The Perfect Marriage by Kimberla Lawson Roby

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The New York Times bestselling novel from the author of the Reverend Curtis Black series...


Denise and Derrek Shaw are the perfect American couple. Happily married for fifteen years, they have a wonderful daughter, Mackenzie, successful careers, and a beautiful home in a posh Chicago suburb. They are attractive, respected . . . and hiding a shocking secret: a dangerous addiction to drugs.

It started innocently enough. Denise occasionally used prescription drugs to help her deal with the long hours and demanding nature of her job. Derrek, also under pressure at work, began using cocaine socially with some of his colleagues.

They can quit whenever they want to. At least, that's what Denise would like to believe . . .

As her job becomes more stressful, Denise can no longer get through the day without a fix. Derrek realizes his harmless habit has become anything but, and desperately wants to get clean. However, his attempts are derailed when there is a sudden family tragedy. Once soul mates, now this husband and wife are quickly losing the immense love that had been the cornerstone of their marriage. With her parents spiraling out of control, Mackenzie makes an unexpected move to take matters into her own hands. Is her sacrifice too late-or is there still hope? Is there a final chance to save the Shaw family?

About Kimberla Lawson Roby

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Kimberla Lawson Roby is the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Reverend Curtis Black Series. She lives with her husband in Rockford, Illinois. For more information, please visit
Published January 8, 2013 by Grand Central Publishing. 193 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Denise and Derrek appear to be the perfect couple, but can their love for each other and their family overcome their deepening drug addictions?

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Though Derrek and Denise Shaw appear to have the perfect marriage, they are using Vicodin and cocaine, neglecting their religion and ideals, and refusing to deal with their childhood demons. When Derrek develops a gambling habit, it looks like the Shaws will lose everything. Then their beloved te...

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Roby's new novel (after The Reverend's Wife) proves that appearances can deceive because still waters run deep. Derrek, a top administrator at a local hospital, and Denise, the head nurse of a local nursing home, appear to be the perfect couple. They have it all: high-paying jobs, a nice home

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