One in a Million

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A poignant and satisfying story of hope, Kimberla Lawson Roby's One in a Million beautifully shows us the difference between what we think we want and what we actually need to be truly happy.

Kennedi Mason thinks she's the luckiest woman on earth. She loves her job, she has a wonderful best friend, and she's been married for ten years to her soul mate. There's nothing she can think of that could make her life any better.

Then one fateful day ...

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Overview

A poignant and satisfying story of hope, Kimberla Lawson Roby's One in a Million beautifully shows us the difference between what we think we want and what we actually need to be truly happy.

Kennedi Mason thinks she's the luckiest woman on earth. She loves her job, she has a wonderful best friend, and she's been married for ten years to her soul mate. There's nothing she can think of that could make her life any better.

Then one fateful day Kennedi receives a piece of news that will turn her world upside down. She's excited about it, and she knows that her husband, Blake, will be over the moon. He has always dreamed of this one thing happening, and she can't wait until he comes home so she can tell him.

But when she sees Black that evening, he has a special anouncement of his own. It shocks Kennedi into silence and wipes the admission she was planning to make right out of her mind. In an instant, her life and her marriage have changed, but not at all in the way that she had expected.

"Kimberla Lawson Roby really knows how to cook up treats for her readers. And just like we clamor for goodies at The Cheesecake Factory, you're going to devour One in a Million as if it were that restaurant's Brownie Sundae Cheesecake." —Essence

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616795603
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/17/2008
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Kimberla Lawson Roby

Kimberla Lawson Robyis the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of the Reverend Curtis Black series as well as many other novels and novellas. She lives with her husband in Rockford, Illinois.

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One in a Million

Chapter One

Kennedi sat on the family room sofa, completely in a daze. This just couldn't be, was all she could think. Of course, she'd only learned the incredible news less than thirty minutes ago, but still, it just wasn't sinking in the way she needed it to. It didn't seem real, and the more she replayed the entire scenario, over and over, the more it felt like some fantasy—like some crazy dream her subconscious had concocted.

She was trying her best to accept what she now knew had to be the truth, but she wasn't sure how to deal with it. She wasn't sure what her next steps should be, although she guessed the first thing she needed to do was call her husband, Blake, on his cell phone. There was no doubt he'd be just as stunned as she was, and she couldn't imagine telling anyone else before telling him, not when this was the one thing he'd been hoping for ever since they married ten years ago.

Kennedi hurried into the kitchen, picked up the cordless phone, and dialed Blake's number. It rang four times before going into voice mail, and she wondered why he wasn't answering. He'd left for the health club more than two hours ago, but normally he only worked out for about an hour, meaning he should have been on his way home by now. Still, she left him a brief message.

"Hi, honey, it's me. I have something really, really important to tell you, so call me as soon as you get this, okay? Love you."

She ended the call but took the phone with her and headed back into the family room. She hoped he would return her call pretty quickly, because for some reason, she was finally starting to feel truly excited.She was starting to feel a lot happier as the seconds passed, and now she couldn't wait to tell him everything. As a matter of fact, she was now so blissfully beside herself and so dying to tell someone that she considered calling her best friend, Patrice. And she would have, except she knew Blake would be livid if he learned he hadn't been told first, so instead, she dialed his number again, and again, and again. However, it was all to no avail, and she was starting to get worried. Either that or her nerves were simply getting the best of her. She wasn't sure which it was, but she knew she needed to try to calm down. She needed to focus on something totally unrelated to this remarkable news she suddenly couldn't stop smiling about.

Kennedi walked back into the kitchen again, pulled a glass from the cupboard, pressed it against the ice dispenser inside the refrigerator door until seven or eight cubes fell inside, and then set it down on the granite island. Next she opened the refrigerator, removed a pitcher of red grapefruit Crystal Light, and filled her glass to the brim. She loved this flavor, and besides the FDA's recommended eight glasses of water a day, she hardly drank anything else. She did have an occasional caffeine-free soda every now and then, but never more than a couple times per month, thanks to the pact she and her mom had made a few years ago. They'd both agreed to forgo caffeinated drinks altogether and to drink carbonated drinks only once in a while, but this was after her mom had been diagnosed with breast cancer and Kennedi had read an article stating that caffeine had been suggested as a possible risk factor for her mom's illness. Needless to say, her mom had given up her daily before-work vanilla latte from Starbucks almost immediately, and unlike Kennedi, she'd even given up drinks that contained artificial sweeteners. She'd quickly begun taking every precaution she could, trying her best to combat the horrible disease that was attacking her.

But sadly, in the end, none of her new health-conscious efforts, the removal of both of her breasts, chemotherapy, or radiation had been enough. The doctors had done all they could do, and actually, for about a year or more she'd remained in remission. That is, until six months ago, when she'd slipped back out of it and then passed away three months later.

Now Kennedi was looking through the patio doors in tears. She wasn't weeping uncontrollably, the way she had the entire first month after her mom's funeral, but right now she would have done anything, anything at all, to see her mother again. She'd have done anything to have her back with her, even if only for a short while, because she missed her terribly. She missed the woman who would have given her last dollar if it meant helping someone else.

