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The stunning conclusion to the best-selling Curtis Black series

The past never stays where it belongs.... 

Curtis Black is no stranger to scandal. Throughout the decades, he has done much in the public eye, both good and evil. But what most people don't realize is that Curtis has been hiding a horrific childhood that has affected him in countless, unspeakable ways.

His buried past returns in an unwelcome visit when his estranged sister becomes alarmingly ill and his youngest child, 12-year-old Curtina, becomes the kind of problem daughter that he never imagined she could be. This is only the beginning. The horror of Curtis's childhood secrets, as well as Curtina's wild and rebellious behavior, takes a critical toll on Curtis and the entire Black family. All the public scandals they've experienced over the years now seem like child's play compared to the turmoil they are facing in private. Who could have known that the deepest wounds would come from within?

©2018 Kimberla Lawson Roby (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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quitely exit stage left

The final chapter of the Curtis black saga. (Of course, there could be a spinoff with the grandchildren and Curtina.) The synopsis described the previous drama to this family as “child’s play compared to the turmoil they are facing” now. With the hint of something coming back from the past being “unwelcomed”, I waited for something to happen…..and I waited….and then waited some more. And then I received what was supposed to be that “something”. A familial relationship was repaired & someone slipped back into their addiction with little fanfare. The one storyline that had the potential to breathe some much needed drama was with one of the youngest Black family members. And it was glazed over. The buildup of that storyline was hushed as silently as a church member raising that one finger as they walk out during Sunday morning service. This series is known for its salacious drama.

While it was nice to get some background on Curtis’ family, I feel let down. At any rate, this was a good series overall. Even when there was a lull, you still wanted to know what was going to happen next. I suppose with all the drama that the family endured this somber and somewhat bland final book was a fitting end in some respect.

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Not what I expected...

I have been a FAITHFUL reader of this series and Kimberla Lawson Roby... but I have to admit, I am very disappointed with this one. I guess I was just expecting more details. It is a good book, just not as engaging as the other titles. I would normally find myself having to pause the other titles just to catch my breath! But not with this one... still a good read though.

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Can’t believe it’s over

I was a little disappointed in the story. I have been a fan of the series since Casting the first stone. I liked how most of the characters grew and changed for the better. Even Curtis changed by the end. I was disappointed that Charlotte didn’t change. She stayed the same selfish, self centered and manipulative person throughout the series. I did like how the drama was toned down in this book. A lot of the time in the other stories I was like what else can happen, but this one was a little bit more believable. I will miss the Curtis and everyone. Goodbye to the Black family.

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The end is finally here

I have read every book in the Curtis Black series and it has finally ended!! It is bittersweet. There were some great messages in this book and it was ok. It did not have too much drama like the previous ones but I still liked it. I finished in one day.

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It was ok!!!

I love Kimberla Lawson Roby!!! And I have read all her books! However, for this to be the conclusion to the Curtis Black Series I’m not impressed at all!!! I’m kind of disappointed!!!

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I'll miss Curtis Black ☹️

I enjoyed the book and I always enjoy the rider. The female reader was much better than the male reader. I like the reader who was in the book prior to this one better. It was sad to hear that this was the last book in The saga and I look forward to another family.

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Loved it!

Great ending to the Curtis Black series! Curtina had me trying to jump into the book & tell her a thing or 3!

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Gotta Love the Black Family

Kimberly Lawson Roby has done it again. Better Late Than Never is a great closing of a wondering series. This book deals with real life issues in the lives of all especially that of a preachers family. No one exempt from the need to lean and depend on God in all situations. No matter what, the. Lack family tried to live right and fulfill the mandate of Curtis’ calling. In the midst of death and deceit they always come back to fold stronger than ever.

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So long Curtis and family.

I have so enjoyed the life of the members of the Black family and will hate to see them go away.

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Good Ending!

Well Kimberla, this is our book we are discussing today at Book Club and I must say I did enjoy it, wish you were here on our Annual Day, but, this was a good quick book, I listened to it and it was a little slow starting off, but then I really got into it and the the inside of Curtis finally revealed, Now we all know why he behaved the way he did in the previous books. I thought it was a good story line and I thought he would retire and that would be the ending, but at least he and Charlotte are on an even page now. I will miss the "Curtis" series, but that means a new series "may" be getting ready to be born, I hope. I saw the mention of Texas, lol

Thank you Kimberla for all the Curtis Black series!