You Give Good Love-J.J. Murray

You Give Good Love
J.J. Murray
Kensington, Sep 24 2013, $15.00
ISBN: 9780758277251

Hope Warren has failed to live up to her given name since she was dumped several years ago during the Holidays and turned into an anorexic. Though she still dreams of owning beachfront property, the depressed African-Bahamian-Canadian believes that is a fantasy as she works six days a week at Thrifty Digital printing on Flatbush Ave in Brooklyn. The print shop’s current customer is Odd Duck Limited Greeting Cards president Irish-American Dylan Healy, whose eternal upbeat optimism over the past few years disgusts Hope as much as his lame duck cards. He hopes to one day soon run the Art For Kids’ Sake center.

Dylan converts a Hope doodle into a card that becomes his biggest seller. Appreciating Hope’s help, Dylan brings her lunch to discuss how to make his cards popular. As Hope and Dylan team up, they fall in love. However, even as she finds her hope for the future, Hope knows she owes her beloved by first getting her act together health-wise.

You Give Good Love is an entertaining interracial romance starring an optimist and a pessimist in a changing relationship. The romance is straightforward but pleasant; while the key to this Brooklyn drama is Hope, motivated by love, finally facing her illnesses.

Harriet Klausner


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