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A Family Affair: Truth in Lies (Truth in Lies, Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Is it Shakespeare? Or even Hemingway, Dostoyevsky, Goethe? No, it's popular fiction, a romance, and it's exactly the kind of book I enjoy reading. The writing was brilliant, the emotion was perfect (I get tired of reading romances which lack emotion- this one made me feel!), the insight into each character was phenomenal, and the character that some of the reviewers hate happens to be my favorite- Uncle Harry.
Harry was the reason I couldn't put this book down. Sure, his thoughts were on the trashy side, but he's a man! And this man, like many others, has these sorts of thoughts. In Harry's case, there are reasons why he is the way he is, and you have to read the entire book to truly understand it.
The watch. That's what clinched it for me. That watch made me gasp, made me angry, and made me happy all at different times. But most of all, it made me realize what a fantastic book this is. I will definitely be reading on.
There are, however, enough disconnects to knock the rating down.
The romance seems manufactured and undeveloped, almost like it was an afterthought. The male lead, especially, has some ‘issues’ that shouldn’t be easily dismissed and causes the rushed Happily Ever After to feel shaky.
Christine’s father, before she was born, found a condom wrapper under the bed upon returning from a trip. This leads to the admission that her mother was having an affair. We, the readers, find out that her Uncle Harry could actually be her biological father. But, in the past 27 years, neither her mother, her father (?) nor Uncle Harry got it together to have a paternity test. Now, Christine finds out – and she doesn’t want to know, either. What are the chances that four adults would not want to know the truth? Ok, so we’ll give the ‘father’ a partial pass because the child has the family looks and coloring. But, consider this – evidently a condom was used, which considerably lessens the chance that Uncle Harry is the bio dad. That fact just fell by the wayside. Who wouldn’t just get tested and eliminate the needless drama?
As others have pointed out, Christine just passed by trying to find out what actually happened the night her father died.
Here’s the biggest disconnect for me. Four, count ‘em, FOUR adults allow a child that’s never ridden before to get on a horse, reins in her hands. You don’t put ANY person on a horse for the first time who hasn’t had the benefit of more than just a mere few minutes instruction. Gentle and reliable aside, a horse is still a horse. One that’s trained to accept a saddle and a rider will nearly always do what the rider signals it to do. Lily asked Christine what to do if the horse started running toward the fence and jumped. Well, number one is that the horse is extremely unlikely to do that unless signaled to do so. That should have been Christine’s first clue. Instead of telling Lily how to ride through a jump, she should have told her how to stop it before it started. She also should have told Lily not to try a jump, and been firm about it. There is a seriously easy and reliable way to stop any horse, at any time, from doing anything – know that before you get on, please. Christine, or the owner, should have shown Lily that. Instead, they just rushed on through, happy go lucky, whee, isn’t this the cutest thing ever, ever, ever? A dream come true… And the kid gets hurt. Unknown if the horse did. There was no follow up on either. The whole scene was critically stupid and irresponsible. Quite frankly, that makes me angry.
Too many authors nowadays should be concentrating on quality instead of quantity.
Christine Blacksworth's father was supposed to make it back to the family dinner after his monthly trip to his getaway cabin. He didn't. Instead, a call came in informing the family that the father was found dead of a car crash 100 miles away from the cabin, near a town called Magdalena. Upon reading of the will, 1/3 of the estate went to Christine's mother... 1/3 went to Christine... and 1/3 went to someone else named Lily. Christine was determined to find out who Lily is... and was shocked to find a broken family just as devastated as her own yet somehow better than she had experienced at home... a woman who understood her better than her own mother, a (sorta) step-brother fiercely protective of his family, and a half-sister that simply adored her like a princess. The more she spent time in Magdalena... the more she wondered which family did her "real" father belong to... and which one would she choose... if she had a choice, and an unexpected romance from (sorta) step-brother Nate may influence her decision...
The family drama was very nice, and this, being the first volume in a series, had to do a bit of world building. However, some characters were just not very deep or even respectable, such as Christine's primpy mom and the creepy uncle Harry (who apparently cheated with the primpy mom once upon a time!) but that's part of background and family drama. As I said before, I don't feel much chemistry between Christine, and Nate the sorta-step-brother other than Nate was nothing like the men her primpy mom had tried to fob off on her before. Over all, I find the novel to be merely okay, as the family drama can't compensate for the lack of romance in this book.