"Sins of the Mother" by Victoria Christopher Murray

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?

Sins of the Mother is Urban Christian fiction at it's best. The story is gripping, chilling and heartbreaking while at the same time faithful, encouraging and inspirational. Victoria Christopher Murray has created characters who have depth and are real. The characters and story bring out every emotion in the reader.

Though Sins of the Mother is the fourth book in the saga of Jasmine Bush it is excellent as a stand alone book. Murray provides just enough detail to catch up the reader on the previous books, but doesn't take away from the novel by spending too much time in the past. The subject matter is especially difficult, and a bit deeper than most Urban Christian fiction, but throughout the book the reader is comforted by the knowledge that God is at work, hears our prayers, and protects His children.

Victoria Christopher Murray is a consistent story-teller through all of her books. Her works invite readers into the worlds of her characters and readers cannot help but experience the heartbreak, love, faithfulness and hope that her characters experience. Sins of the Mother remains true to this and is another great work.

About the Author: Victoria Christopher Murray is the bestselling author of several novels, including Lady Jasmine; Too Little, Too Late; and The Ex-Files. Murray is also the author of a teen inspiration series, DIVINE DIVA. She lives with her family in Inglewood, California and Washington, DC.

Victoria Christopher Murray's website

Thank you to Tywebbin Creations Virtual Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book to review.


  1. this book sounds really good!

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  3. Are young adult and Christian fiction necessarily mutually exclusive? What is Christian or young adult literature anyway? I think that book marketers are their own (and our) worst enemies. Great books are never written for the narrowest of demographics. Please visit my web site and my blog! Thanks :)

  4. David,
    I can't comment on young adult as I don't read it, but Christian fiction such as this book keeps God and Christian principles within the storyline. Most of the characters are Christian, and in the end, whatever is resolved is resolved through Christ. Most of these books deal with the topics of forgiveness, redemption, love, relationships from a Christian perspective.

    When it comes to things such as Christian fiction or young adult fiction it is not a product of the marketers but from the writers. They have a set audience in mind. A Christian writer is not going to keep the message of Christ from their book just so they can reach a wider audience. I think most Christian writers would agree that it is not simply about the number of books they can sell, but reaching people through them.

    Maybe rather than the authors or marketers producing books for larger audiences, we as readers need to expand our viewpoints and be open to certain types of literature we don't think apply to us. I may not be the stated target audience of Urban Christian fiction, but this genre has definitely reached me and is one that I'm trying to introduce more people to. Coming from a PR background, I understand the need to identify target audiences, but it doesn't mean that others are being neglected and it shouldn't mean that a reader should pass on a book simply because it doesn't fit with who they are.

  5. Thank you for posting the book review for Sins of the Mother. I'm thrilled you received the book in time for the blog tour.


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