Victoria Christopher Murray originally self published Temptation. “I wanted to write a book as entertaining as any book on the market, put God in the middle, and have the book still be a page-turner. I wasn’t writing to any particular genre – I didn’t even know Christian fiction existed. I just wanted to write about people I knew and characters I could relate to.”
Since Temptation, Victoria has written seven other novels and was a contributor to the first Christian fiction anthology, Blessed Assurance. She was also the Contributing Editor for the Aspire Women of Color Bible published by Zondervan in 2007. All of her novels have continued to be Essence bestsellers.
In 2008, Victoria’s first novels in her Christian fiction teen series – The Divine Divas – were published. “I was concerned with what our young ladies were reading. I decided to do something about that – give them stories full of drama, but with a message.” The Divine Divas has already been optioned to become a television series.
Victoria splits her time between Los Angeles and Washington D.C. In Los Angeles, she attends Bible Enrichment Fellowship International Church under the spiritual tutelage of Dr. Beverly “BAM” Crawford and in Washington, D.C., she fellowships at Metropolitan Baptist Church under Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr. She is also a member of the Long Beach Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Visit Victoria online at http://www.victoriachristophermurray.com/
About the Book
Jasmine Larson Bush is finally living a drama-free life. She’s left her lying, cheating, stealing stripper days behind and is standing by her husband’s side as the first lady of one of the largest churches in New York City. The Bushes have been blessed with the best of everything—including two lovely children.
But just when Jasmine has committed her life completely to God, her daughter Jacqueline is kidnapped from a mall the day after Thanksgiving. The police and the church community join in the frantic search to find the four-year-old. As the days pass without any sign of her daughter, Jasmine begins to crack under the strain and turns to Brian Lewis, Jacqueline’s biological father, for solace.
Has Jasmine’s past finally caught up to her? Will her daughter be found or will Jasmine pay the ultimate price?
Book Review by Linda Fegins
Victoria Christopher Murray has done it again. Having read at least four of her books, I admire her skill of spinning a redeeming story of victory over obstacles and sin through her colorful characters. “The Sins of the Mother” was an enjoyable, yet arresting story. The characters are vibrant, realistic, memorable and entertaining, even if you can’t stand one of them, such as the recurring Jasmine Cox Larson Bush.
This book realistically demonstrates through Jasmine how Satan will draw upon our weaknesses, if we are not truly grounded in God in devastating times. During difficult seasons in our lives, even when we believe we have grown in the Lord, we are tempted to rely on man and to revert back to our old ways, rather than to trust God and to hold on to God’s hand. Do our past sins come back to haunt us? Does Jasmine finally learn the essence of a personal relationship with God?
Murray loves God and is grounded enough to keep her stories from sounding preachy or too goodie-goodie. She writes about true saints who are sinners that are saved by grace. However, I still don’t trust Jasmine.