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Keeping up with the Joneses isn’t all it’s made out to be. In this intriguing novel full of drama and plot twists, one family tries to hold on to their “perfect” life before their secrets, lies, and scandals are exposed.On the outside, the Joneses seem like the ideal family: Royce Jones, a funeral home mogul, and his wife, Lexi, are parents to Charity, Hope, and Lovie—andKeeping up with the Joneses isn’t all it’s made out to be. In this intriguing novel full of drama and plot twists, one family tries to hold on to their “perfect” life before their secrets, lies, and scandals are exposed.On the outside, the Joneses seem like the ideal family: Royce Jones, a funeral home mogul, and his wife, Lexi, are parents to Charity, Hope, and Lovie—and everybody wants to be them. But it’s true that money can’t buy happiness, and the Joneses are harboring secrets that can’t stay hidden forever…The funeral home business has been slow lately, and Royce is in serious trouble. When Lexi learns of their financial strain, she vows to hold on to her status by any means necessary—even if it means going behind her husband’s back. Lovie, seeing his beloved mother so stressed, will do whatever it takes to put a smile back on her face. And sibling rivalries tense up when Charity and Hope both fall for the same guy. On top of this, they all have secrets they’re hiding not only from people outside their family—but from each other. It’s only a matter of time before the Joneses’ perfect life goes spinning out of control and they’re revealed for who they truly are....

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The Joneses Reviews

  • Ashley Teagle
    2019-04-23 16:19

    Sheila M. Goss’s The Joneses is a high drama novel set in the South. The Joneses are the proud owners of RJ Jones Funeral Home. The patriarch, Royce, has made a fortune carrying on the family business of handling funerals. His wife, Lexi, fills in as needed in the family business and plays the role of society woman when her services are not needed helping with the business. The couple has three children: a son named Lovie, and two daughters, Charity and Hope. Goss writes the book in short chapters that frequently changes the point of view. I always feel like this is a complicated way to tell a story because the story has to make sense for each character and the reader needs to be able to keep track of who is speaking. I personally feel that Goss does okay with the changing points of view. After I realized Lovie was a boy and that Lexi was the mom (maybe the two “L” names were throwing me off?), I was able to follow the story a little better.I appreciated this novel because the characters weren’t all straight thugs--Lovie’s friend Slim is a little questionable, but otherwise, this book is about a well to do Black family with a lot of personal drama. This book has just about everything that a person could want from an urban fiction novel, but I but I do feel like the plot was a little predictable. I also felt Hope’s character was unbearable--she was too dumb for my taste and I thought she added very little to the story except for being another body. I think this book was a little too ambitious considering its modest length of 336 pages. I think half of the drama that unfolded in this book could have been expanded upon and the other half could have easily made up a part two. The characters felt a little flimsy to me and the action moved so quickly, I didn’t feel like I was able to connect to the characters. The result is a high drama story that had very little impact on me as the reader.The book ends on a cliffhanger, so I’m sure there will be a part two to this story. I always try to read a series in its entirety, so I look forward to a part two as an opportunity for Goss to elaborate on the story she set up in this novel more.This book would make a great beach read. I would also recommend it to fans of urban fiction who need a break from tales that are strictly about the street life.

  • Authors & Readers Book Corner
    2019-04-24 12:13

    Buried secrets are revealed in The Joneses by Shelia Goss. The Joneses run a successful funeral home business but behind closed doors, the Joneses have a lot of explaining to do. Royce and Lexi Jones have lived by high standards as well as their children, which isn’t a surprise that everyone in their community wants to be like them. Unbeknownst to everyone around them The Joneses are struggling too.Royce is starting to worry because the funeral business has started to take a nose dive, which has put Royce in trouble. Lexi happens to find out about her family woes from her social circle and decides she will do whatever it takes to keep her status as it is whether her husband knows or not. Lovie has taken his accounting skills and ventured outside of the family business seeming at times he doesn’t see eye-to-eye with his father. This makes it hard for Lovie because he will do anything to keep his mother happy. When Lovie’s mother comes to him asking for a favor, Lovie steps up to help her by helping his father. Lovie immediately starts investigating and what he finds out will change their lives.Charity and Hope are sisters and roommates with different personalities and ways of living. A small sibling rivalry starts when both sisters find out they are dating the same mystery man. Where Charity has drive and wants to be a business owner, Hope lacks and wants to be taken care of. Which sibling will this mystery man pick?What I Didn’t Like: There was nothing to not like about this story.What I Did Like: Shelia Goss has done it again with an entertaining drama. This author‘s writing style never disappointments me. This family and their secrets kept me turning the pages. The characters were well-developed and the twist and turns were unsuspected. Readers will be amazed at the secrets this family keeps from each other as well as their friends. I recommend The Joneses to others.This book was provided by the publisher for review purposes.Teresa BeasleyA&RBC Reviews5 Stars=Non Stop Page Turner

