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BEST KEPT SECRETS
by Rochelle Alers

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Multicultural
Setting: 1920s-40s Florida

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Samuel Cole is determined to make his own way in the world and sets out
to do just that upon returning from
the military. Smitten by Cuban beauty Marguerite-Josefina "M.J." Diaz, Samuel determines to make the charming, intelligent and beautiful M.J. his wife. But
when the two move to the Florida, the community is reluctant to accept them and, at times, this causes trouble in their marriage. Infidelity lingers in the background and is a constant temptation for Samuel. Can his love for M.J. overcome past wrongs?

Readers searching for answers about the Cole family finally get them in Alers' latest. Beginning in the 1920s with Samuel and Marguerite-Josefina's marriage and continuing through the 1940s, Alers' book tracks the characters through sometimes rocky and unforeseen events. The pages fly as the shocking details unfold, adding appeal to the story. With historical detail thrown in, this romance novel captivates. This is a good starting point for readers who are unfamiliar with the Cole family before continuing the saga. SENSUAL (Jan., 338 pp., $15.00)

Reviewed By: T.L. Burton

Publisher: BET/Sepia

Published: January 2006

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