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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (September 21, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060593652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060593650
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An uplifting account of struggles and adjustments."
-- Midwest Book Review (Midwest Book Review ) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About 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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Kimberla Lawson Roby is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the popular Reverend Curtis Black Series. Those titles include: The Prodigal Son, A House Divided, The Reverend's Wife, Love, Honor, & Betray, Be Careful What You Pray For, The Best of Everything, Sin No More, Love & Lies, The Best-Kept Secret, Too Much of A Good Thing, and Casting the First Stone. Kimberla also has 10 standalone titles: A Christmas Prayer, The Perfect Marriage, Secret Obsession, A Deep Dark Secret, One in A Million, Changing Faces, A Taste of Reality, It's a Thin Line, Here & Now, and Behind Closed Doors. She lives with her husband in Rockford, Illinois. Web Site: kimroby.com, Facebook: facebook.com/kimberlalawsonroby, Twitter: twitter.com/KimberlaLRoby

Customer Reviews

The storyline was too predictable and full of cliches.
Clark
I couldn't wait to read the next page...... Loved the book!, if only real life had happy endings!!!!
Darron
I find her to be a very talented writer with stories that are always entertaining.
Gayle V. Caver

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By SimplyBeautiful on January 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
After reading Casting the First Stone, Kimberla Roby's 2nd novel, I had to read her 1st, Behind Closed Doors. For a first attempt at writing a novel, this book was acceptable. The storyline was excellent, but her use of language and point illustration were below average. Her brand-name droppping brought her writing style down even more i.e., "She placed her Coach purse in the lower-right hand drawer and sat her black Coach briefcase on the floor." Everytime a handbag, among other things, was mentioned, the brandname was sure to follow. Spare me! Less is more sometimes. Furthermore, her sentences did not flow very well. It was as if she was writing for her junior high english teacher and afraid of getting her paper back full of red marks. Each sentenced was structured "too perfectly." However, if you look over the writing style and focus on the storyline you will find a very entertaining story of two friends going through the trials and tribulations of being "thirtysomething." What do you do when you have what you've always dreamed of -- perfect house, perfect careers, loving husbands, etc., and things go awry? Read and find out....
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 28, 1998
Format: Paperback
I think the book was a rush project. Ms. Roby did not take the time to develope her characters and the use of the designer labels wore me out! I thought it was a bite over exxagerated and not detailed in areas that may have helped readers enjoy it more. She's young and I do hope to read her writings in the future hopefully showing her developing more as a writer. I wish her the best of luck on her future projects.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
I read "Behind Closed Doors" after reading and enjoying the author's latest book, "Casting the First Stone". The difference in writing skills is like night and day. I assume Kensington Books, Ms. Roby's publisher of all but her first book made sure an editor helped before publication. Her first book was self-published, certainly a brave effort, but the lack of editing is glaring.
My impression of "Behind..." was that Ms. Roby had talent, wrote an entertaining and plausible story that most people can identify with (hence the book's popularity) - HOWEVER...numerous grammatical and spelling errors, atrocious sentence construction, and a virtual altar to naked and rampant materialism (how many Coach handbags and briefcases can one describe??)were a huge and disappointing distraction. One could open a department store or two with the number of name-brands mentioned ad nauseum.
If this is supposed to be a model for the attitudes of the black middle class then this country and its children are all in serious trouble. Consumerism at all cost rather than an investor/wealth-building mentality seemed to be the message. More troubling is the fact that despite these serious shortcomings the book was lauded to the skies. It is one thing to praise and encourage budding talent while offering constructive feedback to ensure constant improvement and "bigger and better things". It is quite another to ignore serious flaws and lavish awards instead. It is like awarding an A for C- or D work - how does this benefit the author??
A disturbing thought is that there is such a dearth of good writing that there are no standards anymore. Either people do not read at all or do not remember what good writing looks like. As a result anything that seems entertaining is assumed to equate to 5 stars.
Read her latest book to see the difference, then revaluate this first book.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By kendari2 on September 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
I had read this book once before, and as I was going through my numerous books, I decided to re-read this one. When I first read it I didn't realize how much name dropping the author did. I mean did we really have to know what kind of outfit each character had on or that it was a designer label? Come on now!! As for the book, the storyline was entertaining, but it seemed that towards the end the author just decided to quit writing and come up with an easy ending. I have also read her book Here and Now, and you can definitely tell the difference from first novel to second. Much success to Kim in the future. Peace!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By selenna m. phillips, on March 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
I am currently going thru a very painful seperation with an unfaithful husband. The circumstances in this book are similiar. I found myself identifying with the character Regina totally. Girlfriend even smokes the same brand of cigarettes that I do...Capre menthol 120s.
This book got so deep and personal that there were many times that I had to put it down because my body began to shake.
This book is definately a must read. I guarantee that you will not be disappointed. Trust me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jenny J.J.I. VINE VOICE on December 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
The book was terrific, it kept my interest for the book going. Kimberla is a very good author. 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 creping'.

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.

I enjoyed Behind Closed Doors. It is a reminder that money does not bring happiness and that the grass is not always greener on the other side.
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