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This installment picks back up with sisters Egypt and Isis and the newest chapter of The Big Girls Book Club in Richmond, Virginia. Egypt's marriage to Rashad is on the rocks due to struggling unsuccessfully to have a child of their own. After discovering Egypt is barren they choose a traditional surrogacy route, which entails inseminating a woman with Rashad's sperm and then having Egypt adopt the baby. Subsequent to their prospective surrogate backing out of the arrangement and Egypt's best friend refusing to help them, they foolishly turn to Egypt's sister as well as Rashad's ex Isis, to have Rashad's baby for them. Mentally askew and also still in love with her married ex fiance Tony, Isis actually decides that this is the perfect opportunity to break up Egypt's marriage and make Rashad hers again by giving him the biological children that her sister never can and hastily agrees to go through with it. I don't see why adoption wasn't the clear option if they couldn't find another surrogate and the author doesn't make it seem that Rashad is desperate for a biological baby, just a baby. Regardless, Egypt is distressed and hopeless to save her marriage so she has Isis inseminated and this is when her problems begin to intensify and her life is turned upside down.
With the move to another state and a new chapter of the BGBC comes new book club members which include best friends Lorraine and the first ever male member, Jerome. Single, and ready to mingle, Jerome has no qualms about being promiscuous and "hittin' it and quttin' it" with any sexy man he chooses. Before long he ends up breaking the wrong heart and has a slight case of fatal attraction on his hands. Sympathy is originally evoked for Jerome but as the novel progresses and things about his character come to light most of that faded and I was left feeling that he brought it on himself and will hopefully learning a huge lesson. Nobody but Jerome knows about Lorraine's abusive turned adulterous relationship with her husband because from the outside looking in Lorraine has an amazing life that many envy. Other friends and strangers aren't aware that Lorraine is sexually unsatisfied and that she has been finding panties that don't belong to her around the house. Although her marriage to Leon is unquestionably unhealthy she decides to stick around for appearances sake so she can win office of National President of her sorority. That goes out the window though when her husband's mistress shows up at her house to confront her. She decides the best revenge is to cheat herself and soon falls in love with Michael and decides to file for divorce. The only problem is that Leon claims he is completely innocent and stops at nothing to get her back.
This sequel to Something On The Side is sadly not as intriguing as I hoped it would be. Through the entire first half and for a short while beyond this follow up is very slow and predictable. By the time the story line finally accelerated, the book was then over. The level of drama in this novel is absolutely over the top and definitely takes away from the great plot. I love drama but not to the point that it becomes unbelievable, that makes the novel grow boring very quickly. The trilogy is already in the works so of course the novel left us with entire scenarios let alone questions that need to be addressed. I will pick up the third book because I would like to see what becomes of the characters but I really hope the next book is more like the first.
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Initial post: Sep 15, 2010 5:12:29 AM PDT
E. Peters says:
I became a huge Carl Weber fan after reading "Baby Mama Drama." I did not think Carl could keep writing books as good as BMD, but he's proved otherwise. I've enjoyed each and every one of his books and this includes "Big Girls Do Cry." My favorite character was Isis. During the first half of the book, Isis was shown as a slick and conniving character, that is until her sister started to get on my last nerves. I don't want to give the ending of the book away, so I'll just say that I'm glad the ending turned out as it did. I hope Carl Weber reconsiders and brings back the character of Isis in future books. As usual, Carl wrote a juicy book. I look forward to reading additional material written by this talented author.
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