After a difficult five years, at age forty-three, Nina Morgan Clarke’s time has finally arrived. With an ex-husband relocated across country, her father bouncing back after the loss of his beloved wife, and her daughter Xandra thriving at boarding school, Nina is stepping into her dream job as a trifecta: a first generation, Black, female Head of the storied Royal-Hawkins School. To mark the moment, Nina and her best friend Marisol take a long overdue girl’s trip to celebrate the second half of Nina’s life shaping up to be the best part of her life.

As Nina’s school year gets underway, all seems to be progressing as planned. Before long, wunder-hire Jared Jones, two hundred pounds of Harvard-educated ego, relentlessly pushes Nina to her ethical limits. Soon after, dutiful Xandra accuses one of her teachers of misconduct. And most alarming, the repercussions of her trip with Marisol force Nina into a life-altering choice. Time is of the essence and Nina must decide if she will embrace a future she never could have predicted.

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