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Jealousy Set The Fire: The Ending

By Chapter 62, Thandy and Dr. Gabrielle have blended their families.  The boys are living with him not their mother maybe for some type of comfort due to the divorce.  During dinner, Dr. Gabrielle tells Thandy that he is taking her to the Medical Association Ball, an event that only whose who attends.  The limo arrives to the house and to her surprise its the Governor Sloane, who is a dear friend, his wife and her good friend Philly, the one who kept her grounded and told her to leave Dr. Gabrielle.  They all show up and they head to the ball as the black elite of Atlanta.  Everyone is amazed that Dr. Gabrielle brought a woman that was not his wife Etienne.  This made Thandy a little nervous and even more when some of his crazy old girls were there, even Angel.  She talked to the doctor and Thandy and he told her he would tell her all about things later.  There was no later, Thandy wanted to go home right away.  By 5:00am, the home was on fire.  Thandy and Dr. Gabrielle attempted to get everyone out including the maid but when the doctor realized Thandy was still stuck inside he ran in the burning home. Thandy was OK, but Dr. Gabrielle died.  He died trying to save his family and those he loved the most.  After the boys were treated by a doctor, Thandy and the kids headed to a hotel where Etienne and Sloane met then up there.  Etienne felt so bad for her because she knew her and her ex really loved each other.  Etienne gave her some money, for whatever reason but it seemed like a thank you gesture for taking care of her won kids.  Sloane and Thandy tried to help the police figure out who set the fire and Angel came to mind.  At the funeral of Dr. Gabrielle it was a very emotional one.  Thandy felt it was important for everyone to know how much she loved him.  She was later arrested and at her trial she pleaded guilty and was given life.  Thandy felt sorry for her and knew that she didn’t want anyone to die as she stood and told the court.  It had been a year since Dr. Gabrielle died and Thandy and her daughter are visiting the grave sit.  Thandy learned soon after the fire that she was pregnant with Dr. Gabrielle’s child. It was a cold January day  and it was her son’s birthday. 

That was the end?  Dry right?  The ending seem rushed and weird.  My feelings on Thandy is that she was a smart woman but she let a man twice take her around the world and back.  She had a bad habit of falling for men who are about themselves first and her second.  She lost a great job a home in Chicago and some stability for her daughter.  Now she has a ex husband who is in jail for life raising a daughter going to college and a little boy by a man who was married and now is dead.  What more pain could she bring on to herself.  I thought the relationship with her and her mother would develop more and they would talk but it seems as though they talked through Montana.  So this whole time it was her grandfather who called her his January Girl, besides her birthday being in January, it was never explained why the book was called that.   Over all, I like the connection everyone had, how it all came to a end later but I like to learn something from reading books and I learned that you can never truly have something that was never yours to begin with.

Tomorrow, the first posting for Act Like A Lady: Think Like A Man by: Steve Harvey.

