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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (April 20, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312300506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312300500
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,933,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A fatal car accident sets the stage for a series of revelations in I Know Who Holds Tomorrow by Blackboard bestselling author Francis Ray. Just after her husband's death, popular talk show host Madison Reed discovers that he had a mistress, who was also killed in the accident. The deceaseds' baby girl is an orphan now, and Madison finds herself pressured by her husband's best friend to adopt the child. Will she learn to accept the baby and love again? Ray's plot is far-fetched, but he lavishes detail and attention on his characters. (May)
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Wes and Madison Reed, the perfect celebrity couple, are having marital problems. As popular television personalities, they stay together for the sake of their public image. Their world changes when Wes is injured while changing a tire. On his deathbed he lets Madison know that the baby found in the car of the woman he helped was his daughter. With his last words he implores Madison to raise the child. Reeling from her husband's death and the revelation that he had an affair that produced a child, Madison struggles with her mixed emotions. Unsure and fragile, Madison leans on Wes' best friend, Zachary Holman. She begins to depend on his strength and dependability until she discovers that he has not been honest with her. Once again she is in a quandary about her relationship with a man. She attempts to pull away from him only to discover that their friendship is much more than even she was willing to admit. Ray has written a novel with intrigue and humanity. Lillian Lewis
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Very well written.
M.CP
Zachary Holman (Wes' best friend) helps Madison realize that she needs the baby as much as the baby needs her.
Nicole McCurty
I Know Who Holds Tomorrow will definitely touch your heart and help you realize the healing power of love.
Shar

