Four African-American women rely on their friendship as they face insecurities, negotiate love, and define happiness: Gina, an admittedly unathletic runner training for a marathon with her White boyfriend in an effort to change her mother’s mind about interracial dating; Sherry, a divorcee enjoying her new single life, but still debating motherhood; Cookie, a cupcake baker wrestling with memories of her late fiancée and an obvious attraction to the delivery man who comes by every day; and Laura, a professional escort who plays by a strict set of self-imposed rules in order to maintain her one-woman business. With humor and insight, they consider their cards and wonder which will be the trump that wins.
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“Life in Spades” by Frances Frost is about four women, Gina, Sherry, Cookie and Laura, who are more like sisters than anything and their relationships or lack of relationships with the opposite sex. Gina is dating a white guy from her job. Although she has a great time when she is around him, not to mention he is easy on the eyes, thoughtful, and an all around great guy, her mother does not approve because he is white. Gina loves her mother but will she give up the chance on happiness because of her mother? Cookie is still mourning over the loss of her fiancée. She's dated since but nothing serious. Cookie spends her time doing what she loves best, baking at the bakery she owns. Even though she has been out of the dating loop for awhile, she feels that there may be an attraction between her and the delivery guy. The question is will she let someone else in for a chance at happiness or will she continue to mourn the deceased? Sherry, a divorcee, is still hurt by the demise of her relationship with her husband. She never would have dreamed she would be alone and the man she used to be married to locked up in prison. Sherry is angry that she did not get to live out her happily ever after with a family of her own. More than anything, Sherry wants to experience motherhood. Is she willing to adopt, use insemination or wait on the right man to come along? Or will she just let the idea go? Laura is beautiful and intelligent, but during college she fell into a more lucrative way to make money. Being an escort...NO SEX involved! Hired to escort wealthy men to events as arm candy and someone that can hold an intelligent conversation in any group. The main rule that Laura made was to never get involved with a client. Will she take her words to heart when someone piques her interest on a personal level? “Life in Spades” by Frances Frost was a good read. It centered around relationships, friends and lovers. The characters were those you could easily relate to and parts of the story will have you laughing out loud. My rating is 3 stars because there were some editing issues and misspelled words. Also, the story ended like a gift perfectly wrapped with a bow on top. A more realistic ending would have been better or possibly a sequel. Aside from that, this was a good read! Reviewed by: LeonaR
Great read, I highly recommend it.
Ms. Frost has written a engaging, thought provoking first novel. This story grabs you attention from the very first page. She skillfully unfolds the different layers of each character in a way that makes you want to know who these ladies are separately and as a group. This is a great book for discussion, because she has several thought provoking issues in this novel.