Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors

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by Kimberla Lawson Roby
     
 

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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

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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 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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"An uplifting account of struggles and adjustments." —Midwest Book Review

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ISBN-13:
9780061873935
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/13/2009
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
114,060
File size:
327 KB

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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.

Meet the Author

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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Behind Closed Doors 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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It was ok.....typical novel where the man cheats and then tries to return. Nothing special, but I will try another book by Kimberly.
MissBenn More than 1 year ago
Wow, great story. You will not want to put the book down.
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fngrs More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was terrific, it kept my interest for the book going. Kimberla is a very good aurthor.