Free From Guilt [NOOK Book]

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The Jamieson Family Legacy series follows the lives of the two Jamieson brothers in Boston, Kidd and Ace and their cousin Cameron from St. Louis.
Kidd, the older brother, is struggling with anger and resentment issues toward his absentee father who never married his mother, but had the audacity to demand his illegitimate sons carry his last name Jamieson. Ace, on the other hand, is on a collision course with disaster as he shows how much a "chip off the old block" he is when it...

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The Jamieson Family Legacy series follows the lives of the two Jamieson brothers in Boston, Kidd and Ace and their cousin Cameron from St. Louis.
Kidd, the older brother, is struggling with anger and resentment issues toward his absentee father who never married his mother, but had the audacity to demand his illegitimate sons carry his last name Jamieson. Ace, on the other hand, is on a collision course with disaster as he shows how much a "chip off the old block" he is when it comes to women. Their highly educated MIT graduate cousin, Cameron Jamieson,
is all about saving his family from self-destruction. Through genealogy research,
Cameron's mission is to show his cousins their worth as eleventh generation descendants of a royal African tribe and give them a choice: to be angry black men or accept the challenge to become strong successful black men.

In Free From Guilt
the third book in the Jamieson Legacy, Cameron, cousin to Kidd and Ace, has it all:
the looks, money and tbrains. An MIT double degree graduate and lecturer, he is a genius. No amount of knowledge or wisdom however can convince him of the simplicity of God's love and the gift of salvation. He believes it's much more complicated than those men preaching from an outdated book lead others to believe. It's simply going to take more to make a believer out of him. And, he's not alone in this thinking.

Beatrice "Tilley" Beacon, aka Grandma BB is a seventy-something, childless widow who is young at heart and full of life. Her antics are legendary among her surrogate family, the Jamiesons, her five hundred facebook fans and the local law enforcement, to whom she is known as the neighborhood one-woman militia crime task force.

The Jamieson's always thought they were a unified front to draw Grandma BB to Christ. But when Cameron, her surrogate grandson and the youngest of their clan, returns to spend time with the family in St. Louis, he immediately takes Grandma BB's position that life is to be enjoyed to the fullest. There's always time to repent ...later.


PAT SIMMONS is a self-proclaimed genealogy sleuth. She is passionate about digging up the dirt on her ancestors, then casting them in starring roles in her novels. She has been a genealogy enthusiast since her great-grandmother died at the young age of ninety-seven years old. She has won numerous awards for her previous novels and was voted the Best Inspirational Romance for 2010. She was also a nominee for the African American Literary Award's best Christian fiction award. Pat is best known for her Guilty series. The Jamieson Family Legacy trilogy:
Guilty by Association, Guilt Trip and Free From Guilt is a continuation of first three Guilty Series books and the of the story of the much-loved Grandma
B.B character and her new sidekick, Mrs. Valentine. Pat and her husband live in
Missouri and have two children.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802481504
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/20/2012
  • Series: Jamieson Legacy
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 185,352
  • File size: 3 MB

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PAT SIMMONS is a self-proclaimed genealogy sleuth. She is passionate about digging up the dirt on her ancestors, then casting them in starring roles in her novels. She has been a genealogy enthusiast since her great-grandmother died at the young age of ninety-seven years old. She has won numerous awards for her previous novels and was voted the Best Inspirational Romance for 2010. She was also a nominee for the African American Literary Award's best Christian fiction award. Pat is best known for her Guilty series. The Jamieson Family Legacy trilogy: Guilty by Association, Guilt Trip and Free From Guilt is a continuation of first three Guilty Series books and the of the story of the much-loved Grandma B.B character and her new sidekick, Mrs. Valentine. Pat and her husband live in Missouri and have two children.
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free from guilt

THE JAMIESON LEGACY
By PAT SIMMONS

Moody Publishers

Copyright © 2012 Pat Simmons
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-8024-0389-6


Chapter One

Gabrielle Dupree, and her sidekick since college, Denise Rayford, quickly squeezed into the church pew. The processional was about to start any minute. It had been one delay after another to get there. Their flight from the East Coast was late, their rental car wasn't ready, and then they made a wrong turn. It was amazing they'd made it on time.

