A Sin and a Shame

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After fleeing Los Angeles when her attempt to break up her best friend's wedding fails, Jasmine is now a changed woman...and a Christian. She's living in the Big Apple and she's ready to find the soul mate she is sure God has for her. But soon after she meets her dream man -- a preacher who falls head over heels in love with her -- a man from Jasmine's past reappears, and an unexpected pregnancy threatens to sabotage all of her dreams. Will Jasmine's lying and scheming continue? Or will she finally learn to be ...
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Overview

After fleeing Los Angeles when her attempt to break up her best friend's wedding fails, Jasmine is now a changed woman...and a Christian. She's living in the Big Apple and she's ready to find the soul mate she is sure God has for her. But soon after she meets her dream man -- a preacher who falls head over heels in love with her -- a man from Jasmine's past reappears, and an unexpected pregnancy threatens to sabotage all of her dreams. Will Jasmine's lying and scheming continue? Or will she finally learn to be honest with herself -- and with those who love her?
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"One of our best and most prolific writers, an excellent storyteller."
-- Eric Jerome Dickey, New York Times bestselling author

"Intriguing and well-written.... If you loved and hated Jasmine in Temptation, you'll love and hate her again."
-- Indianapolis Record

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743287371
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 5/30/2006
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 650,185
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Victoria Christopher Murray
Victoria Christopher Murray is the Essence bestselling author of more than twenty novels including: The Ex Files, Lady Jasmine, and The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil. Winner of the African American Literary Award for Fiction and Author of the Year (Female), Murray is also a two-time NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Fiction. She splits her time between Los Angeles and Washington, DC. Visit her website at VictoriaChristopherMurray.com.
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A Sin and a Shame

A Novel
By Victoria Christopher Murray

Touchstone

Copyright © 2006 Victoria Christopher Murray
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0743287371

Chapter One: January 2004

Jasmine swung the designer dress in front of her as she gazed into the mirror. "Can you believe this is a size six?"

Serena leaned against the silk pillows stacked against the bed's headboard. "I can't believe you bought all these things," she said to her sister. "How are you going to pay for this?" Serena motioned toward the bags and boxes strewn across the room.

"You didn't answer my question," Jasmine said, fixing her eyes on her reflection.

"You didn't answer mine."

Jasmine faced her sister with raised eyebrows. "Why are you worried? Dad left us -- "

"Not enough for you to be going off like you're Oprah."

Jasmine sighed. That was what was wrong with Serena. She lived life in the middle. She lived in a middle-class neighborhood, with a middle-class job, trudging through her middle-class life. But there was nothing "middle" about Jasmine. She lived outside of the box where she knew all the abundant blessings could be found.

"Can you believe this is a size six?" Jasmine repeated, turning back to the mirror, this time with a silk pantsuit draped in front of her.

A slight smile crossed Serena's lips. "You do look good, girl."

Jasmine smiled too. She'd worked hard to lose twentypounds and get in top shape for her mission.

Serena sighed. "Wish I could do that."

"I thought you'd joined Curves."

Serena waved her hand in the air. "Girl, I'm a Curves dropout. The women there were looking at me like they wanted me to really exercise. I pretended I had to go to the bathroom, and snuck out the back door."

Jasmine laughed. "Well, you should take up running, like I did." She didn't mention that along with her almost-daily sixty-minute runs, she'd spent hundreds of dollars on laxatives in the last three months.

Serena said, "I ain't running nowhere. I've decided that I am perfectly fine in my size eighteen." Serena squinted as her sister primped in front of the mirror. "Seriously, Jasmine. I'm worried about you."

"No need. I'm just preparing for my new life in New York. I plan on having much sex in the city and I've got to be ready."

"Girl, you need Jesus," Serena said, holding a Bible above her head. "That's why I bought you this."

"I've already got one of those."

"You can't have too many," Serena said, as she tucked the book inside the nightstand drawer. "With the way you're acting, you need Jesus all around you."

"I don't know what you're talking about. You, of all people, know how much I love God."

"And I would know this how?"

"Like you never noticed who was sitting next to you every Sunday the last two years."

"Honey, there are plenty of unsaved folks parked in pews all across America."