He wants a future with the mistress

Etienne is settled with the money Dr. Gabrielle gave her but she wants a better life for her and her boys.  Dr. Gabrielle calling Thandy has got her a little unfocused but she is thinking about why he even called and why know he is acting like he care more about her than ever.  Back at work, Thandy is tough as a boss and even tougher as a black woman in charge.  At a team meeting she challenges her employees to do better and make company numbers.  One of her employees, she suspects is misusing company funds and for awhile had the suspect investigated.  To her discovery, she was right he stole $3million instead of suing him; she gave him another chance and made him pay it all back.  He did.  She has minority and younger clients in mind to replace him.   Dr. Gabrielle has been making a real life for himself.  Being a surgeon had given him some perks including membership at a prestigious golf club that many years ago didn’t accept blacks not even his own father whom was a surgeon as well.  Back at the golf club, Dr. Gabrielle is playing cards and drinking with several other black doctors, the governor and his favorite bartender.  Dr. Gabrielle has a private evening with all of the men.  One of his surgeon friends is having problems with his pregnant girlfriend who left him and Dr. Gabrielle is missing Thandy bad and trying to figure out how to show her he really loves her.  For the first time in the book, Dr. Gabrielle lost a patient.  He performed his normal incredible surgery but after he thought it was OK the man’s brain continued to bleed and he died.  The patient was very much loved by his family and his wife really loved him.  He had a tumor in the brain.  Dr. Gabrielle makes a big decision in his life.  He decides to head to Chicago and win the love of Thandy despite the heavy snow stormed that locked everyone in their home.  He shows up on her doorstep reciting Shakespeare.  He invites him in after feeling sorry for him.  He tells her he is sorry that the divorce is going through and he wants a life with her and he asks her why she leaves.  Thandy wants him to know it has nothing to do with him but that she was happy with having her own and being a mother to her child and providing the best for them.  She knew that allowing him back in her life would make things worse.  After a pot of coffee and lots of talking she finally sees a new Dr. Gabrielle in her eyes.  They fall asleep.  Montana was stuck at a friend’s house because of the snow storm and when she gets home she sees Dr. Gabrielle appear, her mother is sleep.  Dr. Gabrielle talks to her and gets to know her but she already figured who he was, the man several years ago that drove them to North Carolina, the man who impregnated her mother and the man who her mother ran away from.  Dr. Gabrielle tells Montana that he loves her mother and wants to be in both their lives. 

This was the first holiday that Jack was going to spend with Thandy and Montana.  He stayed in Chicago during Christmas and New Years.  During this time, Thandy tells Jack of her past.  Yvetta calls Thandy home and was surprised to learn Jack was there.  Jack for the first time told her he loved her and didn’t want to let her go.  Thandy’s grandfather died in the hospital.  The man who called her his January girl was dead and Thandy and Jack headed back to Atlanta for the funeral.  Yvetta is getting to know Jack and Montana and dealing with the issue of not knowing who her real father is.  Thandy and her mother decide to let Montana see some pictures of Monty, her father and consider letting her see him in jail.  Yvetta thinks this is a good idea and she is starting to be a better mother and grandmother.   So now that Thandy and Dr. Gabrielle are together she decided to commute back and forth from Chicago to Atlanta until she decided what to do about her career and future.  Dr. Gabrielle is moving along with the divorce with Etienne and at the courts the divorce was final.  Etienne didn’t ask for more and no words were said.  After it was all said and done and Dr. Gabrielle was no longer married to Etienne, he walked out the courtroom and hugged Thandy to say it was over.  Etienne witnessed the hug and a part of her wanted to go up to them but a side of her understood the love they shared and walked away.  Dr. Gabrielle moves Thandy into his home in Atlanta just in time for his sons to visit and meet her for the first time.  Thandy feels comfortable in the home and thinks that they boys need to be comfortable as well.  The boys seem to love Thandy and ask her can they call her mom.  She by no means wants to replace their mother.  Montana brings up the fact to see her real father in jail; Thandy and Dr. Gabrielle tell her they will work on it.  Although there is a maid at the house, Thandy still wants to make dinner herself.   Dr. Gabrielle surprises Thandy with a sexy dress, the dress is for a ball that he is taking her too.  She is rather shocked maybe because she has never really been in public with Dr. Gabrielle.  Angel is back on the hunting game and heads to a conference nearby to pick up more men.  She games and lies don’t work, in fact someone recognized her and she headed home in disappointment.  Angel is so upset that Dr. Gabrielle left her.  She thought they could have a future together.  Her friend Stephanie was the real woman who was pregnant and her boyfriend is Doggie who works with Dr. Gabrielle.  Stephanie finally tells her that she knew all about Dr. Gabrielle and Thandy’s relationship but wanted Angel to move on and try to meet someone that is available to her.  Stephanie sees a bottle of pills and water and assumes Angel is trying to kill herself but she throws them away.  Stephanie mentions that she and Doggie will be attending the same ball Dr. Gabrielle and Thandy will be attending.  Should she have done that?

Leave a comment on this post and tell me what you think.  Next blog post on Friday at 10am.

Questions

1.       Why do you think Dr. Gabrielle loved Thandy more than his own wife?

2.       How do you feel about the relationship Dr. Gabrielle is trying to have with Montana?