Talise and Gabrielle had become extremely close when they worked together at an airline in Boston. Before she relocated to St. Louis, Talise had come to depend on Gabrielle as her confidant for friendship, advice, and prayer.

As a result, Gabrielle wouldn't have missed Talise's big day for anything. Denise, on the other hand, had her own agenda for attending the ceremony. Her sole purpose was to verify if she was related to the wedding party. It was a long, complicated story that still confused her.

If Gabrielle could have rearranged her work schedule to be there days earlier, she would have been a bridesmaid along with the others. Still, Talise wanted to include her in the wedding pictures and ordered her to wear pink.

About two hundred guests packed the sanctuary. Besides the many floral arrangements positioned throughout, silver and pink satin bows adorned the ends of each pew. Suddenly, the lights dimmed and candles flickered.

Romantic was the only word Gabrielle could utter to describe the setting. Minutes later, a minister led a group of five, tall, buffed, and jaw-dropping handsome groomsmen to the altar. She had to exhale over the awesome spectacle. Particularly noting the one with a shaved head and a goatee, Gabrielle thought, Wow, bald never looked so good on a man.

With a laser-like focus on the back of the church, the groom stood erect by the minister.

Denise nudged her. Gabrielle was breathless with awe. "The darker ones are almost carbon copies of my brother."

"Really?" Gabrielle said casually. "I have no complaints about God's handiwork. They are all fine. My girl has good taste," Gabrielle whispered to her friend, whom she had dubbed the "wedding crasher."

Denise was under the impression Talise's husband and brother-in-law could be her half brothers—all because of the last name Jamieson. There must be thousands of Jamiesons in the world. Still, Denise was on a mission to track down and unite the eleven children her deceased father, Samuel, had spawned in his younger years.

"But are you sure?" Gabrielle looked around to see if anyone nearby was eavesdropping. She had never met any of Denise's brothers, only her older sister.

"Now what?"

Frowning, Gabrielle leaned closer. "What do you mean, 'now what'? You're the one who masterminded this scheme."

"I know. When you said your friend was marrying Aaron Jamieson from Boston, I cross-referenced his name with the information I've gathered. There were too many coincidences for me to ignore. But how do you approach someone who is possibly your sibling and say, 'We have the same no-good daddy. I thought we should meet and get to know each other'?"

This was all Gabrielle's fault. Somewhat regretfully, she had mentioned an invitation to a Jamieson wedding. When Denise asked her if she was taking a date along, Gabrielle responded no. She had yet to understand why there was an unspoken rule about attending nuptials alone. Yet she didn't think having one of her brothers to escort her was necessary. All of that gave Denise a perfect opportunity to invite herself.

Gabrielle glanced around at some of the guests. Many were coupled off. A few seemed to be in hushed intimate conversations. Love was thick in the air. She sighed. It had been a while since a man who put the Lord first in his life had come her way. Being the romantic that she was, Gabrielle believed just witnessing the ceremony would renew her hope that true love was still possible for single Black Christian women.

As the music shifted to the wedding march, guests turned their attention to the back of the church where the double doors slowly opened. As though she were the main attraction, an elderly woman stood smiling and then slightly bowed her head. With what appeared to be a death grip on her usher's arm, the woman began her slow, unsteady walk. Watching her proudly holding her chin high, one would have thought it was a runway performance.

Murmurs increased with her every step. As the distinguished matron neared her pew, Gabrielle blinked. Although elegantly dressed, she raised a brow at the woman's peculiar choice of footwear. Two-tone burgundy-and-white Stacy Adams shoes seemed to swallow up her delicate feet. The shoestrings were replaced with pink satin ribbons that complemented her rose-colored evening gown. Eccentric was the only word to describe her.

"Who dressed her?" Denise whispered.

"I think she did. I believe that's Grandma BB. Talise told me about her. The woman is a force to be reckoned with."

"I'll remember that if she's related on the Jamieson side."

Next, as a memorial to Talise's deceased mother, a female usher slowly walked down the aisle, carrying a single white candle with a pink bow around the base. She paused at the altar and then proceeded to light a large candelabrum nearby.

