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June 24, 2014

Book review: 'The Prodigal Son'

Mom always liked you better.

Your siblings probably knew it. How could they not? You were her favorite who got the bigger dessert, more hugs, a lax curfew. Surely that proved it.

And surely, they thought the same thing because Moms really aren’t supposed to have favorites. And in the new book “The Prodigal Son” by Kimberla Lawson Roby, neither are Dads.

Matthew Black hated to admit it, but he missed his parents.

It had been a year since he’d cut ties with them. It had to happen: his father had stood by while his mother did something underhanded to Matt’s wife and baby son. Reverend Curtis and First Lady Charlotte Black never wanted Matt to marry Racquel; they’d made that clear, and their actions almost destroyed her.

Though it hurt him to the quick, Matt avoided his parents in order to protect his family, but then Racquel started acting weird. She wanted nothing to do with her son or her husband, she started drinking, acting crazy, and she asked for a divorce.

Matt was baffled. He loved Racquel – until things got much, much worse…

Curtis Black hoped with all his heart that Matt would come back to the fold. He loved all his children deeply: Alicia, his oldest daughter. Matt, his strong son. Curtina, his baby girl. And now there was Dillon, a long-lost, newly-embraced son that Curtis had denied so many years ago. Reverend Black felt blessed.

Dillon Whitfield was furious!

Here he was – the eldest son of the esteemed Reverend Curtis Black – and his own father ignored him! He never told Dillon about his return to the pulpit. He barely included Dillon in family events. Curtis could hardly even make time for his firstborn son and Dillon knew who was behind everything: that witch, Charlotte.

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