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The Perfect Marriage
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The Perfect Marriage
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Denise and Derrek Shaw are the perfect American couple. Happily married for 15 years, they have a wonderful daughter, successful careers, and a beautiful house. They also have a shocking secret: a dangerous addiction to drugs. Denise and Derrek attend Narcotics Anonymous meetings. But with Denise's job becoming more stressful, it is the drugs that allow her to get through her long days. Then Derrek, who has been clean for weeks, relapses when there is a family tragedy. Once soul mates, this husband and wife are quickly losing the immense love they once felt for each other. With her parents spiraling out of control, their daughter, Mackenzie, makes an unexpected move to take matters into her own hands. But while one of them does enter rehab, the other is unable to end the addiction. Is this that person's ultimate fate, or is there still hope and a final chance to save the Shaw family?

Denise and Derrek Shaw are the perfect American couple. Happily married for 15 years, they have a wonderful daughter, successful careers, and a beautiful house. They also have a shocking secret: a dangerous addiction to drugs. Denise and Derrek attend Narcotics Anonymous meetings. But with Denise's job becoming more stressful, it is the drugs that allow her to get through her long days. Then Derrek, who has been clean for weeks, relapses when there is a family tragedy. Once soul mates, this husband and wife are quickly losing the immense love they once felt for each other. With her parents spiraling out of control, their daughter, Mackenzie, makes an unexpected move to take matters into her own hands. But while one of them does enter rehab, the other is unable to end the addiction. Is this that person's ultimate fate, or is there still hope and a final chance to save the Shaw family?

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  • Kimberla Lawson Roby is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Be Careful What You Pray For, A Deep Dark Secret, The Best of Everything, One in a Million, Sin No More, and numerous other books. Her novels have also frequented many other bestseller lists, including those in the Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Essence, Upscale magazine, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon.com, to name a few. In addition, Roby received the Blackboard Fiction Book of the Year Award in 2001 for Casting the First Stone. She is also the recipient of the 2006, 2007, and 2009 Author of the Year (Female) awards presented by the African American Literary Award Show in New York and of the 1998 First-Time Author Award from Chicago's Black History Month Book Fair and Conference. Her fifth novel, A Taste of Reality, was a 2004 finalist for the Atlanta Choice Awards, and Too Much of a Good Thing received a 2004 Patron Choice Award from the Central Mississippi Regional Library System. She lives in Illinois with her husband, Will.

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    June 1, 2013

    Though Derrek and Denise Shaw appear to have the perfect marriage, they are using Vicodin and cocaine, neglecting their religion and ideals, and refusing to deal with their childhood demons. When Derrek develops a gambling habit, it looks like the Shaws will lose everything. Then their beloved teenage daughter's overdose finally shocks them into action and forces them to get their lives back on track. The story is predictable, and the characters neither interesting nor likable. Shay Moore is a talented reader who adapts her voice to convey the genders, personalities, and moods of these individuals, but even her appealing voice and consistent pacing cannot save this story. VERDICT Buy only where fans of Roby demand this. ["Roby, a skilled storyteller, once again weaves together a compelling plot by placing ordinary, sympathetic characters in difficult situations. Roby's many fans and readers who enjoy African American pop fiction will want this one," read the review of the Grand Central hc, LJ Xpress Reviews, 12/7/12.--Ed.]--Juleigh Muirhead Clark, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Lib., Williamsburg, VA

    Copyright 2013 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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