I've seen this movie plenty of times, but never read the book to understand the emotions Stella had towards Winston. In my opinion, and I could be wrong because I'm younger, but Stella had a huge wall up towards Winston, and the age difference between them. She could not get over the fact that she was so much older than him, and it created so much unwanted tension in their relationship.
I'm not a big fan of Terry McMillan, but her Stella character grated on my nerves, and I was happy to be finished with the book. I would only recommend this book to older women who may be going through a similar situation, someone who thought about dating a younger man, or someone who may be hesitant in dating a younger man.