Coffee Time Romance & More






ISBN#: Paperback-9780451225825/E-book-9781440655852
January 6, 2009
New American Library, a division of Penguin Group, Inc.
$14.00 US
384 pages
Rating: 4 cups

Olena Day is a beautiful, middle-aged African American woman. A great success in business, she has not had a lot of luck when it comes to love. After devoting much of her life to her job, she is on a year-long sabbatical in Atlanta, in the hope she will be able to write the novel she desires.

Matthew Harper is a man who would catch any woman’s eye. A young man of twenty-five, he is in the finance department of a Mercedes dealership in Atlanta. He is very successful and knows where he is going in life. It is just the commitment end of his life where his vision gets a bit blurry.

Olena first appears as a young woman on her way to college. She is carrying a lot of baggage with her as she tries to fit in. Then, advance twenty-five years into the future where she is still carrying baggage, but she is dealing with it in a variety of ways. She is making her own way in the world and doing well for herself, but is burying herself in her work. As she begins her sabbatical, she finds herself attracted to two younger men. The sabbatical is to help her get started on her novel, but it is also a journey of self-discovery.

After reading some of the multicultural books, I will say this one is the best so far. Women will be able to relate to Olena and the situations she finds herself in. Olena is a strong-willed and determined woman who knows her own mind. It is the main thing I appreciated about this character, along with the fact that she is not afraid to recognize the mistakes she had made throughout her life. Ms. Robinson writes a sophisticated story which is able to reach out to women of any ethnicity and I thank her for that.

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