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Roby's thin portrayal (after The Best-Kept Secret) of three steadfast best friends in Chicago shows how they cope with waves of individual and interpersonal troubles. Whitney is an intelligent, overweight singleton who consoles herself at Krispy Kreme and McDonald's. Her dearest friend, Taylor, a successful lawyer, has savvy in the courtroom but no real commitment from her longtime boyfriend, Cameron. The most troubled of the trio is Charisse, a controlling, Bible-thumping man-hater with two young children and a browbeaten husband who has begun to show signs of a backbone. Whitney resolves to face her weight problem head-on, meets an adoring Rico at the gym and finds that she just may be able to recharge both her self-confidence and her sex life. Taylor continues to put up with Cameron's insensitivity and inattentiveness, until a serious medical problem makes her re-evaluate her priorities. Meanwhile, Charisse conceals shady secrets and strives for the upper hand in her marriage. Finally, her bid for reconciliation with her own cartoonishly abusive mother results in a climax as incredible as it is tragic. Despite the book's potential for an honest look at friendship among modern African-American women, Roby's story takes a turn for the mediocre as this novel slides into near-farce. (Feb.)
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Three women--Whitney, Taylor, and Charisse--have been friends for years. They have learned to overlook each other's shortcomings to maintain their friendship. Whitney is a plus-size woman who has tried every fad diet only to have short-lived success. With her high-school reunion approaching, she is determined to shed those unwanted pounds. She loses some weight and finds a man who enjoys her company anyway. Taylor is a very successful lawyer who has been dating a man for two years. She is in love and ready to settle down, yet he will not make a commitment. She is compelled to choose between pride and romance. Charisse is the mother of two children and a devout Christian. In the name of God, she is judgmental and intolerant. She treats her daughter with contempt and henpecks her husband, yet she is victim to her mother's harsh words and cruel behavior. Each woman has to overcome her weakness, and their friendship is tested when Charisse confronts her demons. Roby succeeds in writing another engrossing tale. Lillian Lewis
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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (January 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060780800
  • ASIN: B001PIHR02
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,526,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dana Y. Bowles VINE VOICE on February 8, 2006
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Whitney, Charisse, and Taylor have been best friends for most of their lives. And although Whitney and Charisse have known each other the longest (since childhood), it certainly seems as though they have known their beloved friend Taylor just as long. All three, however, are facing challenges in their personal lives...but will their friendship survive?

Gorgeous, smart, and fat, Whitney has had lifelong struggle with her weight. With an equally skinny and critical mother and sister, it has taken everything that she has to maintain a modicum of self-esteem. But one day--with another decision made to diet and exercise and lose weight--Whitney meets the delectable Rico in the health club. At first Whitney refuses his advances...how can someone like Rico be attracted to a fattie like her? But Rico is relentless, and after several days of mindblowing sex and constant attention, Whitney lets her defenses down and allows love in....so why is something telling her that it may blow up in her face after all?

Charisse is losing control; at home, at church, and with her friends. After years of dominating and controlling her submissive husband Marvin and their children, Marvin has decided that he has had enough. He will do what he wants and when he wants to...and only on his terms. Charisse is shocked and outraged, and turns to her pastor for help...after all, what is a decent, God-fearing woman to do when her husband has lost his mind? Pastor Damon has certainly proven himself good for the soul...and the body. Charisse has declared war on Whitney, Marvin, and her Mama; the latter for being hateful and abusive and raising her to be the same way. One final confrontation with mother Mattie has Charisse facing the biggest challenge of her life....
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CHANGING FACES by Kimberla Lawson Roby is engaging from page one. Roby shows that she is indeed a masterful storyteller who can write about diverse characters, not just her ever-popular, preacher-you-love-to-hate, Rev. Curtis Black. In her new release, she introduces readers to three women with relationship issues who have been friends for years (reminiscent of Waiting to Exhale minus a friend). When one of them changes, their friendship could forever be damaged.

Whitney is a beautiful, professional woman who struggles with her weight. She has tried just about every diet that exists, but each attempt has ended in failure. She admits to being a compulsive overeater, but it doesn't help that her thin mother and sister are unsupportive and never offer an encouraging word. Whitney simply wants someone to love her for her. That someone may just be Rico, the gorgeous man she meets at the local gym, who is not bothered by her size, but is willing to help her goal of shedding pounds before her class reunion.

Taylor is a great attorney who's been dating Cameron for two years and still has not received the marriage proposal that she's been waiting for. Cameron continues to ask for Taylor's patience as he tries to get his architecture business off the ground. However, as Taylor experiences a medical scare, she re-evaluates her life and her patience may have just run out, especially when she sees that Cameron is not as attentive as he should be.

Charisse is probably the most flawed character of the three. She claims to be a devout Christian, but she's got many skeletons in her closet. Normally, she is vocal, opinionated and very much in control of every facet of her life. She even runs her husband as if he's a trained puppy.
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Whitney, Charisse, and Taylor are long-term friends who have been through things since their college days and always seem to have each others' back. Whitney struggles with her battle between losing weight and feeding her addictions. When a man comes into her life, she's convinced it's a set-up and preps herself for heartbreak. Charisse is a self-proclaimed Christian, but quick to pass judgment on those around her, including her husband who she controls as one would a puppet. Unfortunately, she doesn't quite see her faults, nor her own role in being controlled by her overbearing mother. Taylor is on the fast track in her career and ready to settle down in her personal life, but her equally successful boyfriend won't totally commit. While she wants to be loved, and appreciates him in her life, she must balance her desires with what he's offering and make a decision once and for all.

I really enjoyed CHANGING FACES. The strength of the novel is not only in the dialogue, but in the message. Kimberla Lawson Roby presents a realistic look into the lives of characters the reader can relate to, understand, and applaud when they do the right thing. In addition, she also makes it apparent that people have flaws and sometimes deep-rooted issues that cause them to act in a way that could be detrimental to those around them, despite their need to keep up appearances. With surprising twists, colorful characters, and an unexpected ending, Roby rounds out the book with messages centering on the importance of relationships with family and friends.

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