Unforgivable Love is a novel worth the time it takes to read. Although it is billed as a retelling of Dangerous Liaisons, my lack of knowledge of that story didn't detract from my enjoyment of this novel.
Scott has set this story in 1940s Harlem, a setting I enjoyed. I appreciated the wealthy black society depicted in this novel, something that isn't commonplace in a great deal of the literature I read.
Mae Malveaux is wealthy, having earned her fortune by having her face depicted on the package of a hair gel her mother developed. She is the "queen bee" of the black community she is a part of, using men, then discarding them.
This story twists and turns a bit as Mae tries to control Val by agreeing to sleep with him if he can seduce Cecily. Although this plan is in play, Val becomes interested in Elizabeth, who is married as well.
I loved the setting of this book - both the time period and the place. I loved how Jackie Robinson and baseball provided a subplot that was fun and familiar.
This book was a fun read. I enjoyed the story but I also appreciated reading an author that is new to me that provided a look at a community that was new to me.
Thanks to TLC Book for providing this book for my review. All opinions expressed are, as always, my own.
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