What a Sista Should Do centers on three African American women: Taylor, a single mother; Yvonne, a preacher’s wife; and Pam, a successful career woman married to an aspiring musician/producer. What do the three have in common? They all belong to the same church. Narrated by each of them in alternating chapters, their stories together tell of three women who are struggling with their faith but are also struggling to live a good life, doing whatever it takes to do the right thing.
Taylor has never been married, and her son, Joshua, is the result of an affair she had with a married man, Luke, who also happens to be a minister and is married to Yvonne. Taylor and Yvonne meet when Yvonne invites Taylor to a meeting of Sister to Sister, a group Yvonne leads to supposedly talk about spiritual matters, but these meetings usually end up being one big gossip-fest. When Taylor sees the gist of the meetings, she leaves abruptly, not wanting to deal with gossipers when all she wanted to do was pray and meet new friends. She doesn’t want the ladies to find out about her relationship with Luke, although the relationship has been over for a few years. But because she had a son from this illicit union, Taylor does her best to keep a low profile and makes sure no one knows her business. She doesn’t want people to point fingers at Joshua.
Yvonne thinks she has the perfect life, not knowing that her husband, Luke, has been unfaithful. When she learns about Taylor's child and who the father is, Yvonne aims her hatred at Taylor and, at first, believes her husband's lies about his affair. His version: it meant nothing to him and Taylor seduced him, as she does all the men she meets. What Yvonne doesn’t know is that Taylor lives a solitary life, and she made a mistake when she met Luke, thinking that he was sincere when he told her he was going to leave his wife. Taylor fell in love with Luke and waited patiently for him to get his divorce so they could be married. Luke, of course, tells his story to Yvonne a little differently.
Pam is tired of her husband, Troy's, dreams. All he talks about is how they will be rich once his music career takes off, but she doesn't believe it will happen and does not support him. She has no interest in his music, so she never goes to the clubs to hear him or his proteges play. She centers her life on her church, something that frustrates Troy because he feels she should be spending more time with him and their two daughters. While Troy was busy building his music career, Pam was climbing the corporate ladder, becoming the main breadwinner in the family. She’s good at what she does, but she is tired of having to do it all and getting nothing back from Troy in return. Pam feels they are drifting apart and finds little solace when his career does finally take off, causing him to spend more time in his new studio while Pam wonders where their future lies.
The three women are united in friendship when Pam tries to bring Taylor and Yvonne together, hoping that Yvonne will learn to forgive Taylor her indiscretions with Luke, and at the same time hoping Taylor will apologize to Yvonne for what she did. What a Sista Should Do is a faith-based story of three women who find their strength in God and at the same time learn to find friendships where they least expect to. For those who do not enjoy Christian fiction may find some of the passages a bit preachy, but outside of that the story is very good and I was able to immerse myself in the three women’s stories. What a Sista Should Do comes recommended.