This Time Always
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Niyana Nichols isn’t looking for love. Between the demands of parenting grown children and her recent widowhood, romance isn’t a priority for the vivacious fifty-three-year-old administrator of a Wellness Clinic. Add to that, the fact that her recent Alopecia diagnosis is proving challenging. But meeting her daughter’s delicious, young professor leaves her facing emotions she thought she’d buried with her husband. Now, she has choices to make that could complicate her entire existence.
Forty-six-year-old Omari Josef is devoted to his son, his adorable granddaughter, and shaping young minds as an African-American Studies professor. Crashing into the gorgeous and spirited Niyana forces this divorced, single dad to rethink some things, mainly his happiness. He’s younger. She’s older. But for him the age difference is insignificant. What matters is showing her that she deserves to be cherished. Will the sudden reappearance of Omari’s ex-wife wreak havoc in his life? Or will this new and undeniable attraction grow into something abiding?
Publisher: SDH Books
Length: 235 pgs.
This was a refreshing story about two mature adults meeting and eventually, falling in love. I loved how Ms. Harrison took her time with the characters. They were obviously drawn to one another sexually, but she took her time and allowed them to get to know one another. Omari often expressed his feeling for Niyana in a gentlemanly way…with a kiss to her hand. That ole school, Frankie Beverly kind of romance. And she knew how to treat him as well.
On a personal note, I was diagnosed with alopecia over twenty years ago. After experiencing the initial shock of what it meant to me (how will I look without hair, what will others whisper about me, how will my husband see me), I quickly got over myself (and others), threw away the notion of wigs and decided to flaunt my pretty big, bald head. When I saw the cover of This Time Always, I immediately want to read this story. This book showcases woman with alopecia who loved and celebrated their beauty. Ms. Harrison addresses hot flashes, alopecia and still embraced natural femineity in an EXCELLENT way. FAVORITE QUOTES:
“Do whatever you need to in order to not merely exist but enjoy life with alopecia as your true you. Whichever woman that is: with or without a wig. Simply do not deny yourself. You’re glorious, and this world needs your intrinsic, invaluable gifts.”
“Alopecia wasn’t her fight. It was a part of her life. She could either live with it gracefully or keep spinning and negatively impacting her psyche, her soul, and her peace.”
I LOVED THIS BOOK! Is there a “Grown and Sexy” genre? There should be!
This slow burning romance had emotional depth and dealt with problems in a mature yet entertaining manner. The heroine, Niyana had Alopecia and it was interesting to see how she dealt with it and grew into complete acceptance of herself. Omari had familial issues to contend with. It was wonderful seeing how he'd matured from his younger years. The story held a cast of characters that kept me grinning at the way they related to each other. I'm hoping to read Toni's (The heroine's best friend) story soon.
I am so glad I ordered this book. The first I have ever read. I like it a whole lot! Give me more. I have alopecia also and this book was so true. Thank you.
First, I must say I loved how the author was able to sprinkle information in the book to bring awareness to Alopecia. It's a subject most word choose not to speak on, so this was great. Niy and Omari's relationship was very interesting to read. Their ages aren't the reason behind this, but more so their lives apart and how it came together. Both had been in love before (married) and had issues they needed to deal with to make their relationship work. I love their attentiveness to their families and one another. Omari's support of Niy was heartwarming.I do hope we'll get a chance to see more of them, maybe from the eyes of Maurice and Toni. 😉