The Reverend's Wife: A Reverend Curtis Black Novel
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The Reverend's Wife: A Reverend Curtis Black Novel (Reverend Curtis Black #9)

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The Reverend Curtis Black is no innocent choir boy, but after learning that his wife, Charlotte, had two affairs in a matter of months, he decides enough is enough. He may have forgiven her the way God expects, but he hasn't forgotten. And though he hates the thought of their children, Matthew and Curtina, hurting even more—and dreads disappointing his congregation with ye...more
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Published August 14th 2012 by AudioGO (first published January 1st 2012)
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I was able to read this book in about four hours. It was a good read. In the last book, I could not stand Charlotte, but I actually felt a little bad for her in this book. The themes that I enjoyed the most in this story are resilience and forgiveness. Charlotte really puts in work to keep Curtis from leaving her. At times I wondered why she didn't just pack up and leave when he made it clear that he wanted nothing to do with her. I realized that in life you fight for the things that are importa...more
Forgive and Forget?

Roby’s most recent novel, “The Reverend’s Wife” picks up where “Love, Honor and Betray” left off: the imminent divorce of Reverend Curtis Black from his third wife Charlotte. Although both have made mistakes in their marriage, including committing adultery, Curtis refuses to forgive his wife for her betrayals. Rev. Black is biding his time... waiting for his son Matthew to graduate from high school so he can serve his wife with divorce papers. Charlotte still desperately wants...more
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The Black’s are back and better than ever in the ninth installment of The Reverend Curtis Black series. The Reverend’s Wife picks up with Reverend Curtis adamant about divorcing Charlotte once their son, Malcolm, leaves for college in a few months. Though both of their philandering ways has brought about children from outside of their marriage, Charlotte’s latest trysts have proven to be even too much for the reverend to handle. Especially since he has put a stop to his own wayward ways—at least...more
Lies, betrayal and adultery are in the mix, so The Reverend’s Wife proves to be very juicy. I’m not much of a juicy book type of girl, but Roby doesn’t go over the top with the drama, which is good. The novel is the 9th title in the Reverend Curtis Black series. Although the book started off slow in places, it proved to be a quick read and had an interesting turn.

This was my first time reading Roby’s work, and I must say that her writing style is very clear cut. I found the book to be a nice com...more
OMGoodness! I just read the first two pages, and I thought I was reading the sequel to Miscellaneous Blues by Erica L. Crump. In MB, Sasha "Cookie" resented the child her incredibly handsome husband fathered during an affair and brought to live with them after the child's mother died; she like the character, Charlotte in The Reverend's Wife had finally came to love the child as her own and couldn't see living her life without her. Now that I've gotten over my initial shock, let me focus on wha...more
The Reverends Wife was just okay. I think this book could've been combined with the pervious book in the series.

300+ pages explaining how Charlotte begs Curtis to forgive her and reconsider divorcing her for her two affairs, with two different men, in the same week. She feds her pain and broken heart by turning to the bottle and making her love ones hurt just like she is.

Of course we get the stalker side piece in each book -- which is now becoming very predictable. The last couple of books are...more
Once again I was not disappointed. Curtis and Charlotte finally get it right and decide to stay together. It took a lot of begging, forgiving, staying grounded and rooted in their faith and loving each other. "To err is human and to forgive is divine." I do believe this. Charlotte almost self destructed with her turning to alcohol. I hope she and Curtis can have some drama free years although, in the next book Matthew and his girlfriend Raquel are having a baby. I really enjoyed this book. Sharo...more
The Reverend's Wife is the 9th book in the Reverend Curtis Black series by Kimberla Lawson Roby. The story begins with Charlotte excited about the huge birthday bash that her and husband Reverend Curtis are throwing for four-year-old daughter Curtina. Yes, the stepdaughter she once hated. The stepdaughter she once refused to accept but now loves as her own child. But Charlotte's new acceptance of Curtina does not change Curtis' mind. He still intends to divorce her.

The well-known Reverend Curtis...more
Hattie Norman
I've always heard of the high rate of divorce. However, seeing behind the doors of a bad marriage is really shocking.Charlotte and Reverend Curtis Black's marriage is so awful it would take too long to describe here. I do have to mention Charlotte's part in this stale marriage. Charlotte lives to tell about two extramarital affairs. I say lives to tell because my husband wouldn't allow me to live so long. I always hear of women having one affair but two affairs? That fact really shocked me. Of c...more
Carmen Blalock
We are back for the 9th installment in the Rev. Curtis Black series and let me tell you if you know anything about the Black family you know that you are in for the ride of your lives!

Charlotte Black is madly in love. This time she is madly in love with the correct people, she loves her son Matthew, she finally loves her step-daughter Curtina and she can not live without her husband the famous Rev. Curtis Black. Because of her horrible double infidelity last year, her relationship with her son M...more
Charlotte Black is moving forward from her misdirected emotions. She is in love with her son Matt, her husband Rev. Curtis Black and she loves her step-daughter Curtina. Her infidelity of last year has caused strains on her relationships with her family. Charlotte is fighting to keep her marriage together but Curtis has decided that he can not continue in this dysfunctional marriage of 11 + years. Curtis has put up emotional barriers and starts to turn to a female friend for comfort while Charlo...more
Barb Klein
I read this book, although I wanted to quit about half-way through. It was such a downer. The husband and wife were both guilty of indiscretions. It really made me sick to read about their lives. I don't have much good to say about this book. Each of the characters has so many flaws and problems that I really did not want to finish the story about them. I guess, generously, i could say that even though their lives were full of deceit and lies that they tried to forgive and forget. Not so easy fo...more
Aislynn (Stitch Read Cook)
Rev. Curtis and his wife Charlotte’s marriage is on very shaky ground. At the end of the last book, Curtis found out that Charlotte had been unfaithful, with not one, but two men. He has decided that it’s time to end his marriage – again.

