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The Devil Is a Lie (Pocket Readers Guide) Paperback – July 7, 2009
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Billingsley's latest (after Can I Get a Witness?) chronicles the devilishly rude awakening in store for Houstonite Nina Lawson after she wins $8 million in the lottery. Not only are family members she hasn't seen in years itching to share the loot, but her fiancé, Rick Henderson, starts counting on his piece before the check's in the bank. Things get even more complicated after Todd, Nina's ex-husband, ends up not being an ex; turns out his hoochie mama girlfriend, Pam, spent the divorce filing fee on a Fendi bag. Pam urges Todd to wrangle a chunk of Nina's dough, and he agrees, though with a near-reasonable motivation: to get his ailing Grams a new heart. The ensuing slapstick is fast moving and hilarious as Billingsley ponders how Nina's impulse to do the right thing gets her in trouble—and yet, somehow, love (and God) provides. (July)
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About the Author
ReShonda Tate Billingsley is a former television reporter and has won numerous awards for her journalism and fiction, including the Nova Lee Nation Award from the Greater Dallas Writing Association and the prestigious Gold Pen Award for Best New Author for her first novel, My Brother’s Keeper.
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Everything was set. Once she and her fiancé left the Lotto office, they would keep straight for the airport and be on their way to the Bahamas. But when she gets to the office, she is told there is a problem. Nina is blown away and thrown for a loop when she finds her ex-husband sitting there; with the woman he cheated on her with, to claim half of the money. Truth be told, he is not an ex after all - but still her husband. THE DEVIL IS A LIE!!!
I've been waiting a good minute for this book to hit the shelves. And I am glad to say, I was not disappointed. I love ReShonda T. Billingsley's style of writing. Her portrayal of a "down home" feeling of family with her characters keeps me coming back for more. The dialogue is excellent between the characters, not to mention hilarious (especially between the family members). The inner-most thoughts of the main characters are direct and to the point (no overly long description of this or that). Though RTB books are listed under the Christian genre, her messages are very subtle and not overly stated. In reading this book, you can understand four things: 1) we must forgive those who wrong us in order to move on, 2) hatred and bitterness cannot live where GOD dwells, 3) it ain't over until GOD says it's over and 4) though money may bring some relief, it doesn't always bring happiness. I highly recommend THE DEVIL IS A LIE to those of you who love drama, good dialogue, realistic characters as well as situations. It's well worth the money.
This was an entertaining read! I love it when I find a book that can make me laugh. Some of the things Nina's family did, some of the things they said - so funny. And I really liked Chapter 26. The way it began I thought I knew what Nina was going to discover but it was something totally different - so, so funny! I also really liked Nina's grandmother, Odessa; a woman of godly character and wisdom.
I've heard the saying 'money changes people' but it's my belief that money brings out the "real" person. Pam, this woman was the voice of Satan. But even though Satan used her to destroy Nina's marriage, God had plans of His own. The ending was just what I hoped it would be.
I've read two of Billingsley's young adult novels, which I really enjoyed, but this is the first adult novel I've read. Her characters are always believable, stories always entertaining and she doesn't write long, drawn out chapters; she gets right to the point and moves on. There's one thing I didn't agree with in this one and that's the mention of karma, but, other than that, like I mentioned before The Devil Is a Lie was an entertaining read.