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Can I Get An Amen Again: Brown-Eyed Handsome Man\The Real Thing\My Promise To You\A Change Is Gonna Come (Arabesque)

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A book by Janice Sims

In JANICE SIMS's "Brown-Eyed Handsome Man," recently widowed Gena Boudreau has just about given up on motherhood, until a precocious teenager tries to set Gena up with her single father, Nathan Lincoln. The star of a reality dating show cooked up by … see full wiki

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Author: Janice Sims
Publisher: Kimani Press
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A Revival, A Little Faith and a Lotta Love

  • Jun 26, 2007
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Romance authors Janice Sims, Kim Louise, Natalie Dunbar and Nathasha Brooks-Harris follow-up their 2005 anthology, Can I Get An Amen, with a sequel aptly titled Can I Get an Amen Again. In this follow-up, while the protagonists are new, the town of Red Oaks, Georgia, the Red Oaks Christian Fellowship Church and Mother Maybelle remain constant.

In veteran author Janice Sims story, "Brown-eyed Handsome Man", widow Gena Boudreau keeps herself busy in community service, afraid to allow herself to become involved again after her husband's untimely death. She has a hard time reconciling her faith and therefore her church attendance is almost nonexistence. Lily Lincoln is a young lady who thinks Gina would be the ideal woman for her father, Nate, and would also serve to keep him out of her teenage business. Gina and Nate finally meet at the tent revival held by Red Oaks Christian Fellowship. Can the rich widow on the hill overcome the idea that she is a jinx and fall in love with the handsome carpenter? In steps Mother Maybelle who wants to see these two together. Energetic characters and a humorous storyline will delight fans of Sims.

Kim Louis created a unique storyline in "The Real Thing", involving a store executive turned reality show star. Markos Raineau wants to increase sales for Value-Mart and reluctantly agrees to go along with marketing director Justine Graves' scheme. A different woman will accompany Markos on each of the seven nights of the revival. Which beautiful woman of the Marrying Markos Show will be the next Mrs. Raineau? Has Justine made a mistake by throwing a hottie like Markos before a group of desperate and gorgeous hoochies? And furthermore, just how far is she willing to go to keep them from Markos? This was a fun, out-of-the-box story of well-developed, flawed characters with a current theme.

In "My Promise To You" by Natalie Dunbar, a young married couple's marriage is sorely tested by economics and family interference. Sam Watson shows up at the revival seeking his wife, Charlimae, after several months of abandonment. His explanation of having to go to another city several hundred miles away to obtain employment is not a good enough explanation for Charlimae. Her father insists she get a divorce but she is willing to give her marriage another try. The couple attempt to work through their financial problems and their marital woes with a little help from the formidable Mother Maybelle. This was a low-key story that emphasized how the principles of faith and prayer are the key to seeking solutions to a troubled marriage.

Dr. Gabrielle Talbot, seeking a change in her life, takes a position as a head physician at Red Oaks Hospital in "A Change is Gonna Come" by Nathasha Brooks- Harris. After she is deceived by her fiancée', Gabrielle decides to forgo relationships and concentrate on practicing medicine. When she treats the assistant pastor of Red Oaks Fellowship, she meets his brother, contractor Marcus Danforth. Marcus is immediately attracted to Gabrielle and she to him but both struggle with painful memories and past mistakes. Count on Mother Maybelle and a revival to put the couple on the right path. Marcus' thirteen year-old nephew, Kevon, was a delightful treat but the story left me with a few questions in regards to the story's stance on forgiveness.

When Can I Get An Amen came out, it was besieged by controversy over what genre it represented. Was it Christian romance fiction or was it contemporary fiction in a church theme/setting? Some readers voiced concern about the sexin' while others thought it was appropriate and in line with the reality of church going folks. Can I Get An Amen Again will undoubtedly draw similar debate-- and that is a good thing, despite the proliferation of church-themed contemporary fiction that includes sexy storylines. Nevertheless, these stories will have you both smiling and saying "Amen."

Dera R. Williams
APOOOO BookClub

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