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A Family Affair (Truth in Lies #1)

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  7,714 ratings  ·  719 reviews
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 has 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 secre ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 351 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Jocelyn Hollow Romance
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SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
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FREE on Amazon US today (11/12/2015)

Stand-alone book 1. Series is complete.

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.
There was potential for a very good story and it was well written for the most part. I enjoyed reading it. My only complaint is that throughout the novel, so many family secrets were revealed and there wasn't much regarding how the characters dealt with them. Some of the revelations to Christine were quite shocking or at least, they should have been. I don't want to give anything away but her Uncle Harry reveals a pretty big family secret to Christine toward the end and there is nothing afterwar ...more
Oct 05, 2013 Lyndi marked it as d-n-f
Just lost my review. Fuck you, Wi-Fi!

Here we go. This was a DNF for me for numerous reasons.

1. It was tedious. Page after page of back story that isn't necessary, followed by even more pages of fretting on Christina's part. After being told in countless different ways that she hero-worships her father, I get the fucking point. Move on already.

2. Unnecessary story. One chapter is about Christina, the next is about her Uncle Harry, then the next is about Christina again. Sorry, but I don't give a
Jeff Dawson
The Secrets we hide.

I downloaded this sometime ago. I think I ran into Mary on an Amazon thread sometime back. I’m always looking for new works and genre to explore. This one fits that bill. I’m not going to say it’s my all time favorite, but it’s a good story.

A family’s deep secrets become revealed when the Patriarch, Charlie Blacksworth is involved in an accident, taking his life. What ensues is quite entertaining as his brother, Uncle Harry and wife Gloria can longer keep the heir apparent t
Tina "coffee and books"
A Family Affair is my first Mary Campisi book. I was blown away. This book elicited so much emotion in me that I literally found myself sad as I was turning the pages.

Christine Blacksworth's life has been irrevocably changed with just one phone call. The call that delivered the news that her beloved father had been in a car accident, on his way home from the cabin that he goes to for 4 days a month, every month, and didn't survive. Upon finding out that her father has left a third of his estate
Suzanne Williams
The strength of this story was in the characters. Uncle Harry was degenerate, immoral, and at times, disgusting. Yet somehow, the author made me like him and want to see him clean up his act. Gloria was perfectly horrible. I hated her from the beginning to the end. But Nate Desantro and Christine Blacksworth were the stars for me. They made a great couple. The plot was at times predictable, though the secret behind Uncle Harry and Gloria was a bit of a surprise. The ending I saw coming. However, ...more
Melissa Levine
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A Family Affair was an ok read. I'm sad to say it didn't really grip me even though the story had great potential.

Lots of secrets are revealed within the story but none were really a great surprise to me and the characters did not move me with there reactions to the situations.

The narration skipped between too many people which for me hindered the character development and my emotional attachment to them.

I wanted more romance and passion from this story; maybe it just doesn't suit me. x
Norma Budden
I truly enjoyed this story and was reluctant when the time came that I finished the story. I wanted to read more about these characters' lives and would gladly do so should a sequel be written.

I liked Christine from the beginning and shared her determination to learn the answers to the mystery surrounding her father's death. In her position, I would have done the same - stopped for no one or nothing until my mind was settled - but that's just it. Christine learned something which didn't settle h
I really liked this book. If you like "The Husband's Secret" by Liane Moriarty, then you will probably like this book. The premise is a common one. Rich society husband dies in a car accident leaving behind a wife a daughter and a secret mistress/daughter combo. But the author spins a dose of originality into the mix by involving other family members, outside love interests, and by blurring the lines between victims and villains.

A Family Affair is the first book in the Truth in Lies series. Alt
Chrissy Dionne
Christine Blacksworth lives for success, just like her father. The stock market and her clients take top priority but she’s very careful to make sure to put in an appearance at family events her mother deems important. To not do so would incite her mother’s wrath and that wouldn’t be pleasant for anyone. One such event is the welcome home dinner for her father which signifies his return home from his ‘getaway’ cabin every month. Only one month he doesn’t arrive home – and his unexpected death, m ...more
Brandi Salazar
Christine Blasksworth's father died on a stretch of icy road he had traveled hundreds of times, leaving her family at a loss. Upon the reading of his will, she finds that there may be more to his trips than originally thought. Deciding to do a little investigating of her own, Christine finds herself in Magdalena, New York, face-to-face with his dirty little secret: another woman and an illegitimate child. Naturally, she is furious, with the woman, the child, her father. Then, as she starts to le ...more
Curly Carla

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 not lost on me. He stood out the most
Tamm Frederick
Girl thought she was an only child... Dad disappears monthly for fourteen years for down time and she never thought anything of it until tragedy strikes and there's a reading of his will. She heads to a small town to confront a woman and turns out, her dad had another family.

I loved the twists and turns in this story. Disliked her stodgy mother. Loved the son of her dad's mistress and loved, loved, loved the half sister that kept her coming back to that little town.
Glynis Smy
From the start of the novel I was drawn into the world of Christine, a young woman of means. The twist in the tale comes into the story relatively early, and kept me turning pages. The author created a world torn by love and death, and did so very well. Each character was easy to visualise, love or hate.

