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Sheridan's husband wanted to stop living a lie, but how is she going to live her life knowing the truth? "There's no other way to say this. I'm in love with someone else." With these words, Sheridan Hart's life as she knows it comes to a crashing halt. She thought she was living every woman's dream: for the past seventeen years of marriage, Quentin had been a model husband, Sheridan's husband wanted to stop living a lie, but how is she going to live her life knowing the truth? "There's no other way to say this. I'm in love with someone else." With these words, Sheridan Hart's life as she knows it comes to a crashing halt. She thought she was living every woman's dream: for the past seventeen years of marriage, Quentin had been a model husband, father, and business partner. But for all those years, he'd been hiding a secret from her. In fact, he had kept his secret from everyone. His startling confession is a lifelong attraction to men, and he is leaving her to be with his lover. While coming to grips with the destruction of her marriage, Sheridan must also deal with the emotional reactions of her sixteen-year-old son and ten-year-old daughter. When word gets out about Quentin, everybody has something to say—her family, her friends, and her church community all have advice to give and judgment to dole out. But at the end of the day, Sheridan must lean on her faith and her heart to decide what's best for her family.


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Sheridan's husband wanted to stop living a lie, but how is she going to live her life knowing the truth? "There's no other way to say this. I'm in love with someone else." With these words, Sheridan Hart's life as she knows it comes to a crashing halt. She thought she was living every woman's dream: for the past seventeen years of marriage, Quentin had been a model husband, Sheridan's husband wanted to stop living a lie, but how is she going to live her life knowing the truth? "There's no other way to say this. I'm in love with someone else." With these words, Sheridan Hart's life as she knows it comes to a crashing halt. She thought she was living every woman's dream: for the past seventeen years of marriage, Quentin had been a model husband, father, and business partner. But for all those years, he'd been hiding a secret from her. In fact, he had kept his secret from everyone. His startling confession is a lifelong attraction to men, and he is leaving her to be with his lover. While coming to grips with the destruction of her marriage, Sheridan must also deal with the emotional reactions of her sixteen-year-old son and ten-year-old daughter. When word gets out about Quentin, everybody has something to say—her family, her friends, and her church community all have advice to give and judgment to dole out. But at the end of the day, Sheridan must lean on her faith and her heart to decide what's best for her family.

30 review for Grown Folks Business

  1. 4 out of 5

    Camille

    I couldn't put this book down! From the very first sentence, VCM draws you into loving story of love lost and personal redemption. I couldn't put this book down! From the very first sentence, VCM draws you into loving story of love lost and personal redemption.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sophie Sealy

    A tried and true classic. I had read this book some time ago. I remember being, nervous, anxious, abandoned, alone, hopeful, sad and every emotion a woman done wrong can feel, all those emotions powered me to finish the book in record time. This time I decided to read it again in preparation for the release of "Forever An Ex". While the emotions remain the same I was able to read it at leisurely pace and really connect to what Sheridan was going through. Now based on the subject matter many will A tried and true classic. I had read this book some time ago. I remember being, nervous, anxious, abandoned, alone, hopeful, sad and every emotion a woman done wrong can feel, all those emotions powered me to finish the book in record time. This time I decided to read it again in preparation for the release of "Forever An Ex". While the emotions remain the same I was able to read it at leisurely pace and really connect to what Sheridan was going through. Now based on the subject matter many will decide not to read but if you were to remove "that" subject and replace it with any other scenario, you will be able to relate. At the time the book was written many books were released on that topic and here over ten years later I still feel the story should be told, always. One author, may finally give you that aha moment. This is Sheridan's story it can very well be your story. The path to survival is NEVER easy but forgiveness makes it bearable. And yes this book is still deserving of the 5 Stars I initially gave it. Next up, Ex-Files.................another tear jerker.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lasonya M.