"Well, I'm not one of them," Jasmine said, thinking how she'd changed since she'd asked Jesus into her heart. Not only was she in church every Sunday, but she had even remained celibate her first year in Florida. Almost 365 days -- and she had counted every one of them. "I gave up a lot for the Lord."

Serena laughed. "What did you give up?"

Jasmine faced her sister. "I gave up married men. I may not be all holy like you, but I'm making progress."

Progress indeed, Jasmine thought. Two years ago, she'd made a list of promises: Besides swearing to never again have sex with a married man, she vowed to never miss a Sunday service. And, she pledged never to tell a lie -- if she didn't have to. She was living the Christian life and was pleased that she'd kept her commitments to God.

Serena sighed. "I pray for you, girl. I pray every day."

"You don't have to worry. All I'm doing is getting my groove back."

Serena shook her head. "That's why you bought all these clothes? To have sex?"

"No, silly. The clothes are an investment."

Serena glanced around the master bedroom of the condo her sister had just purchased. "I thought this apartment was an investment."

Jasmine shook her head as if she was tired of explaining this. "I'm investing in my life. These clothes are going to help me find my next husband."

Serena moaned.

"You can groan if you want," Jasmine said, now holding a black knit mini dress in front of her. "By this time next year, I'm going to be Mrs. Somebody Important."

"Why is getting married suddenly so important to you?"

Jasmine had asked herself that question so many times. It wasn't that getting married was important. It was that she'd been single long enough, and it wasn't like she was getting younger. It was time to settle down -- again.

"I just want to be married. And you know how I get when I want something."

Serena peered at her sister and Jasmine could almost hear her thoughts.

Jasmine said, "I'm fine."

Serena kept her stare on her sister for a bit longer. "I hope so," she said before she stood and, with her hands, pressed the wrinkles from her jeans. "Well, Big Sis..." Serena slipped into her down overcoat.

Jasmine held up her hand. "I told you not to call me that anymore. I don't want you making a mistake around anyone." She returned to admiring herself in the mirror. "Remember, I'm thirty now."

"Oh, Lord." Serena looked up at the ceiling. "Forgive me, Father, for calling on you like that, but this child needs some help." She returned her glance to Jasmine. "How are you thirty, when I'm thirty-five, and you're almost five years older than me?"

"Not anymore."

"Please."

"I mean it, Serena. I'm thirty now. Look at me," Jasmine said, sweeping her hand down her side.

"You need to look at your birth certificate."

Jasmine waved Serena's words away. "Like anyone is going to ask to see that."

"What about your driver's license?"

"I'll think of something. Your job is to just remember that I'm thirty."

Serena held her hands up. "Whatever. Listen, what time are we leaving for church tomorrow?"

"Malik said he'd meet us at the hotel at ten-thirty. We're going to take a cab uptown."

"Uptown?" Serena grinned. "You got the lingo down."

"Honey, I'm a New York City girl for real."

"Whatever you are, I'm outta here," Serena said, sliding into a pair of gloves. "I want to pack tonight so I can make the three o'clock train. If I miss that one, I'll have to wait until seven. And I want to get away from this cold, girl. A week in New York in January is enough for me."

Jasmine laughed at her sister, the Florida girl, wrapped snuggly in a white down coat, looking like the Michelin man. "You're still going to take the train home?"

"Yeah, I like the ride."

"You only like it because it's free."

"Duh, who doesn't like something free? Jerry didn't work at Amtrak all those years for nothing," she said, referring to her husband who had passed away six years earlier.

"I don't understand you. We've got all this money from Daddy's insurance policy. Why don't you fly? Take one of those cheap flights from New York to Florida."

Serena shook her head. "I'm fine. It only takes twenty-four hours and I'll get a lot of reading done." She shrugged. "I love the train."

"You love being cheap. Besides, I thought you'd be rushing home to see Carl," Jasmine teased.

Serena rolled her eyes. "I'm not rushing home to see anyone."

But Jasmine didn't miss the smile that lit Serena's face. Since her husband passed away, Serena hadn't shown interest in anyone. But a few months ago, Jasmine had invited one of her coworkers, Carl Cosby, to church. She had no plans of introducing Carl to Serena -- until she saw the way the self-proclaimed nerd kept glancing at her sister. It was a casual introduction that Jasmine expected to go nowhere. Her sister had made it clear that her focus was on God, her children, and work. But then, Serena accepted Carl's invitation to dinner.

