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Sinners & Saints

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Bestselling and award-winning novelists Victoria Christopher Murray and ReShonda Tate Billingsley bring their favorite heroines together in a novel that will delight their legions of fans.

Jasmine Larson Bush and Rachel Jackson Adams are not your typical first ladies. But they’ve overcome their scandalous and drama-filled pasts to stand firmly
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published (first published January 2012)
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Pastor Hosea Bush and Pastor Lester Adams have been selected to run for president of the American Baptist Coalition. Pastor Bush represents the Northern region while Pastor Adams represents the South. Either of these great men of God would be able to serve the coalition with honor and in a respectable and Godly manner. But, wait a minute, who are their wives?

Enter Jasmine Bush and Rachel Adams and here comes the drama!

Jasmine is already rethinking her promise to God that she has kept for two y
3 stars because it’s just not my type of read but I do have the other three 😳. The entire read was about one upping the other, dirty deeds, and political game playing but these are church guess it’s true what they say about church ppl.
The church ladies go at it to one-up the other. Each lady believes their husband should be President of the Atlanta Baptist Coalition (ABC). There's more drama than Pastor Hosea or Pastor Lester could ever comprehend. But, it's such a political/powerful position that Jasmine and Rachel equally aspire to win-the coveted title. These women, along with Mae Francis, are hilarious characters written with such devilish, devious... ideals. Pun intended! IMO, a negative to the audio version was the stra ...more
Jan 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jasmine Larson Bush never imagined that she could become the first lady. The first lady of the American Baptist Coalition (ABC) that is. Her husband Hosea informs Jasmine that he has been nominated by the church to represent the North division for the ABC. Now all Jasmine can picture is all the things she will do once she is the first lady. Though, first her husband has to win and he is running against Rachel’s husband, Lester.

Rachel can not wait until she becomes the first lady. Than she can ha
Devious, conniving, self-indulgent, sinister, lying, cheating, so-called First Ladies? I was appalled by the suggestion. I was forced to ponder the possibility of their existence in real life. Sure an author or authors can conjure up any personality with the creative flick of their imaginations. But, this concept just did not sit well with my spiritual psyche. I hope that what has been portrayed is JUST imagination and not rooted in reality.

I was emotionally drawn into the manipulating tactics
Nardsbaby Reader
Feb 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plan B

If you think Mob Wives, Basketball Wives or any one of those Real Housewives anywhere are custom fitted with drama, scandal, and deceit, then you need to run up on first ladies, Jasmine Larson Bush and Rachel Jackson Adams. Both are certain that their husband has what it takes to be the president of the ABC - American Baptist Coalition.

Although Hosea Bush is repping the North and Lester Adams the South, there's only one coveted position. May the best woman win, as Jasmine and Rachel prepar
Angelia Menchan
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved every funny, dramatic word of Sinners and Saints by Victoria Christoper Murray and Reshonda Tate Billingsley. First Ladies Rachel and Jasmine are so focused on their husbands winning the head of the Baptist Convention, they cannot see how much alike they are. I loved their alternating voice/chapters and the over the top oneupswomanship. I laughed out loud so many times at their antics and could actually hear their voices in my head. I was actually trying to think of who could play them i ...more
Jan 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brenda-s-library
Victoria Christopher Murray and Reshonda Tate Billingsley collaborated together on SINNERS & SAINTS. They brought their two favorite female heroines from their respective best sellers, Lady Jasmine and Lady Rachel, together for one rip-roaring, jaw-dropping, hell-raising time. That's right, two First Ladies with the same goal in mind and almost the same thought processes to get it. And nobody is going to stand in their way. Then the two authors, brillantly introduces another heroine that is ...more
Sep 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
They did it...wrote a story that had me talking to the book and laughing out loud. Lady Jasmine and Rachel want the same thing - for their husband to win the position of president of the American Baptist Coalition but they both can't win. So fight is on and it's going to get dirty...IJS. You didn't hear this from me but that Jasmine reminds me of someone I know while Rachel is straight up country crazy. But God don't like ugly and he ain't to fond of pretty...well that is what my grandma would s ...more
Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't usually like books that are a collaborative effort, but this one was great. I haven't read many of Reshonda's books, but Victoria Christopher is one of my favorite writers. This book was well written, and it was done in such a way that unless noted, you would not have known that it was a collaboration. Some of the turn of events were shocking--unpredicatable, which is something that I can appreciate in a book. I'm a little shocked to discover that there will be a part two. With the way t ...more
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great collaboration! Rachel and Jasmine are so much alike yet different. They both want their husband to have the prestigious position that will also put them at another level. Is this push for selfish reasons? These ladies are so busy trying to upstage each other they don't see they're the ones being played. Who's going to come out on top?

This is a quick read that oozes with drama. I completed this page turner in one day. The events keep you laughing and shaking your head. Will there be a sequ
Dec 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This review is from an advance copy.

Game knows game, don't try to out s*** the bulls*****, any slang you want to use fit Jasmine and Rachel. These First Ladies didn't trust their own shadow but would stand their ground against any one who tries to hurt their children, family or husband. Pastor Bush and Pastor Adams both had first ladies who kicked butt and ask questions later and let the chips fall.

Three cheers to Victoria Christopher Murry, and ReShonda Tate Billingsley.

1 vote for team Jasmine.
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brains Jasmine Brains--Jasmine Cox Larson Bush and Rachel Jackson Adams where so similar in ways and even almost same husband. Did not expect the twist with The First Lady of ABC. "Am I saved Now?"
Reader's Paradise
Oct 19, 2011 marked it as to-read
Shelves: review
Just received the ARC and I cannot wait to delve into it
Dee Cherry
While I've read about Lady Jasmine & Rachel's individual scheming ways, it was a joy to read about them going head to head against one another. I can't chose a favorite yet although I did think Rachel was more clever than Jasmine anticipated. Good beginning to collab, looking forward to reading more
I listened to this book on audible.
The narrator did a good job.

