And Then There Was Me: A Novel of Friendship, Secrets and Lies (Paperback)
Bea and Awilda have been best friends from the moment Awilda threw her fourteen year-old self across Bea’s twin-sized bed as if they had known each other forever. Bubbly, adventurous Awilda taught sheltered, shy Bea how to dress, wear her hair and what to do with boys. She even introduced Bea to her husband, Lonnie, in college, who pledged to take good care of her for the rest of their lives. But philanderer Lonnie breaks that promise over and over again, leaving Bea to wrestle with her self-esteem and long time secret addiction.
Recently Lonnie has plopped the family in a New Jersey upper class suburb, which lacks the diversity that Bea craves but has the school district and zip code envy that Lonnie wants. The demands of carrying a third child and fitting into this new environment while pretending that her husband is not cheating on her again, is more than she can handle. And just when she thinks things can’t get any worst, the ultimate deception snaps the little thread that was holding her life together and all comes tumbling down.
Sadeqa Johnson's And Then There Was Me is the story of love and friendship, heartache and betrayal. It’s the journey of a woman stripped down to her lowest point and needing to find the will to press on.
About the Author
SADEQA JOHNSON is a former public relations manager who spent years working with well-known authors such as J.K. Rowling, Bebe Moore Campbell, Amy Tan, and Bishop T.D. Jakes before becoming an author herself. Her debut novel, Love in a Carry-on Bag, was the recipient of the Phillis Wheatley award for Best Fiction and the USA Best Book award for African-American fiction. She is a Kimbilo Fellow, former board member of the James River Writers, and a Tall Poppy Writer. Originally from Philadelphia, she currently lives near Richmond, Virginia, with her husband and three children.
Advance praise for And Then There Was Me:
"And Then There Was Me is a well-written, thought-provoking novel that many women will relate to." —Kimberla Lawson Roby, New York Times bestselling author of Copycat
"Bea seems to have it all: the husband, the two kids, and the new house in a chichi suburb. Only problem is, Bea feels like an outcast, being biracial in her new neighborhood, and her husband is cheating on her. Again. She has her childhood best friend, Awilda, for support, but when the unthinkable happens, she finds herself with nowhere to turn. And Then There Was Me is a thought-provoking novel about marriage, parenthood, and friendship." —PopSugar, 26 Brilliant Books You Should Read This Spring
Praise for Second House From the Corner:
"So good." —Jennifer Weiner, #1 New York Times best-selling author
"I loved Second House from the Corner." —23 Books You Should Read This Winter, Brenda Janowitz, PopSugar
"Johnson is a skilled storyteller with a breezy style." —Booklist
"Rich with complex characters...The first-person narrative reads like a warm conversation, and the pace stays sharp and steady." —Romantic Times
"[An] excellent novel." —NJ.com
"I loved the characters that Sadeqa Johnson created...The author outdid herself with this book and I can't wait to see what she puts out next." —Read in Colour (4 stars)
“Felicia is a protagonist that you’ll laugh with and cry for.” —Pride
"A captivating tale to savor about a woman whose buried past threatens her picture perfect family life. Felicia is a wonderfully flawed, compelling main character, one who has stayed with me long after I finished the book. A winning novel from a writer to watch." —Benilde Little, bestselling author