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A Family Affair: Truth in Lies (Truth in Lies, Book 1) by [Campisi, Mary]
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"A Family Affair is a heart-wrenching story which makes one pause to think about what is real." -  Budden Reviews  buddenbookreviews.com/drama/a-family-affair/

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

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  • File Size: 2484 KB
  • Print Length: 267 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0985777338
  • Publisher: Mary Campisi; 2 edition (January 6, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 6, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004OL2OKK
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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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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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This book is bad on so many levels...

*SPOILER ALERT*

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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It would be interesting to understand a bigamist, or a would-be bigamist as in this case: it is what attracted the author to this story. So, the father dies and it appears he had a double life. The daughter will try to cope with what her father did. It is a good subject. The book does not turn as good as it should for several reasons. The first wife is narcissistic, unpleasant, unfaithful and superficial. The mistress is homey and devoted. That takes most of the mystery out of the equation.
The father is described as weak (he tried to please everybody) because his own father was tyrannical and narrow-minded. The best part of the book is the description of how the behavior of both the father and his brother could be explained by their childhood. Unhappily, as the grandfather is also dead, this remains very sketchy. It is easy to understand weakness, but the author avoids the main difficulty: how can we ever understand a pathological liar?
There is a little girl with some learning disability. The description of what she can do and say is not consistent.
I have difficulties with the daughter who views everything in relation to herself: "How could you do this to me?" is her first thought when confronting her mother or confronting the mistress. In addition, I thought that her sex life was nauseating.
It irritates me that nobody has any morality in the book: there is an uncle who is drunk all the time, an insensitive boyfriend, a lover allowing us a peak into some awful macho sex scenes, a patronizing way of talking about servants. As a result, instead of making me feel more understanding and compassionate for the double life, everybody in the book got on my nerves, including the author.
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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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