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God Only Knows

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  29 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Julia Turner, an ambitious educator in her mid-thirties, leaves a high-profile job in Chicago to return to Dayton, Ohio to serve as superintendent of Christian Light, the K-12 private school system from which she graduated two decades earlier. A single mother with an ugly divorce and a complex childhood in her rearview mirror, Julia views her mission as a chance to contrib ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 23rd 2009 by Grand Central Publishing (first published March 3rd 2009)
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This book starts out as a flashback and centers around Eddie and his brother Peter. The book gains twenty years in the next chapter and focuses on Cassie and her current situation with her separated husband, Marcus. He had an affair with a much younger co-worker and Cassie and her eldest son are having a hard time with that. The couple is in the middle of reconciliation when the story begins. The couple’s eldest son, M.J. is at a crossroads in his life with God and trying to stay away from the w ...more
Skeletons in the Closet

Cassie Duncan and Julia Turner have been the best of friends since the school days at Christian Light. Both share the same faith and love in the man upstairs and have become successful in their careers. Cassie has a lot on her plate as a real estate agent along with being a full time mother and wife. Julia is a superintendent at their alma mater and is working diligently to keep the doors of the school open. Everything seems to be on the straight and narrow until a visit f
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God Only Knows by Xavier Knight is a dramatic romance laced with mystery. Julia Turner and Cassie Duncan's friendship was cemented one night twenty years ago that ended with a classmate in a vegetative state, and the two girls along with two more sworn to secrecy for life. But one girl breaks her vow, leaving the others in danger. When Cassie is threatened by a police detective to release the truth about her involvement if she doesn't give in to his blackmail demands, she and Julia team up to di ...more
In all, the story was shallow in the depth it treated some big issues like the aftermath of infidelity on a family, the impact of a family member's illegal dealing on innocent family members, the impact of race-based hate, the struggle for diversity in education. This book seemed to bring up lots of issues, but only tap lightly on them.
I am torn on this book. I really wish there were half star ratings.. I would like to give 3.5 stars.... it's better than average but not as good as very good.
I enjoyed the basic story line and the characters; it was just at times I had a hard time relating to and understanding the characters.
I currently live in the Dayton area so I found this book fascinating as it had references to real places. I found it interesting to catch social comments about the current status of Dayton.

I gave this book 3 1/2 stars. This story was based on a secret that four friends kept hidden for more then 20 yrs. this story also had faith, racism, and low self worth issues.
Ruth Conrad
This novel is different from what I usually read, but I liked the well-developed plot and characters. The story takes place in and around Dayton, a place I have been visiting.
Angie B
This was a good book.... I wish i knew Maxwell and Juila's future though.
This is deep. Loving how the plot gradually unfolds as I progress.
Couldn't get through 2nd chapter.
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Xavier Knight is the Christian fiction pen name for Author C. Kelly Robinson. He is a native of Dayton, Ohio and magna cum laude graduate of Howard University and Washington University in St. Louis. Robinson is a marketing communications manager by day and has a long record of volunteer experience across organizations including United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Mentor St. Louis, and Student Ve ...more
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