It’s no surprise that Victoria Christopher Murray and Reshonda Tate Billingsley have written another wonderful novel about Jasmine, Rachel and Mae Francis. In Fortune & Fame, These three women joined by Mary Richardson and Melinda and Natasia are putting together a reality show. While taping the show, old issues come up like Natasia’s love for Hosea, Jasmine’s preacher-husband. Of course, there is the old rivalry or friendship between Rachel and Jasmine. It’s always funny how after all the fights and name calling they end up helping one another get what they want from life and liking one another. proving friendship between women can be pretty complicated.
With all the maniacal fun going on there are also the serious issues about the custody of a little boy who biologically belongs to Mary Richardson. Rachel and Lester have been the caretakers of Mary’s son during her long stay in prison. What will happen now? How badly does she want her child back with her? I was surprised that Mary didn’t beg to see her son immediately after leaving prison. Then, there is the issue of leadership. Mary’s husband, Nathan, is a preacher too. However, what he does behind closed doors is unthinkable.
Of course, Mae Francis and Oprah, Own, Gayle King can not go unmentioned. After all the reality show is being produced at the Own studio. Oprah remains above all the horrible shenanigans like lies and competitive moves. I guess this is why Fortune & Fame ends smelling like a rose. I would hate to see the Queen of t.v. brought low in such a good novel.