We Take this Man
Candice Dow and Daaimah S. Poole
Grand Central Publishing (2009)
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (3/09)
Dwight is a married father of two daughters. When he is offered a huge promotion that involves a move from Florida to Maryland, he decides to take it. His self-absorbed wife, Tracey, finds herself unwilling to uproot the family and move with him. She feels hanging onto her new, big beautiful home is more important. Dwight is definitely being taken for granted.
After Dwight makes the move, he finds himself getting close to Alicia, who is his colleague. Alicia thinks that Tracey is crazy for letting her man move away without her. Initially, she respects Dwight’s devotion to his family, but as time passes and her attraction to him increases, she feels justified in going after him.
When Alicia gets pregnant, Dwight wants to do the right thing. So he plans on divorcing Tracey to marry Alicia. Miscommunications cause him to end up being married to both women. The truth is revealed when Tracey finally moves her family to be with them. When she discovers the situation, initially she is shocked, but she realizes that to keep her man, she will have to accept Alicia and her son into their lives. This seems to work in the beginning, but as time passes it becomes more and more difficult. Tracey has to come up with a plan to get Dwight back to herself. And Dwight has to decide which is more important to him, his long relationship with Tracey and their daughters, or the exciting new relationship with Alicia.
I totally enjoyed reading “We Take this Man.” The authors did an awesome job of creating a complicated plot. Having two strong women both play key roles really adds to the drama. This is a book that will be enjoyed by all. Women’s reader groups will find themselves having lively discussions about this story. To help facilitate discussions, there is a ten-question, reading group guide at the end of the book. I highly recommend that you read “We Take this Man” by Candice Dow and Daaimah S. Poole.