Book Review - ‘The Choir Director 2: Runaway Bride’


“The Choir Director 2: Runaway Bride” by Carl Weber

c.2014, Grand Central $25.00 / $28.00 Canada 320 pages

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You just can’t do it.

You know how it is: it’s simply not possible. Call it cold feet, call it sudden aversion, spontaneous allergies, different plans, bad timing, whatever — but you just can’t do it. Your feet are dug in. It ain’t happenin’.

At least, not now. But, as in the new novel “The Choir Director 2: Runaway Bride” by Carl Weber, you’re allowed to change your mind.

Aaron Mackie was about to marry the woman of his dreams.

Early in his life, Aaron had been a player, a bad-boy and a prison inmate. Even now, as the talented choir director at First Jamaica Ministries in Queens, N.Y., he could have any woman he wanted — but he only wanted Tia. He couldn’t imagine life without her.

Sitting in the car outside First Jamaica, Tia Gregory heard wedding music and knew that Aaron was waiting at the altar for her — and she told her brother to drive away. She’d thought she was doing well, that she’d dealt with memories of a brutal assault — and then she spotted one of her rapists in a bar. Devastated, she just couldn’t go through with the wedding.

Ross Parker always had his boy Aaron’s back. He was Aaron’s best friend and manager, so supporting him after the disastrous non-wedding was a natural thing. So was keeping Jackson Young away from First Jamaica’s choir director. There was something about Jackson that Ross didn’t like; he was sure Jackson was a shyster, and he couldn’t let anybody like that near Aaron.

As the leader of First Jamaica Ministries, Bishop TK Wilson was known for an open mind. He understood that Jackson Young wanted to manage Aaron’s career, and though there was something not-quite-right about Jackson, Bishop was willing to listen — until Jackson started flirting with First Lady Monique. Bishop could not put up with that!

For years Desiree Jones had planned on sleeping with Aaron Mackie. She dreamed of it, and now she schemed for it by lying. With Tia now out of the picture, Desiree knew she could get Aaron in her bed. He would love her. Then, he’d hate her.

She couldn’t wait.

If there’s anything more fun to read than a twisty novel by author Carl Weber, I can’t think of what it would be.

True to Weber form, “The Choir Director 2: Runaway Bride” is a multi-layered, lots-going-on tale that will keep you guessing all the way to the surprising end — but watch it, because the explosive finale isn’t the only bombshell. That’s what I think is best part of this book: just when you think you’ve got everything figured out and you’re sliding to this novel’s conclusion, Weber takes an abrupt one-eighty story turn-around that will make you holler.

It can’t get any better than that.

While this is a semi-sequel to other Weber books, you can read it all by itself with no problems in catching up or wanting more.

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