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The reverend's wife : a novel
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Grand Central Pub., 2012.
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326 p. ; 24 cm.
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Maintaining a cordial relationship with the unfaithful Charlotte while planning a divorce when their son graduates from high school, the Reverend Curtis Black resists his wife's efforts to reconcile and considers a proposition by a woman who desperately wants to marry him.


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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?

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.

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Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

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) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Review

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.]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Library Journal Review

In this ninth series entry and sequel to Love, Honor, and Betray, Roby proves that "karma has no expiration date." Rev. Curtis Black has repented of his cheating ways but is once again the victim of his philandering third wife, Charlotte. Curtis determines that divorce is the only resolution. Of course, Charlotte fights his decision tooth and nail. Curtis ignores Charlotte's desperate pleas, and her behavior spirals out of control. Meanwhile, Curtis has a platonic dalliance with a female church member that turns dangerous. Roby shrewdly thickens the story line with a somewhat predictable ending that strongly suggests she is prepping readers for yet another addition to the Curtis Black series. Verdict Despite the familiar plot, Roby fans will enjoy her entertaining and well-paced story and her flawed yet engaging protagonists. [See Prepub Alert, 11/7/11.]-Lisa Jones, Birmingham P.L., AL (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.