Behind Closed Doors

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Regina Moore and Karen Jackson, lifelong best friends, are living the kind of life most women only fantasize about. With beautiful homes, fulfilling careers, and two adoring husbands, their joy could not be greater, their worlds could not be richer. But suddenly, shattering truths about the loving men they thought they knew turn happiness into anguish and rage. For Karen and Regina, nothing they believed in or cherished can ever be the same as it was.

Yet, in the painful process...

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Overview

Regina Moore and Karen Jackson, lifelong best friends, are living the kind of life most women only fantasize about. With beautiful homes, fulfilling careers, and two adoring husbands, their joy could not be greater, their worlds could not be richer. But suddenly, shattering truths about the loving men they thought they knew turn happiness into anguish and rage. For Karen and Regina, nothing they believed in or cherished can ever be the same as it was.

Yet, in the painful process of starting over, new doors will open, and two women who once had it all will rediscover the power of honesty and friendship ... and learn the true scope and meaning of love.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060593650
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/21/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 490,204
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kimberla Lawson Roby

Kimberla Lawson Robyis the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of the Reverend Curtis Black series as well as many other novels and novellas. She lives with her husband in Rockford, Illinois.

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First Chapter

Behind Closed Doors

Chapter One

Regina cruised the silver Mercedes in front of her two-story house and beamed with much admiration. The mere sight of Wesleyan Estates sent chills through her entire body. Perfectly landscaped lawns, a nearby golf course, gorgeous houses occupied by wealthy residents. She'd been blessed. Blessed at the age of thirty with what most black people were never able to reap throughout an entire lifetime. And it had all transpired in such perfect order too, one splendid event right after another. Graduating from U of I with no preposterous student loan balances to repay, marrying a well-educated, highly paid, gorgeous-looking black man named Larry, and then purchasing this immaculate home, located in a ninety-nine-percent white, upper-echelon subdivision. Simply put, they had it all. They'd obtained the American dream without even realizing it.

She crept past Larry's crystal white Lexus, parked next to the Cherokee inside the two-car garage, and frowned when she realized the door had been left wide open. She'd fussed at Larry no less than a thousand times for not closing that garage door, and still he didn't seem to be paying her the slightest bit of attention. Just didn't seem to be worried, since they lived in this ritzy neighborhood. But then he'd have a totally different attitude once all of those expensive yard toys of his came up missing. That high-tech electric edger, top-of-the-line snow thrower, and brand-new mulching lawn mower. It was so strange how men always had to learn everything the hard way. Just couldn't tell them anything.

She removed the key from the ignition, stepped out of the car, shut the door, pressed the garage door control on the wall, and walked through the door leading to the hunter green, country-style kitchen. She spotted today's mail stacked on the wooden, tiled-top table where Larry had left it. Bills, bills, bills. Not a day seemed to pass by without one showing up. Nordstrom, Saks, Visa, Discover. She might as well have listed them as joint owners on her checking account with all the checks that were written out to each of them every month, she thought, tossing the bills back onto the table one by one. But at the bottom of the pile was an elegant picture of Oprah Winfrey displayed across the cover of Essence magazine. It was their twenty-fifth anniversary issue, and it appeared to be pretty interesting. She'd definitely have to make sure and find time to read this before the weekend was over.

As she climbed the winding stairs and entered the upstairs hallway, she heard the shower running. It was a bit early to be getting ready for a nine o'clock show, the one she and Larry usually took in every Friday night, but maybe he'd decided to take her to a real restaurant for a change and not one of those tasteless fast-food places. She was sick of eating generic seafood every Friday night. The Boston Sea Party was far more to her liking, and that's where she prayed they were going.

Regina walked into the master bedroom, kicked off her navy blue pumps, slipped out of the navy blue crepe suit and carefully removed her panty hose by Christian Dior. Yesterday, before the clock in her office had barely struck noon, she'd torn a gigantic run in the ones she'd been wearing, and she was planning to get at least one or two more wears out of this pair before having to pitch them in the wastebasket. She'd known for a long time that these things were way too expensive, but as far as she was concerned, the ones they sold in some of those discount stores never seemed to cut it.

She heard the water tapering off and the shower door slide open. "Hey, hon," Regina said, walking into the bathroom, shedding her underwear. "How was your day?"