  • Felisa
    2019-04-19 16:25

    When we all think of people with money we think easy life! Well read this novel to find out all the obstacles that the Joneses go through just to keep the money intact. Great read and I'm looking forward to a part 2.

  • Mary
    2019-04-01 09:31

    Everybody wants the love that the Jones family has. The have it all; the money, the perfect family, the looks, and the popularity. What people just don't seem to understand is that what happens behind closed doors is nothing like what they show to the public. The Joneses will show you just what they are made of.This was my first book by Shelia Goss. I truly enjoyed this read. There were so many twists and turns that kept me interested to the very end. Once the secrets were revealed I thought that would be the end of the story, but the author brought more. I'm a little disappointed that there will be a sequel.

  • Barbara
    2019-04-22 11:12

    The Joneses is packed with drama, suspense, and a very strong family bond.The Joneses are a close knit family with many secrets threatening to tear them apart.This book is a page turner that kept me reading until the very end.For me, this is my favorite book now by author Shelia M. Goss.I loved Delilah but The Joneses has taken over.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-04 16:31

    Title: The Joneses by Shelia GossHeading: A Family Affair5 StarsShopping sprees, fancy cars, and luxurious homes are nice to have. Sometimes when we someone with an item that catches our eyes, we tend to want it really badly. All we see is the sparkles and the newness, but we really do not know how the owner receive the item or how they or living. All we know is, we see something we like and want it. I know when growing up, everyone heard about people trying to be like the Joneses. I did not have a clue who they were, but if they were like Royce and Lexi Jones and their three children, from Shelia Goss’s The Joneses, then I am not sure if I would say yes to their lifestyle. Imagine the change of lifestyle Lexi had to go through when she found out the family business was almost broke. She did not want to go back to the life she had before she had married Royce. She did not want to look poor to her high-class frenemies and friends. In an attempt to save the family from the poor house, Lexi convinces her son Lovie to go to work with and for his father. Lovie was a CPA and she was certain he could figure out what went wrong.Royce hated cutting off his daughters, Charity and Hope and most of all his loving wife, however, with some bad investments the money from the business was disappearing as he made it. Even though someone dies everyday, people were looking elsewhere for their burial services. He did not want to hire his son and get rid of his best friend, Jason. He felt Jason was doing a good job. However, Lexi did not see it his way. Who is right?Each one of the three grown children had their own problems going on, but they did not complain too much when they were told what was going on. They were so consumed with their own lives they were caught completely off guard at some scandalous affairs. One thing people have to understand, no one better mess with the Joneses. They stick together no matter what. How many times will they be there for each other, if every time they turn around another secret is uncovered?As I read The Joneses my mind kept going back to Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots. Ms. Goss could easily give Mr. Perry a run for his money if she turned this book into a series for television. I was invested from beginning to end. I did not want to stop reading it, because I wanted to know exactly what other webs were the Joneses going to get tangled up in. I recommend this book to anyone who likes reading about family drama tied up in scandals.The author provided an uncorrected electronic proof for review purposes.Jennifer CoissiereWords Mosaic Review

  • Kimyatta Walker
    2019-04-06 09:35

    Everybody wants to keep up with the Joneses...but at Mrs. Lexi Jones so eloquently stated, being a Jones takes some work! The story is told from each member of the Jones Family. First, there's Royce, the Patriarch and owner of RJ Funeral home. He is married to the lovely Lexi...who is a homemaker but is there for Royce in any way she needs him. Then, there's the oldest child...Lovie, an accountant who has his own way to make money outside of the family business. Then, there are the daughters, Charity and Hope. How will they handle it when the family business is suddenly not doing so well? Their parents have been so generous over the years that none of them have ever had to worry about money. Now, Hope will have to stop her frequent out of town trips, spa days and shopping sprees. Lexi will have to stop her trips to the country club and the salon. What will they do?Well...amidst all of their money woes, we find out that there are some secrets in the Jones family. Well who did what? When did they do it?! Why? Can the family recover? What's it like to be a member of the Jones family? Well grab this book and go on the wild ride. You'll be flipping pages with an urgency that ends abruptly when Shelia gives us a cliffhanger on the last page! WHAT?!!! *faints*Ah well...tune'll have to see what all goes down with the Joneses then get your mouth ready for what's to come later!

