SWEETWATER SINNERS By P. L. Wilson
Every once in a while you come across a novel that draws you in and keeps you captivated right down to the last page. Sweetwater Sinners, the eagerly anticipated sequel to Holy Hustler is once such novel — and it is scintillating!
Sweetwater Sinners begins against the backdrop of Sweetwater Powerhouse of God, a mega-church in Houston, Texas. Pastor Ethan Goodlove III has just finished delivering yet another powerful, foot-stomping, soul stirring sermon when he collapses into a coma and has to be rushed to the hospital. Things had been looking up for the Goodlove and the Sweetwater PG family after a year of turmoil, but now, with Pastor Goodlove incapacitated, they would be put to an even sterner test of faith.
Pastor Goodlove’s young wife, Theola, is the first person to give a strong hint that trouble lies ahead when she chooses not to cry after her husband’s collapse because … “She figured there was no sense in messing up her makeup…” While her husband is laid up in the hospital, Leola gets bored and leaves his bedside for days at a time. She soon finds herself ensnarled in lies, deceit and intrigue.
Each of the Goodlove sons has his own issues which contribute to the dramatic complexity of the plot. Reginald, the middle son, has no idea that his father is in a coma because Reggie hasn’t been seen or heard from since he embezzled money from Sweetwater PG. Barry, the younger son who is engaged, is so affected by the “Gee-man’s” condition that he wants to put his wedding plans on hold until his father is better. His fiancée Amy and her family have no intention of letting Pastor Goodlove’s coma interfere with Amy and Barry’s wedding plans!
The eldest son, Damien, is having difficulty changing his womanizing ways which destroyed his marriage. He is contemplating giving his wife, Michelle, the divorce she has requested when a front-page newspaper article causes him to change his mind. This decision as well as his lustful ways take him on a roller-coaster of emotions and misadventures.
While she was married to Damien, Michelle prided herself on being a dutiful faithful wife and mother who led the Ladies’ Auxiliary at Sweetwater PG. That was – until Damien’s betrayal and her HIV diagnosis sent her over the edge causing her to try to murder him. After her plea bargain and sentencing in the case, Michelle went from being a bitter wife and mother seeking a divorce, to being an angry and love-starved woman out for revenge and sexual gratification.
In Sweetwater Sinners P. L. Wilson displays a flair for fancy as she serves up unabashed spicy urban fiction blended with Christian components. The varied stories are woven together and read like real life drama with a ring of truth to them. Although there is a large cast of characters which include the Goodlove family, Sweetwater PG family and others, the plot unravels effortless with just the right amount of balance between subplots and characters throughout the novel.
Sweetwater Sinners is an entertaining and sensual book with tantalizing details. It is a stress-breaker which I recommend without reservation for the uninhibited individual. For a relaxing treat, block off some “me” time and set the mood so that the book might be enjoyed in one sitting.