“Well done. Can’t wait for the sequel. This book was well-written and had me on the edge of my seat! When I realized that [The Goody Box Book] was a novel, I thought, “Man, I should save this for my vacation,” but I couldn’t put it down! Valerie took the time to develop each character and present a real-life (with some surprises) storyline that I can’t wait to continue reading. I literally got the to the end and said, “Wait, what?!” I definitely wanted to keep reading and that is a sign of a good book. As a writer myself, I celebrate writers who can carefully weave a story and Valerie is among those I celebrate. Well done!”
Review of Secrets Revealed by KayDee
“I could not put [The Goody Box Book] down. This is a fictional story based on the author’s real research. The characters are well-developed and illustrate the very real principles the relationship coach provides. I was so invested in these characters that I didn’t want it to end. There is a cliff hanger and I’ll be on pins and needles waiting to see what happens next. Go get this book!”
Review of The Forbidden Secrets of the Goody Box by Ruth A. Hill
“This is another of those books that I did not initially plan on giving such a high rating. Don’t get me wrong–the book is fairly well-written, but I was not overly impressed as the stage was set in the beginning. There seemed to be an inordinate amount of characters, and I was concerned this was going to a place I may not have wanted it to go. After all, how could a book where women claimed to be Christians and still slept with their boyfriend be good?
I would say that this book concerns a somewhat realistic (if not bleak) set of stories about a few women who are good friends but don’t always have relationship success. And can’t most women relate to that? How many times do good, Christian, moral young ladies find themselves seeing aside their convictions to try to win the “perfect” man (who is actually not worth their time nor pursuit)? I know I have. I never went quite to the extreme that some of these women did, but the similar thought was there.
I really like “Doc” in this book, and he gives some of the most practical advice about men and relationships that non-fiction books I have read. If you haven’t figured out what the “goody box” is, just use your imagination. The idea is that a woman who does not protect and keep this area from a man is going to have nothing but heartbreak. And that is illustrated dramatically in this story. One of the poor girls does put into practice this advice, and you might be amazed at the results. On the other hand, one of her friends lets her guard down, and the story ends quite abruptly with the idea that she may be making the biggest mistake of her life. I can only hope that the sequel is in the works!
The nice thing about this book is that there are no bedroom scenes, and the profanity is basically nonexistent. Male and female anatomy are referred to by their proper names, but I don’t see that as a problem. This is definitely a new adult romance, not young adult. The Christian message is within the book, but it is never preachy. While it does not seem to make sense that one would go to church and have illicit sex, it certainly does occur more often than not in this day and age.
If you are looking for a fiction book that just may help you sort out the entire relationship puzzle, this may be the book for you. It is often raw but always real, and I feel as though I have truly connected with the characters.”
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Review of The Forbidden Secrets of the Goody Box by Lynelle Clark (South Africa)
“This book was all that it promised to be, and I enjoyed every moment of it. This is a must-read for every woman who has difficulty with understanding a man and getting the ultimate goal: A soul mate, friend and ultimately a life partner. With biblical principles that guide you in the form of Doc Reed to first of all ‘Love yourself first.’ You need to understand how your own head, heart and body work before you can step into the world of relationships and the many challenges it brings. And to understand men and how they think is well described with colorful illustrations, it will remove the misconceptions and make you aware of the ‘dangers’ and ‘traps’ in relationships. I am a firm believer in this myself, making sure my daughters knew whom they were before they get serious with a man. Doc Reed’s input, dedication and examples using the Word of God as a guide shows a woman her worth and value and how she needs to see herself. His life choices in showing his own daughters the role of a man was priceless. This is not a preachy book that you will find in normal Christian writing, but a tongue-in-cheek book with relevant struggles shown in the light of the Word. The choice at the end is still yours.
I love the three friends, each holding their own, but yet steps in the trap of failed relationships time and again. Their struggles to learn that it is okay to hold back and not give it all away on the first date was emphasized throughout the book. Fast paced, quirky and well written the author draws you into their lives.
