Reverend Curtis Black is Back — in 10th Installment
A little more than a decade since she first introduced readers to the infamous Reverend Curtis Black, New York Times bestselling author Kimberla Lawson Roby returns with the release of her 10th installment in the popular series. A HOUSE DIVIDED was released May 7, 2013. It marks the 19th title for the NAACP Image Award winner who has published 18 books with more than 2,000,000 million copies in print.
In A HOUSE DIVIDED, life is close to perfect for Charlotte and Curtis Black — except that their son Matthew's girlfriend, Racquel, is eight months pregnant and Racquel's mother, Vanessa, and Charlotte can barely stand the sight of each other.
On the day of Racquel's baby shower, Charlotte and Vanessa have a major blowup and the stress sends Racquel into early labor. Curtis is displeased with Charlotte's behavior, something that slowly but surely drives a new wedge between them. At the same time, Curtis is consumed with church business and trying to uncover who is behind a series of mysterious letters that threaten to expose his biggest secret.
Increasingly furious with his mother, Matthew gives Charlotte an ultimatum — treat Racquel and her mom with respect or she'll be cut off from seeing the baby altogether. This sends Charlotte down a road of revenge. Once again, the Black household is torn apart, and it will take a miracle for anyone to recover.
The Reverend Curtis Black saga that shines a spotlight on corruption in the church began in 2000 with the release of CASTING THE FIRST STONE. At the time, Roby had no plans for a series, but over the years readers have shown they can’t get enough of the pastor and his family. “What readers have shared is that they wanted to see more and more of Curtis and his family because they could relate to the storyline surrounding a pastor, his wife and problems in the church,” says Roby. “When I would ask say a room of 100 attendees if they wanted to read more about Curtis and his family, literally 95 to 98 hands would go up.”
Roby’s novels have frequented bestseller lists, including The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, ESSENCE and upscale magazines, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Walmart and many others. Her 13th book and second novella, A DEEP DARK SECRET, was the Essence Book Club Recommended Read by ESSENCE magazine for November 2009. She received the Female Author of the Year award from the African-American Literary Award Show in 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007 and 2006. Among other honors, she also received the 1998 First-Time Author Award from Chicago’s Black History Month Book Fair and Conference.
Kimberla Lawson Roby is the author of the acclaimed works The Perfect Marriage, The Reverend’s Wife, Secret Obsession (novella), Love, Honor, and Betray, Be Careful What You Pray For, A Deep Dark Secret (novella), The Best of Everything, Sin No More, One in a Million (novella), Love and Lies, Changing Faces, The Best-Kept Secret, Too Much of a Good Thing, A Taste of Reality, It’s a Thin Line, Casting the First Stone, Here and Now and Behind Closed Doors. She lives with her husband in Illinois. www.kimroby.com
A House Divided by Kimberla Lawson Roby
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