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Genre: Mainstream, Multicultural
Themes of family, relationships and trust run through this novel as readers are introduced to four couples. There are no lead characters, as each couple is given an adequate amount of time to shine. However, because we are talking about eight different people, there is no room to offer background information for the characters. Readers will never know what motivates the characters to say the things they say and do the things they do. The story does a good job of depicting the struggles men face when attempting to be faithful to their women and the strength women display when their families are attacked.
Pastor King Brook and his wife Tai are preparing for the wedding of their firstborn, Princess, but the nuptials are derailed when King’s best friend and fellow minister Derrick Montgomery falls ill. Princess is all set to marry her longtime friend Rafael but starts having second thoughts when she sees her first love, and Derrick’s son, Kelvin. Derrick lies in a coma while his wife Viv fights to keep the faith and her composure. King’s parents, Obadiah and Mama Max, have been separated for years and have finally come to a place where they must either reconcile or get a divorce. Each couple faces challenges, and must rely on their faith, and each other, to see them through. (DAFINA, Oct., 320 pp., 15.00)
Reviewed By: B. Nakia Garner
Published: October 2012