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Nappily In Bloom

Nappily In Bloom, September 2009
Nappily #5
by Trisha R. Thomas

St. Martin's Griffin
Featuring: Trevelle Doval
288 pages
ISBN: 0312557647
EAN: 9780312557645
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"Fun, fast-paced story that made me itch to read the prior installments in the Nappily series"

Fresh Fiction Review

Nappily In Bloom
Trisha R. Thomas

Reviewed by Patricia Woodside
Posted October 24, 2009

Multicultural Contemporary Fiction | Multicultural African-American

Reading NAPPILY IN BLOOM first was like watching Spiderman 3 first. You realize right away that you've missed something, and although you thoroughly enjoy the current installment, you find yourself itching to run to the nearest movie rental store (in this case, the bookstore or library) to find every prior story. That's how I felt reading NAPPILY IN BLOOM.

In this, the fourth installment of the Nappily series, Venus is making a go of her flower store, In Bloom. She's hoping that she and Jake will finally be able to live a quiet, normal life raising their daughter, Mya. But then Legend, a figure from Jake's hip-hop past, shows up. Where Legend goes, trouble follows, at least that's the way Venus sees it.

Meanwhile, as the wedding coordinator for Keisha's impending nuptials, Venus also has to find a way to keep Televangelist Trevelle and Judge Delma apart, as the two mothers vie over their shared daughter, a task that proves near impossible.

The action in NAPPILY IN BLOOM just kept coming and never once felt contrived. Every time Venus thought things couldn't get worse, they did. Every time it seemed that Trevelle and Delma had gotten as bad as they could possibly get, they proved the reader wrong.

The story was fun and fast-paced, and although I hadn't read the first four books, I quickly understood who all the players were and their relationships to one another without wading through a dry, "commercial break" chapter. Thomas' characters reflect the urban reality of folks who'd prefer not to interact with the police, blue collar husbands, Ivy League lawyers, entrepreneurs, and more, who share the same space, interacting with and interrupting one another as they each carve out their own journey.

I can't imagine how I managed to miss Trisha Thomas' books before now, but that's a state of deprivation I absolutely plan to do something about.

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Airic and his famous televangelist wife, Trevelle Doval, make the evening news when Airic is accused of domestic battery and his life is suddenly turned upside down. But when Venus and Jake try to suspend Airicís visitation rights with Mya, they discover that Airic isnít willing to go down without a fight.

Meanwhile, Jakeís best friend, Legend, turns up on his doorstep with trouble not far behind. The past is back with a vengeance, including blackmail, murder and enemies who are looking for payback. But everything takes a dangerous new turn when Venus goes missing. For Jake itís now a race against time to save the woman he loves.

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