Jasmine had been thrilled. She prayed that Carl could bring her sister some happiness.

"Anyway," Serena continued, "you may think I'm cheap, but we'll see who'll be calling who for a loan in a year."

"I'll lend you money if you need it," Jasmine kidded. "I'll be married to a rich man by then."

"Whatever. Anyway, give me a hug."

"I'm going with you."

"You're still staying at the hotel? I thought you'd want to sleep here tonight with all your new clothes since your bed arrived today."

Jasmine wrinkled her nose. "No way," she said, looking around as if the room disgusted her. "Look at these walls. Who ever heard of a purple bedroom?"

"It's not purple, it's plum."

"It's ugly. I don't know what that girl Sheila was thinking," Jasmine said, referring to the woman who had sold her the Upper East Side condo. "The woman has no taste." Jasmine grabbed her purse and full-length mink from the bed. "My decorator will be here on Monday with the painters and a week from today, this place will look like someone with class lives here." She slipped into her coat and then linked her arm through her sister's. "Okay, hon, where should we go for dinner?"

Serena shook her head as she looked her sister up and down.

Jasmine said, "Don't say anything about my new coat. Just tell me where you want to eat."

Serena rolled her eyes. "I saw a diner on the corner."

"Honey, you need to recognize where you are. Ain't no diners around here."

"Well, wherever we go, I don't want to spend a lot of money," Serena said, as they stepped into the carpeted hallway lined with gilded mirrors.

Jasmine sighed. Her sister was getting on her nerves with this useless chatter. Their father had left them almost a million-dollar insurance policy. Sure, they had to split it, but it was tax-free money. Jasmine wanted to make sure her father's passing a year ago was not in vain. His money was being used well.

Along with the apartment, she had a closet full of new clothes, a high-profile job, and enough optimism to fill Yankee Stadium. She'd made the investment; now all she had to work on was getting the return.

"Don't worry about dinner," Jasmine said. "I'll pay."

Serena crossed her arms as they entered the elevator. "I'm telling you, a year from now you're going to be calling me."

"You got that right. I'll be calling you and inviting you to my wedding." Jasmine pressed the button for the lobby. "Just make sure you call me your little sister," she said, as she slid her Chanel sunglasses on her face.

"Lord, help her," Serena mumbled.

But Jasmine ignored her sister's grumbling. The wheels in her head were spinning. She was a thirty-year-old New York City girl on a mission.

Copyright 2006 by Victoria Christopher Murray



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Introduction

Reading Group Guide:

A Sin and a Shame

By Victoria Christopher Murray

Summary

Jasmine Larson moved to New York a changed woman, ready to start a new life as a good Christian. But the only thing that's changed for Jasmine is that she goes to church. She's still scheming, manipulating, and lying in order to get the life she thinks she deserves. When Jasmine finally meets and becomes engaged to the man she wants to marry — the man she's sure God has chosen for her — she discovers that she's pregnant, and with someone else's child. So she must fight to keep this secret, along with her many others, from her soon-to-be husband, because she will do whatever she can to keep the man who has set her soul on fire.

Discussion Points

1. Several adult characters in this novel remark that they are in their "second virginity," meaning that, though they have had sex before, they've now chosen to become celibate until married. What other symbolism does a second virgnity carry?

2. Serena tells Jasmine that "there are plenty of unsaved folks parked in the pews all across America." What does she mean by this?

3. Jasmine thinks her father's insurance money is being used well to put her in a fancy Manhattan condo and a mink coat, all so that she can snag a rich husband. If you suddenly inherited a few hundred thousand dollars, what changes would you make in your lifestyle?

4. Malik thinks that Jasmine seems "obsessed...again" with Reverend Bush. What about her behavior is obsessive and what is just aggressive? Where do you think the line is between an ambitious woman going after what she wants and a stalker? Is this line different formen?

5. If you've read Temptation, the first of Murray's novels in which Jasmine appears, do you agree with Jasmine — that she's changed and come a long way since being "saved"? Why or why not?

6. Jasmine often repeats that she's in charge, it's her game, she's following her own plan...and yet the man who awakens her heart is one who takes the control right out of her hands. What does this say about Jasmine? How does her need for control relate to her views about and use of sex?

