by Marcella Sanders

January 2003
ISBN: 1-58314-281-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Arabesque Books
Mass Market Paperback

My Soul To Keep by Marcella Sanders was my first read from the line of Bet books, and I’m glad I had the opportunity! This book is about letting go, and taking a chance when you’re heart is involved

Carol Grant is on vacation in Georgia, helping her cousin Mavis out at her boutique for the summer, and enjoying a sabbatical from her job. Carol runs into Terrence Johnson, an acquaintance from the past, and the possibility for newfound love!

Terrence Johnson is an attorney with his family’s law firm and in Georgia for an upcoming trial. When he sees Carol again, he knows he wants to see more of her. Carol is hesitant at first, but soon succumbs to the handsome Terrence’s charms.

Trouble for the new couple comes in the way of Wanda Mincy, and her desire to sink her claws into Terrence. Wanda is working with Terrence, a friend of his family and a conniving you-know-what! Wanda wants Terrence for herself, and she goes to great lengths to achieve that with the help of Terrence’s meddling mother.

Further legal troubles develop for Carol when she’s accused of a crime she didn’t commit.

Can Terrence use his legal expertise to save Carol's career? Will Carol get caught up in the treacherous lies Wanda weaves?

This reader enjoyed the maturity of Ms. Sanders' characters - they display common sense and know themselves well enough to bridge the gap of their fears, and take the risk of falling in love. Both have been scarred by past relationships, yet each took an invigorating thought provoking look at what went wrong.

They talked about the issues that led to the downfall of their prior involvements. How unbelievably refreshing to read characters who, before jumping in feet first, actually keep no secrets from one another, by laying their cards on the table!

Does this make for a less exciting read, because the characters aren’t fighting each other tooth and nail one minute, then hopping in the sack the next? This reader declares a resounding “NO”! This makes for a love that takes a realistic approach to the complexities one brings in the way of baggage to a new relationship.

A satisfying read with a well thought out plot. I’ll look forward to more writings from this author in the future.

Reviewed in February 2003 by Connie.

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