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Monday, January 12, 2009

The Bishop's Daughter...Review

About the book:
Darrin Bainbridge is your typical playboy in need of love, but not yet ready. He is a freelance journalist trying to break his big story. After a visit from his mother, Darrin gets an idea. He has heard all kinds of stories about "Hollywood" ministers who hold their church services on television, live in nice houses, drive nice cars, and have lots of money and women. 

Darrin is disgusted by it all especially when his mother Priscilla starts shouting praises for Atlanta Bishop Kumal Prentiss. Darrin decides to go to Atlanta, become a member of the bishop's church, and expose him for the hustling fraud that he believes he is. He just never planned on falling in love with the Bishop's daughter.

Darrin suddenly finds himself torn between his new found friend and his possible big break. 

Darrin Bainbridge is a freelance writer anonymously known as "The Mad Black Blogger", and looking for a big break, professionally. Believing that all television preachers live the high life off of their parishioners, he decides to investigate a well-known televangelist to expose the man's hidden secrets. What he finds, instead, changes his life.

Emoni Prentiss, the Bishop's daughter, is a responsible young woman who manages her father's business affairs. She walks a straight line, hoping to marry a godly man. When Darrin shows up at church, it alters her life's course.

The intended audience is definitely African-American Christian. I was unfamiliar with the "brotha" and "booty" talk, as well as the church references of the "armor bearer" and the Bishop's wife being known as "The First Lady". I don't know if these terms are general to evangelical Christians or just the African-American church.

S*x is a prevalent theme throughout the book. While the one, main, s*x scene is not explicit, there is a lot of talk about s*x and booty. For instance, the first thing Darrin notices about Emoni is her booty, and he talks about that a lot with his brotha.

Naturally there is a great deal of preaching and many bible references. However, it's relevant to the storyline and thought-provoking and inspiring, rather than preachy. I found it refreshing. With all the preaching, there is also talk of sin and its consequences. However, this doesn't stop these characters from sinning, although there is mild regret expressed.

The chapters alternate from the first-person perspectives of Darrin and Emoni. We see each situation from both viewpoints and it actually works here.

For the most part, an easy, entertaining read. Thanks to Hatchette Books for the opportunity to review this book. You can find out more about the author, Tiffany L. Warren here. You can read the first chapter here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 1/09

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3/5 Stars

1 comment:

  1. I linked to you and to other reviews. http://rannthisthat.blogspot.com/2009/01/first-wildcard-bishops-daugher.html