Somebody's Knocking at My Door
Against the Odds #1
by Francis Ray
St. Martin's Press (Griffin)
July 30, 2013
Available in: e-Book (reprint)
Kristen Wakefield grew up the privileged, beloved daughter and sister of a wealthy family...yet she felt eclipsed by the achievements of her older brother, Adam, a renowned neurosurgeon. In New Orleans, Kristen believes she now has the opportunity to prove herself and forget a rather disastrous past relationship. But life is much harder than she expected in the Big Easy. Then she meets a man from her past, Rafe Crawford...a man battling his own demons and keeping his own secrets.
The beautiful, but down-to-earth Angelique Fleming has always had to fight to get what she wanted in a world dominated by men and she has the chip on her shoulder to prove it. Which is why she takes great pleasure working at a local strip club, hoping to expose a few naughty little secrets of the community’s upstanding men. But before she gets all the dirt, she’s going to find out a few things about life, men, and forgiveness she thought she already knew.
Claudette Thibodeaux Laurent comes from old New Orleans money and had always adhered to the family code: honor above all else. But she shocks polite society when she marries a man much younger than herself, a man everyone suspects is only after her money. Claudette has done her duty to her family and now she wants a little happiness for herself. And yet doubts eventually begin to creep in and she isn’t sure which Maurice loves more: her or her money, as his desire for the finer things in life become more and more lavish. Just exactly how much is her happiness is going to cost her?
Romantic Times (2003) declared that “This novel is Ray’s finest work to date....A powerful story!” For those who have not had the opportunity to read this wonderfully “compelling story about family, love, and relationships” Lillian Lewis, American Library Association (2003), here is an opportunity to read a rare novel from Francis who is known for her Grayson’s of New Mexico and Grayson’s Friends (Texas) series. This story based in New Orleans came to Francis in a dream. In her dream she saw a women sitting in a rocking-chair and wondered why she was sitting in that chair rocking.... From such a simple dream, a tender novel was created. Such was the beautiful heart and creative genius known to all as Francis Ray!
Originally published May 2003 in trade paperback.
New York Times and USA Today best selling author Francis Ray has written fifty-four titles.
As a literary fiction series writer within multiple genres,
world wide readers enjoyed her consistent bestseller’s
lists which included Historical, Romance, Diversity,
Christian and Contemporary novels. As well as the recipient
of numerous Awards throughout her literary career:
Romantic Times Career Achievement, EMMA, The Golden Pen, The Atlantic Choice,Written Magazine Book of the Year, Borders 2008 Bestselling Multicultural Romance Award, Romantic Times 2008 Reviewer’s Choice Award Winner, 2013 African American Literary Awards Show-Best in Romance, The Francis Ray Romance Slam Jam Lifetime Achievement Award was renamed in her honor from Romance Slam Jam, Building Relationships Around Books 2013 Woman Literature, the Francis Ray Lifetime Literary Award was named in her memory from BRAB, Romantic Times 2013 Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Award for Multicultural Romance and NPR Books named HEART OF THE FALCON, the number 2 book for Contemporary romance list of 100 Swoon-Worthy Romance 2015.
Mrs. Ray, also established The Turning Point Legal Fund to assist women and children of domestic violence to help restructure their lives. The fund is administered by The Family Place, a woman’s shelter in Dallas, Texas.