A Family Affair: Truth in Lies by Mary Campisi

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Hellllllo readers, I’m going to apologise for the slightly random selection of books recently. I’ve been going through Amazon and looking at all the books I haven’t reviewed, then coming onto my blog and seeing whether I’ve reviewed them or not and I HAVEN’T. So I’m going through my purchases (mainly Kindle romance purchases) and reviewing them for you. Today’s is not a romance but about family betrayal – so without further Lizzo warbling le review.

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. . .

First things first (I’m the realest; lolz) this is A FREE KINDLE BOOK. I am a real sucker for them, and find them almost IMPOSSIBLE to refuse. I think we all like free things, but sometimes it’s reallllly disappointing when they’re not very good. This one however is a really good read and I’m going to tell you why,

The book follows the life of daughter whose father dies in a terrible car crash; after the crash she and his wife find that he had a second family that he had managed to hide for fourteen years. We follow the daughter Christine as she struggles to piece her father’s life together and maybe she’ll find love along the way. So did I enjoy this? I really like family saga style books especially if there are deep secrets being revealed. I would say that the secret isn’t kept secret for very long which is why I can talk about it so much – so don’t worry about spoilers!

I thought Christine was written really well; she has a strong-willed personality and seeing her struggle with the truth, and everything she has ever known is a really interesting plot to follow. She’s also very strong willed when the romance element of the story appears it’s really interesting to see her battle with her feelings.  Nate Desantro Miriam’s son from her first marriage, who hated Christine’s dad for not telling the truth is a dark character who adds a little sexiness to the tale. His inner turmoil was also interesting to read and the additional characters Uncle Charlie and Lilly were lovely little additions and helped to round out the story.

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The writing style is really fluid; it just flows seamlessly between the speech and the descriptions. It has a really nice amount of description; it never bogs down too much so it does feel really contemporary and modern. At times the author does give the reader – everything, I mean the events that have already happened tend to be recounted over and over which does get a little tedious but it’s only a small wobble.

Few wobbles; there were a few chronological issues, or just very quick scene changes which meant that I had to go back and double check I hadn’t missed a page. It was a little annoying but a minor wobble. There are a couple of bits that do feel a little dry because of the repetition.

Overall I really enjoyed this; the only reason I would mark it down would be that the secret is told rather early on and that means that we lose quite a lot of the suspense. With the author recounting quite a lot of the information (when we know the big reveal already,) it just lacked a little something. Saying this a solid read, characters that were full-bodied and a lovely writing style.




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