June 12, 2010

To Read or Not To Read?

Before he died last year, E. Lynn Harris, supposedly wrote the first installment of a new series. It is about a bisexual owner of a Miami modeling agency named Bentley L. Dean III. Due to the economy, he reluctantly agrees to supply 15 models for a VIP party. Jah is his 18-year-old protege that has to substitute for a model that dropped out. Suddenly, the stakes are higher when Jah falls in love with a very dangerous, very famous, and very married man. Will Bentley's fatherly advice and guidance save Jah?

First of all, I didn't believe that E. Lynn Harris finished writing his last novel, Mama Dearest, let alone finish an entirely new novel. Secondly, it is uncharacteristic of him to name the heroin after a luxury car. I am used to the late author's books having substance, being well-written, and leaving me with a lesson or relevant message. Will this posthumous work live up to expectations and standards?

The hardcover will be released on June 22, 2010. So far, there are six reviews posted on Amazon with an average rating of 3.5 stars. Ouch! Read them and determine for yourself whether In My Father's House is worthy of pre-ordering, or even reading.


  1. Ouch ! indeed.
    I have yet to read "Mama Dearest", As a fan of the (late) E.Lynn Harris I was disappointed in the reviews. Now that "In my father's House" has been released, I think it's time to do a weekend "Double Crunch" and get it over with... ugh---
    Out of loyality
    I agree with you on the Main Character being named after a Luxury Car it is soooo not E. Lynn Harris. Whom ever have the rights to his books at least needed to be ...a Fan.

  2. Very good point. Whoever finished his books should have been a fan, or close worker that is familiar with his writing style and able to mimic it. For example, V.C. Andrews ghostwriters were obvious fans that studied her previous works before continuing her legacy.

    I am struggling between reading out of loyalty, or leaving the memory of a favorite author as is.