"Best Friends Forever" Is A Story That Your Heart Will Want To Hold On To

25604483 Title:  Best Friends Forever
Author:  Kimberla Lawson Roby
Format:  Print
Length:  192 pages
Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing
Rating:  4 Stars

Angry arguments between Celine Richardson and Keith, her husband of twelve years, have become common over the past several months. She resents that he's working very long hours and staying out, and he accuses her of not giving him the attention he deserves. The situation turns devastating when Celine is diagnosed with breast cancer and Keith moves out. Even more heartbreaking is how their ten-year-old daughter, Kassie, is affected. Celine's only comfort is her best friend, Lauren, who's there for her every step of the way. Even when Keith decides he's made a mistake, begs forgiveness, and asks to come back home. Now, Celine will be forced to make tough decisions, and for the first time in her life, she wants to give up. Lauren vows to help by any means necessary and makes the kind of sacrifice only a best friend can. But will it be too late?  -Goodreads

My Thoughts
Celine Richardson never thought that her 12 year marriage to her husband Keith would dissolve.
She never in her wildest dreams, dared to believe that he would go so far as to leave her, and their daughter.  At a time when they needed him most.  Celine Richardson never considered that she, and the life that she so lovingly crafted, would or could be reduced to a statistic by the person closest to her heart.
But the reality of her situation is just that.  Keith is gone.  Having found the attention that he claims Celine hasn't given him, in the arms, bed, and body of another.  Unrepentant and seemingly unfazed by both the destruction of his family, and his wife's Cancer diagnosis.

But Celine will soon learn that night is indeed darkest, just before the dawn.  A dawn being ushered in by faith, family, and the unwavering love of her best friend Lauren. 

Authoress Kimberla Lawson Roby takes readers inside the the heart and mind of a woman scorned.
Granting her audiences a glaringly honest depiction of infidelity, betrayal, resilience, faith, and friendship.  Celine is a strong but emotional heroine.  A woman that every reader can relate to.  A woman striving to do her best for those she loves...at any cost.

A woman who, when presented with the choice between a life lived as second to someone only capable of loving himself, and a life freely lived in faith, with the unconditional love of family and one true friend.  Finds the strength to calculate her own worth; before making the decision of a lifetime.

At 192 pages, Best Friends Forever is the perfect length for those reading on the go.  Or, those seeking a one sitting read.  Offering readers a well constructed, emotionally relevant, and fully articulated story. Ms. Roby leaves no doubt about her ability to craft a multifaceted world. A world designed to anger, provoke, enlighten, and inspire.

About Kimberla
Kimberla Lawson Roby
New York Times Bestselling Author, Kimberla Lawson Roby, has published thirteen novels which include, BEST FRIENDS FOREVER, THE ULTIMATE BETRAYAL, A CHRISTMAS PRAYER, THE PRODIGAL SON, A HOUSE DIVIDED, THE PERFECT MARRIAGE, THE REVEREND'S WIFE, SECRET OBSESSION, LOVE, HONOR, and BETRAY, BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU PRAY FOR, A DEEP DARK SECRET, THE BEST OF EVERYTHING, ONE IN A MILLION, SIN NO MORE, LOVE & LIES, CHANGING FACES , THE BEST-KEPT SECRET , TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING, A TASTE OF REALITY, IT’S A THIN LINE, CASTING THE FIRST STONE, HERE AND NOW , and her debut title, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS , which was originally self-published through her own company, Lenox Press. Her novels have frequented numerous bestseller lists, including The New York Times and those in The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Essence Magazine, Upscale Magazine, Emerge Magazine, Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, Wal-Mart, The Dallas Morning News, and The Austin Chronicle to name a few and both BEHIND CLOSED DOORS and CASTING THE FIRST STONE were #1 Blackboard bestsellers for four consecutive months in both 1997 and 2000. BEHIND CLOSED DOORS was the #1 Blackboard Best-selling book for paperback fiction in 1997.

In addition, Ms. Roby’s first novel was nominated for Blackboard’s 1998 and 1999 Fiction Book of the Year Award, and she received the Blackboard Fiction Book of the Year Award in 2001 for CASTING THE FIRST STONE. She is also the 2006, 2007 and 2009 recipient of the Author of the Year – Female award presented by the African-American Literary Award Show in New York, the recipient of the 1998 First-Time Author Award from Chicago’s Black History Month Book Fair and Conference, and her fifth novel, A TASTE OF REALITY, was a 2004 finalist for the Atlanta Choice Awards sponsored by the Atlanta Daily World. Additionally, TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING received a 2004 Patron Choice Award from the Central Mississippi Regional Library System.

Each of Ms. Roby’s novels have dealt with very real issues, including social status, gambling addiction, infidelity, single motherhood, infertility, sibling rivalry, corruption within the church, domestic violence, sexual abuse, care-giving of a parent, racial and gender discrimination in the workplace, sexual harassment, overweight issues, and female illnesses to name a few.

Ms. Roby resides in Illinois with her husband, Will. Her 24th book, A SINFUL CALLING, will be released June 21, 2016.

To share your thoughts with Kimberla regarding her work, please e-mail her at: kim@kimroby.com

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