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Better Late Than Never

Better Late Than Never, August 2018
Curtis Black #15
by Kimberla Lawson Roby

Grand Central Publishing
320 pages
ISBN: 1455569763
EAN: 9781455569762
Kindle: B0763LBZ8F
Hardcover / e-Book
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"The stunning conclusion that provides an ultimate healing..."

Fresh Fiction Review

Better Late Than Never
Kimberla Lawson Roby

Reviewed by Helen Williams
Posted August 2, 2018

Christian | Multicultural African-American | Coming of Age

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER is the final story in the Curtis Black series. This is a series that over the years I have enjoyed reading. The Rev. Curtis Black has been quite the interesting character over the years involved in scandal after scandal. In this final novel, we find out all about where Curtis came from and what his life was like. I personally would have preferred to learn about Curtis and his background earlier in the series. That does not excuse all the scandalous behavior of Curtis. It just would have given me a view of what made Curtis tick. This series is filled with drama not only from Curtis but also the women in his life as well as his children. Ms. Roby does a brilliant job in winding up the series. Curtis comes to terms with his buried past and his horrific childhood and he reconciles with his estranged sister. Even though this reconciliation with his sister is a painful experience it will give Curtis and his sister closure and forgiveness.

Curtis and his wife Charlotte really did some scandalous things during their marriage that were very prominent in the public eye. Over the years Curtis has watched his children repeat his past. So when he gives them counsel he is speaking from first-hand experience. Now in this final novel he and his wife Charlotte have to deal with their youngest daughter and her wild and rebellious behavior.

The Curtis Black series proves that a person can change. When I think back over the past novels and how this series began Ms. Roby truly changed Curtis Black into a respectable individual. The Curtis Black series is about repentance, forgiveness, and ultimately, healing. I will miss this series. Ms. Roby knows how to draw you into the drama and wonder what will Curtis Black do next? BETTER LATE THAN NEVER does not disappoint. If this is your first time reading a novel in this series, I recommend you read the others so you can see just how Curtis Black evolves.

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In this stunning conclusion to the bestselling Reverend Curtis Black series, Curtis's secret past returns in an unwelcome--but ultimately healing--visit.

Rev. Curtis Black is no stranger to scandal. Throughout the decades, he has done much in the public eye, both good and evil. But what most people don't realize is that Curtis has been hiding a horrific childhood that has affected him in countless, unspeakable ways.

His buried past resurfaces when his estranged sister becomes alarmingly ill and his youngest child, twelve-year-old Curtina, becomes the kind of problem daughter whom he never imagined she could be. This is only the beginning.

The horror of Curtis's childhood secrets, as well as Curtina's wild and rebellious behavior, takes a critical toll on Curtis and the entire Black family. All the public scandals they've experienced over the years now seem like child's play compared to the turmoil they are facing in private. Who could have known that the deepest wounds would come from within?

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