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The best of everything
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Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, p2009.
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8 sound discs (9 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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"The Reverend Curtis Black has made his share of mistakes, a fact his daughter Alicia is all too aware of. So she vows she'll never follow in his footsteps. When Alicia marries Phillip, the assistant pastor of her daddy's church, she knows she's landed a good man. But Alicia also thinks she deserves every little thing her heart desires. And her out-of-control spending just might cost her much more than a few black marks on her credit report"--Container.


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Kimberla Lawson Roby has published about 15 novels. Her debut title, Behind Closed Doors, was originally self-published through her company, Lenox Press. Her other works include The Best of Everything, One in a Million, Sin No More, Love and Lies, Changing Faces, The Best-Kept Secret, A Taste of Reality, It's a Thin Line, and A Deep, Dark Secret. She received the Blackboard Fiction Book of the Year Award in 2001 for Casting the First Stone and the 2004 Patron Choice Award from the Central Mississippi Regional Library System for Too Much of a Good Thing. She is also the 2006 and 2007 recipient of the Author of the Year, Female award presented by the African-American Literary Award Show in New York. In 2013 she made The New York Times Best Seller List with her title A House Divided. The Prodigal Son made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2014. She also made the list in 2015 with her title, The Ultimate Betrayal.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Roby's disappointing sixth entry in her Rev. Curtis Black series (after 2008's Sin No More) focuses on Alicia Black Sullivan, his beautiful and spoiled 22-year-old daughter. Accustomed to getting anything she wants, Alicia shops like daddy still picks up the tab. This is a source of endless agitation for her new husband, young pastor Phillip Sullivan, a genuinely good man. Though he tries to set limits, Alicia stubbornly plows forward, and her self-centered ways result in deceit, infidelity and, finally, divorce. Unsurprisingly, Alicia learns nothing from her tragedy except that she should strive to marry a wealthier man. Roby's message of Christian forgiveness, a common theme in her work, doesn't succeed here: characters tolerate situations until they become untenable and then walk away. Alicia's selfish behavior is alienating, and her unwillingness or inability to learn from her mistakes leaves readers wondering why they should care at all. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Booklist Review

Alicia has chosen to follow in the scandalous footsteps of her father, the womanizing spendthrift Reverend Curtis Black. Newly married to her father's protégé, she routinely covers her shopping addiction by lying about her activities, and events rapidly escalate when she is robbed the same day several credit card statements arrive in the mail and her husband confronts her. In response, Alicia not only perversely spends even more, she also embarks on an affair with a drug lord. Refusing to admit that her marriage is in jeopardy, this reverend's daughter behaves like a spoiled child rather than a responsible married woman living by the tenets of her faith. Roby's thought-provoking novel continues the Reverend Curtis Black series (Too Much of a Good Thing, 2004) with the second generation's mistakes. As was the case with her father, Alicia still has far to go to become an admirable character, so watch for at least one sequel if not more.--Welch, Lynne Copyright 2008 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Center stage in this continuing saga of the Rev. Curtis Black and his family is daughter Alicia, an unemployed shopping addict who's married to her dad's assistant pastor. What follows is the tale of a woman whose love of money destroys her marriage. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



