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Trouble Don't Last Always (Against the Odds #1)

4.51 of 5 stars 4.51  ·  rating details  ·  299 ratings  ·  23 reviews
From New York Times bestselling author Francis Ray comes a novel about an extraordinary woman who learns to see life—and love—in a different light…



Desperate to escape her abusive marriage, Lilly Crawford files for divorce, then slips away from her small east Texas hometown with little more than the clothes on her back. She points her twelve-year-old car east, hoping to fin
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Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 21st 2004)
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Debbie
This story deserved every bit of the five stars I rated it! If not more! This was the most passionate love story I've ever read. What I loved was how Francis Ray didn't have to layer the story with sex scenes for the passion, desire, and love to come through. As soon as I started I couldn't put it down! You have a true feel for who the characters are. I'd recommend this story to everyone! There will be laughter, tears, and great lessons learned! Loved it!!
Reader's Paradise
Sometimes love blooms in the darkest of places!

Lilly Crawford unhappily married to an abusive husband, and desperately in need of money to dissolve their union. Finds herself fleeing for her life to establish her new beginning. But sometime fate throws a wrench in our plans! During her escape, her vehicle dies and in a strange town, Lilly finds herself at a stranger’s doorstep.

Proud and prominent neurosurgeon Dr. Adam Wakefield, who brings relief to patients suffering from different types of dis
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Julie Barrett
trouble don't last always by Francis Ray
woman leaver her abusive husband but the car breaks down and she walks to a house within 3 miles of where her car is.
she ends up getting a job there taking care of a neurosurgeon that has recently gone blind. they discover that he can
do other things and do them well. she proceeds with her divorce long distance and does get her car out of the shop.
she enjoys helping him live with his blindness with aids available.. she pursues her career and schooling while
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Julie Barrett
trouble don't last always by Francis Ray
woman leaver her abusive husband but the car breaks down and she walks to a house within 3 miles of where her car is.
she ends up getting a job there taking care of a neurosurgeon that has recently gone blind. they discover that he can
do other things and do them well. she proceeds with her divorce long distance and does get her car out of the shop.
she enjoys helping him live with his blindness with aids available.. she pursues her career and schooling while
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Michelle M
Vey funny and witting novel. I would recommend it.
Muriel Go-maro
What an awesome read about faith, love and perseverance!
Corinne
I recently read this book, it was a good novel, it showed how tragedy can sometime make you forget whats important, the main male character was a promininet neurosurgeon who lost his eyesight when he was carjacked, he needed a care taker but was very bitter, mean and not easy to get along with. the female main character was a woman who was escaping an abusive relationship and finally started to find herself, she had low self worth and esteem, this was an excellently written novel.
Roaring Leo
I absolute love this book, from start to end. The characters were really relatable and I just wanted to root for them.
Afrijewel
This an interesting love story. I remember it very well. A blind man and a woman running away from her abusive husband. Her car just happens to break down in Lousiana and from there all of God's plans for her begin to blossom. In the end, the blind man is no longer....it's a good read, trust me.
Bee
What a lovely story! I loved this book and how the storyline developed. I loved Lilly and Adam's relationship. I liked the influence Lilly had not only on Adam but the rest if the family too. Such a lovely ending too.
Moneik Moore
I absolutely loved this book! Francis Ray wrote in a very eloquent way but conveyed each characters feeling throughout this novel!
Danelle
I liked it, it was a page turner kept me up way past my bedtime tonight reading it. It was a nice little love story.
Lisa
A good book with believable characters and just the right amount of romantic tension. I would definitely recommend it.
Amy
So far so good...interesting start. The author obviously did her research on blindness :)
Breanna Essoi
Read the whole book in about 8 hours. Interesting story, good characters, great read!
Cf
I really enjoyed this book. I hope there is a sequel.
Josephine
One of my favorites. I have read this book sevearal times.
Avery Flynn
A thoughtful, emotional tale of love.
Carrie
Thoroughly satisfying...
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Francis Ray was a New York Times and USA Today bestselling African-American writer of romance novels. Her literary fiction series – Taggart and Falcon, the Invincible Women, Grayson Family of New Mexico, and Grayson Friends – have consistently made bestseller's lists. She was born in Richland, Texas, and studied nursing, receiving a bachelor's degree from Texas Woman's University
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