Title: A Good Man’s Life (The Real World Series, #2)
Author: Barbara Cutrera
Genre: Fiction Romance
Published Date: January 28, 2014
Daniel Nash struggles to reconcile his feelings of betrayal with his desire to understand his life. His hopes of uncovering the secrets revealed in his father’s journals are quickly dashed, and he works with a private investigator to discover the truth. Worry about his wife, Sarah, combines with his efforts to cope with his childhood trauma, an unexpected death, and the recent revelations. His obsession with the past threatens to destroy his stable life. Meanwhile, Sarah and her father, Tristan, continue to combat the lingering discord that developed between them years before but refuse to take their main focus from Daniel. As he reviews his biological father’s efforts to be a good man, Daniel searches for a way to comprehend shocking disclosures. He questions his own goodness as he fights not to emotionally withdraw from those around him, especially the two people he knows will always love him, Sarah and Tristan.
Although he felt Tristan’s arm go around his shoulders, Daniel kept studying the stars for several minutes. Finally, he allowed himself to be pulled against Tristan’s chest. Neither man spoke. Neither man moved.
“I’m a poor substitute for Max,” Tristan offered. “I wish there was more I could say or do for you.”
“You do fine,” Daniel insisted, as he shifted slightly and listened to the leather on his jacket move in tandem. “You do better than Max if you want to know the truth. You may not be a therapist, but you’re more of a father than he ever was.”
“He loved you, Dan.”
“I know. He was an okay father, but he can’t compare to you, Tris. It’s not the same.”
“Don’t die on me any time soon, Tris. Mom and Lillian are gone. Max is gone. I don’t want to lose any more parents for at least another five decades or so.”
“I’ll do my best,” he vowed, wrapping a hand around the side of Daniel’s head in a paternal gesture.
As they unpacked the silverware and laid it out on the kitchen counter, Max blithely asked, “Why can’t you be alone with a white woman?”
The large black man stared down at the child. He grinned and asked, “You really don’ know?”
“Most white folks, dey fear black men. Dey say we gon’ steal dere tings and rape dere women.”
Moses reached up a burly hand and scratched his bald head. Max watched the huge muscles in his arm ripple with the movement.
“You know ‘bout men and women, yet? ‘Bout what dey do wit’ each other?”
“You mean about babies?”
“Yessa. Rape is when a man force hisself on a woman, when he do dat to her witout her sayin’ s’all right.”
“Why would anyone want to do…that with someone who didn’t want to do it back?”
“Some, dey crazy. Some, dey cain’t get it no other way. Some, dey like to bring white folk down.” He hoisted a large roll of felt from a trunk and continued, “Now, I ain’t jus’ sayin’ it’s black folk who rape. Dere’s white ones, too. Lots of white folks raped black women when dere was slaves. Slaves didn’t have no rights.” He unrolled the felt and added, “And it don’ happen all de time now, neither. But it do happen. Somethin’ men been doin’ from de beginnin’, I imagine. Don’ know what makes a man do it, though. Don’ see how forcin’ a woman could make a man feel good.”
Max silently removed the knives from the felt and laid them near the sink. Eventually, he said, “Even if you wanted to rape someone, I wouldn’t think you would choose Mum. You’re too nice, and her belly would get in the way.”
Moses laughed uproariously at this in a deep baritone so thunderous that Edith came in from the front porch where she’d been surveying the yard.
“What on Earth is so amusing?” she asked.
“Oh, Missus Nash, you got yerself one smart boy dere. Thinks things through, yeah.” He wiped at his eyes and declared, “He’s one good boy.”
Barbara Cutrera has been a writer since childhood but didn’t begin writing novels until 1999. Her first novel to be completed was Over, Under, Across & Through, which is the initial book in her Real World fiction series. Not satisfied to be limited by writing in only one genre, she next penned a mystery called In a Manner of Speaking. Cutrera took a dare from friends who suggested she write a romance and wrote The Healer’s Gift, a fantasy romance. Her fourth book to be released was True: 3 Short Stories. A Good Man’s Life, Book 2 in The Real World Series, has a release date of February 1, 2014. Novels in queue for publication include Mercy, Book 3 in The Real World Series, A Lovely Dream, a romantic thriller, A Lovely Reality, the sequel, Prim and Proper, a contemporary romance with a touch of mystery, and Lucky, a thriller set in the not-so-distant future in post-plague Earth. Cutrera has also completed another work of fiction entitled Compromising Positions and a new contemporary romance entitled Sight Unseen. She has begun work on a sequel to The Healer’s Gift, which she has decided to call Jordan’s Way.
Cutrera, a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Florida Writers’ Association, and the Tampa Area Romance Authors was born and raised in Louisiana and moved to Florida with her family in 2004. She works with the visually-impaired and is visually-impaired herself. She firmly believes that our minds are only limited by the restrictions we place upon them. Her literary credo? “Transcending reality by exploring it one story at a time….”
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