Flirting with Faith
“BrookLyn’s Jouney” is a GREAT BOOK!!! One of the best books I have read in a while! I was blown away by not only the very tough subject matter of parental abuse, but also the tender and romantic choices and heart-wrenching love story. BrookLyn has the insecurities that we all do as a teenager and compound that the abuse, lack of love and support at home. She finds it in the willing arms of one, Gabriella who gets BrookLyn to let her guard down and be free.
This genre is not my cup of tea usually (I’m a Paranormal Romance Fan); however, heartache is heartache, crushes are crushes and love is love. I don’t care if this is LBGT book… it was awesome! I was pushing the Kindle arrow key feverishly trying to get more and more of this very wonderful and strong heroine, BrookLyn Scott.
Wow!! Ms. Coffey Brown is a great Author, and I am enthusiastically looking forward to anything more she is going to write! I am a fan!!!
All I can say is… you should read this book! It will blow you away and keep your Kleenex tissues handy!
For all this and more, I give “BrookLyn’s Journey” by Coffey Brown a well-deserved 5 stars! Emily Guido, author of Charmeine and Randsom