‘Friends’ a worthy sequel


Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 2:48 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 2:48 p.m.

Not in a hundred years.

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“Friends & Foes” by ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray, c. 2013, Simon and Schuster, $15, 279 pages.

There was just no way. From the minute you saw her, you knew everything you needed to know about that woman. She was a schemer, she was ghetto, she was the worst kind of liar, and a friendship between the two of you was Not. Going. To. Happen.

No in a hundred years.

Famous last words, huh? Because you got to know her a little and danged if she wasn’t OK after all. But can she be trusted? As you will see in the new novel, “Friends & Foes” by ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray, that’s up for discussion.

Rachel Jackson Adams was absolutely giddy.

Her husband, Lester, had recently snatched the presidency of the American Baptist Coalition from Hosea Bush in a big election, and it was Rachel’s finest moment. Being First Lady of the ABC was what she’d wanted for ages.

That, and squashing Jasmine Bush into the ground.

Whenever she thought about Rachel Adams, Jasmine Bush just rolled her eyes. Rachel was backwoods and everybody knew it.

She wasn’t very bright, either, which made it easy for Jasmine to get the better of the heffa.

I wasn’t all that thrilled with “Friends & Foes” when I first got it. I’m tired of novels where Christian ladies act UN-Christianlike. I’ve had too many of them. I wasn’t sure I could finish this book — but I’m very, very glad I did.

Authors ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray made me laugh in what turns out to be a rompy mystery with plenty of comedy and no profanity. Although I had a bumpy start, I ended up really enjoying this book and its characters, and I can’t wait for the next installment.

If you’re looking for something that’s silly in a good way, give this book a try. It’s a sequel, but you can read it first — and if you do, you will love “Friends & Foes” in a hundred ways.

Terri Schlichenmeyer never goes anywhere without a book. She lives on a hill in Wisconsin with two dogs and 11,000 books.

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