Waiting in the wings was Talise's mother-in-law. Sandra stood regally in a pink satin dress that wrapped around her slender but shapely figure. No one would believe she was in her mid-fifties.

Watching her walk down the aisle, Gabrielle hoped she had a body like Sandra's when she hit fifty. Plus legs like Tina Turner's. Talise told her it was a long story why her mother-in-law had never married.

Oohs and ahhs could be heard as Sandra moved in step with the music, cradling Talise and Ace's infant daughter in her arms. Ten-week-old Lauren was also adorned in a long, pink satin dress and bonnet. She looked more like a porcelain doll than a baby.

"Wow." Gabrielle sighed, as she followed the graceful glide. Her eyes misted in happiness that her friend had found the love of her life, even if Ace had to beg far her forgiveness. Talise called him a jerk during most of her pregnancy.

"Do you think I should say something?" Denise asked, breaking into her reverie.

"Huh?" Gabrielle blinked, not appreciating the interruption of her thoughts. "What? I don't know. This is a festive occasion. If they don't already know about you, then I don't think now is the time. Saying something that might dampen the mood, I'm sure, will not go over well. You're only supposed to be an observer, remember? Not an interloper."

Denise placed her finger to her lips. "Shhh. I'm trying to get caught up, surrounded by all this love."

After the five bridesmaids and the flower girl made their entrances, two musicians rose to their feet and blew their trumpets. Throughout the chapel, the guests also stood. Beaming with a proud look, Talise's father escorted his ecstatic daughter down the aisle. Dom the expression on her face, one would never know that she had been married already for more than two months.

But Gabrielle had witnessed firsthand Talise's heartaches that came before the bliss. Standing on the sidelines, she had cheered the couple on. She was a true believer that love would find its way. Unfortunately, it hadn't made it to her yet.

With Talise's move to St. Louis, Gabrielle felt the void. As close friends, they had become inseparable. Often complimented on their beauty, there was no competition between them. Now staring at Talise in yards of tulle and satin, Gabrielle doubted if she would ever duplicate that spectacular look if God blessed her with a mate.

Turning her attention to Ace's face, Gabrielle sighed at the tender loving way the man was looking at Talise. Her mind captured another wow moment to pen in her handbook of romance. It was one of those silly notions she had started as a teenager when she began writing fanciful ideas in a spiral notebook.

Gabrielle loved weddings. It didn't matter if she was a guest or part of the bridal party. It was the atmosphere, the romance, the gaiety, the peace-on-earth feeling that always engulfed her.

She withheld a chuckle. Gabrielle was the only girl in a family of three brothers, and none of them were married. Since her brothers welcomed her to the thirties club last month—she wondered what her siblings were waiting on. For her, it was definitely the perfect God-fearing man.

Her main requirement in a mate was that he had to be a practicing Christian man, not a Sunday morning pew warmer ... Add to that description, the love of her life must be highly romantic ... Okay, for her future children's sake, she definitely needed to add good looks.

Ace's eyes sparkled as he locked on Talise's every movement. Even when Lauren whimpered in his mother's arms, he never took his attention away from his bride. When Talise was close enough, Ace stepped forward and reached for her hand. Lovingly, he escorted her to the altar.

Admittedly, Talise's pregnancy was the reason behind their hasty nuptials a couple of months ago. The couple's initial vows had taken place in a pastor's office back in Boston. However, there was no doubt in Gabrielle's mind that Ace loved her friend. God blessed them in a mighty way after they repented for their sins and followed the Lord's complete plan for their salvation. From now on, they had the power to live godly.

Unexpectedly, Ace knelt before Talise and looked up into her glowing face. Gabrielle thought she would faint from his public display of seduction and admiration. She strained to hear every word of their renewed vows.

"Baby, you gave me everything when I met you. You're beautiful, you love God, and you love me. I promise to cherish you—"

"Hey," Denise whispered, nudging her again, "he even sounds a little like—"

Gritting her teeth, Gabrielle shushed Denise. Bringing her along was definitely a bad idea.

Ace finished his vows, stood to his feet, and slipped on Talise's rings. Then he reached into his pocket and pulled out a tiny box with a pink strip of ribbon inside. Walking over to his mother, he knelt and tied it around his daughter's tiny wrist. Gabrielle couldn't see it all, but the gesture was purely tender and romantic.