7. Why is Jasmine so upset to learn that Hosea won't have sex with her? Why do you suspect Jasmine doesn't agree with celibacy?

8. Jasmine loves Hosea. But she can't resist Brian. Have you ever wanted something you knew wasn't good for you? How did you handle the situation?

9. Reverend Bush preaches about being an example to others, but Jasmine feels she's failed when Mae Frances catches her with both Brian and Hosea. How do you feel about the concept of being responsible as a monument to God's love every day? How do you try to live by example?

10. Jasmine unhappily muses: she was happy with the way Hosea loved her, so why was she lusting after a man she almost despised? What would you tell Jasmine if she asked you this question?

11. There's a theme in this novel related to the pervasive idea that "all men cheat," especially when it comes to African American men. How do you feel about this belief? How do you think women contribute to the propagation of this stereotype?

12. Jasmine realizes that she and Mae Frances are the same — both women just taking care of themselves. What else makes them similar? Why do you think the author created Mae Frances as she did?

13. Jasmine's experience is the perfect example of how easily "God's word" can be twisted and manipulated to fit people's needs. For example, when she is about to come clean to Hosea about her affair with Brian, and Hosea begins to tell her about the terrible day he's had discussing cheaters, Jasmine takes it as a sign from God not to tell Hosea the truth. How do you distinguish between signs from God and coincidence in your own life?

14. Are you satisfied by the novel's ending? Afterall, Hosea still doesn't know Jasmine's real age or that she was previously married. Do you think she'll ever come completely clean? Should she?

Enhance your Book Club Experience

1. If you aren't already familiar with the story, read the biblical passages on Hosea and the whore he took for a wife, as per God's instructions. Consider how it relates to the themes in A Sin and a Shame, or discuss it at your next Book Club meeting.

2. Jasmine is often blinded by the glitter of the "high life," which leaves her doing almost anything to achieve the lifestyle she thinks she deserves. Get a taste of Jasmine's temptation by taking your Club on the road to the swankiest restaurant or night club in town. Try searching on www.citysearch.com or www.zagats.com for the right place, make a reservation, don your hottest outfit, and go wild.

3. Several characters in the novel refer to "witnessing," which is when Christians tell stories about their experiences with God, often in order to convince others to open their hearts to His love. At your next Book Club meeting, go around the circle and share your own stories about the moments when you've felt God's presence in your life.

4. Take some time to visit and browse the author's website at http://victoriachristophermurray.com.

Victoria Christopher Murray is the Essence bestselling author of the novels Truth Be Told, Joy, Temptation, and Blessed Assurance, a collection of inspirational short stories. She lives with her family in Inglewood, California. Visit her at www.victoriachristophermurray.com.

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Reading Group Guide


Reading Group Guide:

A Sin and a Shame

By Victoria Christopher Murray

Summary

Jasmine Larson moved to New York a changed woman, ready to start a new life as a good Christian. But the only thing that's changed for Jasmine is that she goes to church. She's still scheming, manipulating, and lying in order to get the life she thinks she deserves. When Jasmine finally meets and becomes engaged to the man she wants to marry -- the man she's sure God has chosen for her -- she discovers that she's pregnant, and with someone else's child. So she must fight to keep this secret, along with her many others, from her soon-to-be husband, because she will do whatever she can to keep the man who has set her soul on fire.

Discussion Points

1. Several adult characters in this novel remark that they are in their "second virginity," meaning that, though they have had sex before, they've now chosen to become celibate until married. What other symbolism does a second virgnity carry?

2. Serena tells Jasmine that "there are plenty of unsaved folks parked in the pews all across America." What does she mean by this?

3. Jasmine thinks her father's insurance money is being used well to put her in a fancy Manhattan condo and a mink coat, all so that she can snag a rich husband. If you suddenly inherited a few hundred thousand dollars, what changes would you make in your lifestyle?

4. Malik thinks that Jasmine seems "obsessed...again" with Reverend Bush. What about her behavior is obsessive and what is just aggressive? Where do you think the line is between an ambitious woman going after what she wants and a stalker? Is this line different for men?

5. If you've read Temptation, the first of Murray's novels in which Jasmine appears, do you agree with Jasmine -- that she's changed and come a long way since being "saved"? Why or why not?

