A Family Affair (Truth in Lies book 1) by Mary Campisi

a family affariA 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. . .

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3.5 Stars

Contemporary Romance I guess you could call it.  Appropriate for ages 18+ Imagine the conflicting emotions of a daughter finding out that her deceased father had a whole other family.  How would you deal with that?  The potential for emotions in this book was high.  I could already feel my head whirling with all the feelings I was going to go through in preparation for this read.

The parallels between Nate and Charlie were fantastic. Even more so because Nate recognized them himself. He stood out the most in the book to me. Nate’s internal conflict was wonderfully written, his hatred of Charlie and his emotional transfer to Christine were great.  I think that Miriam (the other woman) had a nice contrast to Christine’s mother Gloria as well.    Miriam had a very giving and maternal persona.  Gloria was, in my opinion, a devil woman.  She was selfish, condescending and manipulative, even to her own daughter.  Always looking out for number one and even though she was the villain, she was still one of my favorite characters in the book.  The author did a really good job of making me hate her.

Uncle Harry was a great character. He had the most well rounded personality out of everyone in the book. He knew who he was, he was aware of his indiscretions and his feelings towards himself.  He knew what needed to be done and I really liked that about him.

But for me the MC was plain old vanilla, she didn’t really cause anything to happen in the book, it was really more of her just floating through the aftermath of her father’s death without any direction.  I didn’t really connect with her really well.

Lilly was a good character, she was cute, innocent and forgiving.  She was definitely the glue of the whole story. Without her the story would have been nothing.  Her part in the story was very subtle though.  It was really nice because for her tiny role to have that much impact on everyone else in the book just shows the authors talent in my eyes.

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