March 28, 2010

Daddy's Little Girl

Alicia is truly her father's child. In The Best of Everything, we are introduced to the adult life of his firstborn. Alicia is married, grown, and has an addiction of her own. It may not be serial cheating, but it’s harmful nonetheless. Alicia has a shopping problem. You may think this is not an issue or a weak plot, but Kimberla Lawson Roby takes us through the cause and effect of Alicia's problem. Before long, Alicia has self-destructed her marriage, credit, and finances. If you are a Curtis Black fan, then read this book out of loyalty. However, if you are looking for a page-turner, The Best of Everything is not the best choice.

Rating: ♥♥♥

As if Alicia didn’t learn her lesson the first time around, she is back in the sequel appropriately titled Be Careful What You Pray For. Unfortunately her first marriage didn’t work out, but that didn’t deter Alicia from looking for love a second time. She marries pastor JT Valentine, a man who seems almost too good to be true. Handsome, tall, pearly whites, wavy black hair and flawless skin describe this adulterer. Little does Alicia know he takes after her father’s old ways.

He married Alicia knowing that becoming Curtis’s son-in-law would do wonders for his career, especially if they had a couple children to carry on the legacy. Clearly Pastor Valentine will do whatever is necessary for the sake of his ministry and its future. Only ten pages into the book, we witness Pastor Valentine having an affair with a wealthy woman of the congregation. Before long, everyone but his own wife is hip to JT’s sinful shenanigans.

It’s not often that a series this long holds my interest. Who ever said Christian Lit isn't juicy has not read the Reverend Curtis Black series. I almost got a paper cut from turning the pages so fast.

Anxiously awaiting the next installment!

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

Quote of the Week

"Any article or statement about correct grammar, punctuation, or spelling is bound to contain at least one eror." -- Jed Hartman

March 20, 2010

Quote of the Week

"When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature.  If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young." -- Maya Angelou

March 10, 2010

Penny Pinching Chick

The Penny Pinchers Club begins with the main character, Kat Griffiths, unpacking her husband's luggage and discovering two mint tingle condom wrappers. Upon further searching, she finds a receipt for an expensive dinner at a restaurant and an exchange of emails. Her mind begins to question what's really going on in her marriage. Is her husband having an affair? Is he sleeping with Bree, his young pretty assistant?

Eventually she seeks the advice of an attorney who advises that Kat needs approximately $15,000 for a divorce. With no prior knowledge of her finances, a fear of bills, and a $240 monthly Starbucks habit, this is a task that Kat needs outside help with. She joins the Rocky Rivers Penny Pinchers Club. The members analyze her spending and support Kat in her quest to save cash. Meanwhile Kat's ex, that she was almost married to, returns to town.

In this economy, most of us have scaled back on splurging. No more shopping excursions on the weekend. Instead we spend Saturday morning balancing checkbooks and modifying our budgets. Our Sunday afternoons are spent clipping coupons and window shopping...on the internet. We flick off lights around the house that aren't being used. Hey, drastic times call for drastic measures.

This book was recommended quite some time ago by a fellow chick lit lover (
Steph "Chic Princess Petite"). So when I read the description and saw the title, I figured this would be the perfect time to finally read this book. It's a light, quick read and offers money-saving tips in a story format. The author closes all loose ends, so a sequel is highly unlikely. I recommend that you borrow from your local library (as a true Penny Pincher would) and enjoy this fun read.


March 7, 2010

Quote of the Week

"A classic is a book that everyone has, but nobody reads." -- Ralph Douglas West