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A Family Affair: Truth in Lies (Truth in Lies, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Mary Campisi
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Book Description

A Family Affair is where it all began...Heartache, Betrayal, Forgiveness, Redemption...all wrapped up in the people you will love to love, and those you will love to hate!

When Christine Blacksworth's larger-than-life father is killed on an icy road in Magdalena, New York, a hundred miles from the 'getaway' cabin he visited every month, she discovers a secret that threatens everything she's always held to be true. Her father has another family which includes a mistress and a daughter. Determined to uncover the truth behind her father's secret life, Christine heads to Magdalena, prepared to hate the people who have caused her to question everything she thought she knew about her father. But what she finds is a woman who understands her, a half sister who cherishes her, and a man who could love her if she'll let him. The longer she's around them, the more she questions which family is the real one. . .

Note: This book contains sexual content and profanity. While the author believes these situations are handled in good taste, she acknowledges some readers will choose to pass on this book.

Truth in Lies Series:
Book One: A Family Affair
Book Two: A Family Affair: Spring
Book Three: A Family Affair: Summer
Book Four: A Family Affair: Fall
Book Five: A Family Affair: Christmas 
Book Six: A Family Affair: Winter 
Book Seven: A Family Affair: The Promise (TBA)
Book Eight: A Family Affair: The Secret (TBA)

BONUS: Included with this e-book is an excerpt from A Family Affair: Spring, Truth in Lies Series: Book Two

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Editorial Reviews


"A Family Affair is a heart-wrenching story which makes one pause to think about what is real." -  Budden Reviews

From the Author

Several years ago, I read an article about a man who'd kept a secret family for years without anyone's knowledge. I was fascinated that someone could and would actually do this. That one small article lived in my subconscious for years, emerging occasionally as I considered how a person might achieve this, the effects on the primary family as well as the other family, the pain, the grief, the anger, the emotional, financial and psychological entanglements between the two, and the ultimate question; which was the real family? I became so engrossed with the emotion of the situation that I knew I had to create my own characters and my own story and so emerged, A Family Affair

Product Details

  • File Size: 2485 KB
  • Print Length: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Mary Campisi; 2 edition (January 6, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004OL2OKK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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166 of 181 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful! October 11, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In A Family Affair, we watch Christine, a successful lawyer who feels compelled to confront her late father's mistress, a woman she is prepared to loathe. Instead, what she finds in Magdalena turns her well-ordered life upside down. Campisi's use of contrast in both characterization and plot creates a wonderful tension that is nothing short of masterful. Note to the author: I'll be disppointed if I don't hear more about the warm and wonderful folks in Magdalena, especially Miriam, my favorite.
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299 of 344 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it even free. September 30, 2012
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This book is bad on so many levels...


1. Excessive foul language: really it was not needed except to lengthen the book considerably.
2. Uncle Harry: He really grated on my nerves, besides cussing with just about every breath he took his mind was constantly in the gutter, not a likable character at all.
3. The "other" woman: Really, she rattles on about "God's will" while she had been having an affair with a married man and not one bit sorry for it, plus she was portrayed as being some kind of saint, as was the cheating husband.
3. Nate: There was nothing about this character that I liked, while I understand it is natural to defend a parent, he was old enough to realize that his mother was as much to blame for his little sister not having a steady father as the man she was cheating with, they BOTH made the choice and he was wrong to say that whether or not she was willing is not the point, it is exactly the point. Plus I find it hard to believe that the main character would throw herself at a man who constantly blamed her for something she had no control over, his attitude was sickening and she should have told him to get lost.

The whole thing left me with a bit of a depressed feeling that took a little while to shake off, I guess it was because this cheating couple was made out to be a pair of saints by a whole town and made it to seem like what they did was all right.
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55 of 62 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Left me feeling annoyed. October 2, 2013
By Mom O'3
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I wasn't able to really sympathize with, like and/or respect any of the characters... except Lily. I also don't care for books filled with profanity, crude descriptions of women and explicit sex between people that I don't even 'buy' would like each other. I agree with other reviewers that a book rating system, like that for movies, would be helpful for those of us who would rather choose books without these elements. I was distracted by the repetition of the characters' thoughts and (annoying) actions such as lighting cigarettes and the pouring, pouring, pouring of Jack Daniels. I'm afraid I only finished it because I have a pathetic need to know how it ends.

