The Aura of Love

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Kathy J. Marsh, author of short stories – Struck by Lightening and Wedding Interrupted and recent nominee at the Harlem Book Fair for an African American Literary Award in the Romance category – is deserving  of the many kudos she has received for her first full length novel.
The Aura of Love is a timeless story of love against enormous odds but it's told with a supernatural twist. Marsh has created loveable, rich characters in Jace and Remy. To the ordinary human eye, they are both attractive African American professionals who seem to have a serious chemistry between them when they first meet. Those who share their secret – those known as Auralites, can see clearly that each is from a distinct coven with very different histories -- histories which make them natural enemies. The star-crossed lovers find themselves having to choose between blood-ties and love-ties. Marsh uses allegory beautifully to illustrate the age-old antagonist, prejudice, and shows how it affects our most intimate relationships – sometimes overtly and sometimes in ways we may keep hidden from ourselves.
The reading is thought provoking, funny (I laughed out loud), and subtly sexy. The story is layered with plot and sub-plot as Jace pursues Remy (brothers take a lesson), family secrets are discovered and the true nature of both friend and relative is exposed. The continuity in the telling was solid. I found no I un-dotted nor T un-crossed (not that I was looking – wink/wink).

After the first crescendo, and there were a few, I was leery – I had quite a lot of book to go but I was pleasantly surprised. The reading was fast paced and held my attention until the very end. I found her narration fresh and witty. Sister may have you breaking out your dictionary. I think I learned a few new words .That's what it's all about for me though – I want to be enriched in some way when I read. I was not disappointed here. Well done, Kathy Marsh.
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SST Rating   8       Page-turner - Recommended reading
"An amazing new voice with a brilliant, otherworldly concept that takes you deep into the issues of race, class, and gender."
--L.A. Banks, author of The Vampire Huntress Legends series

Paperback: 408 pps
Publisher: Black Diva Publishing (May 2, 2007)
ISBN-10: 0977495000
ISBN- 13: 978-977495009

Terri E. Williams
is member of Sisters Sippin’ Tea Literary Group – Tulsa Chapter, Inc.  She graduated Cuma sum laude from Langston University with a BA in Sociology and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.  She has a passion for reading and a true respect for the written word. When she is not reviewing books for Sisters Sippin’ Tea, she is very active in the community- serving as their scholarship chairperson. Terri is the mother of two wonderful young men; DeShey and Drake and currently resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma where she is employed by the Employment Security Commission.

Sisters Sippin’ Tea Literary Group -Tulsa Chapter, Inc. is a not-for profit organization dedicated to promoting literacy in our community.  Because of the philanthropic thrust of the Tulsa branch of SST, they consider themselves more than a book club.   They host several literary events a year with the largest being the Annual Fall Books and Brunch - a fundraiser for the Sisters Sippin’ Tea scholarship program. They have an active book review committee, make substantial contributions in their community and maintain a reading group- Little Sisters Sippin’ Tea - for girls eight through twelve years of age.  
Celebrating five years in April 07, the Tulsa Chapter is comprised of twelve very diverse ladies. There are currently twenty-eight SST chapters, with one located in Cairo Egypt.  The core chapter is located in Houston, Texas and has been together for seventeen years. For additional information on Sisters Sippin’ Tea please visit us at and

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