I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Joneses by Shelia M. Goss
The Joneses by Sheila M. Goss is the story of a family that from the outside looking in has it all – money and prestige within the community and a close-knit family. The Joneses are all about appearances. What looks like the perfect family on the outside…is not so. You may be saying to yourself “no family is perfect,” and although you would be right…well you will see for yourself. Nobody wants to be like the Joneses.
Royce Jones (the father) is the owner and operator of the family business, a funeral home. Although business has been a bit slow, the financial records are showing Royce losing money. Royce claims it is because of bad business investments, but is that really the case. The business is in trouble, and it is causing problems for the Jones women. Royce puts a hold on their spending. His wife Lexi, is embarrassed to say the least, especially with rumors within their circles saying that The Joneses are in financial straits. Lexi is determined to prove them otherwise. Their son, Lovie at the coaxing of his mother, goes to work for his father at the funeral home. The sisters Charity and Hope are constantly in rivalry with each other. One is determined to make the best of the situation by becoming independent, and the other is trying to figure out a way to maintain her image. Everyone in the Jones family is keeping secrets and when the secrets are unraveled for all to see, each member of this family will never be the same.
The Joneses by Sheila M. Goss is a story about a family that is well off within the community and trying to keep up with the image that they have held high for years. Although this was a quick read it was a story that had drama upon drama. Drama in books is good, but there is a such thing as too much drama and this book was over-the-top drama.
Some scenes were very far-fetched. The story was cut and dry. There was no character development that caused for the reader to get attached to the characters. Furthermore, the sexual scenes were described in a bizarre way. (Such as using the term ‘a skilled marksman’ or ‘licking the rim of her cookie jar.’ ) The biggest scene in the book was the most unbelievable and I could only shake my head at that thought of this being remotely believable. With all the excessive drama to get to the end to find out that there would be a sequel was too much.
This book could have easily been summed up with one book. With half the drama and it not being like “Six Degrees of Separation” this could have rated a higher rating.