DOWN ON MY KNEES

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This is a fantasy masquerading as a romance novel. The main character, Grace, is intriguing, and her examination of romance, marriage, celibacy and faith compels you to want to know her story. But this contradicts her status as the African-American superwoman who is the master of all she surveys. Grace is the perfect single mother, an exceptional and daring businessperson, every man's dream and needs only raise her voice to have people cowering at her feet.

Grace takes an Oz-like journey that touches many of the successful selling themes in the romance genre. There's the down-low introduction, the church Casanova, good and bad "dream men" and the youthful multimillionaire-athlete seeking an older woman. This story could be a parody of movie and television shows such as Waiting to Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Sex in the City and Girlfriends.

Romantic entanglements entice readers but never reach the level of passion. Yet our superwoman captures and recaptures the reader within the fantasies cascading through her mind and her decision to rely on her faith. The story may ring true with Terry McMillan fans, but one wonders whether the author is telling a story or just trying to attract a particular audience. (May, 297 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed by: 
J.A. Crawley