    Make sure you have the day off before you read the first page of this book, you won't be able to put it down! Make sure you have the day off before you read the first page of this book, you won't be able to put it down!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Brown

    One of my FAVORITE authors. A page turner. Each word has you waiting for the next. Excellent read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Horton

    Such an emotional story!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Diane Collins

    I really love this author, never disappointed another novel filled with heartbreak and hope!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carmen Blalock

    Life is hard. Then add in marriage, children, death and it can become overwhelming! Quentin and Sheridan Hart owners and creators of Hart to Heart greeting cards company have a great life, the perfect marriage, 2 perfect kids, Quentin is a Doctor and Sheridan is a stay at home mom who loves the fact that she is Quentin's inspiration in his writing and he inspires her. One day when Quentin comes to Sheridan and informs her about some struggles that he has been having it seems all of his life, The Life is hard. Then add in marriage, children, death and it can become overwhelming! Quentin and Sheridan Hart owners and creators of Hart to Heart greeting cards company have a great life, the perfect marriage, 2 perfect kids, Quentin is a Doctor and Sheridan is a stay at home mom who loves the fact that she is Quentin's inspiration in his writing and he inspires her. One day when Quentin comes to Sheridan and informs her about some struggles that he has been having it seems all of his life, The Harts lives are turned upside down with no return in sight! Victoria Christopher Murray has captured all of the emotions in this book that we all go through on any given day: joy, grief, anger, relief, peace. This is an excellent read for an individual and bookclubs alike. This is truly a feel good book that gives hope to any situation and reminds you that God is in control, we are just along for the ride.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Pearl

    I love Victoria Christopher Murray's writing style, and she didn't let me down on this one. It was one of her longer novels but the story line was good. Sheridan's world was turned upside down after hearing that her husband, high school sweetheart was in love with another. . . not woman, but man. The pain and disruption this brought to her and kids. Its painful, romantic, tears . . . really enjoyed! I love Victoria Christopher Murray's writing style, and she didn't let me down on this one. It was one of her longer novels but the story line was good. Sheridan's world was turned upside down after hearing that her husband, high school sweetheart was in love with another. . . not woman, but man. The pain and disruption this brought to her and kids. Its painful, romantic, tears . . . really enjoyed!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Corinne

    I just finished reading this book and thought it was very good, the conflict and response in the book mirrors unfortunately what some women have to go thru, when men aren't honest about their true feelings. the books explores different points of view w/o being judgemental. i really enjoyed this book. I just finished reading this book and thought it was very good, the conflict and response in the book mirrors unfortunately what some women have to go thru, when men aren't honest about their true feelings. the books explores different points of view w/o being judgemental. i really enjoyed this book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Benita

    This book was great.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Terrible book, the whole book is on the back! I knew it was too good to b true

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jasmyne Jackson

    Good read. I wish I would have seen if Sheridan would have married Brock. I love part 2 and hope one comes out soon. I want to see how life was after Quentin.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl A.

    Eh, I've read better. By the end, all of the characters had worked my nerves. Eh, I've read better. By the end, all of the characters had worked my nerves.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    All of Ms. Murray books are great reads, I so enjoyed them all. Christian books

  15. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Had to stop at the 50% mark. Started off really great–fresh writing and original concept. But the halt starts at about the 30% mark and never quite picks up again.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lasaundra

    Victoria went in with the kill. This book instantly grabs your attention. From the first few sentences you know that this is going to be "one of those" books that you will be glued to. The drama starts immediately and you want to know more. Sheridan and Quentin love for each other is so intense but just like most love stories it has it's end. I'm not much of a fan of the reason it ends but it is the reality of what many women are having to face in todays current world. Sheridan found strength tha Victoria went in with the kill. This book instantly grabs your attention. From the first few sentences you know that this is going to be "one of those" books that you will be glued to. The drama starts immediately and you want to know more. Sheridan and Quentin love for each other is so intense but just like most love stories it has it's end. I'm not much of a fan of the reason it ends but it is the reality of what many women are having to face in todays current world. Sheridan found strength that she didn't even know she had. Tis too shall pass! With the help of all the people who loved her and her undenying love of God. I love how detailed Victoria gets from the weather, the facial expressions, clothing and even the body language. She paints a VERY clear picture for you to see. This is a MUST read, you will definelty be glued. If it wasn't for my busy schedule I probably could've read this entire book in 1 week.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Zaporha

