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Discussion Questions

Trouble Don't Last Always

1. Did Lilly pay too high a price by staying with Myron? Do you agree with her reasons for staying? Why or why not?

2. What is the one thing that you feel you could never forgive your significant other for?

3. Should Adam share the blame with the carjackers for his blindness?

4. How did Lilly's and Adam's families influence their lives?

5. What part did faith play in the lives of Lilly and Adam?

6. What lesson about life and love did all the characters have to learn?

7. Has there been a turning point in your life, and if so, who or what influenced it and how has it changed your life?

8. With no definite plans and little resources, Lilly stepped out on faith to find a better life for herself. Do you think you would have the same courage and determination in her place? Why or why not?

9. When life gets tough, what helps you to remember that trouble doesn't last always? What helped Lilly and Adam to remember?

10. Domestic violence is often viewed as a family crime and not reported. If you were aware of someone in an abusive relationship, how would you handle the situation?

11. When Lilly first met Myron he was cordial and caring. Adam was harsh and rude to her. Both men said they loved her. Only one told the truth. Can a woman always tell if a man loves her? Explain your answer.

Trouble Don't Last Always
by Francis Ray

  • Publication Date: January 21, 2004
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
  • ISBN-10: 0312321635
  • ISBN-13: 9780312321635