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on April 2, 2002
Format: Paperback
I Know Who Holds Tomorrow by Francis Ray is a very human
account of one woman's struggle to right her life after
learning secrets which turned her world upside down.
Talk show host Madison Reed is loving her career but
struggling with her marriage. Then a tragic automobile
accident kills Madison's husband Wes and the young woman
whose tire he was changing. The woman's nine month old
daughter, Manda is unharmed. Before Wes dies he begs Madison
to care for the baby. Once she promises, Wes tells her that
he is the biological father.
Madison is devastated. She wants to hate someone, but
Wes is dead and Manda is an innocent victim. She begins a
tug of war; can she really care for her husband's child by
another woman? In steps Zachary, Wes' good friend, he offers
to assist Madison, promising that he will always be there to
help. But Zachary shared secrets with Wes that he is afraid
could destroy Madison and turn her against him.
I felt the same anticipation you experience as you ascend
for a wild roller coaster ride, knowing once you reach the
top you are in for a treat. The secrets kept you hanging
on to the bar as Ms. Ray brought this intriguing ride to a
climactic end. This is a very good read.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Toni Bonita on May 5, 2002
Format: Paperback
Madison and Wes Reed appear to be the perfect couple, living the good life in the eyes of the public. Behind close doors they are sleeping in seperate bedrooms speaking to each other only when neccessary. Having lost a baby Madison puts her emotions in a box. West keeps his inside only to find solace in the arms of another woman. An unfortunate accident takes Wes life along with a woman Madison later learns is his mistress. Nine month old Manda is left with out a mother. Wes dying confession and request to Madison are to take care of Manda she is his child. Wes best friend Zachary is there to support her through all the craziness, but he has secrets of his own. Ms Francis Ray takes us on a ride of secrets, lies, denial, love, friendship, strengths,and weakness no emotion is left untaped. A must read, when you get past one shock there is another shock waiting for you.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By kendari2 on May 4, 2002
Format: Paperback
Meet Madison Reed mega talk show host and her TV corrspondent husband Wes. They are the perfect couple.....or are they? After tragedy strikes and Madison miscarries their unborn child.....their marriage seems destined for divorce court.
They drift apart and barely communicate with one another, just when Madison is ready to call it quits another tragedy stikes. This time more devastaing than she could ever imagine. Her husband is critically injured in a car accident, and while in the hospital he confides in Madison a secret that he shared with only a few others. While Madison attempts to cope and understand the hand she has been dealt, she also finds herself falling in love, even though she feels with the wrong person. Will she be able to handle all that has been given to her? You'll need to read the book to find out.
Francis Ray tells and amazing story of death, deception, acceptance, and love. This is the first book I have read by this author and my actual rating is 4.5. I look forward to reading more of Francis Ray's work in the future.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By ReadinDiva on April 20, 2002
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Francis Ray really knows how to tell a story and make you not want to put the book down. That's what happened to me when I bought this book. Since I own all of her books and have read many of them more than once I was not disappointed and neither will you be once you start reading.
On the outside Wes & Madison had the perfect marriage. All of that came to a halt when Wes is involved in an accident and on his death bed makes a confession of betrayal no wife would want to face. With the support of her family, co workers and Wes' best friend Zachary, Madison is able to start putting her life back on track and take care of and love the most innocent one of them all.
There is so much I want to say about this book but, I want you to experience the same feelings that I did as I read it. You will want to read it again and again. Go out and purchase this book or order it now. You will be so glad that you did.
Other boooks by Francis Ray: Forever Yours, Heart of the Falcon, Until There Was You and Silken Betrayal
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dera R Williams VINE VOICE on May 27, 2002
Format: Paperback
I know when I read one of Francis Ray's books I am going to get a novel with all the elements of a good storyline; family dynamics, romance, and suspense. Additionally Ms. Ray's graces us with well developed characters and intelligently woven tales of middle/upper African American lifestyles.
Madison and Wes Reed appear to have it all; successful media careers, a custom built lavish home, and the lifestyle of the rich and famous. But there are cracks in the carefully constructed facade that are threatening to crumble to pieces. After a devastating miscarriage, Madison has becomes withdrawn from her husband, and Wes, unable to express his feelings, becomes equally inaccessible to his wife. When tragedy strikes, secrets, lies, and deceit are discovered. Madison hardly has enough time to grieve for her husband when she is confronted with the evidence of Wes's most deceitful deeds.
Madison is comforted by Zachary Holman, Wes's friend, and a successful homebuilder. He forces Madison to face her fears and impels her to look within herself to be the compassionate, loving woman that he knows she is. Meanwhile Madison feels compelled to keep up the masquerade of the grieving, devastated widow but because she is in the public eye, wolves in sheep's clothing are constantly looking for dirt. Madison also has to contend with Wes's parents, a self absorbed couple, who value class and economics above everything else to the extent they are also carrying around demons that lies and secrets have created.
There are imposing secondary characters who enrich the storyline as well as support the main characters. This novel is a lesson in what can happen when a couple lacks communication in their marriage, how life choices and circumstances can change momentarily, and how one woman faces her tribulations with her head held high. There were some predictable moments in the story but kudos are in order for Ms. Ray as a classic story teller.
Dera Williams
APOOO Bookclub
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Francis Ray is a native Texan and lived in Dallas. INCOGNITO, her sixth title, was the first made-for-TV movie for BET. Her literary fiction series-Taggart and Falcon, the Invincible Women, Grayson Family of New Mexico, and Grayson Friends have consistently made bestseller's lists, and are enjoyed by readers world-wide. She has written fifty-four books. Awards include Romantic Times Career Achievement, EMMA, The Golden Pen, Atlantic Choice, Borders 2008 Romance Award for bestselling Multicultural Romance for NOBODY BUT YOU. IF YOU WERE MY MAN was selected as Written 2010 Book of the Year, African American Literary Award 2013 for Best Romance, Best in Romance Building Relationships Around Books 2013 Woman Literature- WHEN MORNING COMES, the FRANCIS RAY LIFETIME LITERARY AWARD named in her honor from BRAB and Multicultural Romance: REVIEWERS' CHOICE BEST BOOK AWARDS from RT Book Reviews for ALL THAT I DESIRE.

Coming: The Francis Ray collection volume one: A SEDUCTIVE KISS, WITH JUST ONE KISS and A DANGEROUS KISS. The Francis Ray collection volume two: ALL I EVER WANTED, ALL THAT I NEED and ALL THAT I DESIRE.

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