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Keep Your Enemies Closer (Urban Christian) [Paperback]

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Pages   309
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.64 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   Urban Books
ISBN  1601629656  
EAN  9781601629654  

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Oliver brings a fresh twist--and touches of mystery and humor--to the Christian fiction genre with this engaging, entertaining novel.

Charlotte Morley's getaway trip to a South Carolina island seems more like a stop-over in the Twilight Zone, a place inhabited by everything from the faith-filled to the overly zany. But when the deceitful raise their ugly heads, Charlotte's stay turns into a missions trip rather than a relaxing getaway.

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"A must read"  Jul 24, 2008
"keeping your Enemies closer" drew you into its characters one by one. you actually became part of the story. As a woman of faith,I could identify with Charlotte's character all so well.This novel was an easy read for me. Sharon's fictional characters reminds us that we all have drama in our lives at some point in time;through it all, without faith, love, and surrendering it all to God,you will have no peace. I loved the way she eloquently orchestrated each character to tell the story of how even in the midst of lies, deceit, disruption, and pain, a strong root of family that serves God, can keep it together. When I began reading,I was so intrigue by the suspense of what each chapter would take me next to the point of wanting to not stop until I read it completely. Of course I cannot wait until the sequel comes out. I applaud Ms.Oliver for her talent which God has anointed her with to share with others...
Sooooo Anxious!!!!!!  Jul 18, 2008
Wow!!! This debut novel by Sharon Oliver is as mouth-watering as the tasty dishes whipped up by character "grandma" Mattie Mae. There were several things that I really appreciated about the book.
For one thing, as a Christian, I can't remember the last time I had such a guilt-free pleasurable read. Ms. Oliver is so talented that she conveys the gamut of emotions from anger, despair, joy, and longing, without resorting to the use of profanity. The author explores every emotion of her characters. They are Christians, being perfected, but not perfect. Ms. Oliver presents them as they are, as we all are really, an incredible mixture of faults and faith.
Another aspect of this novel that really resonated with me was the fact that it's so easy to care about the characters and what will become of them because we all "know" them. Ms. Oliver's characters are immediately recognizable as people we have met, will meet, or will become ourselves. You can easily imagine sitting around the table talking with them over a cup of coffee, feeling comfortable and welcome.
Ms. Oliver is also gifted in the areas of scene and details. Her description of Turtle Bay Island is so vivid that you can see it as you're reading. So much so, that I was shocked to learn that it is not a real town.
As for that "chutch" (as the older southern characters call it), Ms. Oliver does a wonderful job of showing it's not just a building in which to take a quick nap on Sundays, but how members reaching out to and embracing the community is what really draws people to God's love.
Now to the "dirt" (just kidding). Without so much as a smidgen of x-rated naughtiness, Ms. Oliver has created a stunning leading man. Jeff....Lives in a mansion, drives a hummer for which he can well afford the gasoline, is CEO of a real estate development company, a true gentleman, loves his family, generous and wait....the best a praying man and Ordained Minister to boot!!!! Hold on to your choir robes girls, talk about an answer to a single woman's prayers..(smile)
Best friends Charlotte and Timmi are the kinds of friends you want in your corner. And twins Terry and Tina, along with Rev. Holiday, are definitely the type of enemies you'd better keep closer till you can discern what's really going on. In Sista, Ms. Oliver has created a loveable "mouth of the south" character who loves you enough to tell you like it is.
There is a crazy cast of characters from Mattie who missed and left a dirty dishrag in her greens to chicken-stealing Otis Moss. The snappy dialogue will have you laughing out loud. But it's not just the laughs that make this book so engaging. There are some head-scratching plot twists that will leave you shocked and amazed.
All in all, Ms. Oliver has produced a wonderful novel that is just the beginning. Most time you finish a book, it was good and you move on. But like author E. Lynn Harris, Ms. Oliver has a written a book that so involves you with the characters that you can't wait to see what happens in the next book. Hence....I am soooooo anxious.
Review by The Light of the Lowcountry Magazine  Jul 14, 2008
Book Review by "The Light of the Lowcountry Magazine,", Bamberg, SC

Sharon Oliver's book "Keep Your Enemies Closer" , although labeled as Christian Fiction, is wonderfully believable as it weaves you into the story of "Charlotte," a Christian woman visiting her grandmother "down south". With Sharon's Oliver's brilliant writing style, you will find yourself easily captivated by the endearing characters lives, with all of their colorful and complicated "quirks." Ms. Oliver weaves a storyline so suspenseful that you will actually catch yourself holding your breath, waiting for the turning of the next page. You will also find yourself laughing out loud at the delightful character of "Ms. Sista!"

The main character, "Charlotte" gives us all a shining example of faith in action. Charlotte handles each complication that comes her way, by seeking God first, and so her own faith shines as a beacon to her friends, as well as family.

"The Light of the Lowcountry Magazine" has picked Sharon Oliver's book, "Keep Your Enemies Closer" as No. 1 on our list of Recommended Christian Books. We encourage each of our readers to order this wonderful book. You will be very blessed by doing so.

Marty Clayton Banfield
"The Light of the Lowcountry Magazine"
Bamberg, SC

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OKAY  Jul 4, 2008
This book was okay. I loved the characters. The characters in the book will remind you of somone that you know in your personal life. It also had a good witnessing tool in the story. However, I didn't care for the way the author ended the story I thought it could have been done a little different.
Not Just Another Summer   Jun 30, 2008
In Keep Your Enemies Closer, Charlotte spends a summer in Turtle Island, South Carolina with her grandparents, Edmund and Mattie Mae Morley. Charlotte's twin cousins, Tina and Terry, also come down for some "summer fun." They are known for competing against each other and always getting into trouble. Since she was little, Charlotte had a gift of discernment. Somehow, she knew that Typhoon Tina and Tropical Storm Terry would rear their ugly heads this summer. Charlotte senses that something is not right with her grandparents' pastor, Reverend Holiday. He has been the pastor for about three months. Half of the congregation wants him gone and the other half adores him. Life is very simple in Turtle Island and one of Charlotte's favorite places to be. Little did she know, this summer will be full of suspense, death, deceit, and change.

In Keep Your Enemies Closer, Oliver embraces the Christian lifestyle and brings together colorful characters. However, the book was a slow read, possessed uneven pacing, and there was no real climax. Although, I enjoyed certain aspects of the book, it still left me waiting for something to happen. Keep Your Enemies Closer was Oliver's debut novel and while it was not a perfect read, I look forward to giving her another chance with her next Christian fiction novel.

Donnica Copeland
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