Keeping up with the Joneses isn’t all it’s made out to be. In this intriguing novel full of drama and plot twists, one family tries to hold on to their “perfect” life before their secrets, lies, and scandals are exposed.
On the outside, the Joneses seem like the ideal family: Royce Jones, a funeral home mogul, and his wife, Lexi, are parents to Charity, Hope, and Lovie—and everybody wants to be them. But it’s true that money can’t buy happiness, and the Joneses are harboring secrets that can’t stay hidden forever…
The funeral home business has been slow lately, and Royce is in serious trouble. When Lexi learns of their financial strain, she vows to hold on to her status by any means necessary—even if it means going behind her husband’s back. Lovie, seeing his beloved mother so stressed, will do whatever it takes to put a smile back on her face. And sibling rivalries tense up when Charity and Hope both fall for the same guy. On top of this, they all have secrets they’re hiding not only from people outside their family—but from each other. It’s only a matter of time before the Joneses’ perfect life goes spinning out of control and they’re revealed for who they truly are.
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About the Author
Shelia M. Goss is the Essence magazine and Dallas Morning News bestselling author of ten contemporary fiction novels, including Delilah, Ruthless, My Invisible Husband, Savannah’s Curse, and Montana’s Way. Delilah was a 2012 Emma Awards Finalist, and Montana’s Way, Ruthless, and Delilah have appeared on the top twenty bestsellers list of Black Expressions. A speaker at literary conferences across the country, Shelia also works closely with librarians supporting literacy and increasing awareness via workshops for adults and teens.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
From the outside looking in, the Jones family has it all: power, wealth, beauty. But when one scratches the surface, things are not as great as they seem. Royce, the family patriarch, is the owner of a once thriving funeral business. Will his shady business ventures cause him to lose his family’s wealth and prestige in the community? Lexi, his wife of over twenty years, is obsessed with appearances. She will do any and everything to keep her family’s reputation blemish free. Her secrets, however, threaten to derail the marriage she is so proud of. Lovie is the couple’s son. He reluctantly becomes a part of the family business and what he uncovers threatens to tear the family apart. Charity and Hope are the two daughters. Beautiful and self-absorbed, their relationship with their family and each other begins to unravel in the face of tragedy. The Joneses are at a crossroads and their lives are falling apart. This is the first novel I have read by Shelia Goss and I found it to be very entertaining. Although the characters are very shallow, I did find myself caught up in the drama-filled story of secrets, lies, and the tangled webs woven by the characters. The storyline itself is a bit flat and predictable and the ending sets the story up for a sequel. However, I have had enough of the Joneses and wouldn’t be interested in reading any more about their lives. Reviewed by: Flashette
Everybody wants to keep up with the Joneses...but as Mrs. Lexi Jones so eloquently stated, being a Jones takes some work! The story is told from each member of the Jones Family. First, there's Royce, the Patriarch and owner of RJ Funeral home. He is married to the lovely Lexi...who is a homemaker but is there for Royce in any way she needs him. Then, there's the oldest child...Lovie, an accountant who has his own way to make money outside of the family business. Then, there are the daughters, Charity and Hope. How will they handle it when the family business is suddenly not doing so well? Their parents have been so generous over the years that none of them have ever had to worry about money. Now, Hope will have to stop her frequent out of town trips, spa days and shopping sprees. Lexi will have to stop her trips to the country club and the salon. What will they do? Well...amidst all of their money woes, we find out that there are some secrets in the Jones family. Well who did what? When did they do it?! Why? Can the family recover? What's it like to be a member of the Jones family? Well grab this book and go on the wild ride. You'll be flipping pages with an urgency that ends abruptly when Shelia gives us a cliffhanger on the last page! WHAT?!!! *faints* Ah well...tune in...you'll have to see what all goes down with the Joneses then get your mouth ready for what's to come later!