  • OOSA
    2019-04-11 12:36

    All that glitters is not gold…From the outside looking in, the Jones family has it all: power, wealth, beauty. But when one scratches the surface, things are not as great as they seem. Royce, the family patriarch, is the owner of a once thriving funeral business. Will his shady business ventures cause him to lose his family’s wealth and prestige in the community? Lexi, his wife of over twenty years, is obsessed with appearances. She will do any and everything to keep her family’s reputation blemish free. Her secrets, however, threaten to derail the marriage she is so proud of. Lovie is the couple’s son. He reluctantly becomes a part of the family business and what he uncovers threatens to tear the family apart. Charity and Hope are the two daughters. Beautiful and self-absorbed, their relationship with their family and each other begins to unravel in the face of tragedy. The Joneses are at a crossroads and their lives are falling apart. This is the first novel I have read by Shelia Goss and I found it to be very entertaining. Although the characters are very shallow, I did find myself caught up in the drama-filled story of secrets, lies, and the tangled webs woven by the characters. The storyline itself is a bit flat and predictable and the ending sets the story up for a sequel. However, I have had enough of the Joneses and wouldn’t be interested in reading any more about their lives. Reviewed by: Flashette

    2019-03-30 15:42

    On the outside looking in the Joneses are the family to be, but little do everyone know they are your typical family.Royce Jones is the man that every women would love to have.After inheriting his family funeral business he put his all into making it flourish.When business becomes slow and he finds his self losing money,he realizes he is in serious trouble and is left with no other choice but to break the news to his family.Lexi Jones ,wife to funeral home mogul has just found out the the perfect life that she has become accustomed to has hit a financial strain.When she finds out this news she is determined by any means necessary not to go back to the life she once knew.Lovie, Chasity & Hope,Royce and Lexi children are all battling different situations. When some secrets surface and there family name is on the line they all come together to handle them as a family.Sadly its only a matter before things become uncontrollable.One thing they agree on is what happen with the Joneses Stay with the Joneses.This read was good and fast paced.The drama draws you in from the first page. I also love the shocking twist that took place. I must say that although i enjoyed the story I felt it could've been a little better. I felt sometimes that the story was so fast paced that it skipped from one scene to the next.I also felt that there was no connection with the characters.Overall it was a pretty good novel.

  • Philomena Callan Cheekypee
    2019-03-30 14:14

    What a great story this was. We've all heard of the saying 'keep up with the joneses' well now read this story. We all see people in our lives and wish for something they have!!This is the story of Royce, his wife Lexi and their three children. Royce is in trouble with financial problems with his business. His wife doesn't want things to change and his kids got their own problems to deal with... So this is the basis of this story. Good eye opener!!!I really enjoyed this book. It certainly made me think!! I've not read anything by this author before but I really enjoyed this. Received in return for an honest review.

