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She Had It Coming

Mary Monroe

ISBN 9780758212184
Publish Date 7/28/2009
Format Trade Paperback
Categories Dafina, Fiction

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.” —Publishers Weekly on Deliver Me From Evil

“Monroe’s richly drawn characters will stay with readers long after the book is finished.” —Booklist on Gonna Lay Down My Burdens

“Monroe’s literary canvas is painted with broad strokes, with verve and humor and passion.” —Christian Science Monitor

Discussion Questions

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 scene?

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 Dolores?

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?

About Mary Monroe:

Mary Monroe is the third child of Alabama sharecroppers, and the first and only member of her family to finish high school. Mary never attended college or any writing classes. She spent the first part of her life in Alabama and Ohio, moved to Richmond, California in 1973, and has lived in Oakland since 1984. Her first novel, The Upper Room, was published in 1985 and was widely reviewed throughout the U.S. and in Great Britain. She is a recipient of the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award for her novel God Don't Like Ugly.

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