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The Next Best Thing to Paradise by Mary Jane Edwards

The Next Best Thing to Paradise

by Mary Jane Edwards

238 pages
The Next Best Thing to Paradise. Mary Jane Edwards. A guided tour of the gambling world where alcohol, drugs, the love of money and promiscuous sex are acceptable ways of life.

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Category: Fiction:Drama
About the Book
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a single mother working as a dealer in a Nevada casino? A guided tour of the gambling world where alcohol, drugs, the love of money and promiscuous sex are acceptable ways of life.

The Next Best Thing to Paradise is the story of a naive girl from the Midwest who goes to Reno with her two small children to escape a bad marriage, and finds herself behind the elegant facade that is the gambling world.

It's the thirty year story of her life as a blackjack dealer, with all of its friendships, love, sorrow, humor and tragedy; a life you may have heard about but are never likely to experience. From the first sentence the book is filled with such curious characters and inspired story-telling that when you reach the end you'll find yourself wishing for more.

 

Reviews
WOW!! The truth at last and beautifully done. A superb book. I've been in the gaming industry for over 35 years and this book really tells it like it is....I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know what the customer doesn't see in the gaming world.
- Boss X from Las Vegas
I had no idea all these things went on behind the scenes in the gambling world. I was rooting for Katie from the first page and wanted to warn her when she was making a wrong decision. The author hooked me with her descriptions and kept me turning the pages to find out what was going to happen next.
- E. Miller from Lake Elsinore, California
Don't miss this exciting trip through the "green felt jungle." This exciting book gives you an insight into the world of gambling, and the people who stand on the other side of the table -- and how human they are. Loved it!
- Mark Thirteen from Dayton, Ohio
A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the casino world. It is seen through the eyes of a young woman who leaves her home in rural Minnesota to try to build a new life for herself in Reno, Nevada. Edwards know what she is talking about...
- J. C. Martin, reviewer, The Arizona Daily Star
An emotional roller coaster ride! This book is a fascinating story of a woman's journey through abusive relationships and the world of casino gambling. The story is very well written and I found it difficult to put down until I had finished the last chapter. If you're planning a trip to Reno or Las Vegas you should definitely read this book before you go.
- Steve Dean, Durango, CO

 

 

About the Author
Mary Jane Edwards Mary Jane Edwards is an acclaimed author who weaves compelling stories from ordinary experiences. For almost twenty years she worked as a blackjack dealer in Nevada, an extraordinary job in an extraordinary world. Her books include Europe on 10 Salads a Day and Bet on It!, a guide to Nevada.

 

 

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