Sins of the Mother

Sins of the Mother

by Victoria Christopher Murray
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Sins of the Mother by Victoria Christopher Murray

Have the sins of the mother come upon the daughter?
Jasmine Larson Bush is finally living a drama-free life. She’s left her lying, cheating, stealing stripper days behind and is standing by her husband’s side as the first lady of one of the largest churches in New York City. The Bushes have been blessed with the best of everything—including two lovely children.

But just when Jasmine has committed her life completely to God, her daughter Jacqueline is kidnapped from a mall the day after Thanksgiving. The police and the church community join in the frantic search to find the four-year-old. As the days pass without any sign of her daughter, Jasmine begins to crack under the strain and turns to Brian Lewis, Jacqueline’s biological father, for solace.

Has Jasmine’s past finally caught up to her? Will her daughter be found or will Jasmine pay the ultimate price?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416589181
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Edition description: Original
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 888,428
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 5.38(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

Victoria Christopher Murray is the author of more than twenty novels including: The Ex Files, Lady Jasmine, The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil, and Stand Your Ground which was named a Library Journal Best Book of the Year. 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

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Sins of the Mother 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
RhondaMcKnight More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer: If you're just being introduced to Ms. Murray's work, I want to emphasize that this is truly a stand alone novel. Victoria Christopher Murray is back with another, long awaited (yes a year is a long time) novel about the infamous Jasmine Larson Bush. Has Jasmine's past finally caught up with her? Readers of the prior books in the series almost can't help but hope so. Jasmine has been so horrible and so conniving for so many years that even the most forgiving reader would certainly expect the seeds Jasmine has planted to produce a bitter harvest. But just when you think it's time for her to pay, Victoria Christopher Murray delivers a story that leaves no room for anything but compassion; even for an anti-hero like Jasmine Larson Bush. Why are we going to have to relent? Because we meet Jasmine the mother when we lose Jacqueline, the helpless four-year-old; the combination of which make for a gripping, gut wrenching story that will literally have readers praying as they turn the pages. There's no room for anything else. This novel is without question Victoria Christopher Murray's best work. A departure from what we've seen in the last few years, Sins of the Mother, is what I would almost call a psychological drama. Murray weaves conflict upon conflict into a mind bending story that emotionally draws the reader in beyond what you expect from a woman's fiction tale. The difference in delivery makes it an absolute stand alone read for those who haven't met this cast of characters before. I have to admit, I have a four-year-old child myself and I had a hard time with this novel. Child abductions are tough stuff. But please don't let the subject matter scare you. There are scenes that are so spiritually uplifting that they will literally raise chill bumps; this too was a deeper layer for Ms. Murray. While true to her brand of edgy, inspirational fiction, Sins of the Mother is a character study and journey of faith. As a lover of Christian fiction, I was pleased. Fans be not deceived, Murray's ability to satisfy all is not mocked. This book is sexy with a capital "S". Brian Lewis is back and when Brian is on the scene, we can expect nothing less than heat between the sheets. Murray fans will have to read the story to find out whose fire he's putting out. My reviewer lips are sealed. I'll close by saying I highly recommend this novel. What I appreciated most about Sins of the Mother was Ms. Murray's ability to deliver realism without abandoning hope. The characters covered the full spectrum of believable reaction. Some kept their feet planted firmly in the reality of faith, others struggled with their faith amidst the reality of humanness, but in the end, Murray reconciles all; most brilliantly. Reviewed by Rhonda McKnight An Advance Copy of this book was provided by the publisher.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read the other novels leading up to this 1 & to be honest, this 1 kind of bored me a little. When I 1st read the 1st installment, I was all into the storyline. But in this 1, I hate that the entire book literally focused on how Jasmine felt once her daughter got kidnapped. It's like ok we get it, she's terrified & scared. There should've been more action in this book other than the whole thing being about her Jasmine crying every day b/c of missing her daughter. The readers could've gotten the point of that in 1 or 2 chapters, not an entire book. I'll probably read the next 1 if there even is a next 1 just for the sake of finding out what happens next, since I've already come so far with this series. But to be honest, it seems like the series is starting to lose it's spark. It's way more predictable & not as twisy & turny as the other books in this series were.
Loray38 More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down...The writing is so good that you feel the emotions of the characters.
Shaniqua Thomas More than 1 year ago
Mrs.VIctoria may God continue to bless have a great talent for writting books. I will forever continue to be a supporter and fan of yours. : )
Trini-Reader More than 1 year ago
This book talks about family drama, as well as you if you have ever read any of Ms. Murray's books with Jasmine. Sins of a mother is on a new level of her books. Jasmine's daughter is kidnapped and she turns to Brain for support and other things , leaving her husband with her cold shoulder.In the mean time Brain is trying to win his ex-wife's love back, and getting free of his addiction. This is a book that must be read if your a Victoria Christopher-Murray fame!!!!!!!!! Check it out people and eye opener.............
Beloved519 More than 1 year ago
Thank God for the anointing of Mrs. Victoria Christopher Murray who never lets her readers down. Like fine wine she get better every time ..
shawn1964 More than 1 year ago
I loved seeing the old characters again and seeing them evolve to more solid moral people. Ms. Murry kept me on my toes with the story line, Very good book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a nice read. However, I have read all the books in this series and this book never gave closure to any character. Jazmine has never learned to appreciate her husband. he has been through alot for her.