6. Jasmine often repeats that she's in charge, it's her game, she's following her own plan...and yet the man who awakens her heart is one who takes the control right out of her hands. What does this say about Jasmine? How does her need for control relate to her views about and use of sex?

7. Why is Jasmine so upset to learn that Hosea won't have sex with her? Why do you suspect Jasmine doesn't agree with celibacy?

8. Jasmine loves Hosea. But she can't resist Brian. Have you ever wanted something you knew wasn't good for you? How did you handle the situation?

9. Reverend Bush preaches about being an example to others, but Jasmine feels she's failed when Mae Frances catches her with both Brian and Hosea. How do you feel about the concept of being responsible as a monument to God's love every day? How do you try to live by example?

10. Jasmine unhappily muses: she was happy with the way Hosea loved her, so why was she lusting after a man she almost despised? What would you tell Jasmine if she asked you this question?

11. There's a theme in this novel related to the pervasive idea that "all men cheat," especially when it comes to African American men. How do you feel about this belief? How do you think women contribute to the propagation of this stereotype?

12. Jasmine realizes that she and Mae Frances are the same -- both women just taking care of themselves. What else makes them similar? Why do you think the author created Mae Frances as she did?

13. Jasmine's experience is the perfect example of how easily "God's word" can be twisted and manipulated to fit people's needs. For example, when she is about to come clean to Hosea about her affair with Brian, and Hosea begins to tell her about the terrible day he's had discussing cheaters, Jasmine takes it as a sign from God not to tell Hosea the truth. How do you distinguish between signs from God and coincidence in your own life?

14. Are you satisfied by the novel's ending? Afterall, Hosea still doesn't know Jasmine's real age or that she was previously married. Do you think she'll ever come completely clean? Should she?

Enhance your Book Club Experience

1. If you aren't already familiar with the story, read the biblical passages on Hosea and the whore he took for a wife, as per God's instructions. Consider how it relates to the themes in A Sin and a Shame, or discuss it at your next Book Club meeting.

2. Jasmine is often blinded by the glitter of the "high life," which leaves her doing almost anything to achieve the lifestyle she thinks she deserves. Get a taste of Jasmine's temptation by taking your Club on the road to the swankiest restaurant or night club in town. Try searching on www.citysearch.com or www.zagats.com for the right place, make a reservation, don your hottest outfit, and go wild.

3. Several characters in the novel refer to "witnessing," which is when Christians tell stories about their experiences with God, often in order to convince others to open their hearts to His love. At your next Book Club meeting, go around the circle and share your own stories about the moments when you've felt God's presence in your life.

4. Take some time to visit and browse the author's website at http://victoriachristophermurray.com. Simon & Schuster

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2007

    Forgiveness?

    I really enjoyed this book. Please read Temptation first so that you will know a little about Jasmine's character. This was a Christian book that shows that all people are not perfect whether they church or not. Hosea was a rariety these days and so was his dad. The other characters played significant roles in this book. I enjoyed the scriptures they quoted and the sex scenes were not over the top. Can't say much more without giving it away. RECOMMENDED!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2010

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    Loved It!!!!

    This was one of the first book I've ever read by Victoria Christopher Murray, and I must say I am hooked. Since I've completed this book every book that Jasmine has been in I thought it was my business to read them all and I have never been let down. I must say Victoria Christopher Murray I am pleased.....

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  • Posted June 13, 2010

    a sin and a sane is a very good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2008

    Excellent Reading

    Victoria Christopher Murray is an excellent storyteller. Her books are exciting and leave you wanting more. I have all of my friends reading her books. They, like me, are in awe and amazement. Ms. Murray keep those Christian fiction books on the shelves for our reading entertainment. It is a pleasure to read a book that has no cursing!!! I'm thrilled everytime I pick up one of your books. I'm never ever disappointed when I've finished reading one of Ms. Murray's books. I want to read more and more. I definitely recommend this book!!! I'd love to see a movie version of your Jasmine Larson books!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2008

    Very emotional

    I just finished reading this book, it was a real page turner. I LOVED this book. It had me look at my life and make changes. Im not in a relationship so theres no scheming going on here, but now Im looking for someone willing to court me they way Hosea wanted to court Jasmine. As someone stated before, read Temptation first, you will not be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2007

    A reviewer

    This was the first book I have read by Ms. Victoria Murray. I must say that I really enjoyed it. I couldn't put the book down, becuase I wanted to know Jasmine's next move.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2006

    This book is AWESOME!

