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
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.
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.
Probably not, but I liked this one.
No. This was only one. She has a nice voice.
Sure, I always look for her books, even waited for this one. But THIS PARTICULAR BOOK WILL NOT HAVE ME WAITING FOR THE NEXT.
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.
No, not her fault.
Nope, Its time to retire the family, and give up something else.
let it go already.
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.
Kimberla... yes! Gwen Hughes... absolutely not! There is no distinction between the voices of the characters. A 28 year old sounds like a 54 year old. Every women with the exception of Charlotte sounded old and decrepid! Maybe the persons reading these books should try listening to the book before to get a feel of the characters. It was very hard trying to finish this book with this narrator.
I liked Tracy. She was the best that I have heard thus far. Seems as though she actually thought about how these people would sound before she just her "go to" voice.
Mariah... what was her point again? She #1 sounded like a demon. #2 If she was going to get away with everything that she did, what was the point of her even being in the story.
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.
My favorite character is Pastor Black because although he has done some serious dirt in the past, he is a changed man.
I enjoyed the book but felt that the rest of the family could have understood Charlotte better than they did.
clear and understandable
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.
I don't know if I could. The story plot really saddened me.
She was not that great of a narrator me. She was too too into the story plot. Not convincing.
Curtis Black. Why? Well it's Curtis Black. No need to say anything else further lol.
This could have ended a little better and I am so disappointed in the division of the family.
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