The Next Phase of Life

A Novel

The Next Phase of Life

Fortysomething woman meets the challenges of finding romance, while reuniting with a long-lost sister, and monitoring the escapades of her friends.

Tai Wilson has hit forty and finally is ready to settle down with the man of her dreams—now she just has to find him. An executive who has success, her dream home, and a flourishing employment agency in Washington, D.C., she wants a partner to make her world complete.

Her attempts to focus on the right guy get pushed aside as her long-lost sister returns, and she balances the time between the two. Tai and her only sibling, Trista, were separated as children when their parents passed away. Trista’s past is completely unlike Tai’s upscale world. Tai introduces her to fine restaurants and treats her to spas, but Trista has trouble trying to fit into her sister’s world.

Tai treasures female networking as she celebrates friendship with her sidekicks, Candace, a fashionista; and Nevada, a journalist turned private detective. Each has their own lifestyle but when they unite for ongoing adventures, they are as one. Will Tai and Trista finally create the sisterly bond they both crave, or will their attempt to establish a strong union crumble before their very eyes? Will Tai find the man of her dreams? Add in some friends with issues of their own, and Tai is definitely ready for The Next Phase of Life.
  • Strebor Books | 
  • 320 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451608069 | 
  • July 2011
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Charmaine R. Parker
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Charmaine R. Parker

Charmaine R. Parker is the author of The Next Phase of Life and The Trophy Wives. She is a former journalist who has worked as a reporter, copy editor, and managing editor. The publishing director for Strebor Books, she is the sister of New York Times bestselling author Zane. She received a bachelor’s of fine arts from Howard University and a master’s in print journalism from the University of Southern California. She lives in Maryland with her husband and daughter. Visit the author on Facebook at Charmaine Roberts Parker, Twitter @Charmainebooks, and Instagram at Charwrites.