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View Park Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2009

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Book 1 of 5 in the View Park Series

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View Park is a mostly African American suburb of Los Angeles, and the Chase mansion is the largest home in the community. Chase Beauty, a Fortune 500 cosmetic company for women of color, is owned by founder and CEO Steven Chase. He grew up poor, put himself through college, and is a tough businessman and father. His wife, Janet, grew up wealthy in New York and is the perfect companion, mother, philanthropist, and head of the Chase Foundation. Their sons, Carter and Michael, and daughters, Leigh and Haley, are each accomplished in their own right, even when it proves disastrous. When Leigh returns from a year in Africa, the Chase celebration is cut short because Haley witnesses a shooting while boating with a married senator. Police Chief Jackson's son, Sean, is assigned to protect Haley, and daughter Avery becomes a target for takeover of her salons, Essentials. Sean and Avery soon find themselves swept up in the family chaos. The Chases' disregard for others puts everyone in danger and forever changes the family bond. Lillian Lewis
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About the Author

Winters was born in Chicago, the youngest of six children. She began writing short stories and poems at the age of eleven. She received her Bachelor's in Communications at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is currently a consultant with a Fortune 500 financial services company in the DC metro area.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Dafina; Reprint edition (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758212607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758212603
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #714,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lena Willis on September 26, 2006
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Angela Winters' mainstream novel, View Park, is an explosive and sizzling debut. View Park is the first of three novels about the Chase family, one of the wealthiest families residing in the Los Angeles suburb of View Park. Steven Chase is the powerful and successful patriarch of the Chase clan. When he is not busy running his cosmetic conglomerate or planning hostile takeovers, he and his wife are busy interfering in their adult children's lives. Similar to the television families of the eighties (Dallas, Falcon Crest, Dynasty), except featuring an African American cast, the parents are controlling and the children are reckless and rebellious. When the two entities intersect, drama and conflict are guaranteed to occur.

The storyline is tied around the Chase's youngest daughter, Haley, witnessing a murder while on her married lover's, who happens to be a Senator, yacht. The family goes to great lengths to protect her as it becomes obvious that someone is trying to take her life as a result of what she witnessed. In addition to Haley's trials, the reader also gets to witness the dynamic between Steven Chase, the owner of a Los Angeles-based cosmetics company, and his sons as he attempts to take over successful beauty salons in the area to create a massive chain of his own. The conflicts that his oldest son, Carter, has with fulfilling his father's wishes, while still trying to pursue his own law firm, are evident.

The Chase offspring, through their escapades, attempt to develop some unlikely relationships. It was difficult for this reader to buy into, not only the unlikely relationships, but the whole Chase family dynamic and how the parents interacted with their children - namely Haley with her parents.
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The Chase Family is one of the most powerful and influential African-American families in the Los Angeles area. Steven Chase along with his wife Janet, has taken his small cosmetics company and turned it into an Fortune 500 company. Steven is now determined to take over a chain of hair salons--only owner Avery Jackson refuses to sell. When Steven realizes Avery is a tough nut to crack, he demands that sons Carter and Michael make it happen or else.......

Carter Chase, determined to make his own way, starts his own law firm only to keep being pulled into family business by his father. Carter gets more than he bargained for when he goes after Avery, soon sparks fly and Carter is torn between loyalty to his family or his growing feelings for Avery. Michael Chase is very much involved in the family business and almost as ruthless as his father Steven. He handles the "dirty" work yet always comes out on top. Happily married to former model Kimberly, his life seems perfect or is it? Leigh Chase, now home after volunteering in Africa, is also determined to make her own way. After deciding to start a free clinic in the "hood", she goes to her mother for help with funding. Janet agrees to fund the clinic on one condition: Leigh must agree to date the man her mother sets her up with. But Leigh gets more than she bargained for, when the man refuses to take no for an answer and won't let go..... Last but not least, Haley is the "problem" child, long tired of living in the shadow of her "perfect" sister, she lives by her own set of rules. But when Haley witnesses a murder on her married boyfriend's yacht, she's in for the fight of her life when the killers come after her but when Detective Sean Jackson (Avery's brother) comes to the rescue, will Haley lose her heart as well?
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I'm reading this series again because I did not realize that more installments were published. I read View Park when it was first released. I enjoyed it then, and I enjoyed it again. Can't wait to start part 2, and then finally read the remaining installments for the first time. Very well written book. And the author makes you feel like you know all of the characters personally.
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Angela Winters' mainstream novel, View Park, is an explosive and sizzling debut. View Park is the first of three novels about the Chase family, one of the wealthiest families residing in the Los Angeles suburb of View Park. Steven Chase is the powerful and successful patriarch of the Chase clan. When he is not busy running his cosmetic conglomerate or planning hostile takeovers, he and his wife are busy interfering in their adult children's lives. Similar to the television families of the eighties (Dallas, Falcon Crest, Dynasty), except featuring an African American cast, the parents are controlling and the children are reckless and rebellious. When the two entities intersect, drama and conflict are guaranteed to occur.

The storyline is tied around the Chase's youngest daughter, Haley, witnessing a murder while on her married lover's, who happens to be a Senator, yacht. The family goes to great lengths to protect her as it becomes obvious that someone is trying to take her life as a result of what she witnessed. In addition to Haley's trials, the reader also gets to witness the dynamic between Steven Chase, the owner of a Los Angeles-based cosmetics company, and his sons as he attempts to take over successful beauty salons in the area to create a massive chain of his own. The conflicts that his oldest son, Carter, has with fulfilling his father's wishes, while still trying to pursue his own law firm, are evident.

The Chase kids, through their escapades, attempt to develop some unlikely relationships. It was difficult for this reader to buy into, not only the unlikely relationships, but the whole Chase family dynamic and how the parents interacted with their children - namely Haley with her parents.
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