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I Know I've Been Changed by [Billingsley, ReShonda Tate]
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From Publishers Weekly

Raedella Rollins's evolution from a small-town girl in Sweet Poke, Ark., to a news anchor at an NBC-affiliate in Houston, Tex., who marries a rising local politics star is a remarkable story, but Billingsley fails to humanize her shallowly icy narrator and the chorus of caricatures surrounding her. When her family (a motley assortment of moochers, alcoholics, criminals and temptresses) hears of her engagement, they trek out to Houston for the wedding. Initially upset that the past she left behind is catching up with her, Rae learns the value of family after her husband of two days is exposed as a lecherous cheat. But Rae's scalding self-centeredness keeps the reader at shouting distance, so her redemption, telegraphed from the beginning, arrives with a whimper.
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Since junior high, Raedella Rollins knew that she was destined to live a different life. Despite the devastation of her mother's abandonment and the scarcity of her grandmother's resources, she was determined to rise above her meager beginnings in Sweet Poke, Arkansas. After reinventing herself as Rae Rollins, she worked at television stations around the country for seven years before landing a job in Houston. The Rae Rollins Show is rated number one in the Houston market. Rae has a successful career and the man of her dreams, Myles Jacobs, who is the youngest member of the Houston city council. However, Rae not only left her hometown but also distanced herself from everyone. When family members show up in Houston, her carefully crafted life comes unglued. Rae loses her job and discovers a devastating secret about Myles. Her family comes to the rescue and takes her back home. She realizes through her personal crisis how important family is and that her hometown is not quite as backward as she remembered. A compelling, heartfelt story. Lillian Lewis
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Product Details

  • File Size: 375 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1416511970
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (February 1, 2006)
  • Publication Date: January 31, 2006
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FCKO0O
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
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By Dera R Williams on March 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
What is a girl from Sweet Poke, Arkansas supposed to do when she has a backwards family that humiliates her to no end? Get as far away from them as possible. This is the dilemma of Rae Rollins which ReShonda Tate Billingsley presents in I Know I've Been Changed. Rae, broadcast star extraordinaire, has the perfect life. Head anchor at a top Houston TV channel making big bucks and a handsome rich fiancée, Myles. But all that glitters is not gold. The best laid plans are sure to hit a snag when her family invades her space; using her as an ATM, calling and begging for money or showing up, loud and ignorant at her job. Take her cousin Kevin; he is on the news for committing mayhem, robbin' and shootin'. And his brother has the nerve to come to the newsroom and ask for money for Kevin's defense. Rae wishes they all would just disappear. And now Mama Tee is demanding she come to the family reunion. Will the nightmare ever end? But the Bible says pride goes before a fall. Rae has a few things to learn about family, faith and forgiveness.

Rae's perfect dollhouse is about to crumble. Myles' late nights and a new boss, who is out to get her, are about to consume her made- to-order existence. Circumstances dictate a return to Sweet Poke and now she is right smack in the middle of family conflict, reminisces of an old flame and the return in her life of the one person who has hurt her the most.

This novel definitely kept me entertained. The characters were whacky; Mama Tee reminded me of Tyler Perry's Madea. This is the third novel I've read this year that has sister conflict as Rae's sister, Shondella, was a piece of work. Rae was not a likeable character but the premise of redemption prevailed. This reviewer delighted in the theme of "going home", back to one's roots.
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Format: Paperback
You will be after this one!

Reshonda has done it AGAIN, and I for one, am glad she'll keep on doing it... in this latest family drama... we meet and fall for Raedella Rollins who left the small town of Sweet Poke, Arkansas.

In search of bigger and better things she takes a bus bound for the lone star state. She has very little outside of her four mismatched suitcases, a newsroom job offer, and a promise to never look back.

Fast foward to years later, Rae has done well for herself considering her humble beginnings... she's a top-rated talk show host, a celebrity news anchor, and fiancée to Houston's star councilman. The future looks bright for Rae.

But now that she's reached the top, her less than perfect family comes knocking. Mama Tee, the grandmother who raised her, calls with unwelcome family updates, Shondella, her jealous older sister, guilts her into sending money regularly.

Rae is hard pressed to think of something worse than an unexpected reunion with her country kinfolk. But when her picture-perfect world comes crashing down literally... Rae's family calls her back to Sweet Poke and the life she left behind.

Once again Reshonda has introduced us to some of our very own people in her characters (whether we want to admit it or not) she has also given us a list of charactters to fall in love with and wonder about how their stories truly end... I see a sequel for this one as well.

Reshonda deserves 10 out of five stars for this one, and you, your family, friends and even your not so good friends all deserve this gift so run out and pick up 'I know I've been Changed' so that you may all figure out what I've known for years...

ReShonda Tate Billingsley is one of the best storytellers around!

Bravo! Bravo!
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This book did not disappoint.

It starts off with the life of Raedella Rollins and her childhood. Raedella has a desire to leave Sweet Poke, Arkansas and make it as a journalist. She is tired of living in a poor town and ever more tired of being poor. Raedella leaves her hometown and in the process leaves her family and first love behind.

Raedella arrives in Houston and becomes a smash hit with the local TV channel. As a result, she lies about her family and where she's really from. Raedella has a handsome fiancee names Myles. She thinks she has the perfect man but her best friend thinks differently.

Everything seems to be going good for Raedella and then her world comes tumbling down and she has to return to the place she hates most.

Once returning, Raedella learns the real meaning of family.

The book deals with forgiveness and how hatred will eat you up on the inside without you knowing it.
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Started reading this book while out sick from work. It was so good I couldn't put it down! The first few pages had me disliking the main character. That's usually a good sign when a book can make me feel so strongly. The author made me feel the character and did a great job painting the picture. I read this book in a day and loved it from beginning to end. I was, actually sad to see it come to an end, but thought the author did a terrific job of wrapping it up. It really makes you think about people, people you know, and life lessons. I've learned some of these lessons for myself although not the hard way like Raedella, the main character. Great book I would definitely recommend! I've loved every book I've ever read by Reshonda Tate Billingsley!
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