  • ConSonia
    2019-04-18 16:38

    A great read there will b a 2

  • Stacy-Deanne Stacy-Deanne
    2019-04-09 15:31

    Wow. This book is very fast paced. I love fast paced books but with this one I found it hard to keep up sometimes because so much was happening from one page to the next.I am mixed on the characters. Some I cared for and some I couldn't stand. I couldn't stand Hope. She got on my nerves and I wanted to slap her every time she was on the page. I found her dumb, silly, and desperate. For someone who thought she was so good-looking she had the worst self-esteem I ever saw. It was obvious that she used her status as a Jones to make herself feel good about herself. In actuality she was a spoiled little girl that lacked confidence and found it in sleeping with men. I hated Hope and there wasn't one time I felt sorry for her. Everything bad that happened to her I was glad. I had no sympathy for Hope whatsoever and in fact I would've preferred her character hadn't existed because she disgusted me beyond belief. The story reveals something she has been going through but I can't say due to it being a spoiler, but even then I didn't feel sorry for her. I hated her above everyone else in the book.Charity wasn't much better but I could take her and she seemed more human than Hope. One thing I couldn't understand was how Charity and Hope acted like such independent women in-control yet they jumped in the bed with a man at the drop of a hat. It did not take much of anything for men to get these two naked and it was probably the main reasons I didn't care for them. They talked the talk, but didn't walk the walk. Another thing that got me about Hope is she fell in love with Tyler probably one day after meeting him! One minute they are just getting to know each other and a few days later he is "her man"? This was just one of many things that disgusted me about Hope.The other characters were okay but if I had to pick my favorite it would be Royce.There is a lot of drama and action that goes on in this book. I can't say more because there are twists throughout the book and I don't want to give away spoilers. Whether you love The Joneses or hate them, one thing's for will not be bored!

  • Tazzyt2bossye
    2019-04-20 14:26

    Upstanding citizens with money in their community, The Joneses are all that and want you to know that. Everythings looks good, but when money gets funny, and change gets strange, everybody's looking crazy and wondering who the hello let the dogs out. Accusations began to fly, emotions are chaotic, feelings are hurt, and egos are bruised as they all scramble to hold the walls up. Royce, the head of the family is devastated as he has to reveal the status of their family fortune. His loving wife Lexi, stands up and prods and pushes her man as she delves into the business searching for answers. She urges their stand-offish son, Lovie to step up and help the family. The girls are flustered as they also have to seek employment to ascertain their lifestyles. When friends are exposed as frenemies, what must one do? Hang on for old times sake or go for the jugular? Secrets that have been packed down and pushed aside are surfacing and could cost them everything. They have always presented a united front, but can they continue this display or was it real from the beginning? The Joneses was a calm yet entertaining read surrounding a family as they fight to maintain. Great character development and consistency. A cliffhanger was my only complaint.3.78

  • Taylor
    2019-04-13 16:12

    The Jones family has it all. The children are spoil. They get a hefty allowance from mommy and daddy. The parents have a successful funeral home. Everything seems to be going well but all that changes on day. Everybody want to keep up with the Joneses. Royce--is the owner of the family business. He thought he has done everything right to secure a nice future for his family. He is hard working and has trust in his team. Royce has skeletons in his closet that could destroy his family. Lexie--the perfect house wife. She is so supportive and tries to keep the kids together. Something in her past has surfaced. If found out could destroy everything.Charity, Hope and Lovie are the kids. They have a lot of drama going on. I enjoyed reading this book. Its filled with so much drama. I had a few jaw dropping moments. I would recommend reading this.

  • Ollie Moss
    2019-03-27 14:14

    Do "we" really want to keep up with The Joneses?Dive into this tale of The Joneses and decide the answer for yourself. Sheila Goss gives us a peek into the lives of The Joneses lead by the head of the family Royce. Royce is married to Lexi, and they have three children Lovie their oldest son and two daughters Charity and Hope. As you follow their day to day lives bones start flying from every direction. Sheila does a great job of keeping you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next with a mouth dropping cliff hanger at the end. Drama, Drama, Drama you don't want to miss.

  • Iamshawnda Hamilton
    2019-03-30 17:19

    Awesome readThe Joneses was a great book from beginning to end.The story was well developed and thought out.The twist and turns in this book was phenomenal.This book took me places no other book has took me before. The lies,deceit,and betrayal was just too much for more they left me with my mouth wide open. The Joneses taught me the true meaning of family and sticking together thru the good and bad.The Joneses characters were well developed the Author made you feel like you were apart of the story with each page she wrote. I highly recommend this book to all book lovers. This was my first Shelia Goss book but definitely not my last.....

