Friday, May 6, 2011

#BookReview: The Choir Director - Carl Weber

You know what doesn't work for me? Books that look alike.  Much like Kimberla Lawson Roby's bad preacher series covers, Carl Weber's covers are all starting to look alike. And you know what that means? It means I can't tell the difference between them and I'm probably less likely to read them.  On the flip side, there are probably fans of both authors that appreciate the uniformity of covers because it makes them easy to find in stores and libraries

The Choir Director is the follow up to The Preacher's Son and The First Lady.  Though I don't remember either title, at some point I read The First Lady because a few of the characters were familiar.  The fact that it took me so long to remember them didn't bode well for the book.  Simply put, the story lines are forgettable, as are the characters.

In the latest installment centered around Bishop T.K. Wilson and his First Lady, Monique, the pastor finds himself trying to put his church family back together after the stunning revelation that his married choir director had been sleeping with male choir members and was outted by his wife during Sunday service.  On top of that, the churches board of directors seems to have turned against the pastor and is determined to have him ousted as the leader of First Jamaica Ministries.  Can a choir director from a small town in Virginia really be the answer to all that ails the church?  Well sure.  This is fiction, after all. 

What did you like about this book?
As with most Weber books, this was a quick and easy read.

What didn't you like about this book?
The characters just weren't memorable, especially for this to be the third book in this series.  Outside of the pastor and his wife, I don't remember any of these characters from previous books.  Either they didn't exist or they weren't developed enough to stand out.

What could the author do to improve this book?
Much like Kimberla Lawson Roby needs to do with the Curtis Black series, Carl Weber needs to let this series go.

Published: February 2011

Theme: Backstabbers by The O'Jays

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