The Master's Plan is a fast paced easy to read page turner! Selena Beatrice Jones aka 'SB' to her friends, 2nd wife of Pastor Woodruff T. Jones is convinced she's been called to move her husband's traditional Baptist church into the 21st century. Out to save her floundering marriage and tired of her daughter-in-law's jealousy and animosity, SB partners with a local politician who also has a master plan. Commissioner Reginald Thompson III leaves no stone unturned as he recruits a NYC operative to guide his singular focused search for power via his master plan.
The author's well developed characters and convincing dialogue thrust you as reader into the lives of a host of likable people and their day to day challenges; each following and several actively creating their own personal paths to purpose. Following the characters over their often intersecting and many times divergent paths made me feel as though I was 'walking a maze' never knowing where the next path would take me. The novel is set in fictional Smoothville, Georgia where residents are just as quick to give you a hearty, 'hey y'all' as to curse you out--all in the name of their God!
I enjoyed this novel because it explores sensitive relationship issues including trust, marital fidelity, race, spiritual beliefs, family and friendships. I am impressed with Ms. Tullis' creative use of humor and satire to refine and shape her characters and tell their story. I commend the author on her debut novel and look forward to reading her next.
This beautifully told christian tale has it all; hope, subterfuge and redemption.
Selena is looking forward to moving, with her ever loving Pastor husband, to Mt Sinai to continue to spread the good word. However, the nefarious Commissioner Reginald has his own plan to use Selena to catapult him into political office. What lifts this amazing story so high above its contemporaries, is the authors understanding of characterization; Selena and Reginald really represent our own internal voices - one seeks to strive and do good, whilst the other seeks to indulge in the excess of base debauchery.
This is really a story of temptation, and through the two opposing characters we understand the allusion to the Temptation of Christ... and through Him, we better understand ourselves and strive towards the True Path.
Fans of Sally Stuart will love this, and new readers to the genre will fall in love with the message. Recommended.
In "The Master's Plan", Ms. Tullis takes the reader through an enjoyable, and sometimes hilarious, romp through the local and church politics of Smoothville, Georgia. It is the story of Selena Jones, 2nd wife of revered Pastor Woody Jones. Wanting to aid her husband, Selena (SB to her close friends) naively has put together a plan - a master plan - to help him spread the good word. Throw in to the mix, Commissioner Reginald, who has plans of his own, his advisor Shawn, who is becoming disillusioned, Woody's daughter by his first wife who is hell-bent to see Selena gone, and a host of other marvelously drawn deacons and church-goers, the result is an outstanding read! Ms. Tullis keeps the reader in suspense throughout, wondering just what Selena's plan actually is and what in the heck is going on with Woody?
Anyone who enjoys vivid characterizations and southern literature will be delighted by Ms. Tullis' work. I highly recommend it.
The author Stephany Tullis has done a great job of fleshing out her characters. I found myself caring about them and the outcomes of their decisions. They felt like real people with real problems, which made it all the more compelling for me.
One of my favorite quotes from the novel, “Janice’s body, with ample due diligence from its owner, finally relaxed. The deep breathing, meditation, and double dose of Xanax paid off. She drifted to sleep…felt like she had been out of it for an hour or so and was seriously fighting the call back to reality.”
I am very impressed with this author. Her work in this book is exceptional. The characters are complex and real, so that you feel as if you know them and can relate to them. The book takes on some really difficult and important philosophical issues that are integral to and enhance rather that distract from the very enjoyable plot. The story is very engaging with plenty of interesting twists and turns to hold your attention. I highly recommend this book and hope to read more from Stephany Tullis.