Always True To You In My Fashion

Author: Valerie Wilsom Wesley

Publisher: Avon

Release Date: December 2007

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5

Format: PRINT

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Randall Hollis seems to have everything going for him: success and wealth in his career, good looks and charm. He has had his share of women, but has never settled down. The only truly long-term relationship he has ever had is with Medora Jackson who was his first lover and gave him a love of art. Randall and Medora still remain "friends with benefits", but that may soon change. Medora knows she will always care for Randall, but she will have to let him go if she is ever to be able to move forward with her life. Unfortunately, Valentine's Day may change her life forever.

Another woman who is sure Randall will be the answer to what she needs is Taylor Benedict. Taylor is a graduate student and is hoping a relationship with Randall will give her access into the art world.

Ms. Wesley develops this whole ensemble of characters along with several intriguing secondary ones skillfully. The reader is able to understand the complex issues and the pasts that motivate them. We all can identify with the difficulty in dealing with family issues and the emotional toil they can take on even the most balanced person.

There is plenty of spicy romance mixed in with drama. Since I am not artistic, I appreciate any glimpses into the art world and the author provides that through vivid narrative and lively dialog.

This novel was first published in 2002, but with this mass market edition even more readers can enjoy this wonderful story of affirmation and hope. Although, it is marketed to African-American readers, there is a universal appeal of a tale of families and friendship.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Roberta Austin

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