Title:In My Sisters' Corner
Publishing Date: November 2003
Retail Price: $15.00
Sisterly love, Sisterly pain
Sit back, relax, and get ready to indulge in the drama filled lives of the Howard sisters. This is one novel that will have you still talking about it long after you have set it down.
Like most sisters, the Howard sisters have always been close. However, also like most sisters, they grew up and followed their own dreams that pulled them in different directions. Unfortunately, their lives were not turning out to be the fairytale lives they once dreamed of having.
At the foundation of the sisters is Free Howard, the eldest of the four sisters and a successful business owner of a floral boutique. After their mother's death, Free finds herself filling her mother's shoes and trying to keep peace, harmony, and unity amongst the four sisters. Outside of family and business, Free doesn't have much of a social life. Well, not until she meets Samuel who could very possibly turn out to be her "Mr. Right". That is if she doesn't drive him right out of her life with her insecurities. Will Free continue to play the old maid, or will she finally learn to love herself and allow true love into her life?
Jade, the next to the oldest sister, finds that Joy, her insecure and possessive lover, may not be the one for her after all. After Joy starts to demonstrate tendencies of a not so healthy relationship, Jade feels that it is time for her to rethink their relationship. Meeting Jonathon Meadows does not help matters. Jonathon is successful, debonair, and charming. The combination of those "three" qualities found in "one" man has Jade at the point where she is questioning her sexuality. But the possibility of Jade turning her life around and walking the straight and narrow is not an option as far as Joy is concerned. And she will stop at nothing to prove it to Jade.
At her husband's request, China gave up her job to focus on and care for her husband and two children. Being the faithful wife and dutiful mother, China is clueless as to what is causing her husband to act so strange. However, the clues are there, staring her right in her face. After discovering his infidelities, China is forced to leave her husband, Ron, of fourteen years. Ron's cheating has been the substitution for his abusive tendencies. As if the fact of knowing that her husband is cheating is not enough, China is in for the shock of her life when her husband's secret lover is finally revealed.
Maya, the baby of the four, is the sister who strayed from home against their mother's wishes to pursue her dream of becoming an aspiring actress. Only thing is she didn't get the part she was hoping to land. Instead, Maya finds herself at the mercy of her abusive pimp. Driven to the brink of insanity, Maya takes matters into her own hands in order to escape the hell that she has gotten herself caught up in.
In My Sisters' Corner is filled with witty dialogue, shocking revelations, and tear-jerking moments. To me, this novel has a Soul Food flavah minus Big Momma.
After reading In My Sisters' Corner, you will be scouring the bookshelves of your local bookstore in search of more releases from this gifted storyteller. Hopefully, her next novel, "Apple Tree", will follow closely behind.
Ms. Tilles loves to hear comments and/or praise regarding her novel(s) and can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
--Reviewed by Carla M. Dean, U Can Mark My Word Editorial Services (1/04)