I'm no virgin to the writing of Bernice McFadden. This book was wonderful. The characters and plot were so engaging that I could hardly put it down. There were moments that I laughed and cheered; that's when I enjoy a book most, when I get so tangled up that it becomes a temporary reality. I especially loved the way that she wound superstitions of African Americans into the story line. I really didn't want it to end. I'm so happy for Sugar...that's all I will say without spoilers. If these are your types of books, go for it.