The Joneses by Shelia M. Goss
Keeping up with the Joneses isn’t all it’s made out to be. In this intriguing novel full of drama and plot twists, one family tries to hold on to their “perfect” life before their secrets, lies, and scandals are exposed.
On the outside, the Joneses seem like the ideal family: Royce Jones, a funeral home mogul, and his wife, Lexi, are parents to Charity, Hope, and Lovie—and everybody wants to be them. But it’s true that money can’t buy happiness, and the Joneses are harboring secrets that can’t stay hidden forever…
The funeral home business has been slow lately, and Royce is in serious trouble. When Lexi learns of their financial strain, she vows to hold on to her status by any means necessary—even if it means going behind her husband’s back. Lovie, seeing his beloved mother so stressed, will do whatever it takes to put a smile back on her face. And sibling rivalries tense up when Charity and Hope both fall for the same guy.
On top of this, they all have secrets they’re hiding not only from people outside their family—but from each other. It’s only a matter of time before the Joneses’ perfect life goes spinning out of control and they’re revealed for who they truly are.
Avoiding Lexi hadn't been easy, and it seemed that it was all for naught. I heard her coming long before she made it to my office. I looked up toward the door awaiting her entrance.
Lexi stormed in my office enraged. "Royce, you can run, but you can't hide. You caused this problem and you're going to fix it. Now tell me how you plan on doing it, so I can deal with other things."
Lexi plopped down in front of my desk.
"Hello to you, too, my beautiful wife."
"Save the pleasantries for your customers." Lexi held her hand in the air and then looked around. "Snap! There are no customers."
"Calm down. If there were some, you would run them off with that mouth of yours."
"Calm? How can I be calm when according to you, we're going broke?"
( Continued... )
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Shelia M. Goss is a national bestselling author and a screenwriter. The Joneses is her seventeenth book in print.
She writes in multiple genres. USA Today says, “Goss has an easy, flowing style with her prose…” She's received many accolades in her career, including being a finalist in the mystery category for the 2013 AA Literary Award Show and a 2012 Emma Award Finalist.
Her books have been on several best sellers lists, such as: Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News and Black Expressions Book Club.
Shelia loves to hear from readers so feel free to contact her via her website: www.sheliagoss.com or follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sheliagoss or Twitter: www.twitter.com/sheliamgoss.
More books by Shelia: http://www.amazon.com/Shelia-M.-Goss/e/B001JPBUTU
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