Larry stepped out of the shower, sawing his back with a burgundy velvet bath towel. "It was okay. How was yours?"

Regina leaned over and pecked him on the lips. "It was a typical Friday, but I'm glad the weekend has finally gotten here. It was a long week."

Larry finished drying himself off, moved in front of the double mirror, picked up his blue plastic razor, and began edging his mustache. "I know what you mean. It was a long week for me as well. I don't know when I've had so many meetings and so many insurance claims to review. Oh, by the way, Ted and I are going out to his boss's house again to play poker. Shouldn't be gone too late, though. I hope you don't mind."

Where did that shit come from? He hadn't mentioned going anywhere when she'd spoken with him at work. She'd assumed this Friday evening would be no different than any other. They would go to dinner, see a movie, and make love like two wild animals when they returned home. He had gone to play cards each of the two previous Fridays, but this once-every-week thing was a little more than she was willing to put up with, and it was starting to piss her off.

Regina placed her right hand on her hip, the way black women do when they intend to get their point across. "And what am I supposed to do sitting here all by myself on a Friday evening? This is the third week in a row. Here I am thinking you're about to take me out to a nice restaurant, and you're in here getting ready to hang out with Ted. We haven't gone anywhere together in two weeks, and I'm getting sick of this."

"We can go to the movies tomorrow. Right?"

"Do I have a choice? It sounds to me like you've already made your plans for the evening anyway," she said, staring straight at him ...

Behind Closed Doors. Copyright © by Kimberla Roby. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2005

    Still Good

    I read this book a long time ago. Maybe in 98/99. But I decided to read it again. A good book and it has its share of drama but seems more like a love story.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2006

    So Much In So Little

    This Book Was So Good!! Everytime A Souliton Resolves 1 Problem..Another 1 Pops Up. The Main Character's Love Survival Skills Are Put To The Test Throughout This Entire Book. Wut Do You Do When You Find Out Your Picture Perfect Husband Cheats On You? When You've Moved On..What Do You Do When He Wants To Come Back? These Questions Are Answered All The Way From The 1st To The Last Page.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2005

    A must read!!!

    This book was so intense I couldn't stop reading it!! Its amazing reading this because stuff that happened in this story happens EVERYDAY. I love books with drama and this is a definite book of pure drama!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2005

    Loving It!!

    I love all of Kimberla's books, including this one. I was so heated at Larry, that i could of cut him myself. I'm glad she was able to free herself and find true love. Adultrey is a crime and any person who commits whether it be man or woman should have to pay the price. Kimberla keep up the good work!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2004

    off the chain!!!!!

    this book really describes what some people's lives are really about.the difference between what's on the surface and what's really going on.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    It was ok...

    It was ok.....typical novel where the man cheats and then tries to return. Nothing special, but I will try another book by Kimberly.

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  • Posted June 12, 2012

    Great book--worth reading!

    Wow, great story. You will not want to put the book down.

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

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    Loved it

    I love this author so much...her books always make me smile cry and laugh all at the same time. Its worth every penny to read her stories

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2004

    outstanding

    The book was terrific, it kept my interest for the book going. Kimberla is a very good aurthor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2004

    Prepare for some real twists and turns!

    Childhood friends; Regina Moore and Karen Jackson have achieved the American dream of the successful careers, the handsome husbands and extravagant homes in the Chicago suburbs. Eventually all isn't all well when Karen's husband John begins throwing away his paycheck to the race track, and Regina's husband Larry starts spending his more time at the office 'so he says,' but her woman¿s intuition tells her he's creepin'. Both women experience heartache and their biggest fears come to life. Regina Moore is a independent, loving, strong, and determined wife who insists on savoring her marriage no matter what the costs. With all the sleepless nights and questions of his faithfulness Regina has stressed herself out, but won't give up on her husband even though he is cheating on her. Some men look at women as always being the strong one, but Regina realizes she is weak at times too and this characteristic is more than believable to me. Behind Closed Doors deals with interesting topics like infidelity, gambling, friendship, and betrayal. Infidelity may be thought of as common. For Instance Regina's husband Larry is cheating on her with a close friend. Also, gambling can destroy a relationship or it can strengthen the bond between a couple as it does in this novel. Karen's husband John has a serious problem with gambling that he is not willing to confront. With the struggles they go through, they continually dust themselves off to rise and put their lives back on track. Friendship is the glue that holds them together.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2001

