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Sin no more
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : William Morrow, c2008.
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ix, 277 p. ; 24 cm.
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Resolving to turn over a new leaf after cheating on his wife once again, the Reverend Curtis Black is blackmailed by both his former mistress and a substitute pastor, a situation that further tests his marriage and reveals additional painful secrets.


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A man who once thrived on wickedness and counted on forgiveness, Curtis Black has changed his ways. Back in the heart of his congregation and his family, he will no longer stray from the beaten path. Or so he's promised his long-suffering wife, Charlotte.

But the sins of the past have strange ways of coming to light. First, Curtis's former mistress shows up with their newborn baby daughter--named Curtina--and insists that Curtis be a part of their lives. Charlotte has forbidden her husband to have anything to do with them, but the trouble is, Curtis's newfound conscience is leading him to have uncomfortable thoughts of responsibility.

Also, the interim pastor who took over while Curtis was on a book tour is threatening blackmail. He's gotten too used to life at the pulpit and will do everything in his power to stay there.

Meanwhile, Charlotte has her own previous transgressions to deal with. The man who claims to be her son's biological father has turned up and wants to make amends for the past thirteen years. If Charlotte gives in to his increasing requests, she may lose the only child she has left.

However, Curtis and Charlotte have been through too much together to give up now. They must work harder than ever--as a mother and a father, as husband and wife--to save their family, their marriage, and their souls.

Author Notes

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.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Flawed Rev. Curtis Black returns in Roby's latest melodrama (following Love and Lies). The repentant, 46-year-old Curtis has finally made amends with his 31-year-old wife, Charlotte: she's forgiven him for his five-year affair with Tabitha, but forbids him from seeing Tabitha or the infant daughter he fathered with her. An enraged Tabitha harasses Curtis, stalks Charlotte around their hometown of Mitchell, Ill., and threatens to go public. Haunted by her own daughter's death and determined to keep her husband's secrets, Charlotte decides to take matters into her own hands. Meanwhile, interim pastor Rev. Tolson, who knows a thing or two about Curtis's business, is smarting from his loss of power now that Curtis has returned to the pulpit from a book tour and speaking engagements. And Curtis and Charlotte risk losing their 13-year-old son, Matthew, after David, the man they believe is Matthew's biological dad, decides to seek full custody. Roby has got smalltown church politics down, but spends more time on stiffly repeated backstory and hollow finger-wagging than on plot, leading to a hurried, undermotivated denouement. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