"Whoa, I am so itching to ask them."

Annoyed, Gabrielle squinted at Denise. "And I am so itching to put you back on a plane for the East Coast. With all this love in the air, again, now is not a good time. I can swing by the drugstore and get you a bottle of Benadryl. Not only will it stop the itch, the antihistamine should knock you out."

* * *

Cameron smirked at the conclusion of the ceremony. Once again, another Jamieson had reached a happy ending. He didn't know Ace had that much romance bottled up inside of him. It was mind boggling to witness the way his cousin wooed the woman who was already his wife.

The ushers asked that everyone wait in the foyer to congratulate the couple. The photographer would be taking wedding party pictures within the chapel for a time.

As Cameron gazed around the sanctuary, a flash of beauty assaulted him. Holding his breath, Cameron locked in on his target—a woman gathering her things from a pew—a vision of pure loveliness.

Who was she and who had invited her? He dare not lust in church, but the woman was a striking temptress. From her body language, he deciphered that she and another woman were involved in some type of disagreement. About what? he wondered.

Cameron noted that she was also wearing pink. The gorgeous creature could definitely be mistaken as part of the bridal party. Mentally, he scratched out the word striking from his assessment. Exquisite was a better description. As she stepped out of the pew, he couldn't keep his eyes off her legs. Kudos on their lusciousness.

Her hair was coal black, her face was medium brown with dark brows and eyes that could hold a man captive ... and her smile ... there was absolutely nothing unattractive about her.

Evidently, other men thought so, too, as Cameron spied them admiring her. He snickered, knowing how this scenario was going to play out. Hopefully, she was planning on attending the reception. If so, no other man would get within three feet of her. Cameron would make sure of that.

Glancing over his shoulder, the photographer was shooting Ace, Talise, and Lauren. After verifying that his presence wasn't needed yet, he turned back to check the woman's hands. Her ring finger was waiting for a proposal.

Yes!

How was she still available? Never mind, she was, and that's all that mattered. He folded his arms as his nephews ran circles around him. Cameron was about to make his move and introduce himself when the object of his attention started heading his way.

Unfortunately, disappointment took over when he discovered that he wasn't the main attraction. Cameron watched her bypass him and connect with Talise. The two screamed their delight at seeing each other. Side by side they could pass as sisters or close relatives.

"Gabrielle, I'm so glad you could make it!" They wrapped each other in a tight, lingering hug.

Gabrielle. Hmm, an angel in disguise? Or, naughty as sin? Before the evening was over, Cameron would have his answer.

"It was so beautiful," Gabrielle gushed. They chatted on until the photographer broke up their reunion and Cameron's assessment.

The patient photographer instructed everyone to get into position for group pictures which, surprisingly, included Gabrielle. Good, she wouldn't be able to escape.

After countless poses and flashes, the photographer advised that he had a special request from the bride and groom. Sitting gracefully in a chair, Sandra held in each arm, her two granddaughters, Kidd's and Ace's babies, who were less than a month apart. No doubt, the cousins would be heartbreakers in the future. That tender moment would forever be ingrained in Cameron's mind.

Family. He would always have a soft spot for kinfolks. His brothers and cousins dubbed him the "family man" because of his thirst to track down his ancestors. Ironically, it was now apparent that Cameron was the only one without a family—no wife or children.

"Okay, people," announced Eva. Talise's sister-in-law was the self-appointed wedding organizer. Clapping her hands to get their attention, Eva instructed, "The photos are complete for now. Our guests have formed a line outside the door leading to the Hummer limo that's waiting for us. The sparklers are lit and everyone's waiting to cheer the happy couple on, so let's go."

Sandra's two sons lifted their daughters from her arms. Members of the wedding party paired up and followed the happy bride and groom through the church's double doors. Everybody, that is, except Cameron. He had his eye on Gabrielle, who seemed to be engaged in another hushed conversation with the woman he'd seen her with earlier. What was their story?

Gabrielle hadn't noticed him throughout the picture taking, but Cameron planned to make a lasting impression. Before he could put a plan into action, to his surprise, her friend practically dragged her toward his way. Lucky him. Stuffing his hand in his pocket, Cameron held back. Lifting a brow, he waited.

