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Genre: Contemporary Romance, Multicultural
This wonderful anthology presents very human characters, sometimes flawed but always heartwarmingly developed and sympathetic. Each heroine makes changes for the better that demonstrate the power of love. Files' story mixes humor, a charming love story and a heroine who is likable despite her flaws. Briscoe's powerful characterization tugs at the heartstrings, and Bunkley's heroine finds there's more to life than work. Don't miss this book.
In Briscoe's "The Perfect Life," Maxine's is anything but. Married for 20 years, her life seems dull and boring. She blames her problems on her cousin, who lured away her fiance years before. At a family gathering, Maxine is forced to confront her cousin, the fiance and the anger she's carried all these years.
Files' "Three for the Road" is about Lilibelle, who's abruptly divorced by a husband who feels she's too demanding. On the road trip Lilibelle takes to show she can take care of herself, she learns that she's indeed high maintenance, but with the help of a handsome man and a dog she meets along the way, she can change.
In Bunkley's "This Time Around," a career woman who thinks she has everything must re-evaluate her life when forced to work with the man she was briefly married to before she became a success. (KIMANI, Mar., 320 pp., $14.95)
Reviewed By: Page Traynor
Published: March 2007