Although, as an only child, Kennedi couldn't thank God enough for allowing her the chance to take care of her mom. At first, she hadn't known what she was going to do, but Blake had made it clear that it was more than okay for her to take a leave of absence from work so she could spend as much time with her mom as possible. Needless to say, this was exactly what Kennedi had been hoping she could do, but she'd worried about their finances. She'd worried that, for the first time since they'd gotten married, they wouldn't be able to pay their bills on time. But Blake had promised her they would be fine. He'd told her that they wouldn't be able to spend money on unnecessary items, but that they also wouldn't end up with credit problems either. He'd told her that he loved his mother-in-law no differently than if she'd been his own mother and that allowing Kennedi to take a leave without pay was the very least he could do. He'd insisted that living without two incomes was a sacrifice he had no problem making, and Kennedi loved him so much for what he'd done. She loved him because not every husband would have made such a loving and very selfless offer.

One in a Million. Copyright © by Kimberla Roby. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    On The Edge of My Seat

    I was reading the reviews and it almost discouraged me from reading this book right away. I'm so glad I went ahead and went with my first mind anyway. This book is probably one of the best books I've read to date. It's on up there with one of my top favorite books. It kept me on the edge of my seat and I wanted to know what was going to happen next. I don't want to spoil the book by giving names/scenarios of the characters, but just know when you read it, you will not want to put it down! Awesome!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2012

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    Excellent Read!

    Exciting and fun to read AND now it is going to be a movie, can't wait to see it, thanks Kimberla!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2011

    AWESOME

    This was a great read. It just goes to show you that good things do happen to good people; it does pay!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2011

    DO NOT PURCHASE, BORROW OR READ THIS BOOK

    I will admit this was the very first time reading this author but if I didn't know any better I would think it was the first book she ever wrote. The storyline itself was a great concept but the writing was horrible. The amount of detail on frivilous stupid things was beyond annoying. The fact that she felt the need to explain every little detail and for no reason but to put more words on the page was ANNOYING. I've been reading books since I was five years old so that's over 35 years of reading and NO AUTHOR has every pissed me off like this one. I had to literally skip over three chapters (when they went shopping on Michigan Avenue) because it was annoying. Not to mention I was listening to an audio book and the narrator was horrible. I wouldnt recommend this book to a stranger that was stuck in an airport for 18 hours.

    I hope her other books aren't this bad and that this was a book she had to write to get out of a contract.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2009

    One of the worst books I hsve ever read

    This book is so poorly written I would have thought a high school student had written it and not a New York Times Bestseller. That designation is what got me to pick it up off the shelf. I generally find Bestsellers entertaining if not anything else. The plot was so boring and so predictable. I could skip over whole paragraphs and still not have missed a thing. The interaction and the dialogue between characters is so stiff and fake. I couldn't even bring myself to finish it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2008

    Just Ok...

    The plot is an interesting one. I think the characters could have been developed more. At times, it seems as if there was rambling. I skipped a few pages just to get to some interesting parts. I think the ending was very good as it wasn't one that you would have expected.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2008

    Not as good as the previous books....

    This one was just 'okay'. I got it on audio and the narrator, a prized award winner, was so boring I almost stopped listening. Yes, her diction, pronunciation, enunciation, elocution, etc. were very good but her voice very much lack in character which almost made listening a job instead of enjoyment.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2008

    Has Kimberla Lost her Touch?

    As a BIG Kim Roby fan, I was not that pleased with One in a Million. The story started out GREAT, but fizzled in the end. We need another book focusing on Curtis Black 'or some other such character'. I'm still a fan, but One in a Million fell short of my expectations.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2013

    I'd change lives with her

    I really enjoyed reading this book. I would like to see book 2 and find out what happened to her life after striking it rich. I especially loved the way she got even with her family. The information that was given to her by the financial advisor was helpful for me when I win the lottery one day, I'll know what to do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    IT was pretty good but not worth the money I paid for it.

    SHE CAN WRITE A GOOD STORY!




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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2012

    Love it!!!

    Love reading this book! I have read this book about 4 times

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    Love this book

    Enjoyed reading and how the lord bless her. She blessed other with her gift. I can go on and on, it was a wonderful book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2012

    Book Lover

    The book was pretty good but kind of boring at times and it was also short.

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  • Posted June 23, 2011

    It was ok

    I liked the book the ending could have been better but over all it was good!

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  • Posted May 25, 2011

    Just Good

    This book got really good towards the end. Not a page turner for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2009

    Great Potential

    This book "One in a Million" was very disappointing to me.....the beginning had so much potential when she won the lottery at the same time he wanted a divorce. I guess it was identifying with the wife so much and wanting revenge for her two timing hubby that did me in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2009

    Not the Best But Still A Good Book

    I thought this book was pretty good. It was realistic, and I actually couldn't put it down as I got further into it. I was definitely anxious to see what the turnout was going to be. This was the first book that I've read by Kimberla Lawson Roby. And although I wouldn't consider it the best book I've ever read by any author, I wouldn't mind reading another one of Roby's books in the future.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

    Not An important buy

    This book was not original and a little off beat. It was realistic in some ways. This book was just okay. In order to write this review I had to go back and read what this book was about in order to remember. So in other words not a book you will remember much after reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2008

    Good Read

    This is a good book. I like the story line with its twist and turns.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2008

    great book

    I enjoyed everything about the book. I loved the ending.

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