Although the book ended in a cliff hanger, I felt that the message came crisp and clear not leaving me hanging. But I would love to read the rest of the three lives as they continue on the journey of self discovery. As one person said, ‘This book is the Black equivalent of Sex and the City.‘ I must agree. It answers the difficult questions in an interesting every day setting as the plot unfolds and the story
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Review of The Forbidden Secrets of the Goody Box by Cyrus Webb
“Dating isn’t easy. I know this from experience, but one of the things that makes it even more problematic is when you feel as though you are attracting the wrong type of individual in your world. What can you do to make sure that you are not opening the door to something or someone who doesn’t mean you any good? Author Valerie J. Lewis Coleman uses the novel THE FORBIDDEN SECRETS OF THE GOODY BOX to help.
The book is entertaining yet has some valuable advice and practical situations that men and women can both appreciate. Not all men are bad just like not all ladies are just that: ladies. The book really focuses on knowing yourself and not being willing to compromise just to be with someone. It also reminds you not to give away pieces of yourself just to be in a relationship. This has different meanings in the book, but for women it really means not feeling as though sex is the only way you are going to be able to get and keep someone who you want. They have to want you for you—and only then can the relationship be built on something that can last.
Some of the best conversations in the book take place between Doc Reed and Debra. You find out that the advice that Doc gives is based on experiences that he knows too well, yet he is able to open Debra and other characters’ eyes to the realization that they have more to offer than they might realize.
Are you valuing yourself as you are going through life? That is the question you’ll ask yourself as you meet these characters that are not so different from you and me. If you are ready to be entertained and inspired, then settle in for a great book.”
Review of The Forbidden Secrets of the Goody Box by Simone Lilly-Egerter
“The Forbidden Secret of the Goody Box focuses on the love lives of three close friends, Debra, Sherry and Rachel. With the help of Doc Reed, Debra and Sherry learn the mysteries of men and how to build a lasting relationship.
This was an excellent book! Although the story is a work of fiction, there is quite a bit of information to glean from it. We learn how men think and how differently we’re wired, but most importantly how to have a relationship that stands the test of time. Debra is a main character that is easy to connect with because she’s so down to earth and realistic. The other character I connected with was Rachel. I can relate to her unhappiness and hurt from her marriage to the point of no return. This is a great read. Even if you’re in a
great relationship, it still opens your eyes to quite a bit. This is a must-read for all women.”
Review of The Forbidden Secrets of the Goody Box by Author Vivienne Diane Neal
“I enjoyed reading this story, which focuses on three females, who are best friends and the trials, and tribulations they face when it comes to the men in their lives. The characters are real yet vulnerable. As you delve into the narrative, you begin to understand why some relationships work while others fail, namely giving oneself to someone without really getting to know that person, buying someone’s affection, having impractical expectations, concentrating on unresolved issues, and repeating the same blunders, leading to a toxic fusion. However, you also get a peek into how men think when it comes to love, romance, intimacy, and sex. As the plot unfolds, there are surprises, which will leave you yearning for a sequel.”
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Review of The Forbidden Secrets of the Goody Box by Hayley K of Minnesota
“This is a fiction book that makes some valid points and advice that you can utilize in “real life.” I don’t need any advice on how to score the Mr. Right-For-Me, because I have found mine. But a lot of women haven’t, and some of these women really just don’t “get it.” This book will open their eyes and make them see the light. A good book to give to a young single woman you may know, or even a recent divorcee. Good story, great advice!”
Review of The Forbidden Secrets of the Goody Box by Elder Dwann Holmes Olsen
“The Forbidden Secrets of the Goody Box was an enjoyable read that definitely kept me thinking about the characters every time I had to take a break to get back into the reality of my current world.
I think every woman can find at least one character within this book that really CONNECTS with or speaks to who she is or who one of her girlfriends are, have been or is striving to be. I was quite pleased to see faith elements weaved throughout the storyline and more than anything, I was pleased to read a story that seemed like it could be QUITE REAL.
I didn’t want a lot of ‘love-fantasy’ mumbo-jumbo that was clearly exaggerated. I wanted the book to deliver the ‘secrets’ its title allured to.
