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The favorite son
Warren, Tiffany L., author.
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New York, NY : Dafina Books/Kensington Publishing Corp., [2015]

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309 pages ; 21 cm
Brothers Camden and Blaine Drake have put their talents together and founded a gospel group. The quieter one, Camden is the songwriter, while charismatic Blaine is the performer. As the group's popularity grows, so do the groupies--and promiscuous Blaine is more than happy to share his love. Do they have enough faith, forgiveness, and brotherly love left to find harmony once more?
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They're handsome, smart and musically gifted. Brothers Camden and Blaine Drake have put their talents together and founded a gospel group. At first, their Bishop father is against the idea - until Blaine, his favourite, wows the congregation with his performance at a church revival. Sure enough, once the Bishop witnesses their effect on the crowd he wants them there every Sunday. But he may have set the stage for trouble. As the group's popularity grows, so do the groupies. Soon, a slew of rumours and a shocking betrayal threaten to destroy the group and the brothers' relationship.

Author Notes

Tiffany L. Warren is an author, playwright, songwriter, mother and wife. Her debut novel, What a Sista Should Do , was released in June of 2005. Her second book, Farther than I Meant to Go, Longer than I Meant to Stay, was a national bestseller. She is also the author of The Bishop's Daughter and In The Midst of It All. In 2006, Tiffany and her husband, Brent, founded Warren Productions and released gospel musicals, What a Sista Should Do and The Replacement Wife. Tiffany is the visionary behind the Faith and Fiction Retreat. Tiffany resides in northern Texas with her husband, Brent, and their five children. Visit her online at

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Booklist Review

In Warren's (The Replacement Wife, 2014) dramatic modernization of the Jacob and Esau biblical story, the head of an Atlanta megachurch, has twin sons, Camden and Blaine, who lead a gospel music group. The pastor doesn't let God or morals get in the way of his worldly ambitions for his church, and bans Camden, of whom he doesn't approve, from attending services. Favored son Blaine is elected to run a satellite church, while also performing with the group. Camden's sweetheart, Dawn, begins to doubt her boyfriend and spends a night with Blaine, only to become pregnant. The pastor's machinations make him a strong villain in this entertaining soap opera, which will be a popular addition to the growing African American church fiction genre.--Alessio, Amy Copyright 2015 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Warren (The Replacement Wife) enthralls readers from the first page in this gritty tale of faith, forgiveness, and reconciliation. The gospel group formed by twin brothers Camden and Blaine Wilson earns attention from music moguls-and the wrath of the twins' pastor father, whose iron rule over his megachurch extends to anything that might detract from his family image or personal financial success. Camden moves away from his family, the group, and his longtime girlfriend, Dawn, to pursue his dreams. Blaine is pleased to be appointed to pastor of the second church in the Wilson brand, but unhappy that his womanizing lifestyle is restricted. When Dawn hears rumors that Camden is gay, Blaine intimately comforts her, and she becomes pregnant; Camden is ap--palled by the dual betrayal. After years of estrangement, the time is ripe for apologies and forgiveness. Well-rounded characters and vivid action make for an authentic, powerful read that lingers after the last page is turned. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Drama swirls throughout Warren's (Don't Tell a Soul; The Replacement Wife) inspirational story about relying on faith to get through emotional struggles. Twins Camden and Blaine have been raised in Dallas's Graceway Worship Center run by their domineering father, Pastor Wilson. Straight-arrow Camden is all about writing gospel music, but charismatic Blaine is a gifted singer who also sleeps with the congregation's women on a rotating basis. Along with friends Akil, Dawn, and Amber, the brothers form the gospel group So G.I.F.T.E.D. (God Is Faithful Today and Every Day). Dawn has dated Camden for ten years and wants him to put a ring on her finger and commit to the relationship, but Camden leaps at a recording offer in Atlanta. Meanwhile, Blaine is being groomed as a pastor for a Graceway branch church. Money flows in, but success breeds jealousy as relationships are broken, maybe forever. VERDICT In this tale hinting of Oxygen's reality TV series Fix My Choir, Warren includes excessive detail about gospel music and behind-the-scenes church maneuverings, but the pace livens up with lots of cold-blooded backstabbing. Betrayal comes fast and furious as it's clear these brothers and friends don't have one another's back. (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.