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Skylar and Storm Morrison may be gorgeous twin sisters, but they are as different as night and day. Skylar is savvy and book-smart; Storm is shrewd and street-smart. But a twist of fate lands Storm in jail, where she must trade her Fendi bags and Prada boots for an orange jumpsuit and laceless white sneakers. Meanwhile Skylar makes a name for herself by transforming the restaurant that once belonged to the twins' late father, Dutch, into Legends, Philadelphia's hottest new ...
Skylar and Storm Morrison may be gorgeous twin sisters, but they are as different as night and day. Skylar is savvy and book-smart; Storm is shrewd and street-smart. But a twist of fate lands Storm in jail, where she must trade her Fendi bags and Prada boots for an orange jumpsuit and laceless white sneakers. Meanwhile Skylar makes a name for herself by transforming the restaurant that once belonged to the twins' late father, Dutch, into Legends, Philadelphia's hottest new nightclub.
Now, newly released from prison, Storm has some serious living to do. And she's ready to take control of what's rightfully hers--a share of Legends--with the help of some of Philly's most notorious thugs. But moving back into the real world will prove much harder than Storm ever imagined. And as Skylar and Storm negotiate their new relationship, both women will feel the pull of Dutch, a figure so powerful he can keep his girls in line years after his death. In the end, the sisters will have to face their shared, tumultuous past--and a future that's both uncertain and wide open.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
When I Think of Home, I Think of a Place
Storm had long ago decided not to call anyone to come pick her up on the day she was released. No, she needed to make this journey back into society the same way she left it three years ago, by herself! Besides, the one thing she didn't want or need was pity from anyone, especially Skylar.
The smell on the prison bus was a familiar one. Although it had been three years since she was last on one, it was just as she remembered: funky and stale with a mixture of recognizable scents, like cheap perfume, cigarettes, body funk--life and death. But all that didn't matter now. She was on her way out of this cage.
There were only ten people on the bus including her, but Storm chose a seat in the back by herself. She didn't know any of the other girls getting released anyway. None of them were from her cellblock. Besides she needed this time to think about all she had to do when she got home. Home. Do I even have a home anymore?
Storm had plans and they were already in motion. First, she needed to find a job. Sidney, Skylar's man, had assured her there would be a job at the club for her if she wanted to work there. She had never met Sidney, but felt she knew a little about him. He was usually the one who accepted her collect calls from the prison. Over the years, they had had lengthy conversations. Skylar was usually too busy, or not there when the calls came through, and when the two sisters did manage to speak on the phone, they seemed like strangers. Storm heard that Skylar had turned Morrison's, the family restaurant, into some type of nightclub. Things are going to be real different back home.
Get Here if You Can
So, do yourself a favor and stop by Legends for an unforgettable evening of sheer entertainment, dancing, and the finest in southern cuisine." A tear formed in Skylar's eyes as she read aloud the ending of the review that Philadelphia Magazine had given her very popular nightspot. She had worked her ass off this past year trying to make Legends the number one spot for entertainment in the Philadelphia club scene. The two-storey burgundy- and amber-colored brick building almost appeared out of place, nestled among a string of neatly adjoined row homes and positioned proudly on a corner in the working-class community. The fact that Philadelphia magazine had done a feature story and review on an African American business was a rare accomplishment--and rarer still, it was a positive review. But there it was, in black-and-white--a glowing review and profile ranking Legends number one.
Although Legends catered to an affluent, sophisticated crowd, its atmosphere was elegant, not bourgeois. Everyone felt at home here. Exquisite artwork by such noted artists as Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, and Annie Lee adorned the walls. There was also a special rich royal blue tribute wall where eight-by-ten black-and-white portraits of legendary black entertainers of yesteryear, like Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Johnny Mathis, Sidney Poitier, and Dorothy Dandridge, hung in gold-colored picture frames. It was a conversation piece among the guests dining and dancing the night away. So much so, Skylar was planning to add to it and highlight legendary artists of today, like Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Usher, Mary J. Blige, and Sade.
Looking at all she had accomplished, her mind went back to when she was a child. Dutch had been head chef at Morrison's, and people came from far...
Posted November 6, 2010
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THIS WAS MY FIRST BOOK BY THIS AUTHOR. I WOUNDN'T CALL THIS MY FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR, BUT I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED. I THINK THE AUTHOR DID A WONDERFUL JOB IN TELLING THE STORY AND DEVELOPING THE CHARACTERS. THERE ARE SO MANY LESSONS TO BE LEARNED FROM THIS NOVEL. TWIN SISTERS SKYLAR AND STORM HAS A ROCKY RELATIONSHIP. WHEN STORM RETURNS HOME FROM JAIL, SHE AND OLD BOYFRIEND DUBOY IS HATCHING A PLAN TO GET HER HALF OF THE NIGHTCLUB LEGENDS, THAT HER SISTER IS RUNNING. BUT EVEN WITH EVERYTHING THE TWO SISTERS HAS BEEN THROUGH, THE BOND OF SISTERHOOD STILL HOLDS STRONG. I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS BOOK FOR READING. ENJOY........,Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 25, 2010
I love reading books, I started this book and only got to page 27 I wasn't feeling it at all. I let my co-worker borrow it who loves to read as much as I do and she got to about page 90 and just could not get into it. I might finish reading it eventually but idk I just couldn't get into it and I wasn't feeling his writing style.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Okay, so this was better than Don B. Welch's 1st novel, The Bachelorette Party. The description of the characters were so real. Everyone reading this book can relate to one or more of the characters in this story either personally or by knowing someone that fits the description. The flow of events was even and on point. Each chapter was a build up to the next, "wow". The transitions left you saying, "what, are you kidding me" or "oh, no he or she did not go there."Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 12, 2010
In Philadelphia, African-American Storm Morrison spent three years in prison. Upon being freed she wants her share of the inheritance from their late father Dutch, which includes his restaurant that her twin sister Skylar converted into a successful night club, Legends.
Although she vows to go as straight as her bookworm sibling, Storm runs into her cheating street punk boyfriend, DuBoy. He wants to start over with and demands she do too or else. However, she knows if she returns to him, she returns to the street and probably prison yet the temptation is great. Storm must choose between patching up her relationship with Skylar or destroying what her sister has made with Legends by taking her share and DuBoy, a mix that could only end tragically.
The key to this strong inspirational family drama is the support cast who enhance the realism of the plot and the readers understanding of the twins whose values seem so different at first, but in many ways are identical. Although some stereotyping detracts from the sense of contemporary urban foreboding that disaster is coming, fans will relish Legends as to forgive is human, but to redeem is divine.