ONE IN A MILLION

Kimberla Lawson Roby

 In the first novella by the New York Times bestselling author of the Reverend Curtis Black series, a wife and a husband receive a surprise that will change their lives forever.

Kennedi Mason thinks she’s the luckiest woman on earth. She loves her job, she has a wonderful best friend, and she’s been married for ten years to her soul mate. There’s nothing she can think of that could make her life any better.

Then one fateful day Kennedi receives a piece of news that will turn her world upside down.

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 In the first novella by the New York Times bestselling author of the Reverend Curtis Black series, a wife and a husband receive a surprise that will change their lives forever.

Kennedi Mason thinks she’s the luckiest woman on earth. She loves her job, she has a wonderful best friend, and she’s been married for ten years to her soul mate. There’s nothing she can think of that could make her life any better.

Then one fateful day Kennedi receives a piece of news that will turn her world upside down. She’s excited about it, and she knows that her husband, Blake, will be over the moon. He has always dreamed of this one thing happening, and she can’t wait until he comes home so she can tell him.

But when she sees Blake that evening, he has a special announcement of his own. It shocks Kennedi into silence and wipes the admission she was planning to make right out of her mind. In an instant, her life and her marriage have changed, but not at all in the way that she had expected.

A poignant and satisfying story of hope, Kimberla Lawson Roby’s One in a Million beautifully shows us the difference between what we think we want and what we actually need to be truly happy.

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  • William Morrow
  • Hardcover
  • June 2008
  • 192 Pages
  • 9780061442957

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About Kimberla Lawson Roby

 Kimberla Lawson Roby is the author of the acclaimed novels Sin No More, Love and Lies, Changing Faces, The Best-Kept Secret, Too Much of a Good Thing, A Taste of Reality, Behind Closed Doors, Here and Now, Casting the First Stone, and It’s a Thin Line. She lives with her husband in Illinois.

Discussion Questions

Before reading the last few lines of the first chapter, what did you think Kennedi’s surprise news was going to be? What type of news did you think Blake had for her?

Have you ever been told by a husband or boyfriend that he was cheating on you and if so, in what ways did you react to the situation? How do you think a person should respond when this happens—end the relationship or forgive and move on?

When Kennedi and Patrice see Blake and Serena at the restaurant having lunch, were you satisfied with the way she confronted them? Why or why not? How would you have handled the situation?

After a short time passes, Kennedi realizes that Blake may not have used protection and that she has no choice but to get an H.I.V. test. Do you believe the rate of unprotected sex will ever decrease? If not, why do you think people continue to be so careless?

With Kennedi being a decent woman who loved her husband, why do you think Blake decided she wasn’t enough for him? Do you think Kennedi contributed to Blake’s philandering, and if so, how? In a situation like this, do you think the fault is that of one person alone or do you believe there are always two sides to every story?

What is the first thing you would do if you won millions of dollars? Would you share it with relatives and/or friends? What are some of the fun things you would do to enjoy yourself?

At this very moment, are you blessed enough to have a best friend like Patrice, one who will stand by you during both good and not so happy times? How much of your lottery winnings would you give her or him?

Matthew 19:24 says “And again I say unto you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” So, do you believe Kennedi and her accountant fall into this category (even though they tithe at their churches and help those who are less fortunate than they are) or do you believe being wealthy is fine as long as you are constantly helping others? Why?

Did you feel that Blake was entitled to any of the winnings whatsoever? If so, please explain why?

Did you like Miles from the very beginning or did you suspect he had ulterior motives? If so, what did you think those motives might be?

Were you shocked to find out who was betraying Kennedi’s trust? Have you ever had family members, friends, or acquaintances betray you in a very painful way, specifically because of greed? What else can sometimes cause people close to you to act so deceitfully?

Were you happy that Blake’s whole blackmail scheme basically blew up in his face? Were you satisfied with the way things turned out for Kennedi?