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The Vow.

The Vow by Denene Millner, Angela Burt-Murray and Mitzi Miller Amistad/HarperCollins, November 2005 $23.95, ISBN 0-060-76227-6

The Vow kicks off at a wedding on New Year's Eve, where three thirty-something sistahs in Los Angeles--you guessed it--make a vow that they will all be married to the man of their dreams within one year.

These ambitious divas, however, are not content to grab the first man with a pulse who crosses their paths; each has something, or someone, very specific in mind.

Of course, their paths to the altar are filled with more twists and turns than a juicy soap opera. The competition in cutthroat L.A. is fierce, and each woman has to step up her game to get what she wants. Along their journey, feelings get hurt, family issues intervene and their solid-as-a-rock friendships are put to the test.

Putting their book a step above most chick lit, the authors present well-rounded characters, who, despite their shallowness (name-dropping more designer labels than most rap songs), are likeable women readers will root for. It comes as no surprise that the three coauthors were once coworkers and collaborated on last year's nonfiction paperback The Angry Black Woman's Guide to Life (Penguin). Burt-Murray is the new editor-in-chief of Essence magazine. Their obvious chemistry easily translates into creating this fun, humorous, and guilty pleasure of a read.

--Reviewed by Melissa Ewe), Johnson Melissa Ewey Johnson is a writer and editor in New York City.
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Author:Johnson, Melissa Ewey
Publication:Black Issues Book Review
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Date:Nov 1, 2005
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