"Excuse me. My name is Giselle Rayford, but I go by Denise. And, this is Gabrielle Dupree ..."

"The G-Gs," he commented, as his gaze strayed to Gabrielle and lingered on her face. "I'm Cameron Jamieson." He shook Gabrielle's hand first, immediately noticing her soft touch.

"Yes, we got that a lot when we were in college, so I started to use my middle name," Denise interjected.

"What college?" he asked, shrugging off his cousin Ace, who was waving for him to come on. He motioned one moment with his finger but would take more time if needed. He could apologize to Ace and Talise later.

"Howard University," Denise answered proudly.

"Hmm. Founded in 1867. It still remains a thriving HBCU today," Cameron rolled out the tidbit. "Impressive list of alumni: Debbie Allen, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Andrew Young, Vernon Jordan, the first African-American mayor of New York City, David Dinkins ... I graduated with a double engineering degree from MIT in Boston, and recently completed my doctorate."

"Gabrielle lives in Boston," Denise said, appearing in awe of his knowledge.

Could his luck get any better?

On the other hand, her friend didn't seem fazed, as Gabrielle added, "Yes, we take pride in the success of every alumni."

Did she just politely dismiss him? Cameron grinned and tried again. "Of course, I'm just trying to impress the lovely ladies. So you're the Gabrielle who worked at the airport with Talise. Did you actually graduate from Howard?" Immediately, he frowned.

That didn't come out right either. Cameron always spoke his mind and got it right the first time, so why was he backpedaling with Gabrielle? Personally, he had nothing against a ticket agent position, but that job didn't require a degree.

Degrees opened doors. That's why he now had three. He was looking for a woman who was well-rounded, and that included reaching for the highest opportunities.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from free from guilt by PAT SIMMONS Copyright © 2012 by Pat Simmons. Excerpted by permission of Moody Publishers. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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  • Posted April 18, 2013

    Awesome read!!  I hope there is more to come from this series be

    Awesome read!!  I hope there is more to come from this series because each installment has been fantastic!

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  • Posted February 8, 2013

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    Highly Recommend

    There's something special about being saved but its spectacular when our love ones surrender to the will of God. I rather I have Jesus with me to stand in the midst of both physical and mental challenges. Another outstanding book and off course I love the Jamieson's.

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  • Posted January 27, 2013

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    Cameron Jamieson is educated, financially sound, self-confident, fine and single. He's made it his business to reunite his family with other Jamiesons. While attending his cousin Ace's renewal ceremony, he meets Gabrielle, a guest of the bride. She's beautiful, spunky, romantic and a woman of God. Used to being ogled, Cameron's shocked when he's unable to immediately sway Gabrielle. When he learns they're both from Boston, he makes it his business to get her to go out with him.

    Gabrielle is ready to be married and she's being praying for God to send her her soul mate. Cameron keeps presenting himself as such, but Cameron has yet to submit to God and Gabrielle wants a man who is also on fire for God.

    When they both relocate to St. Louis, Cameron is certain that Gabrielle will eventually recognize all of his endearing qualities. It's not that he doesn't believe in God, he just believes in a different formula. The more of himself he gives to Gabrielle, the more he feels she demands without reciprocation. Will they be able to make it, or are they unequally yoked?

    Simmons has a way of connecting love and God. Readers get a front row seat as Cameron and Gabrielle’s love grows, even through trials. I love the Jamieson family, especially the men, who are willing to love with all that they have. The rich history that is shared through genealogy in order to connect lost generations is awe inspiring. You close FREE FROM GUILT inspired to reconnect family links and while relishing in God's greatness.

    Reviewed by: Crystal

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    Posted October 8, 2012

    Free from guilt Sampler

    I read the sample and it really made me want to read the book. It was awsome. Thanks Reading the Sample was just like tasting the batter of a cake before it is made and it just makes you want more. Take care and good job.

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  • Posted July 29, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    This is a great story line. I like the way that even thou Ace did not admit at first that he is the father of Taleigh baby, the Jamieson clan accepted her and made feel the love. That is what brought her to Christ. This shows that we as Christian need to show forth this kind of love so that the Christ is us will be able to draw other to Him.

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