The Best of Everything Chapter One Phillip drank the last of his coffee, set down the local section of the Chicago Sun-Times , and gazed across the table at Alicia. She looked back at him and could already tell he was about to start nagging her all over again. Last night, they'd had another major blowup, and for the first time in the six months they'd been married, they'd gone to bed not speaking. They'd turned their backs to each other and hadn't said one word ever since then and as far as Alicia was concerned, the silence between them could continue. She was fine with it, and even more so if he was planning to complain about her spending habits. "Look," Phillip finally said. "All I'm trying to get you to see is that there's no way we can afford for you to keep spending money the way you have been. I mean, I know you've always gotten pretty much whatever you want, but, baby, things are different now." Alicia leaned back in her chair and tossed him a disapproving look. "Different how?" "Different because you're no longer in college and being supported by your father. Different because you're now a grown woman and you're now married to me." "So, what are you trying to say? That because I'm married to you, I'm supposed to lower my standards?" "No, that's not what I'm saying at all. What I am saying, though, is that it's time you started being a lot more responsible than you have been and time you realize that we can't always have everything we want when we want it." "I'm not trying to have everything . But at the same time, I'm not about to start living like some pauper just because you don't earn enough money." Phillip shook his head. "Alicia, your father pays me seven thousand dollars a month and that's a pretty decent salary by anyone's definition." "That may be. But if you'd do what I keep suggesting, you could be making so much more than that. When my dad was your age, he was earning three thousand dollars a week and that was nearly twenty years ago. So, imagine what you could be earning today." "It doesn't matter, because I'm happy right where I am, working at Deliverance Outreach. I'm happy working for your father, and for the life of me, I don't understand why you have such a huge problem with that." "I only have a problem with it because you could be doing so much better. I mean, Phillip, just think about it. You've got a degree in business and also one in theology, so you could easily apply for senior pastor positions at much larger churches. Actually, you should be doing it on a regular basis because if you did, you'd definitely get hired at one of them. Not to mention the fact that once any of those churches see who your father-in-law is and that he highly recommends you, it'll be a done deal, anyway." "But that's just it. I don't want to be hired because of who I'm now related to. I want to be hired because I've learned a lot about ministry and because I'm truly knowledgeable enough and ready to lead a megasize congregation." Alicia scooted her chair back and stood up. "Well, you do what you want, but don't expect me to be okay with it. Don't expect me to live with a lot less than what I've always been accustomed to." Phillip pushed away from the granite-topped island as well. "You're wrong. You're as wrong as can be, and all I can do is pray that you eventually start to see it." "Whatever," she said and walked over to the kitchen sink and set her glass and plate inside it. "Because it's not like I've been spending your money, anyway." "No, that's true, but it's only a matter of time before that money your father gave you is gone, and that's why I'm trying to get you to see that you have a problem." Alicia jerked her head toward Phillip and raised her eyebrows. "Excuse me?" "I'm serious, Alicia. Because how much do you actually have left in your account?" Alicia loved her husband, but right now she didn't like him very much. As a matter of fact, at this particular moment, she couldn't stand him. She knew he was referring to the twenty thousand dollars she'd had left over from her wedding budget but that was her money and how dare he inquire about it. "How much?" he repeated. "Why?" "Because I wanna know." "But why do you wanna know?" "Because I'm trying to make a point." "Phillip, I'm really getting tired of this, so why don't we just agree to disagree." Phillip folded his arms. "You've spent every penny, haven't you?" "No. For your information, I've still got ten thousand of it," she lied. "Yeah, right." "Oh, so now you're calling me a liar?" Phillip slipped on his suit jacket. "I have to get to work." "Fine. Do whatever you want," she said and headed up the staircase. A few minutes later, she heard him back out of the driveway, and she was glad he was gone. She hated lying to him, but he hadn't left her any choice. And it wasn't like she hadn't tried to save the money left over from her wedding budget, because for the first three months of their marriage, she hadn't spent one dime of it. She'd tried her best to live the way Phillip wanted them to live, but it hadn't been long before she'd started driving over to Chicago and frequenting upscale department stores the same as she'd been doing since she was a child. She'd been shopping at Saks, Neiman's, and Marshall Field's flagship location on State Street for as long as she could remember, well before Marshall Field's was bought out by Macy's, and she didn't see why Phillip had a problem with it. Maybe the fact that she'd spent five thousand dollars of her money every month for three months straight, and the fact that she only had five thousand left, hadn't been the best decision she could have made, but the most important fact still remained: It was her money. It was all hers, and she had the right to do whatever she felt like doing with it. The Best of Everything . Copyright © by Kimberla Roby. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold. Excerpted from The Best of Everything by Kimberla Lawson Roby All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.