God Only Knows [NOOK Book]


Julia Turner, an ambitious educator in her mid-thirties, leaves a high-profile job in Chicago to return to Dayton, Ohio to serve as superintendent of Christian Light, the K-12 private school system from which she graduated two decades earlier. A single mother with an ugly divorce and a complex childhood in her rearview mirror, Julia views her mission as a chance to contribute to her hometown and conquer the demons from her past. But she never expects to confront the one sin she and her childhood friends agree to ...
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Julia Turner, an ambitious educator in her mid-thirties, leaves a high-profile job in Chicago to return to Dayton, Ohio to serve as superintendent of Christian Light, the K-12 private school system from which she graduated two decades earlier. A single mother with an ugly divorce and a complex childhood in her rearview mirror, Julia views her mission as a chance to contribute to her hometown and conquer the demons from her past. But she never expects to confront the one sin she and her childhood friends agree to bury as teens-the accident that left Eddie Walker hospitalized and incapacitated.

Meanwhile, Detective Peter Whitlock, Eddie Walker's older bother, is still determined to find the person(s) responsible for his brother's condition. As an unrelated investigation leads to another woman who is involved in the accident, the responsible parties must decide whether they will keep their dark secrets, or tell the truth and let God decide the outcome.
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Publishers Weekly

Knight (The Things We Do for Love) weaves a somewhat implausible story line that delves into the past of four African-American teen girls who attended a mostly white Christian high school in Dayton, Ohio. Lurking in the minds of these now accomplished adult women is the memory of an attempted sexual assault from 20 years earlier, when the intended victim turned the tables on her white fellow student assailant. Julia Turner, a skilled educator, returns to Christian Light School (where the crime was committed) and tries to make a difference in the community at large. Turner soon realizes she cannot run from the past and its consequences when she is pressured by unlikely sources to face the truth. Close friends, a former romantic interest and the Holy Spirit's nudging convince Turner to bravely set a different course for herself. Fans of Knight's previous works will appreciate the author's underlying message of righting societal wrongs. But so much of the novel's dialogue is unnaturally stilted that it detracts from the impact the author intended. (Mar.)

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Julia Turner leaves her high-powered Chicago job to return to her home town of Dayton, OH, to take the job of superintendent of Christian Light, the private school she once attended. Twenty years ago, she and her friends had been involved in an accident that left fellow student Eddie Walker permanently injured. Eddie's brother, now a detective, made a vow back then to find out what happened to his brother and who was involved; Julia must decide whether to come clean and risk everything. This taut inspirational urban tale will leave readers with deep questions to ponder. Certain to appeal to fans of Victoria Christopher Murray and ReShonda Tate Billingsley, this is recommended for public libraries and libraries with a demand for African American fiction. Knight is the pseudonym for Essence best-selling author C. Kelly Robinson (Not All Dogs; Between Brothers).

—Tamara Butler
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446544658
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/23/2009
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 403 KB

Meet the Author

Xavier Knight, pseudonym for C. Kelly Robinson, is Essence bestselling author of NOT ALL DOGS, BETWEEN BROTHERS, NO MORE MR. NICE GUY, THE STRONG SILENT TYPE, and THE PERFECT BLEND. Xavier is currently in Dayton, Ohio with his wife Kyra, busy at work on his next novel.

Visit Xavier at www.ckellyrobinson.com.

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  • Posted May 10, 2009

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    Skeletons in the Closet

    Cassie Duncan and Julia Turner have been the best of friends since the school days at Christian Light. Both share the same faith and love in the man upstairs and have become successful in their careers. Cassie has a lot on her plate as a real estate agent along with being a full time mother and wife. Julia is a superintendent at their alma mater and is working diligently to keep the doors of the school open. Everything seems to be on the straight and narrow until a visit from a detective interrupts their lives and threatens to expose the deep dark secret that was left buried in the past. That horrific night is getting the best of Cassie and Julia as well as other classmates that were involved and everything seems to be spiraling out of control. Staying prayed up and believing that the almighty will make a way out of no way, Cassie and Julia leave the burden in God's hands to handle.

    "God Only Knows" is a winner. Xavier takes the reader on a journey of mystery and suspense with a twist of romance. I enjoyed this novel and was impressed with the author's writing style. I'm a big fan of Christian Fiction and love to read how God works in various individual lives

    Reviewed by: Tange

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

    Well written.

