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Good to the Last Drop (Book) - 11/28/2006 9:50:04 PM
Have you ever read a book that made you fight back your tears while reading in public? I hadn’t, until I read <b>Good To The Last Drop by Elissa Gabrielle </b>. I was fortunate enough to come in contact with this highly talented author who told me that the book would definitely give me a “good laugh”. Little did I know that this beautifully packaged book would throw my emotions into a wild spin cycle to rival a defective Maytag front-loading washing machine! <p> </p> With the author’s comment in mind, I began my journey into the world of newlyweds Khalil and Amber Devereaux. Although hesitant at first about the seemingly long list if characters that were introduced in the first couple of chapters, I soon realized that Gabrielle had the finesse to fully flesh out each and every one. By alternating the first person perspective between her cast of characters from chapter to chapter, Elissa Gabrielle adeptly revealed the inner workings of the people I would soon grow to love. <p> </p> Admittedly, I did laugh at many scenes throughout the novel – Scott (the flaming gay best friend of Amber) and Aaliyah (the fiancée’ of Khalil’s best friend) bickering in his car which quickly leads to his pulling over to put her out, for instance – but I found that the sections that shine in my memory the brightest were the ones that held more emotional depth. I was so invested in these people that when I witnessed the final climactic moment between two of the main players in this dramatic tale, the tears would not stop forming in my eyes. Would this ultimately destroy them? My heart was so conflicted, and I was taken by surprise at how passionate I felt about the situation. This is the essence of a truly great story: the ability to lose yourself, forget that this is fiction, and believe that these people’s destinies are being exposed with each turn of the page. <p> </p> Elissa Gabrielle has sufficiently created a love story that will not easily be forgotten by her readers. In a time when so many writers tend to go for the pretty ending all wrapped up in a shiny satin bow, Gabrielle is refreshingly unique in her literary performance. You should not count on your classic fairy-tale ending, but you can anticipate both the feeling of satisfaction you get from a good read and the expectation of more excellently woven stories to come. <p> </p> To purchase your own copy of GOOD TO THE LAST DROP by Elissa Gabrielle, go to <a href="http://www.elissagabrielle.com" <b> www.elissagabrielle.com </b> </a>. <p> </p> <b> <i> Review by Naiomi Pitre, author of Broken Vows and official reviewer for Big Time Publishing Magazine. </b> </i>

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