Now, first off. I did not enjoy this story. It was one of those books much like a train or car wreck.. we all slow down to see what’s happening, we can’t help ourselves. This was what this story was to me – once I started I had to finish it to see what would hap...more
This book was okay, but I think I'm starting to get bored reading this series. These are the only books I've been reading for the past few weeks and I'm glad I only have one more to go before the new novel comes out in May. Sometimes I feel like I'm reading the same book over and over, just with a few differences in each book, but still dealing with the same issues. In this book, I was glad that Charlotte genuinely loves Curtina, but I did feel like she got what she deserved with the way Curtis...more
I have long been a fan of Kimberla Lawson Roby and her Curtis Black series. She has a very straight-forward, easy-going writing style with relatable and believable characters. The last two books I read in the series focused on Curtis' daughter Alicia.

This one the focus is back on Curtis and his wife Charlotte. As I read, I realized that I hadn't read the previous book Love, Honor, and Betray. A quick summary through dialogue was given in this book and I was glad to see I hadn't missed anything i...more
This story was a little bit of romance, drama, family and church all rolled into one. The introduction of Curtis and Charlotte as characters came right from the start with the idea that things would be hard for them and that they were ending their marriage. Ending it of course on his request not hers. As the story continued we watched Charlotte make one bad mistake after another and have her life spiraling down. Curtis had some mistakes too and while what he did wasn't as severe as Charlotte he...more
Prior to receiving this book through the Good Reads Giveaway program, I had not heard of this series nor of the writer. Reading the synopis in the book jacket pretty much covers the entire book and the promised surprising twist is not all that surprising. If you are looking for a fast, entertaining beach read, this fits the bill, but if you lean more toward "real" characters, the book will leave you frustrated. While the soap operaish characters develop as expected with characters playing exager...more
Interesting to see the table switched here especially since Charlotte has done so much that seems to go on unnoticed. Also, like that Curtis seems to be learning from the errors of his ways, showed strong faith.
The Rev. Curtis Black series is one of my faves and it seems like it's taken forever for the author to pick up where she'd left off. So, once again, we're dumped into the crazy world surrounding a mega-church preacher and his wife. If you've been following this series, I'm sorry, but this is the most disappointing one of the bunch. It really only has one scandal which is nipped in the bud before it even gets a chance to grow...and that's about it. And, the author did not leave room for another R...more
If nothing else, this was an entertaining page turner. Everything I read in this novel, drama, twist and turns, I've read numerous times in other books, nothing original. It was nice to revisit the Black's in all their continuous drama. The message in the book was awesome, forgiving, forgetting the past and living in the present, especially in marriage. Although, I do see the potential to start new drama with their son Matthew, I would hope this series is at an end.

I'd like to thank Netgalley an...more
I was sorely disappointed in the author with this book. Although I have not read all of the books in the Curtis Black series, I was a little disappointed because this book was not a good follow up to the book that came before it in the series. The author took too long getting to the point where the Reverend and his wife reconciled as well as it was just boring. I found myself continously going to the last chapter to have something to look forward to. I hope that this is the last book in the Curt...more
This was a challenging book for me. It detailed the lives of people I admit to not knowing the likes of in real life or tv life. Suppose that's what comes from not watching soaps. It was difficult to identify with any of the characters - had to keep telling myself, they're just human, but found myself highly doubtful. I'm going to do my best to avoid reading any other books by this author. Had to ask my reverend's wife today if her personal life compared to charlotte's today after bible study. I...more
Ms. Lawson Roby has done it again...Charlotte and Curtis just aren't happy unless there is chaos in there lives! While some of the storyline was predictable (if you've been reading the series), the end certainly wasn't! As usual, my interest was kept and now I can't wait to see how things are going to work out for this family. What will happen with Matthew? Will Charlotte and Curtis really stick to their vows? Will there be an addition to the family? Will Alicia and Phillip remarry? Geez, the qu...more
I thought this was interesting and recommend it. Enjoy
Horrible, like reading a lifetime movie
a real page turner...
Erica Turner
Kimberla Lawson Roby is a talented writer!
Anita Dawson
Reverend Curtis Black returns, again. Hopefully this is the end of this series. I believe that every aspect of this minister's deceiptful life has been adddressed, and every family member has been acknowledged. This time Curtis makes a decision to leave his wife after Matthew graduates High School, but with his wife not giving up on his marriage and a new woman not willing to give up on a relationship, Curtis finds himself torn and on unfamiliar territory. Thankfully, all ends well, until Matthe...more
It was ok. Nothing to get too excited about. It was different from the other books in that no one cheated this time, so that was a turn of events for the Black family. Well sort of. But how many different ways can u write a book for them it is the 8th, probably ending for his series. With all hose things considered it was worth the read just to see what's going on with the Blacks. Maybe ms. Kimberla will start a new series for Matthew and Racquel!
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