Witty, sharply-observed, and warmly wise, Nita Brooks’ debut novel tells the heartfelt story of a suddenly successful single mother who finds her perfectly-designed, fame-bound life upended by a surprise from the past . . .
It wasn’t easy for Yvonne Cable to get over a heartbreaking relationship and revamp her life. But now the once-broke single mom is Atlanta’s most sought-after interior designer—and one-half of the media’s hottest power couple. She and her celebrity fiancé, Nathan, are a perfect, practical match, on—and off—camera. And with their new home improvement reality show the object of a fierce network bidding war, there’s no limit to how far they can go . . .
But Yvonne is stunned when mogul Richard Barrington III unexpectedly makes an offer for their program. He’s the man she thought left her for a more successful woman. And he’s the father of her son—though he didn’t know it until now. Richard wants to get to know their boy, and Yvonne agrees, though she’s wary. Yet little by little, she’s finding it hard to resist the responsible, caring man Richard has become. But when a scandalous leak puts everything Yvonne’s worked for at risk, she’ll have to look beyond surfaces to come to terms with who she is—and discover what she truly wants.
“Brooks is a talented storyteller—Redesigning Happiness hits all the right notes.”
—ReShonda Tate Billingsley, National Bestselling Author
“It’s been a long time since I’ve wanted to turn to the last page to see what was going to happen in a novel and with Redesigning Happiness, I had to stop myself. It was a delightful read that made me smile the whole way through. This was a wonderful debut novel.”
—Victoria Christopher Murray, NAACP Image Award-winning Author
This tale of a woman faced with an old lover in the midst of her new relationship attempts to trade on shock value and ends up simply running on too long. Yvonne Cable is trying to build a stable life for her six-year-old son, Jacob, in present-day Atlanta. She has a successful design business, a great kid, and a loving fianc ; what more could she want? Then Jake's father, Richard Barrington, comes back into the picture and shakes up everything Yvonne believes she has. The story trades on many familiar romance subplots: past love returned, a need to accept oneself, and the desire for the perfect family. Brooks tries to shake things up by throwing in some new twists, but these introduce additional plot lines that get wrapped up at unnecessary length. Fans of fade-to-black romance with Christian undertones may enjoy this mostly unsexy story, but other readers will be put off by the compensatory drama.