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Always True to You in my Fashion    by Valerie Wilson Wesley order for
Always True to You in my Fashion
by Valerie Wilson Wesley
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Avon, 2003 (2002)
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* *   Reviewed by Melissa Parcel

Randall Hollis is a player. He doesn't like to be tied down to one woman, so when he finds himself dividing his time between three ladies, he doesn't think anything of it.

Medora Jackson is an artist whom Randall represents in his job as an art dealer. They have known each other and had an off-and-on sexual relationship for over fifteen years. Medora is in love with him, but knows that Randall loves no one but himself. On Valentine's Day, she decides that she's had enough and kicks Randall out of her love life for good ... or does she? Ana Reese-Mitchell is a wealthy widow with plenty of money to spend on art. Sparks fly as soon as Ana and Randall meet, and they begin a relationship. Graduate student Taylor Benedict is looking to see how far Randall can take her in the art world. What will happen when these three women find out about each other? Will Randall finally learn what it means to be true to one woman, not just the woman he's with at the time?

I have long been a fan of Ms. Wesley's Tamara Hayle mystery series, and was anxious to see if she could translate the humor and believability of those novels into romance. Always True to You in my Fashion is light on the surface, but with a deeper message underneath. I was endeared to Randall even though he's a liar -- he has an innocent, little-boy demeanor that will make even jaded readers fall for him. Randall learns a great deal about himself throughout the book, as do many of the other characters. This is what sets this story apart from other romances. The characters have unique individual personalities and issues they are trying to deal with -- ailing parents, wayward children, and troubles from the past. How they solve these problems and come out better people in the end makes an interesting journey.

Always True to You in my Fashion is an excellent choice for those who enjoy a good romance, from an author with a unique voice in black American fiction.

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