The Reverend's Wife (Reverend Curtis Black Series #9)

The Reverend's Wife (Reverend Curtis Black Series #9)

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by Kimberla Lawson Roby
     
 

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From New York Times bestselling author Kimberla Lawson Roby comes the ninth installment in her award-winning Reverend Curtis Black series. It's been months since Reverend Curtis learned that his wife Charlotte had affairs with two different men, and for now, he continues to be cordial and respectful to her. But he's also made it clear that once their son

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From New York Times bestselling author Kimberla Lawson Roby comes the ninth installment in her award-winning Reverend Curtis Black series. It's been months since Reverend Curtis learned that his wife Charlotte had affairs with two different men, and for now, he continues to be cordial and respectful to her. But he's also made it clear that once their son Matthew graduates high school, he will be filing for divorce. Charlotte, on the other hand, continues to do everything possible to make amends in hopes of saving their marriage. Unfortunately, Curtis is ready to move on and is being propositioned by a woman who desperately wants to become the next Mrs. Curtis Black. When the situation heads down a path that is frighteningly shocking, could it be the final blow to this once blessed union?

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Roby writes with high-octane levels of emotion. She pushes her characters hard, spotlighting their flaws, showcasing their weaknesses, drawing in the readers to be more than bystanders. The series promises to continue its epic lessons on life with a new problem and potential drama at the final pages of this story."—USA Today"

The writing is cinematic and the juicy plot moves quickly...Roby has a talent for underscoring the universal challenges of people of faith, and more often than not, that strength carries the story."—Publishers Weekly on The Reverend's Wife"

An exciting page-turner!"—www.upscalemagazine.com on SECRET OBSESSION"

Juicy read!"—Essence on SECRET OBSESSION"

Filled with unexpected twists and turns. A dramatic, engaging, and entertaining piece of work."—Prominence Magazine on SECRET OBSESSION"

The kind of novel I wish more authors would write...addictive. Made me think, made me wonder. A novel well worth reading."—chicklitreviews.com on SECRET OBSESSION"

4 Stars! Roby is the queen of redemption! She has a knack for taking characters that readers love to hate and turning them into ones everyone will cheer for. This one's definitely a page-turner!"—RT Book Reviews on SECRET OBSESSION"

New York Times best-selling author Kimberla Lawson Roby has a knack for writing suspenseful, page-turning stories, and her latest novel, Secret Obsession, is no different... A must-read for fiction thriller fans."—TheRoot.com on SECRET OBSESSION"

Roby writes with high-octane levels of emotion. She pushes her characters hard, spotlighting their flaws, showcasing their weaknesses, drawing in the readers to be more than bystanders."—USA Today

Essence
"Juicy read!"
RT Book Reviews
"4 Stars! Roby is the queen of redemption! She has a knack for taking characters that readers love to hate and turning them into ones everyone will cheer for. This one's definitely a page-turner!"
upscalemagazine.com
"An exciting page-turner!"
Prominence Magazine
"Filled with unexpected twists and turns. A dramatic, engaging, and entertaining piece of work."
chicklitreviews.com
"The kind of novel I wish more authors would write...addictive. Made me think, made me wonder. A novel well worth reading."
TheRoot.com
"New York Times best-selling author Kimberla Lawson Roby has a knack for writing suspenseful, page-turning stories, and her latest novel, Secret Obsession, is no different... A must-read for fiction thriller fans."
USA Today
"Roby writes with high-octane levels of emotion. She pushes her characters hard, spotlighting their flaws, showcasing their weaknesses, drawing in the readers to be more than bystanders."
www.upscalemagazine.com on SECRET OBSESSION
"An exciting page-turner!"
Essence on SECRET OBSESSION
"Juicy read!"
Prominence Magazine on SECRET OBSESSION
"Filled with unexpected twists and turns. A dramatic, engaging, and entertaining piece of work."
chicklitreviews.com on SECRET OBSESSION
"The kind of novel I wish more authors would write...addictive. Made me think, made me wonder. A novel well worth reading."
RT Book Reviews on SECRET OBSESSION
"4 Stars! Roby is the queen of redemption! She has a knack for taking characters that readers love to hate and turning them into ones everyone will cheer for. This one's definitely a page-turner!"
TheRoot.com on SECRET OBSESSION
"New York Times best-selling author Kimberla Lawson Roby has a knack for writing suspenseful, page-turning stories, and her latest novel, Secret Obsession, is no different... A must-read for fiction thriller fans."
Publishers Weekly
This engrossing book by Roby (Love, Honor and Betray) follows the trajectory of nearly a dozen others in the Reverend Curtis Black series. Charlotte, the wife of the famous pastor-author Rev. Curtis Black, has betrayed him and he wants a divorce. He’s no innocent victim, as Roby’s bestselling tales have shown, but in her 17th book, she adds more drama and intrigue to the infidelities of both husband and wife, which have catastrophic consequences for their children and their church family at Deliverance Outreach. The writing is cinematic and the juicy plot moves quickly, but some awkward phrases and distracting dialogue dull the narrative. Roby has a talent for underscoring the universal challenges of people of faith, and more often than not, that strength carries the story. (May)
Kirkus Reviews
Another episode in the soap opera otherwise known as the life of Reverend Curtis Black. Chicago mega-church pastor and celebrity author Reverend Black has another self-engineered debacle on his hands. Although in the last installment he and wife Charlotte had cheated on each other, Curtis is unable to forgive her. Charlotte, who has atoned in myriad ways, including transforming her resentment of Curtis' love child Curtina into profound motherly love, goes into a tailspin when Curtis moves into a guest bedroom and coldly informs her that he will file for divorce the minute their son Matthew has graduated from high school and is safely Harvard-bound. At her favorite suburban sports bar, she has a few too many and returns home schnockered. She pours out her frustrations to Curtis, who only grows more indifferent the more she drinks. Increasingly, he's been finding solace in daily telephone conversations with Sharon, a new church member who moved (she says) to Chicago to be near him and offers him (he thinks) platonic friendship. When Charlotte's behavior grows more erratic (she embarrasses the straight-laced Matthew by impugning his girlfriend's virtue as the youngsters are posing for prom photos, and then stays out late at the sports bar where she's seen chatting up another man), Curtis visits Sharon and almost sleeps with her before his religious scruples kick in. Charlotte confronts Curtis with cell phone evidence of his flirtation, and the tide turns. Curtis actually warms to her, and reconciliation is in the air. He's happy Charlotte decided to surprise him at an event he's keynoting in Detroit, but when the couple discovers Sharon, scantily clad and lolling on Curtis' hotel bed, it's back to square one. As a pastor, Curtis is a woeful role model--he behaves ethically only when it suits him and is quicker to blame others than to accept the consequences of his own misdeeds. Despite his sanctimonious protestations, Curtis hasn't learned his lesson, and future fracases, necessitating future books, are inevitable.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446572484
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
04/30/2013
Series:
Reverend Curtis Black Series, #9
Pages:
337
Sales rank:
529,854
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 5.20(h) x 1.00(d)

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