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Truth Be Told

Truth Be Told

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The author of Essence bestsellers Temptation and Joy returns with a story about one woman's personal and spiritual journey to overcome the consequences of her husband's dark secret.
Grace Monroe has the ideal life: a devoted husband, adoring daughters, and a booming career in politics. Newly elected on a Christian platform to the Los Angeles city council, she is determined to put her mistakes behind her and focus on her bright future. But when a secret from her husband's past is revealed, setting off a chain of attacks that threaten to rip her family apart, Grace must face a dilemma that will force her to question her life and her faith.
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  • Touchstone | 
  • 464 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780743255677 | 
  • July 2004
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Chapter 1

"You're going to be the first female mayor of Los Angeles!"

Thunderous applause exploded inside the Biltmore's Colonnade Room.

"You forgot the first black female mayor," a woman bellowed above the noise.

Grace Monroe smiled into the crowd of rainbow faces. She motioned with her hands to quiet her supporters. "Thank you, but my focus is not on the mayor's office. I want to serve the people of the Eighteenth District -- you, who with your confidence and countless dedicated hours have elected me today as your councilwoman."

A roar reverberated through the room. Grace glanced over her shoulder. Behind her,... see more

Reading Group Guide

Reading Group Guide
1. The reader is introduced to Grace Monroe on the night of her winning campaign for City Councilwoman. During her acceptance speech, Grace tells her constituents that, "We're going to begin with ethics and morals" (page 3). Later in the novel, Grace's infidelity is revealed. How do you feel about Grace's personal "ethics and morals?"
2. Grace's sister, Starlight, longs for Grace's approval and acceptance. Nevertheless, Grace remains very critical and judgmental of her sister calling her a liar and a fake. Discuss the sibling rivalry between Grace and Starlight. Is Grace jealous of Starlight's success? In what ways are Grace and Starlight alike?
3. Lily, Grace's mother, chides Grace for not welcoming Starlight to her City Council win. She stresses that, "Family is the most important thing" (page 13). How is the importance of family handled throughout the novel? Discuss how Grace and her family must redefine their notions about family?
4. Starlight is a motivational speaker who coaxes women "to rely on our power within" (page 79). Do you believe in Starlight's message? How genuine are her motivations?
5. Lexington, Starlight's boyfriend and business manager, seems to be truly in love with Starlight. At the end of the novel, however, as Starlight's luck takes a turn for the worst, we see Lexington's truer feelings. Describe the nature of their relationship.
6. Talk about religion and Christianity as prominent themes in see more

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