Miss Pearly's Girls: A Captivating Tale of Family Healing (Paperback)
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In this captivating family drama from award-winning, bestselling author ReShonda Tate Billingsley, four estranged sisters must return to rural Arkansas when their mother is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Their mother wants them to repair their shattered relationships, but first they’ll have to face the lies and obstacles they’ve worked so hard to leave behind…
Raising four very different daughters on her own in rural Arkansas wasn't easy for Miss Pearly Bell. And she's always regretted that the sisters went their separate ways for good—and never wanted to see each other again. But when Pearly is stricken with a terminal illness, she summons them all home—determined to somehow help them get right with each other and forgive...But that means dealing with past secrets and lies first.
As the oldest sister, pastor's wife Maxine took her responsibility way too seriously—and never fails to judge everyone else. But a secret she can no longer keep will explode everything she stands for. Youngest sister Leslie is all about making a very different life with her new love—but she didn't expect a shattering past truth to be suddenly revealed and uproot everything she ever thought she knew. Elegant PR professional Stella and her earthy twin, Star, don’t see eye-to-eye on anything—and now a long-ago deception could wipe out their last chance at a relationship.
Soon each sister must confront the illusions they've taken refuge in for so long and deal with each other woman-to-woman. But can building an all-too-fragile trust repair the damage done—and help them come together when they are needed most?
About the Author
ReShonda Tate Billingsley has made a career out of getting the 411 and spinning a story, hard truths and all. Before writing full-time, she worked as a reporter for The National Enquirer (you wouldn’t believe what she’s uncovered!) and as an anchor and reporter for NBC, ABC, and FOX television. The author of more than two dozen books, she won the 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Fiction and is a five-time winner of the National Association of Black Journalists Spirit in the Words competition. Visit her online at rumor-central.com.
Praise for ReShonda Tate Billingsley’s novels
"Captivating...Miss Pearly's Girls teaches how detrimental some secrets can damage love, family and relationships." - BET
"Filled with a blend of dramatic and compelling details." —Woman's World on The Stolen Daughter
“Billingsley’s novel will keep readers guessing until the last page.” —Booklist on Seeking Sarah
“Billingsley brings an honest voice to this thoughtful story of a middle-aged woman seeking her purpose in life…The genuine feel of the narrator’s voice and surprising twists speed the reading of this page-turner. The story of struggling for meaning in an otherwise wonderful life will resonate with anyone who ponders questions of true contentment.” —Publishers Weekly on More to Life
“NAACP Award–winning Billingsley returns to the characters of her 2003 debut, My Brother’s Keeper, with this engaging and relatable story of one woman’s midlife realization that it’s never too late to live your best life.” —Library Journal on More to Life
“Still, if a dream is like a butterfly in your hands, or if you’ve ever moved to seize a what-if, then this book will read like a diary for you. Start “More to Life” and you won’t be able to keep it to yourself.” —The Philadelphia Tribune on More to Life
“Billingsley offers fans a novel that reads as though she’s spent a month spying on their lives and calendars, and anyone who’s ever lost a dream or shelved on indefinitely will feel a kinship with Aja.” —Washington Informer on More to Life
“Reshonda Tate Billingsley writes a very compelling story, as if it were taken from a ‘Dateline’ new episode. The characters are deeply relatable as are the situations in which they find themselves. Having cared for a mentally afflicted parent, this reader is convinced that the author, too, may have some first-hand knowledge of her own. She writes this story well.” —QBR the Black Book Review on The Stolen Daughter
“This sequel to Billingsley’s heralded #1 national bestselling debut My Brother’s Keeper tells the stunning story of a wife and mother who embarks on a daring rescue mission—to rescue herself.” —Culture Dispatch on More to Life
“Billingsley's engaging voice will keep readers turning the pages and savoring each scandalous revelation.” —Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW for A Good Man is Hard to Find