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.
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!