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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Review: A Christmas Prayer

A Christmas Prayer
Author: Kimberla Lawson Roby
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Release Date: October 28, 2014
Audiobook: 4 hours and 2 minutes
Narrator: Maria Howell
Source: Purchased from

Book Description

Alexis Fletcher hasn't had a merry Christmas in five years-not since her mother passed away. Every December she remembers the joy her mother brought to everyone during the holiday season and feels the pain of her absence, even more so now that she and her sister are barely speaking. More than anything, Alexis wishes her family could be whole again.
However, with her wedding fast approaching, Alexis might just be ready to make some holiday memories with a new family of her own. Alexis's fiancé, Chase Dupont, is everything she ever dreamed of. He's kind, handsome, fully supportive of Alexis's career, and the CEO of a large company. But outside forces threaten to derail this happy couple from ever reaching the altar.
As tensions rise, a dramatic event causes Alexis to question everything. Will fate give her what she needs to finally embrace the season that has brought her so much pain? Will Alexis get her wish for a happy holiday? Or will her Christmas prayer go unanswered?


I never thought I would be reading another Rev Curtis Black novel or novella again. The series and the books I have read are too over the top in the “crazy black woman drama” department for me. I have to say this one is no exception either. There is crazy black woman drama from chapter one to the last chapter.  Never ending.
Alexis Fletcher morns the passing of her mother every Christmas for the past 5 years. Even with the love of a new man and the rise of her career, Alexis is still not truly happy around the holidays. Alexis’s son to be mother-in-law has a few strong opinions about her and is not afraid to tell her.  As Christmas fast approaches Alexis life takes a dramatic and unforeseen turn for the worse.
Just telling you this small tidbit is very drama filled for a contemporary novel with grown adults who are active in the church. It just seems to me the author paints her villains like Cruella DeVille who plan out the most evil things to do to other people.  And these are supposed to be Christian churchgoers. I am not saying churchgoers are above doing bad but can there be a character who is doing good (besides the protagonist)?  Alexis is such a victim here that is a bit ridiculous.  She lets people talk to her any old kinda way and she lets her sister endanger the life of her niece.  Alexis just has an "oh well" attitude that really pissed me off.  I was hoping her Wonder Woman would come out and do something to help her cause.  

Why did I give it three stars?  Well the narrator was just ok. Nothing special and nothing really bad.  She read the book and did her part.  The theme of the holiday season and the ending was ok too.  The ending was a bit redeeming for the whole book.  I love a great ending and if you like a good ending as well then you won't be to disappointed. 

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I recommend this book to readers older than 16 due to the subject matter.


This book is number 20 in my Diversity on the Shelf Reading Challenge
This book is number 50 in my Goodreads Reading Challenge
Mocha Girls Read Book of the Month

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