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by Kim Louise, Janice Sims, Natalie Dunbar, Nathasha Brooks-Harris

Genre: Inspirational, Multicultural

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Can I Get An Amen Again is a joyous read! Sometimes funny, sometimes sad and always entertaining, the stories and characters blend very well together. The writing is so realistic that the authors could have been journalists at Red Oaks Christian Fellowship reporting on the events occurring within its walls and among its membership.

Sims' "Brown-Eyed Handsome Man" has Gena Boudreau, who considers herself the black widow of Red Oaks, Ga., after she "killed her husband with sex." She is loath to have another relationship, but Lily Lincoln believes that her father, Nate, would be perfect for Gena, and that his relationship with Gena would shift some of his overprotectiveness onto someone else.

In Louise's "The Real Thing," Justine Graves is an ad executive who literally stumbles upon Marko Raineau. The series of commercials Justine has created flops until Marko's ad becomes popular and her superiors decide to capitalize on it, resulting in a reality TV show where women vie for Marko's attention -- only Justine's interested too.

Charli and Sam married young and against her overprotective father's wishes. Sam leaves Red Oaks to find gainful employment but does so without telling Charli. Months later he returns to find that despite the fact that his house is still in Red Oaks his home may not be, in Dunbar's "My Promise to You."

"A Change Is Gonna Come" by Brooks-Harris has Dr. Gabi Talbot and Marcus Danforth, both with past issues to overcome. (kimani/arabesque, Apr., 512 pp., $14.95)

Reviewed By: Debbie R. Sims

Publisher: Kimani/Arabesque

Published: April 2007

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