In this page-turning novel set in the Depression-era South, New York Times
bestselling author Mary Monroe transports readers to a small Alabama town where home is not always a sanctuary, and two neighboring families let pleasantries mask increasing resentment. . .
Bootlegging was Milton and Yvonne Hamilton’s ticket out of poverty, prison time, and plain bad luck. Now they’ve moved on—to a bigger, richer pool of clientele—right in their own respectable new middle-class backyard. And their growing friendship with seemingly-perfect couple Joyce and Odell Watson is proving golden in more ways than one . . .
As Milton soon learns, Odell is hiding an outside family and dubious business dealings. It’s the perfect recipe for a blackmail scheme that will help Milton hide his own dirty
secrets—even from Yvonne. Better yet, he can take ever more dangerous risks to ace out his
liquor-smuggling rivals—and add a lucrative temptation to his illicit services. And Yvonne, emboldened by her husband’s new gravy train, delights in tormenting Joyce about everything the snobbish matron doesn’t have—especially children.
But even a winning hand can be played too far. Pushed past their limits, Odell and Joyce will play on Milton’s careless boasting—to get him and Yvonne out of their lives for good. And soon, a devastating frame-up will plunge one couple into a living nightmare—and set the stage for explosive retribution . . .
Praise for One House Over
“Mary Monroe is an exceptional writer and phenomenal storyteller!”
—Kimberla Lawson Roby, New York Times Bestselling Author
“Joyce believes she’d found the perfect man in Odell, but secrets and betrayals threaten their happiness, and send ripples throughout their neighborhood. Mary Monroe deftly captures the steamy intrigues of her characters’ complicated lives in this Depression-era story that readers will find impossible to put down.”
—Susan Holloway Scott, author of I, Eliza Hamilton
“Monroe reveals sympathetic aspects and complex motivations for each character in this engrossing setting.” — Booklist
“Mary Monroe is a renowned storyteller whose characters range from ordinary to eccentric to treacherous.” —RT Book Reviews