I am torn about leaving less-than-glowing reviews, I feel for creative souls that put their work out there for others to critique. At the same time, honest reviews allow potential readers to decide if this is the kind of book they are looking for. I also hope to perhaps encourage authors to write stories that hold-up without the foul language, that leave a little to the imagination on some topics and where young women (and older ones) don't sell themselves so cheaply.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Top Ten July 19, 2012
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I guess I am starting to produce reviews more regularily. For me the highest compliment is to have read a book and not felt like it was a waste of my time.

Real characters, real situations and stories where people change, realize, reflect and move on seem to be my favorites.

A Family Affair has all these elements. Great read, awesome story development and at the end satisfaction of reading a story well told....
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168 of 203 people found the following review helpful
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There was no problem with the style of writing, but seriously... Miriam was like the saint in the book and the heroine's father the misunderstood elder son who deserved happiness. And unless there are some "serious" issues with parents and children (which don't come across as such, I know those who are much worse), a child typically doesn't question a more familial connection with the "other woman" over her mother because she has a simpler life, and if she does surely it would take longer than 2 visits. The only character that I believe was true to form was Nate, the hero. Real emotions. Real expressions. He might have had illusions of his own father, but Miriam's side thoughts about the type of man the father was, wasn't sound enough. The relationship with another woman's husband shouldn't have been more fulfilling than wanting something of her own. I just don't see how anyone, fact or fiction, could justify accepting grains of love and life. More self-love, in my opinion would nip that in the bud. And goodness the mother and the uncle of the heroine, I won't even get started on. Honestly aside from Lily and Nate, there wasn't much redeemable about the story line. All the characters seem so out of touch with reality that liking the book was not possible.
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50 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story! August 3, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The book was my very first love story. I love to read mysteries and never steered away from that. I borrowed this book from a friend and could not put it down. This book is an absolute page turner!
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238 of 300 people found the following review helpful
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The storyline and the characters were well developed, but the unnecessary profanity and explicit sexual encounters were inappropriate. Had I known the book had so much of this inappropriate material I would not have purchased it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars So glad the story continues in other volumes
cant say enough about how much I enjoyed book one and am delighted that there are many more to come. Read more
Published 17 hours ago by Nonfatlatte
4.0 out of 5 stars but her process of getting there was very good.
Very enjoyable. It is fairly predictable, but her process of getting there was very good.
Published 4 days ago by Ms. P
4.0 out of 5 stars A Man with Two Families
This novel tells a story of a man with two families - situations you hear about in the news, from time to time. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Deborah Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Affair
I give it a 5 star rating. Very good story. It has family. emotional, sadness, romance, and it keeps you trying to figure out what really happened. Read more
Published 6 days ago by lana
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book, I would read more of her books.
Published 7 days ago by Mary Shiminski
4.0 out of 5 stars A family affair
. A family affair. . A very enjoyableble book. To see how the principal character adapts and grows into maturity and embraces the
Concept of family lives and commitment.
Published 7 days ago by rina dickson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful Book.
Published 7 days ago by Bonnie J.
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not bad, not great
Published 7 days ago by Carla DeMarco
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
loved reading it. kept me company on a flight to London
Published 8 days ago by Vivian Rahwanji
5.0 out of 5 stars Liked so much, I got the series. Can't wait to start book two.
A good read......I hope to enjoy the series.
Good story line too.
I am liking Mary Campisi's writing.
Would recommend for sure.
Published 12 days ago by Laura
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More About the Author

Mary Campisi writes emotion-packed books about second chances. Whether contemporary romances, women's fiction, or Regency historicals, her books all center on belief in the beauty of that second chance.

Mary should have known she'd become a writer when at age thirteen she began changing the ending to all the books she read. It took several years and a number of jobs, including registered nurse, receptionist in a swanky hair salon, accounts payable clerk, and practice manager in an OB/GYN office, for her to rediscover writing. Enter a mouse-less computer, a floppy disk, and a dream large enough to fill a zip drive. The rest of the story lives on in every book she writes.

When she's not working on her craft or following the lives of five young adult children, Mary's digging in the dirt with her flowers and herbs, cooking, reading, walking her rescue lab mix, Cooper, or, on the perfect day, riding off into the sunset with her very own hero/husband on his Ultra Limited aka Harley.

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Mary has published with Kensington, Carina Press, and The Wild Rose Press.


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