I've been meaning to recommend this book. I read it last fall and as always was thoroughly entertained by Ms. Billingsley's inspiring, yet humorous romp through her characters' lives. Can I Get a Witness? (awesome title that fits the story to a tee) is filled with interesting plot twist, great description, zany dialogue and lots of laugh out loud moments. Ms. Billingsley keeps the reader guessing how these peoples stories will play out in the end and it did not disappoint. Hurry and get it. She has a new title being release in early July, The Devil is a Lie. Can't wait for that one either.
The irony of a divorce-court judge getting divorced herself is not lost on Vanessa Colton-Kirk. After all, she's seen everything in her notorious Houston courtroom, where she's presided over the breakup of countless unhappy and disillusioned couples. Even her own sister, Dionne, is dealing with a relationship drama of her own, a betrayal that's left Dionne hungry for revenge on the man she hoped to marry. But when career-driven Vanessa chooses to work late on the night of her fifth wedding anniversary, her husband, Thomas, decides he's had enough of her putting work before starting the family he so desperately wants -- and he tells her he wants out.
In a last-ditch effort to save the marriage, their own judge orders Vanessa and Thomas to attend a spiritual retreat. She goes -- but not without a fight. And just when she thinks she's won, fate steps in and helps her see things in a whole new light. Now Vanessa and her sister face the toughest choices of their lives. Can Dionne untangle herself from a payback plan gone horribly wrong? Can Vanessa rebuild a bond that she had a big part in destroying? Will she learn from her own mistakes and her years of experience on the bench? Or will she need something else to keep a tide of bitterness from taking over her life?
About the Author
ReShonda Tate Billingsley is a former general assignment reporter for KRIV-TV, the Fox affiliate in Houston, Texas. She is the author of the nonfiction book Help! I've Turned Into My Mother and five previous adult novels: My Brother's Keeper, for which she received the prestigious Gold Pen Award for Best New Author from the Black Writer's Alliance and the Nova Lee Nation Award from the Greater Dallas Writing Association; the national bestseller Let the Church Say Amen, chosen for Library Journal's Best of 2004 list for Christian fiction; its powerful sequel, Everybody Say Amen; I Know I've Been Changed, a Main Selection of the Black Expressions Book Club; and an uplifting and warm-hearted novel of love and faith, The Pastor's Wife. Visit her website at http://www.reshondatatebillingsley.com/.