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Get Some Love Paperback – Bargain Price, July 29, 2003
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Foxx writes a female adaptation of Brewster's Millions [George Barr McCutcheon (2003)], about an elder leaving seemingly insane instructions to the family heir. When Angelica Chappee's grandfather's will is read, she is shocked by the uncharacteristically immoral instructions he left for her to receive the family fortune. She is also impressed that her grandfather had acquired such wealth. In addition to the one funeral home that she knew about, he owned two more, plus a host of other investments. Her grandfather challenged her to accomplish in six days what she has avoided for 20 years. After those six days, she is instructed to return to the executor and prove that she succeeded at carrying out her grandfather's wishes. Her encounters run the gamut from^B ridiculous situations to hilarious predicaments until her time runs out, and she must report in. What makes her adventure even more complicated is that some of the people around her have their own agendas. When she returns to hear the rest of the will, she discovers the real meaning of her grandfather's instructions. Lillian Lewis
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Nina Foxx, originally from New York, is the bestselling author of five novels--and two industrial design patents. She has had a short story featured in Wanderlust: Erotic Travel Tales, and her fourth novel, Marrying Up, was successfully adapted into a musical stage play. She worked as an industrial psychologist specializing in human-computer interaction, and is currently completing a third graduate degree--this time an MFA in creative writing—and working on an experimental film project based on one of her books.
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Angelica is shocked to realize she has inherited the family business: three well to do funeral homes. Funeral homes had been in the family for years. After all, Pop-Pop always said "Everyone's got to die." As well, she has been left all of her grandfather's assets amounting to two point three million dollars. It is all hers, enough to pay her way in to Julliard so that she can realize her dream of becoming a singer - on one condition: that she lose her virginity within six days.
Enter Juan Delgado, next in line to inherit his father's dry cleaning business. Only, his heart isn't in it. Longing to play his saxophone instead of smelling cleaning solvents, out of duty to his father as the oldest son Juan and his friend James are shipped out to Baton Rouge to redeem an ailing outlet of his father's. It has seen better days, but James and Juan must turn the business around in a week's time. It seems an impossible task to take on.
Angelica and Juan don't know what lies in store for them, or how impossible things might become. With a supporting cast of characters that are as well defined as the leads, "Get Some Love" is part love story, part coming of age, part thriller, part mystery that is a gumbo of emotion and hilarity. What is most beautiful about Foxx's writing is that she keeps it real, life like. There is no excess of words or hubris here, only wonderfully true to life dialogue, laugh out loud humor and crisp, clear writing.
The most shocking thing about "Get Some Love" is that it isn't what you think it's going to be when you start reading. There is a depth, a darkness, to it that is not apparent when you begin reading, but as you delve deeper you realize that this is more than a comedy of errors. It is life living on the page, deep and stirring. The novel catches you off guard, knowing that you've already judged it to be one thing when it is in truth another.
There is something and someone within the pages of "Get Some Love" for everyone, whether it is romance, thriller or romantic comedy. What is perhaps most stirring is the silence when you finish it and realize that you're done the book. I found myself wanting to continue reading, to live with these characters for a little bit longer. A comedy of errors that emphasizes the importance of love, acceptance and family.
The next main character and subplot deal with Juan Delgado, a "good Hispanic boy." Juan is in love with music and desires to do anything except what his father expects of him . . . To take over the family dry-cleaning business. Being the good boy that he is, he tries his best to please is father, while trying to find a way to break the news to him. Juan has a cousin named James who loves the family business. James also feels as if Pops, (Big Delgado) Juan's father is his own and would want nothing more than to run the business. Juan knows this and wish that could be the easy answer, but it's not. Therefore, James spends his time working hard in at the dry cleaner (against his mother's wishes) and trying to keep Juan focused on the business at hand. They have a big job to do in Baton Rouge and neither want to let Pops down.
Now we have two main characters, both with a conflict of interests (Angelica is unsure about what to do with Pop-Pop's business . . . she dreams of "Dance") . . . will their paths cross? I'm thinking . . . You BET! Angelica's path also crosses with others as well. Money has a way of attracting people, and NOT necessarily people with her best interest in mind. Someone just may be willing to kill to get their hands on Angelica's money. Surprised? I was. Get Some Love was an interesting and easy read. I would definitely recommend this book. It's not your typical romance.
Meanwhile, the Bronx native Juan Delgado is in town for a huge contract with a gospel convention for his family business, Delgado Cleaners. Juan is reluctant to take over the family business; he'd rather be a saxophonist. His best friend James, who accompanied him to Baton Rouge for the convention, seems a more likely candidate to run the dry cleaning plants after Juan's father retires. Juan and Angelica meet by happenstance.
GET SOME LOVE is a novel of self-love and common sense. Intertwined with the circumstances that Angelica and Juan are dealing with is an intense and suspenseful sub-plot. The main characters were lucid and approachable in a way a good friend might be. I felt myself wanting to give them both advice on how to handle their situations. I enjoyed GET SOME LOVE, and think Nina Foxx has given her readership an entertaining and eye-opening book.
Reviewed by CandaceK
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