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Keeping Misery Company (Urban Christian) Paperback – November 1, 2007

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Product Details

  • Series: Urban Christian
  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Urban Christian (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601629486
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601629487
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,763,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Michelle Larks was born and raised in the Windy City, Chicago. She graduated from South Shore High School and attended the University of Illinois, Chicago Circle.

Michelle is married and the mother of two beautiful adult daughters. She was employed in the IT field for thirty plus years and now writes full-time.

Michelle is best selling author of: Peaches & Cream, A Myriad Of Emotions, Crisis Mode, Mirrored Images, Who's Your Daddy, Keeping Misery Company, The Legacies, Til Debt Do Us Part and Faith. She has contributed to two anthologies, Blended Families and A Midnight Clear.

Michelle is currently working on a sequel to Keeping Misery Company titled, Letting Misery Go.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on October 30, 2007
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Ruth Wilcox has just ushered her youngest child off to college and is now ready to focus on her life and marriage. Her husband, Daniel, has been keeping long work hours and staying out late at night hanging with his single brother. She hates to think the worst, until the evidence of an affair is too strong to ignore. Being the daughter of the pastor of one of the most prominent churches in Chicago, the embarrassment of a divorce is something she wants to avoid, but Daniel has moved on with his life and is not open to reconciling.

Another reason for Ruth's reluctance to divorce Daniel is her mother's reaction to the drama it will bring to the church and the first family. Queen Esther Clayton has ruled the lives of her husband and children for the sake of keeping up appearances. She turned her back on her son, Ezra's homosexual lifestyle and addiction to drugs, and she encouraged her husband to do the same. Now, Ezra is dying and Ruth has invited him to her home to live out his final days. The results are the revelation of long-held secrets, the purging of past hurts, and the strengthening of familial love.

KEEPING MISERY COMPANY is a touching, spiritual and intimate look into the heart of family. While coming together in times of crisis, the family was reminded of their loves, their losses and their lives. Restoration and redemption is the overall theme of the book. Falling in the category of Christian fiction, the tone was more liberal than most books in the Christian fiction genre and the issues are very real ones with which Christians often struggle. KEEPING MISERY COMPANY comes highly recommended.

Reviewed by Paula Henderson
of The RAWSISTAZ(tm) Reviewers
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CHayes VINE VOICE on October 29, 2007
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This has got to be one of the best Christian Urban fiction novels I have ever read. Keeping Misery Company by Michelle Larks is mind-blowing, compelling and a gripping tale, reaching such levels of intensity that I could actually feel the characters in this novel.

The storyline is great, the character development is on point, and the scenes feel like something from a Tyler Perry movie. Bishop and Queen Clayton are trying to raise a well-bred Christian family. They are running a well-founded ministry and trying to keep their families secrets just that, a secret. But it seems like time has run out for them when the prodigal son reappears, with a deadly secret of his own.

Ruth Wilcox, the daughter of the Claytons', has run into some family problems of her own, mainly the demise of her thirty-five year old marriage. Trying to keep up with the times, and not allowing menopause to slow her down, Ruth is in for a surprise when Daniel decides he has other things on his mind than reconciliation. Can this family pull together and face their adversaries? Will the walls come crumbling down on this well-loved Christian family?

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about this family, their struggles with their faith, love and guidance. The love that was shared throughout this story was very real, and touching, with twists and turns that made me forget it was a Christian fiction book. There is scandal in the pulpit! It did not take away from the storyline, but I would be remiss if I did not mention that I read from an advanced reading copy, and there were a few missed words, and some misspellings that I hope the editor or author catches before the book goes to final print. I would recommend this book to everyone, not just Christian fiction readers, but readers who believe in faith, praying, and blessings.

Reviewed by: Cheryl H
APOOO BookClub
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Deltareviewer VINE VOICE on October 29, 2007
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God never put more on you than you can bear and Ruth is holding God to His Word. Ruth has lived her entire life in the shadow of her parents, Bishop and Queen Esther, as the poster child of Preachers kids. After over 30 years of marriage, she realizes that her husband was stepping out on her. Ruth woke up from the haze that had become her life to realize that life threw her a drastic curve ball.

Keep Misery Company is an exceptional read. The storyline is full of twists and turns while dealing with everyday issues - homosexuality/AIDS, forgiveness, teen pregnancy, adultery, homelessness, and drama in the church. The character development is on point as the reader can easily relate with the realistic characters. Keeping Misery Company was a combination of The Color Purple and Diary of a Mad Black Women - running the emotional gamut while illustrating God's ultimate sacrifice. Definitely one of the BEST and ORGINAL CHRISTIAN FICTION books this year!

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Urban Reviews VINE VOICE on October 29, 2007
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Ruth and Daniel Wilcox were your typical married couple. They were married for 35 years and had three children. Unbeknownst to Ruth, Daniel had a wondering "eye" for the ladies. He had been seeing someone else for years. When things started to dwindle between him and Ruth, he started to hang out more with his brother Fred, who was a womanizer. One night, Daniel didn't come home until the next day. All hell broke loose because he had another woman's scent on him. Daniel did not hide the fact that he wasn't happily married anymore. Things started to move quickly in Ruth's life. She was a minister's daughter and she was firmly placed in the church. But her life was spinning out of control. Her estranged brother Ezra had came back into her life, but only for a short time. Ezra had AIDS, and he lived an alternative lifestyle which his parents did not approve of. It was time for Ruth to gain the strength that God had given her. She had reconciled with her brother in his last days and everything was going well until a dark secret came to light.

Meanwhile, Daniel had it made. He was in love with his mistress Lenora who had plans of her own. Once Ruth and Daniel's divorce was finalized, Lenora thought it was time for her to become the next Mrs. Wilcox and she did....THE NEXT DAY!!! This information crushed Ruth and her children, because not only was Daniel married, but he had became a father again to his and Lenora's son. As Ezra's time on earth became shorter and shorter, he made peace with his family including his parents. When Daniel finally had the courage to talk to Ruth about the events that had happened in his life, she only made one comment. "What goes around comes around, and Daniel, your time is coming.
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