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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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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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Ending was a let down

I was so surprised with the book ending leaving everything up in the air. Not impressed with the unresolved issues.

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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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Disappointed<br />

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

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Interesting

Good book. Don't know how he's going to get out of this jam. Feels so sad for his wife

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WOW!

Love it! It left me wanting more.
I can't wait for the second book to come out.

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Disappointed

I love Mary Monroe. I got my first fix with the God don’t like ugly series and I’ve been hooked. This one was a little disappointing to me. It seemed to go on and on only for it to end abruptly...

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Disappointed with ending

Enjoyed thus book until I got to the ending... Disappointed that the truth was never revealed!

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Not my favorite, but entertainment

It wasn't a story that made me want to finish it in one day or anything, but gave me a few chuckles. I'd read earlier reviews about the ending, so I wasn't too disappointed, but definitely would've loved to find out if Joyce ever found out the truth.