OOSABookClub More than 1 year ago
I give a standing applause to the author Victoria Christopher Murray for making a sequel to the number one novel of the year! I absolutely loved every page of this novel! The novel, "Sins of the Mother," is a sequel that brings back the best character ever.Jasmine Larson Bush! Jasmine has been a very evil-hearted, cruel, and conniving person in the past and it seems to be catching up with her. Jasmine is now a mother of two kids and discovers that her oldest child, Jacquie, has been abducted at the mall which releases all chaos. Jasmine is now regretting all evil things she did in her past. She is then reunited with Jacquie's biological father, Brian, to help find their daughter. Jasmine seems to develop feelings during the process. Will Jasmine find her daughter or has the past finally caught up with her? If you are a TRUE reader.this novel is definitely highly recommended. "Sins of the Mother" justifies the awesome penmanship of a very talented and artistic writer that keeps readers such as myself thirsty for more! In fact, this is the best drama-filled novel read this year! Keep up the good work! Reviewed by: Tekisha
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent continuation of Jasmine's life; intriguing twists and turns. Enjoyed it and highly recommends it!
IdrissaU More than 1 year ago
Victoria Christopher Murray is the best selling author of several contemporary Christian novels that touch on hot topics that church people aren't too eager to disclose. Her infamous character, Jasmine Larson has been featured in three of those novels and she is certainly the character I have loved to hate. A former stripper who has spent many years lying, stealing and sleeping with married men; she has finally settled down. She is now married to Rev. Hosea Bush, pastor of one of the largest churches in New York City. She is also the mother of two wonderful children; four-year-old Jacqueline and baby Zaya. Jasmine seems to have finally found some peace in her life and she has grown spiritually as a person. She loves her husband and her children and life for Jasmine has come full circle. Then comes that fateful day just when she has given her life to God. Jasmine's young daughter Jacqueline is kidnapped from a crowded mall in New York City at the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Jasmine is horrified. When the days turn into weeks and the child is not found Jasmine is beside herself. Why would God let this happen to her? Her faith wanes under the pressure. As usual, Jasmine thinks it is all about her. She completely falls apart especially when the police look into her background after someone sends an anonymous e-mail accusing her of having something to do with he child's abduction. She and her husband submit to a lie-detector test. He is cleared but Jasmine's results come up questionable. By the second chapter; I began to wonder too, if maybe someone finally had sought revenge for some of Jasmine's dirty deeds. Would her child become the victim of her mother's past. Of course having read several of the author's novels; I was sure it was just not that easy but where was this child? Who had taken her and why? Murray gives us a story full of complex questions. She gives us characters that are just as complex. Kidnapping and child abuse make for a difficult read. How does the mother of a missing child hold on and what if the child is never found? How do the parents move on with their lives? The author took a risk to assign these emotions to a character like Jasmine. But Murray's work is known to be risky. As a Christian author; she knows how to stretch a Christian's faith. And this storyline bent poor Jasmine out of shape. She turned into herself in grief. I was beginning to feel sorry for her myself. But as usual, Jasmine showed she was still Jasmine. Her husband; Rev. Hosea Bush was doing all he could to comfort Jasmine and to search for Jacqui but she turns away from him. She blames him for not caring enough. She becomes as mean and as hateful as the Jasmine of her past. The back story concerning Jasmine and Jacqueline's biological father, Brian Lewis added the fire to fuel the storyline even further. His affair with Jasmine had ended his marriage. After years of having no contact with Jasmine or the child; Brian learns of his daughter's kidnapping. Loaded down with his own emotional baggage, he takes a leave from his medical practice in California and comes to New York to help in the search. His presence added even more conflict to the story. SINS OF THE MOTHER is a compelling read. I kept reading from chapter to chapter anxious to know how the story would end. I really think that this book is her best "Jasmine" story to date.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In a former life, Jasmine Larson Bush was a stripper, a liar, an adulterous, and a thief. She told her husband Hosea that her daughter Jacqueline was his, but she was actually Brian Lewis' biological offspring. He assumed she was is child. Jasmine is married to a prominent pastor who preaches at the famous City of Lights Church and has a TV show. She believes her life is perfect. Her idyllic life crumbles at the mall when she leaves her daughter with Mae Frances, who she thinks of as her mother, and goes to the bathroom to change her son's diaper. When she returns her daughter is nowhere to be seen. Mae Frances took her eye off the child for a moment that proved long enough for the girl to vanish. The police treat the disappearance as a kidnapping. As days pass with no sign of progress, Brian offers to help because he feels a connection to the daughter although he gave up his parental rights. As Jasmine tries to entice Brian into starting a new relationship with her, he wants to get back with his ex wife. Emotionally shattered, Jasmine collapses but a forgiving Hosea takes care of his wife while praying to the Lord to bring home their daughter to them safely. This is the most emotionally draining experience of Jasmine's soap operish life (see Lady Jasmine, Temptation, A Sin and a Shame, and Too Little, Too Late) and she copes with it, understandably, extremely poorly as she is particularly vulnerable. Readers empathize with her while admire Hosea and to a lesser degree Brian. Victoria Christopher Murray has written her most compelling tale to date as Jasmine and the audience will go from despondent emotional draining to spiritual uplifting in an intensely charged thriller. Harriet Klausner
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This was a great read! This really shows the power of a parents love. Jasmine Larson Bush has a way of touching your heart at the same time making you want to shake her. This appears to be the end of the series on Jasmine however i hope to see her as a character in a future book. Check out the entire series. I will be reading another book by this author.
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