    Fourteen-year-old Eddie hated the private Christian school. He hated his four African American classmates even more, Julia, Toya, Cassie, and Terry. Eddie had a crush on pretty Cassie. When Eddie attacked Cassie, the other three girls came to her defense.
    Each of the girls had grown into successful young women. Julia Turner returned to Dayton to serve as a superintendent to Christian Light School, the private Christian academy she attended in middle school.
    Detective Pete Whitlock, Eddie's brother has never believed it was an accident. He is determined to discover what had really happened that day long ago when his brother was hit by a truck. The "accident" left him physically and mentally impaired. The detective had homed in on Cassie. Secrets have a tendency to come to light.
    God Only Knows is a tender read. The characters are all well developed and come to life on the pages. Xavier Knight is a talented author. He shares a message from God without being preachy. This book is multi-layered. There is a study guide included in the back of the book. This would make a great book study for a small group. This book will stay with the reader long after they close the cover.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2009

    Urban Christian fiction packed with romance, mystery, and faith

    God Only Knows by Xavier Knight is a dramatic romance laced with mystery. Julia Turner and Cassie Duncan's friendship was cemented one night twenty years ago that ended with a classmate in a vegetative state, and the two girls along with two more sworn to secrecy for life. But one girl breaks her vow, leaving the others in danger. When Cassie is threatened by a police detective to release the truth about her involvement if she doesn't give in to his blackmail demands, she and Julia team up to discover what really happened that night and tell the truth before it has the opportunity to shatter their lives beyond repair. In this midst of this crisis, Julia reconnects with the high school crush her broke her heart. Knight's writing is tight and fast-paced, and his terrific dialogue keeps the story moving as well. There is a wonderful message about redemption and letting go of the past.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

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    A Good Read

    God Only Knows
    Xavier Knight
    Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group
    237 Park Avenue; New York, NY 10017
    978-0-446-58239-1, $13.99, March 2009

    This book starts out as a flashback and centers around Eddie and his brother Peter. The book gains twenty years in the next chapter and focuses on Cassie and her current situation with her separated husband, Marcus. He had an affair with a much younger co-worker and Cassie and her eldest son are having a hard time with that. The couple is in the middle of reconciliation when the story begins. The couple's eldest son, M.J. is at a crossroads in his life with God and trying to stay away from the wrong crowds.
    Another main character that is introduced is Julia Turner, who is a best friend of Cassie. She is on the school board of the Christian Light School where they attended twenty years previously. The story unfolds around an event from the past that is long forgotten that is brought up again. Each character has their own memory of what happened that day, but the time the pieces of the puzzle are put together, the initial memory cannot be fully complete. A detective Whitlock starts poking around Cassie and has information on the events that took place years before involving his brother, Eddie. He blackmails Cassie threatening to throw her son in jail if she doesn't give a full confession to incapacitating his brother in an attack at the school.
    Cassie and Julia meet with the other girls who were involved in the attack on Eddie and discuss their options. Most of the girls have spent their lives since this happened involved with the church and have asked for forgiveness. Nobody wants to confess what happened until it gets more heated with the Detective.
    Cassie's son M.J. starts hanging out with Dante, who is a Cassie's nephew and a known drug dealer. During this time, Marcus has an altercation with the Detective and is thrown in jail. M.J. and Dante confront the Detective and get into a gun battle with him. Both Dante and the Detective wind up in the hospital, and M.J. goes into hiding. Cassie has no choice but to go to the hospital and agree to confess against what happened to Eddie in exchange for no involvement with her son in the gunfight.
    Cassie had typed up a resignation letter and was going to resign from the board and face her fate. Jake, one of the boys from the school steps forward and recounts what really happened. As Cassie was being attacked from Eddie and the other girls appeared and beat him up in self-defense, Jake was hiding in the bushes and saw it happen. He felt guilty by leaving and knowing what Eddie had done, or could have done to Cassie. He gets into a fight with Eddie, and we learn that he was the cause of Eddie's accident.
    In the end, the girls ask for forgiveness from Eddie's mother, Edna and they go to Eddies' room to pray for him. I think this book would be great for group discussion and I really did enjoy this book. There are a lot of good bible quotes in the book as well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2009

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    This is an entertaining contemporary character study

    The four African-American women (Julia, Toya, Cassie, and Teri) met when they attended the same almost all white Christian Light School in Dayton, Ohio two decades ago. Each has found success in their chosen field, but what unites them is a tragic memory from their days at the school. Eddie Walker attacked one of the girls, but with help from the others, he was the one who became debilitated.

    Now Julia Turner is coming home to become superintendent of Christian Light School. They hid the truth, but Eddie's brother Police Detective Peter Whitlock still investigates the accident. His efforts prove fruitful when he finds links to Cassie; forcing Julia to decide whether she must reveal the truth of what happened when she was thirteen years old, but owes her three friends an opportunity to voice their opinions as to whether the truth will set them free.

    This is an entertaining contemporary character study starring best friends dealing with a traumatic incident twenty years ago that haunts each of them differently. Their lives and that of others (besides obviously Eddie) like Pete were shaped by that tragedy and their immediate actions. Each of the foursome know if they remain silent nothing will happen to them; however Julia's conscience makes her question whether silence is right especially when an obsessed Pete goes after Cassie. Although the final denouement seems unlikely detracting from an interesting tale, fans will enjoy Xavier Knight's deep look at how one major disturbing event as a teen shapes the adult even though two decades have past.

    Harriet Klausner

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