Happy to recommend this read. I couldn't put it down.
I read this book in thinking that it would be a cute contemporary, oh but was I wrong.
It's about a well off family in Chicago waiting for their father to come home from his monthly trip away to his cabin only to be found that he has died in a car accident on the way back. His fortune is divided between his wife his daughter and an unknown woman called Lily Desantro. His daughter sets out to this cabin to find out who this lily is.
It's set from various perspectives throughout the book, from our
Lynda Kelly
Well, we ARE warned about some scenes on the author's Amazon page but seeing as nothing really bothers me too much I proceeded. However, there was too much unneccessary crudity in it, I found. It made the character of Harry absolutely repulsive, it was really needless and I'd read enough only 18% in.
I didn't like how he referred to Gloria, either. There was clearly history there I never got to but it was a real underlying nastiness we could've done without, I thought.
I was a little confused abou
I'm on an audio and mystery book kick and was perusing Amazon for a something new. I found this book and got it thinking, for some reason, that it was a mystery of sorts? Like cozy mystery? Well, no, it's not.

It's a fairly decent story and I did listen to the whole book, however, I found it redundant in so many places with most all the characters repeating over and over their feelings. It got a bit boring in bits.

I got the book for free but paid $1.99 for the audio, so I don't feel too bad tha
What happens when a man dies and all his secrets come out? This is the heartwrenching and yet heartwarming story of how that man's secrets affect those around him and how what he set in motions changes so many lives.

The story has several plot threads and narrators as a result of how multi-faceted and all encompassing it ends up being. Most of it is told from Christine's point of view and is her story. Her life is turned completely upside down by what she discovers and it works a change in her.
Bernadette Robinson
2.5 stars from me for this one.

This was a very easy read about Christine Blacksworth a wealthy young woman whose Father passes away following an accident, while supposedly spending time at a cabin that he had. What Christine doesn't realise is that her Father had hidden secrets from her.

As Christine uncovers the secrets that had been kept from her, her life takes on a new meaning to her. Things that she'd held dear in the past are no longer as important to her.

There was enough depth to the sto
Apr 01, 2013 Marianne rated it 5 of 5 stars
There was something about this story that makes it so believable. In this day and age something like this can really happen (and I am sure that it has unfortunately); I also have to say, as a mom of four, this is why I have lead my life like an open book. For me, I've already seen how my decisions in life have affected my children and to think that there is some possibility that they will find something out about me after I am gone, that they will have to deal with, just breaks my heart. It does ...more
Judy Collins
Dec 19, 2013 Judy Collins rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Judy by: B&N Nook
I was delighted when I found this author--this was my first book by Mary Campisi (A Family Affair- Truth in Lies Series #1), and could not put it down. It captured me from the front cover, the first page--throughout and did not want it to end. I fell in love with the characters, her writing style, and totally my style of book- was blown away! (Love discovering authors which I have not read previously). This book also includes an excerpt from Pulling Home (that Second Chance Series), which I look ...more
Leslie Reed
Family Secrets

This story is one of family, duty, and love. Christine loses her father in a car accident only to learn he had an entire secret family. She now must come to terms with the lies and secrets to see where it all fits in her life. She's always wanted to be like her father. Finally, she has to make a huge decision. She must decide to live in the city of Chicago, rural Magdelena, or go back and forth to be apart of two lives just like her former father.
Brenda Cody
Worth a look, especially at the price. Decent writing, decent story and loads of good characters. Nate, Christine, Lily, Miriam and Harry are my favorite characters. Lily, especially will steal your heart.

The plot is not all that far fetched. A wealthy businessman leads a double life for 14 years. His one family has no idea that the other exists until tragedy strikes. Loads of emotional turmoil, good stuff.
There was nothing really bad about this book, it was just so predictable. As I've found with most books available for free, this is the first in a series. I have a pretty good idea if how the entire series will turn out based on the events and character development of the first one. I could easily picture this being adapted as a move for Lifetime.

Disclaimer: I downloaded this as a free e-book. Many of the books on my e-readers are serving as "emergency" texts for me - stuck in a waiting room wit
Alannah Clarke
I think this book proves that I am a sucker for free books. The book begins with a man who dies in a car crash and the secret second family he has hidden for 14 years. His wife and daughter have to piece together their lives and discover the other life of a man they thought they knew. We follow the daughter as she goes on a journey to discover the secrets that the second family hold. It is emotional and heartfelt in parts and you like to find out what is happening next. There is romance, straine ...more
WTF just happened ??? Im sorry i dont usually curse but this book brought out the worst in me . I basically didn't like any of these people except lily and her mom . Christine was misguided and annoying . Nate was so frustrating and judgmental and then a big thing happened towards the end of the book (view spoiler) ...more
Lynne Marshall
I won this book here at Goodreads and enjoyed this family drama overall. Occasionally, the story felt like a step back in time, as if David Niven could play the role of Harry. There was lots of plot to get involved with, people to root for, enough surprises to keep me reading, a romance or two, and it had a villain you couldn't completely hate. I loved Lilly, and the whole concept of a secret family. When Christine decided to solve the mystery about the death of her father, I could totally feel ...more
Loved it!

It was definitely a 5 star...took tragedy and deceit turning it in to a heartwarming story of love and second chances! I look forward to reading the next book
couldn't stop

Had to keep reading the entire series. The suspense leaves you waiting for the next book...great read by the pool or over holiday
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