Monday, January 9, 2012

REVIEW - Sinners & Saints by V.C. Murray and R.T. Billingsley

Date:                     1/5/12
Title:                     Sinners & Saints
Author:                  V.C. Murray/R.T. Billingsley
ISBN 10:                 1451608152
ISBN 13:                 978-1451608151
Pages:                    226
Publisher:               Touchstone
Cover:                   Paperback
Reviewer:              Yolanda M. Johnson-Bryant – Literary Wonders!  
Rating:                   5 Stars

           Whether you’re teach Rachel or team Jasmine—whether you’re a Victoria Christopher Murray or ReShonda Tate Billingsley fan, if you love drama, you’ll love this novel.
          I happen to be a fan of both authors and Sinners & Saints was a brilliant idea that is well written and well paced. I was excited to see the collaboration of these two authors as they worked their “first-diva-drama” magic.
          First lady Jasmine Larson Bush has a tainted background but she is the crème-del-a-crème of first ladies and she is not to be crossed. Her husband, Hosea Bush, is the pastor of a church of over ten thousand members.
          Fist lady Rachel Jackson Adams also has a less than savory background, and like First Lady Bush, First Lady Adams will go to any lengths to get what she wants. Her husband, Lester Adams, is the pastor of about three thousand.
          The two ladies’ worlds collide when both their husbands are nominated for the leader of the American Baptist Coalition. These two first ladies pull no punches as they try to on-up each other, to ensure that their husband wins the nomination and becomes the leader of one of the largest and powerful religious groups. In addition to making each other’s lives miserable, the two ladies fight to win the approval of the coalition’s current first lady, Cecilia King.
          Sinners & Saints had me laughing and shaking my head. In this sad but true tale of how some folk really act in the Christian church; both Murray and Billingsley have remained consistent in bringing their readers true-to-life characters that we can all relate to.
          Sinners & Saints is a 2012 must read—Murray and Billingsley, seamlessly, merged the lives of their villains in this excellent tale of mercy and grace—and lots of drama!

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