Unforgivable Love: A Retelling of Dangerous Liaisons

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HarperCollins, Sep 26, 2017 - Fiction - 528 pages
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“Marvelously dramatic…brings its era to life with lush detail.” – People Magazine

In this vivid reimagining of the French classic Les Liaisons Dangereuses, it’s the summer when Jackie Robinson breaks Major League Baseball’s color barrier and a sweltering stretch has Harlem’s elite fleeing the city for Westchester County’s breezier climes, two predators stalk amidst the manicured gardens and fine old homes.

Heiress Mae Malveaux rules society with an angel’s smile and a heart of stone. She made up her mind long ago that nobody would decide her fate. To have the pleasure she craves, control is paramount, especially control of the men Mae attracts like moths to a flame.

Valiant Jackson always gets what he wants—and he’s wanted Mae for years. The door finally opens for him when Mae strikes a bargain: seduce her virginal young cousin, Cecily, who is engaged to Frank Washington. Frank values her innocence above all else. If successful, Val’s reward will be a night with Mae.   

But Val secretly seeks another prize. Elizabeth Townsend is fiercely loyal to her church and her civil rights attorney husband. Certain there is something redeemable in Mr. Jackson. Little does she know that her worst mistake will be Val’s greatest triumph.

 

 

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User Review  - wagner.sarah35 - LibraryThing

This retelling of Dangerous Liaisons is one of the more original retellings I've encountered. While the story is familiar, the setting (1940s Harlem) and characters make the story fresh and alive. I ... Read full review

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User Review  - bemislibrary - LibraryThing

Cecily is innocent and a pawn in Val’s lust and Mae manipulation in her twisted plan of deceit and revenge. Val is also interested in another woman and does not mind if he ruins Cecily in the process ... Read full review

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Sophfronia Scott hails from Lorain, Ohio. She was a writer and editor at Time and People magazines before publishing her first novel, All I Need to Get By. She holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a bachelor’s degree in English from Harvard. Her short stories and essays have appeared in numerous literary journals. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and son.

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