We Take This Man by Candice Dow and Daamiah S. PooleWe Take This Man
by Candice Dow and Daamiah S. Poole
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Reviewed by: Marquist
March 2009


How much is a woman willing to give -- or give up -- for love? That is the question at the center of the book We Take This Man written by Candice Dow and Daaimah S. Poole. The tale of two wives of a successful software executive, We Take This Man is entertaining yet a little too unbelievable and dramatic.

Dwight and Tracey Wilson live a very stable life in a suburban neighborhood in Jacksonville, Florida with their two daughters Jordan and Destiny. When Dwight is offered a promotion at work, Tracey couldn’t be happier until she finds out their family has to move to Maryland for the new position. Dwight explains that his options were to either take the promotion and receive forty thousand dollars more per year or decline the promotion and take a thirty thousand dollar pay cut.

Although Tracey is adamant about not moving to Maryland, Dwight decides to accept the position anyway in order to make a better life for his family. Needless to say, Tracey is not happy with his decision because they just moved into their house and they would be moving too far from their family. Eventually, they decide Dwight will live and work in Maryland during the week and return home every weekend.

When Dwight moves to Maryland he meets Alicia Dixon. Alicia is a single, thirty-something software team leader who works at the same company as Dwight. At first, Alicia is not attracted to Dwight in the least bit. But, as time goes on and Dwight and Tracey grow further apart, Alicia and Dwight end up falling in love with each other. When Alicia becomes pregnant, Dwight decides to divorce Tracey and marry Alicia, but the divorce process proves not to be as easy as Dwight had anticipated.

To me, this book falls short on a few different levels. Although it started out good, I didn’t really identify with or come to love the characters. Tracey seemed too selfish and stubborn to me. Plus, I think it was rather absurd for her to let her husband live in Maryland so long by himself and play the games that she played. I was happy when her little scheme “Operation Bring Husband Home” failed. Basically, she was trying to give Dwight his freedom and live his life as a single man in Maryland. Well guess what? That’s exactly what he did.

Also, this book didn’t have too much complexity and detail to it. I kept looking for the redeeming portion of this book but it never came. I won't give anything away, but the ending was ridiculous. I got to the ending thinking, that's it?

What did you like about the book?
The title grabbed me and there were some parts where I was laughing out loud. Also, the concept of the plot was good but I was expecting a little more substance.

What did you dislike about the book?
I did not like how easy it was for Tracey and Alicia to come to the compromise they did when they realized they were both married to Dwight. I don’t know many women that would be so willing to do what they did. Also, there were many parts in the book that were not believable to me.

What could the author do to improve the book?
I would have liked to have the story told from Dwight’s point of view as well. The story is only told from Tracey and Alicia’s perspective. I found myself wondering what Dwight was thinking or who he truly loved the most – Tracey or Alicia.


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JB :
Posted 787 days ago
THIS BOOK IS UNREALISTIC...WHAT WOMAN WOULD SHARE HER HUBBY W/ANOTHER WOMAN AND LIVE TOGETHER..NOT!!!
WE SHOULD HAVE HEARD FROM THE HUSBAND PERSPECTIVE ALSO.. I JUST THINK ALL 3 CHARACTERS WE SO SO WEAK....THE BOOK WAS VERY ANNOYING IT TOOK ME AWHILE TO GET THROUGH IT. BECAUSE IT WAS GETTING ON MY NERVES....
JB :
Posted 793 days ago
THIS BOOK TO ME IS NOT REALISTIC ALL THE WAY SHARING A MAN.....NOT!!!! WHY COULDNT DWIGHT'S CHARACTER TALK ABOUT HOW HE WAS FEELING AND WHAT HE IS THINKING....EVERYTHING HAPPEND SO FAST..
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