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A. C. Arthur

Book - 2022

When Rita McCall's twenty-three-year marriage goes up in flames, she leans on her cousins--and best friends--Sharae and Jemel for support. But they have issues going on in their own lives, too. And with the cousins at life-changing crossroads, it will take the wisdom of the aunts and their family history of love to get them through painful secrets and betrayals.

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Domestic fiction
Seattle : Montlake [2022]
Main Author
A. C. Arthur (author)
Physical Description
275 pages ; 21 cm
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Review by Booklist Review

When Margarita "Rita" McCall gets a call from a woman claiming to be pregnant with her husband's baby, it's the last straw. After years of infidelity, she's finally filing for divorce. Sharae and Jemel, Rita's cousins and best friends, are supportive, but her adult daughters are less understanding. Rita's mother and her sisters, also known as the Aunts, have plenty to say, as well, about both the divorce and her decision to start a catering company after years of cooking for church and family functions. Meanwhile, Sharae gets some unwelcome news about her estranged father, delivered by a handsome attorney who wants her to break her no-dating rule. Romance author Arthur makes another foray into women's fiction, following The After Party (2021), with a story of sisterhood, faith, and starting over. With snappy dialogue and an emotionally charged plot, not to mention a few sexy scenes, Arthur keeps raising the stakes until a final showdown tests the bonds of the women's friendship. A great choice for readers of Kimberla Lawson Roby and Terry McMillan.

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Review by Library Journal Review

The latest novel from Arthur (The After Party; "The Fabulous Golds" series) has convincing dialogue, compelling main characters, and well-developed secondary characters. It focuses on three Black American cousins who hang tough when they are enduring rough patches in their lives. Preacher's daughter Rita McCall receives a phone call from her husband's mistress, telling Rita she is carrying her husband's child. Her adult daughters are not shy about voicing their opinions on the separation of their parents. Sharae is dealing with traumatic events from her childhood. Her father has died in jail and left her an inheritance she doesn't want, and this is standing in the way of her beginning a romance with a new man--her father's lawyer. Jemel is being pressured by her family to get married and have kids. She wants to find the balance between home and career that will work for her. Throughout it all, the three cousins hold each other up. VERDICT Arthur writes strong female characters, compelling story lines, and the message that family always has your back. Her fluid writing with touches of humor, romance, and enough issues to keep things interesting will keep readers engaged. Will appeal to fans of Terry McMillan and Eric Jerome Dickey.--Melissa Palmer

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