    This sequel to Temptation does not disappoint! This one is definitely a page turner! I could not put this book down! I can't wait for the next one!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2006

    Excellent

    A Sin and a Shame, is the first book I have ever read by Victoria Christopher Murray. I loved it! I could not stop reading! Murray did an excellent job taking a story from the Bible and relating it to this story. I pray the Lord will send me a man like 'Hosea Bush.' :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2006

    A Tantilizing Tease

    Jasmine Larson the protagonist of this tantilizing tale weaves a quilt of deception with some colorful characters....Mae Frances a eccentric divorcee refuses to have any part of Jasmine Larsons 'Christian' life... her ever adoring sister Sarena who is living the perfect Christian life...Malik her rightous by default God brother.....Reverend Bush and his son Hosea... the most incredible Black man you would ever want to meet. This was an entertaining tale that captured my attention from page one. I couldn't believe some of the 'crazy' situations Jasmine encountered...I found myself talking outload...laughing...crying and rejocing at the end....finally Jasmine has really grown up!!

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  • Posted March 11, 2012

    Great!!!

    This book was really a great read. I love the way this author writes....have read all of her books. Looking forward to something new by her.-Promise

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  • Posted July 17, 2011

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    a child see her father, not loveing her mother?

    so she don,t like to be like her mother, so she said,s am not dateing married men ? but fall in love with a man who is in chunch but he,s just like the other men in the world ! ( no-dam good!)

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  • Posted May 28, 2011

    Loved it!

    It kept my attention, was well written. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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  • Posted May 27, 2011

    Enjoyed it.

    I enjoyed this book and read it in one day. The character Jasmine seems to be a habitual liar, and doesn't give up on anything that she REALLY wants. This goes to show you that we all fall short, but at the same time we must put a stop to some bad habits. Hopefully Jasmine will grow up, change her ways and really commit herself to Christ and Hosea.

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  • Posted December 21, 2010

    Enjoyed

    I enjoyed this book. I found myself cheering for Jasmine even though she is her worst enemy. Please be patience with her because God is not through with her yet! This is a book that I would recommend to any and all of my Sisters in Christ. Sometimes it is hard to change our old ways, but when we do God does GREAT things in out lives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2006

    not fed

    While the story had twist and turns.It was nice to read a book where the characters actually made love without vulgarity. But most of the book contained a lot of babbling that in no way attributed to setting up the next scenes. The book could have did without about %20 of the rambling pages. It was a good read mostly because you had to read into the empty pages just to see what was up ahead. The story line was creative but most of it left me wondering why it was a part of the story. The ending wasn't a shock. Anyway thats my 2cents. Better luck next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2006

    a little too long

    I enjoyed the book, but it was unnecessarily long, especially for it to end the way it did. I found myself putting it down quite a few times because there were too many spaces with nothing happening, meaning they didn't need to be in the book. Overall, I did somewhat like the book, but it took me longer than usual to finish it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2006

    Jasmine Is Back!

    A Sin and A Shame Victoria Christopher Murray ISBN:0-7432-8737-1 $14.00 June 2006 The crazy drama queen Jasmine Larson from Temptation returns in A Sin and A Shame. Promising to leave her old ways behind Jasmine has moved to New York and claims to want to live a Christian life. When she meets the man she thinks God has sent for her, the handsome preacher Hosea Bush Jasmine wants to do right but she manages to lie and scheme and create the usual drama that she is known for. Now she is pregnant but not by the good preacher and the only thing Jasmine knows is how to scheme. With the help of her elder neighbor Mae Francis who also has a few tricks in her purse Jasmine finds herself in a web of deceit that could alter her life forever. I loved this story. It is such a Sin and A Shame that Jasmine can¿t seem to do right but with all her crazy schemes the drama keeps you going through the book. The Neighbor also has a few issues that pull you in. I was a little misty eyed at the end and closed the cover with a smile. Another excellent story from Murray who once again leaves you wanting more. A great book club selection book.

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