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A House Divided | [Kimberla Lawson Roby]

A House Divided

Life is close to perfect for the Reverend Curtis Black and his wife, Charlotte - except their son Matthew and his girlfriend, Racquel, are about to become parents at the tender age of 18. But try as she might, Charlotte can't stand Racquel's mother, Vanessa. While Charlotte schemes against Vanessa, Curtis is consumed with his own concerns about Deliverance Outreach. A mysterious figure from his past has been sending Curtis cryptic messages threatening to take away Curtis's coveted position as senior pastor and destroy everything he has worked so hard for.
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Publisher's Summary

Life is close to perfect for the Reverend Curtis Black and his wife, Charlotte - except their son, Matthew, and his girlfriend, Racquel, are about to become parents at the tender age of 18. Even though Curtis and Charlotte wish Matthew could focus on Harvard instead of fatherhood, they are determined to welcome their new grandson with open arms. But for Charlotte, welcoming her future in-laws is another story. Try as she might, Charlotte can't stand Racquel's mother, Vanessa - and the feeling appears to be mutual.

When the tension between Charlotte and Vanessa finally erupts, the stress sends an already-fragile Racquel into early labor. Everyone is quick to blame Charlotte, including Matthew and Curtis. That her own husband would side with someone else infuriates Charlotte and strains the relationship they've only recently been able to repair. Her one ally is Racquel's father, but that brings problems of its own.

While Charlotte schemes against Vanessa, Curtis is consumed with his own concerns about Deliverance Outreach. A mysterious figure from his past has been sending Curtis cryptic messages threatening to take away Curtis' coveted position as senior pastor and destroy everything he has worked so hard for. But who could hate Curtis that much? And how can he fight an enemy he can't even name?

Times of trouble are descending upon the Black family in more ways than one. Will they be able to overcome their challenges and stand together against someone who could take it all away? Or is the Black family finally out of miracles?

©2013 Kimberla Lawson Roby (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    Dornetta Goose Creek, SC, United States 06-28-13
    Dornetta Goose Creek, SC, United States 06-28-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Surprisingly disappointing"

    I was surprised at this performance of the latest Curtis Black novel. The performance really took away from the story line, making it very hard to complete this novel. I would not recommend this as a listen for anyone. Gwen Hughes was not a good fit for the narration of this novel and because of it, I'm considering getting my credit back. I have enjoyed all of the other Curtis Black novels and have decided to try another avenue to read this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kat 09-18-13
    Kat 09-18-13
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    "Performance sold melodrama of story"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It's a little melodramatic, but nevertheless, you can't help wanting to know how it ends, it's such a crazy story with such crazy out of control characters. I felt like Gwen Hughes was as into the story as the listener is, trying to make Charlotte seem like a real person. I felt for the son.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kimberla Lawson Roby? Why or why not?

    Probably not, but I liked this one.


    Have you listened to any of Gwen Hughes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. This was only one. She has a nice voice.


    Was A House Divided worth the listening time?

    Sure.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    KATHY TRACY, CA 08-25-13
    KATHY TRACY, CA 08-25-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Only if there's nothing else"
    Would you try another book from Kimberla Lawson Roby and/or Gwen Hughes?

    Sure, I always look for her books, even waited for this one. But THIS PARTICULAR BOOK WILL NOT HAVE ME WAITING FOR THE NEXT.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kimberla Lawson Roby? Why or why not?

    Yes, but in my opinion, she didnt keep up with the character's character. I mean Charlotte wouldn't behave this way. She never had before, now a change in personality. Repeat readers know all of her characters. We know the difference, a turn off.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    No, not her fault.


    Do you think A House Divided needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Nope, Its time to retire the family, and give up something else.


    Any additional comments?

    let it go already.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tina B. East Coast 06-03-13
    Tina B. East Coast 06-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "My least favorite book in the Curtis Black series"

    I'm a huge fan of Kimberla Lawson Roby and was sooooooo looking forward to her next book in the Curtis Black series. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed. The writing style seemed a bit different then the other books (in this series)....more conservative I guess. Something seemed to be missing :(. The story line was okay, but no where near comparable to the previous ones.

    I'm still and will ALWAYS be a fan of Kimberla's, however this book was mediocre at best in my opinion.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. Crutcher Dallas, Texas 07-28-14
    D. Crutcher Dallas, Texas 07-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "When is the next book coming out"
    What made the experience of listening to A House Divided the most enjoyable?

    This book was so unpredictable. I can't wait for the next one to come out. I can't say much without making this review a "spoiler" so I will leave it at that.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is Pastor Black because although he has done some serious dirt in the past, he is a changed man.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angela HAMMOND, LOUISIANA, United States 01-29-14
    Angela HAMMOND, LOUISIANA, United States 01-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "a house divided"
    What did you love best about A House Divided?

    I enjoyed the book but felt that the rest of the family could have understood Charlotte better than they did.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Charlotte


    Have you listened to any of Gwen Hughes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    clear and understandable


    Who was the most memorable character of A House Divided and why?

    Charlotte


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    P. Floyd 01-18-14
    P. Floyd 01-18-14

    PWF

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    "Tired storyline"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book was just ok. I like KLR's books, but this storyline is old, tired and too predictable. I just did not find the storyline believable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kamala 01-16-14
    Kamala 01-16-14
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    "So surprised"
    Would you listen to A House Divided again? Why?

    I don't know if I could. The story plot really saddened me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Nothing.


    Have you listened to any of Gwen Hughes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She was not that great of a narrator me. She was too too into the story plot. Not convincing.


    If you could take any character from A House Divided out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Curtis Black. Why? Well it's Curtis Black. No need to say anything else further lol.


    Any additional comments?

    This could have ended a little better and I am so disappointed in the division of the family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beverley A. Craft Jonesboro, GA USA 09-20-13
    Beverley A. Craft Jonesboro, GA USA 09-20-13 Member Since 2007

    Daughter of the King

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    "Good read, did not enjoy narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to A House Divided the most enjoyable?

    I most enjoyed the story line.


    What other book might you compare A House Divided to and why?

    I really can't compare any other books to A House Divided.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Gwen Hughes’s performances?

    I found Gwen Hughes' voice annoying.


    If you could take any character from A House Divided out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would take Charlotte out and tell her to get a grip! She is far too overbearing and selfish.


    Any additional comments?

    No additional comments

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maya BALTIMORE, MD, United States 08-17-13
    Maya BALTIMORE, MD, United States 08-17-13 Member Since 2012

    i am an avid reader. I love to read an assortment of books but i love urban fiction and erotica. I love romance and soTell us about

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    "a penswoman of Christian Drama"
    Would you listen to A House Divided again? Why?

    Yes, it was good


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love the doctor, he was smooth.


    Any additional comments?



    If you are one of those who thinks that church is boring and you only go because you were dragged as a child then you obviously have not read the work of Kimberla Lawson roby. She will hav you in church every Sunday in the front row so you don’t miss any of the action. While you are there you can’t help but feel the Lord as well from the powerful delivery of the word through the infamous Curtis black. The drama that this Revern gets involved in will put soap operas to shame. If you read this book first without reading the whole series first you can not truly appreciate what happens in this story. While this book can stand onits own you won’t get the full effects without reading its predecessors

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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