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A Family Affair: Truth in Lies (Truth in Lies, Book 1) Kindle Edition
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We meet the Blacksworth's family after a tragedy has occurred. The remaining family members (Wife- Gloria/Daughter- Christine/Brother-Harry) are devastated, even more so when a 14 year secret is revealed.
There are a number of parallel stories within this book which made it an interesting read. This book doesn't end on a cliff hanger, per se, but it does seem like the books do continue from one to the other.
The characterizations were also flawed, in my opinion. First, the half-sister is a bit heavy on the "gift from God" stereotype for her condition. Second, the main character's mother is portrayed so unsympathetically that I can't imagine why the dad would have chosen to stay with her. The uncle is a two-dimensional cynic and I can't understand why the main character would care so much about him. The boyfriend is a tiresome cliche of smooth superficiality with few appealing attributes. The dad simply doesn't add up: The stock market is in the main character's blood, and we infer that for that reason, she's especially close to her dad. But later, we're told he had been accepted, and wanted to go to med school? That strains credulity. I don't find the main character very well fleshed out. She's angry, her motivations don't make sense to me, and her loyalties don't make sense to me. The only likeable character, to me, was the "other woman," and she is so strong and appealing that she would not have had to settle, in real life, for a man who could only be there occasionally. I'm guessing she's the character the writer identifies with most, so was fully realized. It would be interesting to read the same novel written from her viewpoint.
Some reviewers complain about the explicit sex, which surprised me. Since the 2-3 scenes were brief and rather tedious, I simply skipped them.
On the plus side, the plot is compelling and I found myself caring about what happened to the characters, so I must have been able to suspend disbelief. Because I stayed up too late finishing the novel and "actions speak louder than words," I raised my rating from 3 to 4 stars.
I liked the heroine, Christine. At first, she seemed a little spoiled, but it quickly became evident that she was really a good person in spite of it. And I admired her for her courage in not playing games with Nate, the hero. She was willing to lay her heart on the line.
Uncle Harry was a wonderful secondary character - a broken man who no longer believed in himself, but believed in Christine and was willing to do anything to protect her. Nate was everything a hero should be -- handsome, strong, and vulnerable in his own guarded way.
Probably the most beautiful and most poignant part of the book is the story of Christine's dad, Charlie, his soulmate, Miriam, and his flawed, controlling, manipulative wife, Gloria. I was reduced to tears by this tortured, honorable man.
I also liked the author's style. Rather than limiting the viewpoint to one character, or even that or a storyteller, she switched viewpoints, but did it so well that there was never any difficulty in following who was thinking, talking or taking action. Also, although there were a few, the text was, for the most part, mercifully free of errors. I find those so distracting, and it is a real relief to find an author who has produced a well edited book. (OK, maybe that's the publisher, but to whomever, my congratulations for a job well done.
Bottom line is that I high recommend this book. I was a little surprised that we didn't hear more from Gloria at the end, but I have a feeling she will be back in book 2. But reading book 2 is not necessary in order to enjoy this book.
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