This book was filled with unbelievable bickering and pettiness between 2 adults. The women in this story were unlikeable. You felt sorry for the men. The story moved along at a steady pace with no character growth occurring for any of the staples of the series.
Stephane Cole
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Great read..Fast clean read.....Truly enjoyed the characters and plot. Will probably read others in series. Book club read suggestion.. enjoy
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this series. Need to remember which I read and which I didn't read. "Freenemies." I had many laughs in one book where Oprah's show is mentioned.
Jessica Terry
When I finished this book a couple of months ago, I closed it with a better understanding of why a lot of people don't trust quote-unquote 'church folks.' I've never been to any kind of church convention or conference or anything but I imagine that this book was a pretty fair representation (even if slightly over-dramatized) of what goes on there. The cattiness and underhandedness that went on in this book between the first ladies in the name of promoting their husbands was amazing, especially g ...more
Literary Wonders
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘Michael Jackson said it best…who’s bad…’

Jasmine Larson Bush, wife of Hosea Bush, pastor of City of Lights at Riverside Church, has been nominated as a contender for the head position over the American Baptist Coalition. Rachel Jackson Adams, wife of Lester Adams, pastor of Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church has also been nominated for this prestigious position. This nomination is not the only thing these two men of GOD have in common. Their wives are both high strung, opinionated, determined,
Cheryl Durham
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murray and Billingsley did a terrific job with this collaboration. I held off on reading the book. I wanted it to be fresh in my mind as we prepared for Book Club meeting. A number of things came to mind as I read this fictional work. Namely, the shenanigans that go on behind the scenes of elections. Good selection based on what's happening in the world today.

Voters may never have all of the information necessary to make well-informed decisions. While the two Pastors in the reading were being he
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Jasmine Larson Bush and Rachel Jackson Adams play to win. So when their husbands are both nominated for the presidency of the American Baptist Coalition, they'll stop at nothing to see them win. And though they're supposed to be women of God, there's nothing godly about their scheming and plotting. Sinners and Saints could have been aptly named "Christians Behaving Badly."

While the two ladies battle it out at convention, their husbands are oblivious to what's going on until it becomes all too o
Feb 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There Can Only Be One First Lady

Both Jasmine Larson Bush and Rachel Jackson Adams are first ladies. Both of their husbands have been nominated for the position of president of the American Baptist Coalition, one of the largest African American religious organizations. Both Jasmine and Rachel think their husband is the best man for the job. Each woman thinks she will make the perfect First Lady of the ABC. Both ladies are not above getting down and dirty to make sure that happens.

Two women. One
Reading in Black & White
Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Title: Sinners and Saints
Authors: Victoria Christopher Murray and ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Rating: 5
Headline: An Election like You Have Never Seen Before!

Are you on Team Jasmine or Team Rachel? Victoria Christopher Murray and ReShonda Tate Billingsley have written their first joint novel bringing together two of their most famous characters, Jasmine Larson Bush and Rachel Jackson Adams. To say that sparks, drama, and gameplay follow when these two “First Ladies” meet would be an understatement.

Maureen Timerman
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-read
This is a real page turner and a quick read. The chapters are short and jumping with details.
Lady Jasmine Larson Bush desperately wants her husband, Hosea, to become the new President of the American Baptist Coalition. In Texas, Lady Rachael Jackson Adams wants the same for her husband Lester. These ladies will stop at nothing to get what they want. Both of the Pastor's are Good, Godly Men, and want God's Will in all.
The retiring President Reverend King and his wife Cecelia, may have other plan
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
TEAM JASMINE!!! This book was loaded with drama, so much so that at one point and time I got a headache, and had to sit back and rub my temples. These two ladies went at it hard, I am so glad they're fictional characters. I couldn't imagine real Christians acting this dysfunctional. This was not my first time reading about Jasmine Cox Larson Bush, but it was my first time reading about Rachel and she was a HOT mess. The authors did there thing with Sinners and Saints, and even help me bring some ...more
Dijorn Moss
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A whole lot of Sinners and very few Saints. RTB and VCM created a story that is fun for both fans of Jasmine and Rachel, as well as new comers. I have read only one book by RTB that featured Rachel Adams and one book from VCM that features Jasmine Cox. Both writers does a great job of getting the reader caught up on what the two characters have been up to since the last time we read about them.

When the story begins, both Jasmine and Rachel has tried to live normal lives and place their past behi
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is NO drama like church folk's drama! When Rachel and "Lady" Jasmine find themselves on opposite sides of the election for President of the American Baptist Convention, all bets are off. Each wants her husband to win, and both are devious enough to plot, scheme, and stop at nothing to see it happen. What they didn't take into account is that the sitting First Lady has a vested interest in seeing that the Presidency goes to the proper person. The question is, just HOW vested is her interest ...more
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, readaround
Money, drugs, power... the Baptist Church. The husbands of Rachel Adams and Jasmine Larson are running against each other to become the next president of the American Baptist Coalition, one of the most powerful religious organizations in the country. Both ladies want their side to win and they will go to any lengths to make it happen: smear campaigns, bribery, and sending the other to jail are just a few. Will all of this be worth it or will it ruin them as well as their husbands?

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Victoria Christopher Murray is the author of nine Essence bestselling novels, including The Ex Files; Too Little, Too Late; and Lady Jasmine. Winner of the African American Literary Award for Fiction and Author of the Year (Female).

She has received numerous awards including the Golden Pen Award for Best Inspirational Fiction and the Phyllis Wheatley Trailblazer Award for being a pioneer in African
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