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Publisher: Avon Trade / HarperCollins
Release Date: 2004
ISBN: 0060540591
Format Reviewed: Trade Paperback
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Genre: Romance / contemporary / African American
Reviewed: 2004
Reviewer: Jen Oliver
Reviewer Notes: African-American characters

Hitts & Mrs.
By Lori Bryant Woolridge

     Can true love be caught up in a whirlwind relationship? Can true love last throughout trying to settle into a successful career? These are some of the things that Melanie Hitts and her whirlwind fiancé, Will, have to face. In the beginning of Hitts & Mrs. it did not seem that Will understood Melanie’s career goals, and the relocation efforts it would take for her to be a successful designer. Melanie quickly left for Manhattan and ended up in a close relationship with an older, white architect, John, who had similar goals. Can Melanie adjust to her new relationship with a man of a different ethnic background? Can their family and friends understand their new relationship? Lori Bryant Woolridge does an outstanding job in showing the depth of relationships that two people can have with each other, no matter their ethnic background. She takes a heated topic of debate—can a man and a woman be platonic friends?—and takes it to a higher level—can a white man and a black woman be friends? Hitts & Mrs. takes the issue to the hilt and does not make any characters look poorly for what they believe. Lori Bryant Woolridge hits the mark for true friendship and incorporating it with a similar true love relationship.