Fortunately, after reading the book in my spare time over a period of a few days, I can honestly say the content did deliver the anticipated results. I would actually push for this to be a required reading for young women across the world who are seeking their Mr. Right. I think it’s tasteful enough to be recommended as a supervised REAL & RAW reading segment for our daughters headed off to college and I would easily give it as gifts to single women of all categories: ie: never been married, divorced etc. The Forbidden Secrets of the Goody Box definitely causes the reader to think about all the games that women and men seem to play when it comes to dating and relationships, but more than this, it also causes the reader to truly ponder where they are in their ‘love-life’ , whether or not they’ve fallen victim to some of the same ‘tendencies’ the main characters in the book experienced and what it will truly take to move them forward in an ordained life-long relationship they can be proud of.
Looking forward to the sequel!”
Review of The Forbidden Secrets of the Goody Box by Joy H of Readers Favorite
“Read [The Forbidden Secrets of the Goody Box] before starting in a relationship.
Debra Hampton comes home excited about making plans for a permanent relationship with her live-in boyfriend Vincent, only to walk in on a heartbreaking surprise: Vincent in bed with the first woman who welcomed her to their neighborhood. She then finds out that the relationship has been going on for quite a while, and the ring Vincent has been talking about buying was for the other woman, not her. The sad thing for Debra…this is not the only broken relationship she has dealt with.
Doc Reed has been helping Debra’s friend, Sherry, with her relationships so she introduces him to Debra. In this book, Doc Reed discusses how he helps Debra deal with her broken relationships and learn how to make the right choices while dating.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, but as I started reading about Debra’s heartbreaking discovery, I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened. The situations discussed are things people face every day. The authors answer many questions about the difference in the way men and women feel about sex, dating and relationships. The Doc gives women advice on how to have a more lasting relationship rather than so many broken ones.
This book would be good for women to read before starting in a relationship; it just might save a lot of heart breaks and hurtful situations. Even though this book is mainly for women, men will find it helpful as well, because the authors give their advice and tips on both sides of relationships, sex, love and dating. I would encourage anyone single to read this book and follow the advice of the authors.”
Review of The Forbidden Secrets of the Goody Box by Wanda of Watered Soul
“When you find yourself reading slower as you near the final few pages of a book and disappointed to find that all those extra pages left are actually not more of the story, you just know that you’ve enjoyed that book. And that’s exactly where I found myself as I turned the last page of Valerie J. Lewis Coleman’s book, The Forbidden Secrets of the Goody Box.
Although The Forbidden Secrets of the Goody Boxis a work of fiction, readers are bound to see resemblances of their former or present selves or other women they know. The main character, Debra Hampton, is in her mid-thirties and still chasing the elusive dream of finding her Mr. Right. However, the over thirty and still single sister is not the only one experiencing relationships woes. For many singles, Rachel has everything they want—husband, kids, nice home and a great career. Yet even with the whole package, everything is not as good as it seems.
Dispersed within the interesting dialogue of three friends are relational nuggets dispensed by Doc Reed-the relationship guru. Although this is a fast-paced entertaining read, this book will not just leave you entertained but informed and thinking about your own approach to relationships. I love the way the author melting the art of storytelling with the quest to deliver practical insight.”
Review of The Forbidden Secrets of the Goody Box
“The Forbidden Secret of the Goody Box focuses on the love lives of three close friends, Debra, Sherry and Rachel. With the help of “Doc Reed”, Debra and Sherry learn the mysteries of men and how to build lasting relationships.
This book was excellent! Although the story is a work of fiction, there is quite a bit of information to glean from it. We learn how men think and how differently we are wired, but most importantly how to have a relationship that stands the test of time. Debra is a main character who is easy to connect with because she’s so down to earth and realistic. The other character I connected with was Rachel. I can relate to her unhappiness and hurt from her marriage to the point of no return. This is a great read. Even if you’re in a great relationship, it still opens your eyes to quite a bit. The Forbidden Secret of the Goody Box is a must read for all women.”