    Outstanding

    I enjoyed Behind Closed Doors. It is a reminder that money does not bring happiness and that the grass is not always greener on the other side.The characters struggle with relationship issues such as gambling and cheating and learn painful lessons in dealing with these problems. This is a very shocking and realisic book that keeps you turning the page waiting for the outcome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2001

    A Must Read

    After reading this book it made me realize how truly blessed I am. I remember dating someone similar to one of the characters and I'm glad I woke up a long time ago. After I read this book I gave my fiance a big hug and kiss and thanked him for being a good man. Every woman should read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2001

    A Earlier venture

    This was a simple, yet captivating short story. Knowing the georgraphical area as I do, I was able to envision alot of the places in the scenes. Being a young Africian American woman, I could relate to maried, being single, being seperated, having trust betrayed, etc... Read this one first.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2000

    just okay!

    overall i thought the book was too descriptive and i think some of that could have been left out. the readers didn't need to know all that descriptiveness and what kind of cars they drove, etc. the book wasn't as exciting as 'here and now' or 'casting the first stone'. ms. roby could have done alot better. also the book was a little too predictable and short. you sort of know what the ending is going to be like. i read it in 4 hours.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2000

    JUST OK

    I thought that this book was 'too descriptive'. Sentences like 'She picked up her black Coach bag and realized she was wearing green so she switched to the green Coach bag' really started getting on my nerves. We did not need to know that the water in the refrigerator was imported and name brand!! Who cared?? Why didn't Regina kick Marilyn and Larry's butts?? Why did the guy she met in the jewelry store have to be the owner??? Why couldn't he just be a clerk in a jewelry store?? Why did Larry come back on bended knee as fine as he was??? 'Here and Know' is a much better book than this piece of nonsense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2000

    'Waiting To Exhale'...minus two.

    BEHIND CLOSED DOORS was a little slow in the beginning, but picked up steam and didn't let me go until the end of the book! Ms. Roby gave these women issues, and, in their own way, made them stronger toward the end. Okay, I'm a sucker for a happy ending, and when all is said and done, everyone got what they deserved. That's how a book should read, and this one did. Congratulations!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2000

    A Most Definite Must Read!!!!!!!!!

    This is definitely a must read book! This is the first book I read by Kimberla Lawson Roby and I really enjoyed it from the beginning until the end. It kept my interest piqued throughout the entire book and I found it really hard to put the book down. I thought this book was very deep and touched close to home with many of the views and opinions with how it relates with today¿s modern day society. Not only did this book show you how some females can show their weaknesses when a man is not in their life, but how to overcome it and become the strong woman that they want to be. This book also displays a character that can help the women that think they are so independent where they get to the point and try to make themselves believe that they don¿t need anyone else, when in reality they know they do. Fellas, don¿t get me wrong. This book is not only for the ladies this book also allows you to identify and relate to the characters, and can give you and your woman a better view of how you two think and feel in different stages in your relationship. I would recommend this book to anyone, young or old, because regardless of age, sex, or color, I believe that this book can give you views or directions in your life because there are situations that take place that any reader could relate to or identify with the characters one way or another.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2000

    Not Worth the Time

    I read this book over two years ago because the title, 'Behind Closed Doors' piqued my curiousity. Although I remember very little of the plot, I can honestly say that it was interesting, but not at all compelling. However, it was pretty realistic, albeit somewhat superficial and contrived. It was also kind of juvenile, in my opinion. After reading 'Behind Closed Doors', it was not surprising that it was a first effort on the author's part, or that she ultimately decided to self-publish it. But, I can definitely appreciate the fact that Ms. Roby succeeded in realizing her dream of becoming a best-selling author with this initial effort. I give the sister her 'props' because she is now a respected and recognized name in the literary world. I admire her tenacity! However, the grammar in the book needed some cleaning up. Whoever editted the book did a poor job. The author wrote the way she speaks; Ebonics was sprinkled throughout, i.e., 'She drug herself across the floor.' Puh-leeeeze!!! Overall, I was unimpressed and disappointed. Still, the book was entertaining -- although it was not something I just could not put down until it was completed. I did not recommend it to any of my friends.

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