Warm Hands

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Mya is feeling free and content after months of heartbreaking sadness in the aftermath of breaking up with her commitment-phobic boyfriend, Vincent. She's taken up running, looks good, and has no intention of starting another relationship. Then she meets Jeff. Handsome, decent, and kind, he's a keeper-the kind of man she's always wanted...the man she is about the marry. Until she stuns herself and everyone else by betraying Jeff...with Vincent.

Hurt and angry, Jeff walks out of ...

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Overview

Mya is feeling free and content after months of heartbreaking sadness in the aftermath of breaking up with her commitment-phobic boyfriend, Vincent. She's taken up running, looks good, and has no intention of starting another relationship. Then she meets Jeff. Handsome, decent, and kind, he's a keeper-the kind of man she's always wanted...the man she is about the marry. Until she stuns herself and everyone else by betraying Jeff...with Vincent.

Hurt and angry, Jeff walks out of her life, leaving Mya alone to confront her deepest self and her destructive behavior. In doing so, she takes a brave look at her own life and the family patterns she learned to follow. Through a haze of pain, despair and desperation, Mya awakens to life's truest lessons: self-love is the most important love of all, and only by loving yourself can others truly love you...

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Traveling the same ground as Terry McMillan, this latest from Johnson-Hodge (The Real Deal) follows the travails and transformation of a strong but self-sabotaging African-American woman. At 35, Mya Williams is barely over her romance with a seductive loser named Vincent when she meets Jeff, a successful young architect. They've scheduled the wedding when Mya finds herself unable to resist one final tryst with her sexy ex. In the aftermath, a shell-shocked Mya--now dumped by both Vincent and Jeff--is forced to examine her soul, her sexual cravings and her self-destructive neediness. Pondering the collapse of her life and the fragmentation--at once funny and painful--of her family, Mya attains a peaceful self-reliance and finds her true soul mate along the way. Mya's metamorphosis from madcap confusion to a nearly saintly level of self-actualization is too seamless to ring true, and--as is so often the case--her tale is far more fun before her conversion than after it. Still, Johnson-Hodge offers a sassy and often endearing story. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312972936
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 4.28 (w) x 6.68 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Johnson-Hodge has been published in Long Journey Home, a poetry anthology, and is the author of The Real Deal and A New Day. She lives in the southeaster United States.

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Touch.


It was essential. From the moment you are born you were touched. Two hands cradling you, bringing you into the world, making the passage easy, the journey benign. Touch became a comfort, a necessity and a joy, and no man had touched Mya like Vincent had.

Like a magnet Mya had been drawn to him. For two years through thick and think she had stayed by his side; supporting him when he couldn't keep a job, loving him when he suffered bouts of uselessness and depression; believing she could help him, fix him. Save him.

But Vincent didn't want to be saved, didn't want to be helped and certainly not fixed. In the end he left her when he had had his fill of her attempts. Simply told her "It's over" without reason or explanation, walking out of her life refusing to explain a thing.

She was smart enough to know that a man did not define her, yet her heart still searched for a reconnection, a yin to her yang. Mya didn't feel desolate about the situation and desperation had yet to claim her. Still there were moments when she longed for the feel of him, for the warmth of his hands upon her. Moments coming when she dreamed of the next man who would enter her world and reawaken her with a touch.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2006

    i liked the book

    this book will teach you about self love. make you care about your self.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2003

    Very Good

    This book helped me to get on track. Warm Hands is a great! I think everyone should go out and buy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2001

    PPL LISTEN UP : wonderful book

    ' Warm Hands', is one of my favorite books of all time. Not only did I enjoy this book, but I also changed my whole confidence of myself. Yes, from just one book. I cried, laughed, and and learned. Today i give my book to friends to read. If you read this book you will not regret it. I wish I can thank Margaret Johnson-Hodge for writing and sharing this beautiful book with me and the world. Read and enjoy. Love and Happiness to everyone. Hoping for you will find true love like Mya did, but most importantly within yourself...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2001

    Ladies get ready for a reality check

    Warm Hands was a very honest, down to earth book. A reality check into why it is so important to love yourself before you can allow anyone else to love you. I strongly recommend this book to all the single ladies out there. Ms Hodges-Johnson took us to the bridge on this one. She really outdone herself. Keep up the good work!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2000

    VERY GOOD!!!

    Mrs. Johnson-Hodge does it once again. The way Mya was able to look inside yourself and find the real meaning of life(HAPPINESS) was great. I just wished Jeff and Mya could have made it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2000

    What Makes Us Behave the Way We Do?

    What struck me first about Warm Hands was how personal and poetic the prose was. The narrative is so intense you will be caught up from the initial breathless words. Margaret Johnson-Hodge continues her tradition of honesty as she delves deeply into the character, Mya. Mya's like us: she just wants to be happy. And she equates happiness with finding her soul mate. When she lucks upon Jeff I'm elated for her. However Ms. Johnson-Hodge has a few gut-wrenching changes in store for Mya. I disagree with the reviewer from Publisher's Weekly. I believe Mya went through hell and back before her transformation. It was nowhere near seamless. If you've ever contemplated cheating, read this book first. It's an eye-opener!

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