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Title:
A sinful calling
ISBN:
9781478965299
Edition:
Unabridged.
Publication Information:
Ashland, Or. : Blackstone Audio ; Prince Frederick, MD : Distributed by Recorded Books, [2016], p2016.
Physical Description:
7 sound discs (8 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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Title from container.

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Summary:
Two years ago, to everyone's surprise, Dillon Whitfield Black, the secret son of Reverend Curtis Black, boldly moved back home, married a woman named Raven, decided he was going to become a minister and then founded a church right in the center of his living room. Today he's pastor of an 1000-plus-member congregation, and new members are joining weekly. Sadly, behind closed doors, Dillon is far from being a saint. Dillon has become more like the man his father was thirty years ago consumed with money, power and lots of women. His family may have forgiven him, but they continue to keep their distance. Not Alicia, though. This daughter of Curtis Black joins Dillon's congregation, leaving her father's church behind. The family has forgiven Alicia for marrying Levi Cunningham, the former drug dealer she had an affair with, but once Alicia realizes they will never fully accept Levi, she decides to see her family less and less. But when Raven decides she wants a higher position in the church and Alicia hides a devastating secret, the entire family is affected in ways they don't see coming. In the end, no one will be able to trust anyone and for very good reason.
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Two years ago, to everyone's surprise, Dillon Whitfield Black, the secret son of Reverend Curtis Black, boldly moved back home, married a woman named Raven, decided he was going to become a minister, and then founded a church right in the center of his living room. Today he's pastor of an 800-plus-member congregation, and new members are joining weekly. Sadly, behind closed doors, Dillon is far from being a saint. Dillon has become more like the man his father was thirty years ago--consumed with money, power, and lots of women. His family may have forgiven him, but they continue to keep their distance.Not Alicia, though. This daughter of Curtis Black joins Dillon's congregation, leaving her father's church behind. The family has forgiven Alicia for marrying Levi Cunningham, the former drug dealer she had an affair with, but once Alicia realizes they will never fully accept Levi, she decides to see her family less and less.But when Raven betrays Alicia, wicked skeletons leap from Dillon's closet, and Levi does the unthinkable, causing yet another public and unfortunate Black family scandal. In the end, no one will be able to trust anyone ... and for very good reason.


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

Kirkus Review

The Rev. Curtis Black extended-family saga returns with Black's son Dillon at the helm of a new megachurch in Mitchell, Illinois. Dillon may have a congregation of more than 1,000 souls at New Faith Christian Center, but he lacks something every minister ought to have: a true calling from God. Knowing quite well that he's a pastor called to the pulpit only by his own greed and his desire to avenge his father's refusal to acknowledge him as a child, Dillon nonetheless prays daily, although his hopes for a true calling are buried underneath several other pleas for fame and fortune. When Raven, Dillon's beautiful wifewhom Rev. Curtis has spurned for embezzling funds from his own churchdecides she has also been called to the pulpit, the wheels of jealousy and vengeance begin to turn. Dillon doesn't want to share his pulpit with anyone and certainly not with his wife. Nor does he want to give up the attentions of either his wife or his mistress, Porsha. Meanwhile, Dillon's sister Alicia is finally happily married to Levi, the man whose love not only drove her to infidelity, but also drove her and her previous husband, Phillip, to a fatal altercation over a gun. Phillip's death haunts Alicia, and she's begun to hear disturbing voices urging her toward suicide. Will Alicia's troubles and Dillon's plans for retribution finally bring down the Black family? With so many novels and novellas in the franchise, Roby (Best Friends Forever, 2016, etc.) must deal with a lot of back stories, which slows down the pace; in several scenes, Alicia and Dillon spend more time ruminating about their pasts than acting in the present. Fortunately, all the breathless exposition often works well to establish Dillon as a heartless villain/protagonist. Thrilling for fans of the series. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

The drama continues in the lives of Reverend Curtis Black's family in Roby's latest, following The Ultimate Betrayal (2015). Curtis' son, Dillon, now has his own church and an ambitious wife, Raven, the former financial head of his estranged father's megachurch. Despite her embezzling past, she now wants to be copastor. Dillon does not want to share that position, but he is distracted by his affairs, alcoholism, and growing desire for revenge against his father, who still wants nothing to do with him. Dillon's sister, Alicia, can't move past her grief over assistant pastor Philip's death, even though she is now happily married to her former boyfriend, Levi. She denies that she needs counseling, despite the scary voice in her head telling her to kill herself. The talented Roby keeps the surprises rolling in this tangled family saga, while emphasizing the importance of seeking help for mental illness. Fiction about preachers and African American churches remains highly popular, and Roby's strong and provocative series is a must.--Alessio, Amy Copyright 2016 Booklist


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