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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Mary Monroe returns to the 1930s era of her acclaimed novel The Upper Room with a dazzling portrait of two very different couples whose friendship and fast times are no match for shattering betrayal. 

A solid marriage, a thriving business, and the esteem of their close-knit Alabama community - Joyce and Odell Watson have every reason to count their blessings. Their marriage has given well-off Joyce a chance at the family she's always wanted - and granted Odell a once-in-a-lifetime shot to escape grinding poverty. But all that respectability and status comes at a cost. Just once, Joyce and Odell want to break loose and taste life's wild side, without consequences. 

When their new neighbors turn out to be high-steppin' bootleggers Milton and Yvonne Hamilton, the Watsons plunge headlong into good times and fast living. For Joyce, Yvonne is someone she can show off to - and look down on. And Odell won't introduce crude, unsophisticated Milton to his friends - but is happy to let Milton ply him with free booze and good times. Milton hates being slighted and disrespected, and he's determined to do something about it. When Milton inadvertently discovers Odell's scandalous double life with a long-term mistress, he decides this is the perfect chance to wreck the Watsons' perfect world.

©2018 Mary Monroe (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Cliff Hanger

This was a great read. The end of the book was not an end. It is a beginning of the next book in the series.

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Don't waste your credit

story dragged out without a climax then ended abruptly without a resolution. You have to buy book 2 for the follow up. Disappointed. A complete waste of my time.

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GREAT BOOK

Very good book didn't want to put it down left you hanging at the end can't wait for part 2

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Disappointed<br />

First Mary Monroe book I did not enjoy
expected much more from her. Hated It

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Compelling, funny, insightful..GREAT BOOK!

Absolutely loved it, the storyline,characters and narration was compelling. I listened non-stop, very interesting characters 😊😁

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Not very pleased with this book.

The entire book was dragging on and on, and at the end there was not ending. Not a book I would recommend for reading. Definitely, not one of Mary Monroe better writing . Has the follow up book been written yet?

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GREAT! WANT MORE!

loved it! when is the next one out? I love Mary Monroe she is a great story teller.

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A disappointment.

I have been a Mary Monroe follower for years but I am so disappointed in this novel.. It was difficult tounderstand the reason behind the constant criticism of the leading character and what caused her parents displeasure. I read the book for a book discussion group and we were all so suprised that the story just stopped. I understand stories that continue in another volume but generally at least one part of the story concludes and the reader looks foward to continue with the characters because the reader has learned to like either the story and/or the characters. Neither is really true about this novel.

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Ending was a let down

This was first Mary Monroe book and for the most part I enjoyed the story. However I like an ending that ties up at least some of the loose ends. Not to give anything away but I left there and immediately went to look for the sequel. Apparently there isn’t one yet.

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Great! Great! Great!

I really enjoyed this book I can't wait for part two. I couldn't put it down