New York Times and Essence best-selling author Roby returns with her fifth entry (after Love & Lies) in the saga of the "good" Rev. Curtis Black. Here, the charismatic and strikingly handsome Curtis is not only a well-loved and respected clergyman, a husband, and a father but a world-renowned, best-selling author. Realizing he has too much to lose if he turns back to his old womanizing ways, he vows to "sin no more," but he soon recognizes this is easier said than done. Curtis's troubles begin when his ex-mistress threatens to break up his marriage if he doesn't spend more time with their newborn daughter, and then the interim pastor while Curtis was on his book tour threatens him with blackmail. Curtis and Charlotte built their marriage on lies and deceit and must now confront the repercussions of their past and fight to save their family, but human nature keeps nearly pulling them apart. Although this soap opera-like drama is painfully predictable, Roby's fans will not be disappointed. Recommended for all public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 10/15/07.]-Carol Johnson, Cleveland P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Sin No More Chapter One Charlotte couldn't imagine life being any better than it was currently. She and Curtis were closer than they'd ever been and, best of all, they hadn't heard from Tabitha. Not once. Which was a wonderful surprise because Charlotte had been sure Tabitha was going to become the intrusion of a lifetime. Especially since she'd called the day the baby was born and tried to get Curtis to come see it. Or actually, come see her, because whether Curtis wanted to admit it or not, Charlotte knew Tabitha still wanted him. She knew because she'd never heard of any mistress who didn't have high hopes that the man she was sleeping with would somehow miraculously leave his wife for her. She knew because to be honest, she'd felt the same way herself when Curtis had still been married to Tanya. Her desire had been as wrong as wrong could be, however, she had still wanted what she wanted and hadn't cared a whole lot about who might be hurt in the end. But right now, none of that mattered. What mattered was that she and Curtis had just finished making exceptional love to each other and they were lying in bed, snuggled closely, enjoying a beautiful moment. "Woman, what in the world are you trying to do to me?" Curtis asked, breathing more easily than he had been five minutes ago. Charlotte chuckled. "Are you saying you can't handle it?" "Me? The Curtis Black? Not able to handle my wife when it comes to making love? Please." "Well, that's what it sounds like." "As Matthew would say, 'Girl, don't get it twisted.'" They both laughed. "You're right," she said. "That's exactly what he would say. Although now he doesn't have much of anything to say at all." "I know. He's been on the quiet side ever since we told him the truth but I still say we did the right thing. He needed to know that I'm not his biological father." Charlotte heard what Curtis was saying but if she'd had it her way, she would have left well enough alone and worried about telling Matthew the truth at a later date. When Marissa had died, she'd begun feeling as though it wasn't a good idea to keep secrets of any kind from anyone, including Matthew. She'd kept secrets most of her adult life and far too many people had been hurt because of them, so she'd decided she didn't want Matthew learning about his paternity from anyone other than Curtis and her. But now he was basically moping around the house, not saying any more than he had to to either of them, and Charlotte was starting to regret telling him anything. She'd wanted him to know the truth but she hadn't wanted him to feel the amount of pain she could tell he was feeling and she certainly hadn't wanted to create any tension or distance. "He'll be okay," Curtis finally said. "It's just that this is all very new to him and it's going to take some getting used to." "I guess. But I hope he's okay sooner rather than later." "He will be. He'll be fine." Charlotte nestled closer to Curtis and laid her head on his chest but as soon as she did, the phone rang. "Who could that be?" she said. "It has to be at least eleven o'clock." "Something must be wrong," Curtis added. Charlotte picked up the cordless from the nightstand and sighed deeply. It was Tabitha. "Hello?" "Could I speak to Curtis, please?" "Tabitha, do you realize what time it is?" "No, and to be honest, I really don't care." Charlotte sat up and swung her legs over the side of the bed. "You don't care?" "That's what I said, didn't I?" "I don't believe you. You're actually calling here this late at night to speak to my husband, and you've got the nerve to be getting smart with me? You've got to be kidding." "Look, Charlotte, will you just get over yourself and put Curtis on the phone? I need to discuss something with him about Curtina." The whole idea of the name Curtina was enough to make Charlotte cringe. She was annoyed by the fact that Tabitha had chosen to give the baby a name as close to Curtis as she could. Not to mention, Curtina had to be the ugliest name she'd ever heard. "First of all," Charlotte began, "you've been told more than once not to call this house and not to contact Curtis in any way, so why can't you just leave us alone? Why can't you just move on and forget about him?" "Because whether you want to accept it or not, Curtis and I have a baby together. We have a gorgeous little daughter and you're just upset because you don't have any children with him. I mean, I know you claimed Matthew was his and then you lied and schemed about Marissa for as long as you could, but in the end, neither of those children was his." Charlotte felt her breathing accelerate a few notches and was thankful she wasn't in the same room with Tabitha. If she had been, she would have beaten her unmercifully. She would have done whatever necessary to make sure Tabitha never bothered her and Curtis ever again. "Will you just put him on the phone?!" she yelled. "No. And the only way you'll speak to my husband is over my dead body." "Oh, and you think that can't be arranged?" "Are you threatening my life?" "Give me the phone," Curtis interrupted, and reached for it. But Charlotte snatched it away from him, turned on the lamp, and stood up. "You look here, you crazy heifer," Charlotte said matter-of-factly. "Just because you were stupid enough to mess around with a married man, stupid enough to get pregnant by him, and then stupid enough to think he was going to leave me once that baby was born, well, that's simply not my fault. You hear me?" Sin No More . Copyright © by Kimberla Roby. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold. 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