The choices we make in one rash moment can change everything…
Dolores Reese spent her childhood in foster care, like Floyd Watson, a local boy who intrigues her from the moment they meet. When one bad decision sends an innocent Floyd to prison for life, Dolores promises to stick by him. But while Floyd’s world stands still, Dolores’s horizons open up in exciting new ways. Paul Dunne is an accomplished businessman who promises her the kind of future she’s always wanted—the kind she once imagined having with Floyd. But when Floyd is suddenly freed on new evidence, Dolores is torn and must make a fateful decision. And if she isn’t careful, Dolores just might find out what happens when love, dishonesty, and dangerous jealousy collide…
Praise for Mary Monroe
“Monroe delivers what could be her wildest and most entertaining novel yet.”
on Deliver Me From Evil
“Monroe’s richly drawn characters will stay with readers long after the book is finished.”
on Gonna Lay Down My Burdens
“Monroe’s literary canvas is painted with broad strokes, with verve and humor and passion.”
—Christian Science Monitor
1. Miss Naomi’s brutal husband had promised her that he would
kill other members of her family if she left him. And since the
police said they couldn’t do anything to him until he committed
a crime, was his murder justified?
2. Was Dolores wrong for helping Valerie and Miss Naomi conceal
their crime? If you think so, what do you think Dolores
should have done when she innocently entered the crime
3. Dolores was the only friend Floyd had after he went to prison.
But do you think he expected too much from her? Do you
think that she let him manipulate her too much or do you feel
so sorry for him that you were glad he had a friend like Dolores?
4. With Floyd in prison, Dolores’s relationship with him had a lot
of limitations. Were you glad that she got on with her life and
married Paul? If so, why?
5. Dolores knew that it was a crime to marry Floyd while she was
still married to Paul. But since she didn’t think Floyd would
ever get out of prison and getting married meant so much to
him, she gave in. What would you do in the same situation?
6. When Dolores heard that Floyd was going to be released from
prison, should she have immediately come clean with him and
Paul or should she have disappeared from both men’s lives?
7. Dolores was already having a hard time juggling her two husbands
but she still got involved in an intimate relationship with
another man at the same time. Do you think that she was stupid,
out of control, or just plain greedy?
8. Did you suspect before it was revealed that the third man in
Dolores’s complicated love life was the man that Valerie was
planning to marry?
9. Valerie had promised Dolores that she would never tell anyone
that she had committed bigamy. But when Valerie found out
Dolores was sleeping with her fiancé, she snapped and spilled
the beans in front of almost everyone they knew. Do you think
she was justified?
10. Floyd had pressured Dolores into marrying him. Should he
have been more sympathetic and understanding as to why she
had committed bigamy?
11. Despite the fact that Valerie blabbed on Dolores, Dolores kept
her word and never told anybody that Valerie had killed her
stepfather. Do you think that Valerie felt guilty about betraying
12. Do you think that Valerie turned herself in for killing her stepfather
because of her conscience or because she thought that
Dolores might pay her back by turning her in?
13. Do you think that Dolores should have paid at least one visit to
Valerie in jail, just to clear the air?
14. Despite the fact that Dolores lost both husbands and her best
friend at the same time, she still landed on her feet. She had a
beautiful son and had been offered another dream job in another
state. She had a lot to look forward to. Do you think she
deserved to be happy after all she’d done?