  • Desiree Watson
    2019-03-24 12:18

    The Joneses are the pillars of the community. Royce Jones is the owner of RJ Funeral Home. Lexi is his wife, he has two daughters Hope and Charity. And a son Lovie. When Royce's best friend Jason is found dead, Royce is arrested for murder. Jason has embezzled money from Royce and from other clients, so anyone may have done it. There are so many secrets that have come out. Lexi slept with Jason, Jason slept with Hope, Royce cheated on Lexi, Tyler ( the son of the woman Royce cheated with) is sleeping with Charity and Hope. When everything comes out in the open it will be one big mess! Can the Joneses survive it? Re-read September 2015

  • Reading in Black & White
    2019-03-25 14:16

    When 'The Joneses' were first mentioned in the old saying, I bet the creator did not imagine the family in this book. They have nothing but DRAMA! It is like trainwreck after trainwreck after trainwreck and after awhile I was no longer interested in stopping to watch.I did not have any issues with the Goss' writing style, but this just wasn't my flavor. It was just too many scenarios in one book. On a positive note, it was a fairly quick read.DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of The Joneses in exchange for an honest review.

  • Chrystal
    2019-04-08 15:18

    The Joneses is an emotional roller-coaster ride of dramatic tension readers will not soon forget. The family members in this energetic story attempt to heal old wounds, keep secrets hidden, and battle the possibility of financial ruin… The Joneses provokes empathy for most of its characters with well-deserved disdain for others. ~ Read Full Review Here

  • Ellowyn
    2019-04-17 11:13

    The question is "Are you sure you want to keep up with the Joneses"? This book was full of drama and different twists. Shelia Goss did a good job with this story line. With each new plot in this book it kept you wanting more. The book wasn't too descriptive she got right to the point and kept you guessing. I love her writing style. Good job Shelia Goss.

  • Stacey Nelson
    2019-04-09 10:12

    What a great read! I didn't expect it to be so good. The story line was easy to follow. You are able to remember each character and understand them and the situation. The ending will have you holding your breathe. I look forward to more work from this author.

  • Lisa G
    2019-04-02 09:40

    Sheila knocked it out the box with this one. The Jones family had drama, intrigue and a little hood. The storyline was so powerful and book was such a page turner. I'm so looking forward to the sequel to see what this family will do and go through next.

  • Nakeisha Wiggins
    2019-04-06 10:13

    Secrets will always lead to downfall. And that Hope was really making me upset with her bs. Glad the family came together and I really hope this isn't a standalone book because this story can't possibly be finished.

  • Peggy Eldridge-Love
    2019-04-09 09:28

    Thoroughly enjoyed this fast-paced, intriguing, page turning story. It truly makes you take to heart the old cliche of not judging a book by its cover and of getting confused about how deeply green the grass is on the other side of the fence. A must read!

    2019-04-02 12:23

    Everyone wants to keep up with the Joneses! This book was filled with drama scandals backstabbing and everything else you could imagine. I can't wait to start on part 2!!!

  • Maya B
    2019-03-30 16:20

    very good read. filled with drama, lies, and secrets. the story flowed and I enjoyed reading about all the characters.

  • Faith
    2019-03-28 17:30

    Good read! A lot of family drama but the Joneses always stick together. I need to find out if there is a part 2...

  • Tina Brown-Batchelor
    2019-04-01 14:40

    loved the pace of the book - never got bored! The way it ended must mean there is a part 2.

  • Sophie Sealy
    2019-04-24 14:31

    This book was under the radar, once I started I couldn't put it down

  • sheri_reads
    2019-04-03 15:33

    What can I say about The Joneses? Let me start by saying that this book was amazing! I've really been getting into African-American/urban literature lately and this is one of the best I've read. Last month I received an ARC of The Aftermath: The Joneses 2, but at that point I hadn't even heard of the original story of The Joneses, so at that point I decided I had to read the first novel in preparation for the second (review will be up for the second installment later this month). I'm so happy I decided to read this book because it really took me by surprise at how good the story was. The Joneses is the story of a prominent African-American family. Mr. Jones runs the family funeral home while Mrs. Joneses is his support system. They have three children and are a pretty well off family. When the funeral home runs into some money troubles secrets about everyone in the family come out to play and threaten to destroy the Jones clan from the inside out. Even though this story is filled with drama and lies, it still portrays the bond between a strong African-American family, which isn't something we see everyday. The first positive portrayal of a black family came in the form of the Cosby's, and can also be seen today in the hilarious series, Blackish. I really appreciated this strong family dynamic and how no matter what happened, this family was going to stick together through the very end. Even through lies, cheating, and money problems, they would still be The Joneses and that was all that mattered! I really don't want to give too much away about the story, so go out and get yourself a copy. I promise you wont be disappointed! S.