    This book this book this book.....awesome. Ups and downs, turmoil, and happiness wrapped all in one book. This book delivers a lot, the happiness of marriage, the heart brokenness of love, the spiritual warfare's of life but the joy of hope. Also, sheds a light on how parents shouldn't ignore their children's cry for help during a time of devastation. Children are not able to express themselves verbally and deal with life burdens differently than adults. Lesson...please pay attention to children This book this book this book.....awesome. Ups and downs, turmoil, and happiness wrapped all in one book. This book delivers a lot, the happiness of marriage, the heart brokenness of love, the spiritual warfare's of life but the joy of hope. Also, sheds a light on how parents shouldn't ignore their children's cry for help during a time of devastation. Children are not able to express themselves verbally and deal with life burdens differently than adults. Lesson...please pay attention to children and don't get wrapped up in your own issues that you ignore the neon loud signs of your children's unhappiness. WONDERFULL BOOK. As she always puts out great books. One of MY FAVORITE favorite authors of all time. VCM rocks.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Caroline Haithcoath

    Phenomenal! Victoria did the darn thang on this one! #GrownFolksBusiness forces you to look into your own idiosyncrasies surrounding morals and religion and just everyday life in general! Could you imagine your spouse coming home one day AFTER 17 years of marriage and 2 children to say he/she is in love with someone else- AND that someone else is the same sex as he/she is??? The opposite of you?! The angst and anger and frustration and disappointment and hurt and all the other emotions that must Phenomenal! Victoria did the darn thang on this one! #GrownFolksBusiness forces you to look into your own idiosyncrasies surrounding morals and religion and just everyday life in general! Could you imagine your spouse coming home one day AFTER 17 years of marriage and 2 children to say he/she is in love with someone else- AND that someone else is the same sex as he/she is??? The opposite of you?! The angst and anger and frustration and disappointment and hurt and all the other emotions that must come about from such a revelation are ALL translated spectacularly in this novel. Another awesome work of fiction based in various real world facts. Kudos!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    SlimmGoodie

    This book was kind of slow for me, but interesting in its viewpoint. It was also thought provoking for me, cause I don't know what I would have done if that were me. I also know someone who went through the same thing, I never asked her in detail about her journey overcoming this situation in her life. So to me this book was kind of personal in a sense. This shared a life that not many tell. I look forward to reading more of her books. This book was kind of slow for me, but interesting in its viewpoint. It was also thought provoking for me, cause I don't know what I would have done if that were me. I also know someone who went through the same thing, I never asked her in detail about her journey overcoming this situation in her life. So to me this book was kind of personal in a sense. This shared a life that not many tell. I look forward to reading more of her books.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Debby

    Well done story about a difficult topic. When wealthy African-American Sheridan is unxpectedly confronted by her husband of 17 years leaving her for another man, it rocks her world. She has to learn to cope with his secrets as well as try to keep her children stable. There are a multitude of challenges that arise, but she learns to rely on her faith to make the hard decisions. NOT squeakly clean as would be expected in Christian fiction, but well done.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sharonbrown

    good trash... lol -- no main points, no earth shattering revelations -- one of those "i left my wife for a man and i don't know why" kinda novels -- fast reading with funny scenarios because you just keep thinking "oh-no-you-didn't" and then laugh uproariously and turn the page! not your standard christian genre! good trash... lol -- no main points, no earth shattering revelations -- one of those "i left my wife for a man and i don't know why" kinda novels -- fast reading with funny scenarios because you just keep thinking "oh-no-you-didn't" and then laugh uproariously and turn the page! not your standard christian genre!

  22. 4 out of 5

    April

    Great read! Definitely a page turner. It keeps you wondering what happens next. You can feel each character's emotion. I recommend this book to anyone that has not read it. It's about love, loss, the ups and downs of raising children, pride, betrayal, trust & maintaining your faith through it all. Great read! Definitely a page turner. It keeps you wondering what happens next. You can feel each character's emotion. I recommend this book to anyone that has not read it. It's about love, loss, the ups and downs of raising children, pride, betrayal, trust & maintaining your faith through it all.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Darlene Jordan

    This was Giid & heartbreaking

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shauna Babb-atwell

    Loved ALL of her books. She's a great author. Loved ALL of her books. She's a great author.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Ginyard

    Great read!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Koni

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kaniajle

  29. 4 out of 5

    S. Brown

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline Taylor

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