Title: Almost Doesn't Count
Author: Electa Rome Parks
Publisher: New American Library
Release Date: August 2005
Reviewed by: Shay C
Electa Rome Parks has been a favorite of mine since
reading "The Ties that Bind and Loose Ends". Her latest release "Almost Doesn't Count" does not disappoint. It grabs your
attention from the first page, what I love about Ms. Parks's books is the way that she addresses issues that affect "real"
people. Issues that people otherwise don't like to talk about.
Mercedes is a woman who knows what she wants and who she
is. But under that tough exterior is a woman with a painful secret. After her mother has surgery, she returns home to take
care of her......the mother with whom, she has a strained relationship and who she calls "Miss Betty", not Mama. Back home
to the place that she couldn't wait to get away from, the place that is full of bad and painful memories. While at the store
one day, she meets "Darius", the man who makes her break all rules, let down her defense, and and think about taking a chance
on love until the day all of his secrets come falling out of the closet. However, Mercedes learns that in order to prepare
for the future, you must confront and let go of the past.
Almost Doesn't Count is a riveting look at one woman's journey
to escape her past and embrace the future and the love of a good man. It will make you laugh, cry, and you find yourself rooting
for Mercedes as she begins to find her way. Ms. Parks has done it again! As this book will have you thinking LONG after you
put it down. I give it 5 stars! Reviewed by Shay C of PeoplewholoveGoodBooks