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A Family Affair: A Small Town Family Saga (Truth In Lies Book 1) (English Edition) Kindle版
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. . .
Attention Book Clubs: A Family Affair is filled with moral ambiguity, difficult choices, and second chances - all great topics for conversation and contemplation. Go to marycampisi.com to get a printable list of questions for your discussion.
Truth in Lies Series:
Book One: A Family Affair
Book Two: A Family Affair: Spring
Book Three: A Family Affair: Summer
Book Four: A Family Affair: Fall
Book Five: A Family Affair: Christmas, a novella
Book Six: A Family Affair: Winter
Book Seven: A Family Affair: The Promise
Book Eight: A Family Affair: The Secret
Book Nine: A Family Affair: The Wish
Book Ten: A Family Affair: The Gift
Book Eleven: A Family Affair: The Weddings, a novella
Book Twelve: A Family Affair: The Cabin, a novella
Book Thirteen: A Family Affair: The Return
Book Fourteen: A Family Affair: The Choice
Book Fifteen: A Family Affair: The Proposal
Book Sixteen: A Family Affair: Bonus Scenes
Book Seventeen: A Family Affair: The Homecoming
Book Eighteen: A Family Affair: The Decision Book Nineteen: A Family Affair: The JourneyBook Twenty: A Family Affair: The List
Meals From Magdalena: A Family Affair Cookbook
Bonus Material: Included with this e-book is the first chapter of A Family Affair: Spring, Book 2 in the Truth in Lies series.
KEY THEMES: secret family, sisters, Catskills, perennial garden club, getaway cabin, bed and breakfast, enemies to lovers, opposites attract, second chances.
- ASIN : B004OL2OKK
- 出版社 : Mary Campisi; 第2版 (2014/1/6)
- 発売日 : 2014/1/6
- 言語 : 英語
- ファイルサイズ : 1776 KB
- Text-to-Speech（テキスト読み上げ機能） : 有効
- X-Ray : 有効
- Word Wise : 有効
- 本の長さ : 270ページ
From having never heard the name Lily Desantro a few weeks prior, she now consumes Christine’s every waking thought, and Ignoring the please of her uncle Harry (her dad’s brother), Christine decides to makes the trip to her father’s make the trip to her father’s cabin and her father’s other life. When Christine sets out on her journey, she has no idea just how much her life would change, and the path of self discovery she would set out on.
She was shocked when she arrived at the Desantro’s door – and while they knew who she was, Nate Desantro was determined that Christine would not receive a warm welcome. Unable to help herself and needing the answers to questions, Christine returns and speaks to who she assumes is Lily Desantro, her father’s mistress, but is wrong in her assumptions and when she finally sees Lily she understands why they were so hostile where Lily is concerned. If Christine thought dealing with her dad’s betrayal was tough enough, it was nothing compared to the situation she finds herself in with the Desantro family.
This book deals with why secrets are never a good idea and the fall out of keeping secrets from your loved ones. There is a lot of hurt and betrayal through this book, but also something more positive.
The characters are very three dimensional, and each character has their redeeming characteristics as well as their faults. I thought I would dislike the character of Christine’s uncle Harry, but he spoke a lot of sense and seemed to be the grounding influence on the family. Christine is a character that I did feel sorry for, but she also has her issues. No one is inherently bad or good, and they are all struggling to find a way of dealing with the extraordinary situation they have found themselves in.
I thought the plot for the book was excellent, and very intriguing. The book started well, and held my interest. I thought the author did an excellent job in portraying the emotions of each character at the beginning, especially Christine and her feelings towards her father who was her idol. However, after about half way, it became a bit tedious and there was just no depth to the characters anymore. Christine accepted this other family far too easily, we were given no account of the inner turmoil that the beginning of the book promised. I felt shattered for Christine when she saw her father had given Lily the pocket watch she had wanted so badly. I thought there was a real opportunity to flesh out the betrayal she must have felt at that, but it just didn't happen. Nate was also a character who started off strongly, being full of anger and resentment and then, in the blink of an eye he changed completely and he was ok about everything. He basically behaved like an ass to Christine, was awful to her and she never once called him on it, yelled at him or anything. It just came across as not only weak, but that there was no depth to her character at all. I thought the author had set Christine up perfectly to just explode with emotion at some point, after feeling so much pain inside but maintaining that everything was fine. I waited for her to have her moment.....but it never came. It felt like all of a sudden the author just wanted to tie up loose ends and finish the book, so everyone just became happy. I was quite disappointed after reading it, as I had been so affected by the beginning of the book - even crying in some parts, as it was so emotional. Then it just dried up. So in summary, it had great potential, but just fizzled out for me.
Anyway, this one is well crafted, with believable and pleasing characters. This question of what happens when a person finds out what she thought she knew about her family, turns out to be based on illusion, makes for an interesting plot line and has some intriguing consequences.
I actually read this book approximately a year ago but have now reread the book prior to reading the sequel Book2.
When Christina Blackworth's father dies, she discovers that her father led a double life and had another family in the town that he was killed. He hid the truth from his family in Chicago and visited this second family for a few days each month. Although the second family knows of the family in Chicago the same appears not to be the case for the family in Chicago with possibly the exception of Christina's mother who has kept the secret hidden well.Christina travels to Magdalena to discover the truth and finds a half sister, Lily who worships her and also finds she has more in common with Miriam, Lily's mother then she does with her own mother Gloria, who is very controlling. While there she also meets Nate, Miriam's son from a previous marriage and a powerful attraction builds up between the two. As a result she breaks her engagement off to Connor and finds herself travelling up for a few days each month (like her father) to meet with people who she grows closer to with each passing moment.Other lies and truths are also discovered including some doubts over Christina's parentage
I loved this book, there were so many hidden truths and lies which had to be unravelled that it kept me gripped from beginning to end. There were also many interesting developing relationships and attractions, including Nate's and Christina's and also Harry's and Greta's.In the end Christina has to choose what she really wants - a relationship for a few days a month or something more permanent.
The book is gripping, engaging, the characters are all memorable and the relationship between Christina and Nate is sizzling! This is by far the best book that Mary Campisi has written and I have read a few since I downloaded this freebie a year ago but only now writing a review for my favourite one!
The constant sexual references from the character Harry, are completely inappropriate and really spoil the story. This story DOES NOT NEED this level of sexual reference. The story is really good but I have to keep skipping parts as I find certain parts extremely offensive.
If I wanted to read "soft porn" I would buy that sort of book not something that I thought to be a contempory romance novel. Understand please, I am not a prude or an old fuddy duddy and I realise that in todays world "anything goes" but that doesn't make it CLEVER or NECESSARY!
I will perserve with the book as I am enjoying the overall story but I will NOT be recommending it to anyone else due to the level of sexual content and profanity.
When the author leaves out the vulgarity, the story about Christine and getting to know her "extended" family and dealing with deceptions, becomes a really good read! What can I say, its just such a pity that a really good story has been greatly spoilt by vulgarity. I will think twice about reading anything more from this author if she states it contains "tastefully handled stuff"!