"Delilah Monroe and her husband Rocky always dreamed of their three daughters making it big in show business as a musical trio. After Rocky's death, Delilah's determination is even stronger. However, her daughters--Roxanne, Veronica, and Alisha--aren't so sure. Roxanne is a cruiseline entertainer, while Alisha writes jingles for an ad agency by day and secretly composes her own songs at night. Veronica, whose dancing is better than her singing, is the one with the biggest opportunity due to her husband Dexter's grand plans--plans that are at the expense of her sisters'. Delilah wants to keep her daughters together, but they have minds of their own. Soon Roxanne, Veronica, and Alisha embark on their own paths, only to find that the price of fame might be more than they're willing to give. An inspirational family drama, DELILAH'S DAUGHTERS showcases Angela Benson as one of the strongest voices in African-American women's fiction today"-- - (Baker & Taylor)
When Delilah's three daughters--Roxanne, a cruise line entertainer, Alisha, a song composer, and Veronica, a dancer--follow their own paths in show business, they soon discover that the high price of fame might be more than they're willing to pay. - (Baker & Taylor)
When Delilah's three daughters--Roxanne, a cruise line entertainer; Alisha, a singer; and Veronica, a dancer--follow their own paths in show business, they soon discover that the high price of fame might be more than they're willing to pay. 30,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)
An inspirational story about the allure of fame and the faith that binds a family forever . . .
Delilah Monroe has done everything in her power to keep her three daughters strong since the death of her husband. And a big part of that connection is their singing group, Delilah's Daughters. Veronica, Roxanne, and Alisha each have their own unique sense of self, but they all share the dream of Delilah's Daughters hitting the Billboard charts.
Now, just as they enter the final round of a national talent show, a record producer approaches Veronica with the promise of fame . . . if she goes solo. Then the man Delilah has always leaned on wants more from her than just friendship, and someone from her past comes calling with a shocking secret. Will Delilah be able to hold her family together?
Even though Roxanne, Veronica, and Alisha are as different as three sisters can be, their combined talents shine in the pop-gospel group their parents, Rocky and Delilah, helped them form. Although Rocky's death affected his wife and daughters deeply, Delilah's eye for business has brought new success. When they find out that Delilah's Daughters has made it to the final round of a popular singing competition, they can't imagine how quickly the entire family's lives will turn upside down. A solo contract from a prestigious record label threatens to break up the group, and when new paramours and old lovers enter the equation, Delilah and her daughters have to figure out if the cost of success is truly worth the price. This sweetly tender story of one family's attempt to navigate the rocky waters of stardom focuses on the importance of loyalty, sacrifice, and second chances. Benson's intimate knowledge of the music industry is evident, and her charming, inspirational novel will appeal both to fans of Martha Southgate and loyal Behind the Music viewers. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
Library Journal Reviews
Delilah Monroe has tried to build a strong sense of family and faith around her three daughters who form a talented Southern gospel/pop trio called Delilah's Daughters. Veronica, Alisha, and Roxanne are cautioned to think of their beauty and talent as gifts from God. Yet by wearing two hats as the girls' manager and mother, Delilah oversees all aspects of her daughters' lives until the group comes in second on the reality show Sing for America. A major record label offers Veronica—the most charismatic sister—a chance to become a star along the lines of Beyoncé, and a family split ensues. As Delilah struggles to keep her family together, secrets and lies are slowly revealed that further damage the family faith and trust. VERDICT Benson's (Up Pops the Devil) story begins with a sweet togetherness that rings false, but stay with this one. The hidden secrets that rock the family foundation will require a whole lot of prayer to overcome each woman's weakness. The soap opera-esque plot manages to avoid sugary melodrama and gives readers interesting subplots, landing between inspirational fiction and true romance writing. The journey is long, but the end result is satisfying, sort of like hearing clear voices rising in song on Sunday morning. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.