Yesterday Mourning by Renita Bryant



Date Published: May 2013

Yvette is a forty-one year old woman struggling to cope with losing both parents during her twenties—one to terminal disease and the other to life’s complications. Over the years, she learned to repress the pain of watching her mother die and the resentment of having her father casually walk out of her life. Now as she packs her bags to return to her Georgia hometown and the house where final goodbyes were never spoken, a growing sense of uneasiness intensifies.

Vera is the kind-hearted stepsister Yvette never imagined nor wanted. She was an innocent teenager in search of answers when Yvette’s father, the Pastor, entered her life. Although broken from the loss of his beloved wife and daughters, he gave Vera the love and affection she so desperately needed. However, a childhood secret threatens to compromise everything Vera holds dear.

When the Pastor’s health takes a turn for the worse, both daughters must decide if they have the strength and courage to no longer be confined to burdens of the past. Will Yvette overcome feelings of abandonment and forgive her father before it’s too late? Does Vera’s childhood secret hold the key to mending this family’s broken relationship?

Yesterday Mourning is a heartfelt and poignant novella about two women learning invaluable lessons of forgiveness, love, loss and ultimately—peace. It is an impressive debut from an author with an authentic voice and a love for storytelling.

About the author

Renita Bryant, a native of Fort Valley, Georgia, had visions of being a writer from an early age. “There’s something magical about using words on a page to emotionally propel someone into another time and place.”
Since obtaining her BS & MBA, Renita has worked for some of the world’s largest companies on many of their most recognizable household brands. Although she finds the work rewarding, her passion for writing pushed her to complete and publish her first novella, Yesterday Mourning, in May 2013.

Renita currently resides in Ohio and stays actively involved in social media with her blog, Renita’s Mynd Matters, Twitter (@Mynd_Matters), Facebook (YesterdayMourningBook), and Goodreads pages! She’s currently working on multiple projects including book #2 and a collection of poetry.



Twitter: @Mynd_Matters


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Rating: 4 Stars

I wasn’t sure what to expect when i first received a copy of this for a honest review. I was pleasantly surprised at how much i enjoyed it. This story hits home on so many levels and I can relate to the daughters that are involved. I haven’t experienced the death of a parent but the family issues are far too close to home. Yvette tries to overcome the abandonment of her father and losing her mother to cancer. After her mother died her father not only walked away from her but also her younger sister Zoe. Not only did he get remarried soon after his wife had passed away but he raised his new wife as his own daughter while missing out on his biological daughters lives for over 16 years. Renita did a beautiful job putting this story together. I loved getting to know each daughter, some more then others. I wish there was more to the story though. it does leave out some key items that would of made this novella whole! If your looking for a story that has a lot of dialogue this isn’t it. It consists of mostly thoughts of Yvette and Vera.


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