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This is an alternate-cover edition for B016H9HAXC.
She wants to know the truth, but some secrets might be better left alone…

Kate Thayer has a good life as a veterinarian, running the family horse farm—until she uncovers an act of unimaginable treachery by those she trusted most and learns that everything she knew about herself was a lie. Her paternal grandmother, the wo
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Published October 24th 2015 by Black Opal Books
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Lynn Mccarthy
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
A good book Shattered lies has everything adultery secrets lies race etc.
The characters are well developed and has some twists to the story.
Kate's story begins when she finds her mothers diary and finds out she has a twin also she finds out she is half black her father was white and her mother black.
She has to find out what happened to her twin.

Thank you Netgalley the Author and publisher for a chance to read this book.
Elsa Hoffmann
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was horrified when I started reading Shattered Lies, as racial tensions are a big issue in South Africa currently, and I could not figure out if this story was taking place in the 60's or now. I'm very glad I did not stop reading, because as it unfolded, I was hooked.

It's all here - the pretending of being non racial by both black and white grandmothers, the ugly lies and betrayals that only families seem to inflict on each other. If it came from a stranger it would probably not be
Martha Cheves
Shattered Lies - Review by Martha A Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat; Think With Your Taste Buds; A Book and A Dish

"Miss Kate went up there. I went to check on her..." "What do you mean? You let her up there? Why?" he asked. "I didn't let her up there," Elsa said. "And why not? It's her house, too." "I Told you no one is allowed up there. No one." "Relax, Sam. I'm sure Miss Katherine didn't mean Kate," Elsa said.

"Damn it, woman! I told you when we first came here tha
Carole Avila
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SJ Francis painted her characters in shades you love to hate and others you’ll really love. Family dynamics walk a tenuous thread atop misplaced loyalty, unveiling a complex tangle of lies and betrayal in the Deep South with surprising subplots. Shattered Lies invites personal reflections on racism and a number of themes, showing that despite the effects of traumatic discoveries and the resulting drama, love and compassion can endure.
Billy Buttons
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was entered and was a finalist in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:

Title: Shattered Lies
Author: S J Francis
Star Rating: 4.5 Stars
Number of Readers: 27
Editing: 9/10
Writing Style: 9/10
Content: 10/10
Cover: 8/10
Of the 27 readers:
27 would read another book by this author.
21 thought the cover was good or excellent.
25 thought the author worked well with speech to develop the
Vera mallard
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5+ Star Debut Novel

General Fiction Official Selection in the 2015 New Apple Book Awards
Semi-finalist in the 2015 Authorsdb Book Cover contest

Family Dynamics

Revelations of Long Hidden Secrets

Lies and Heartache

What A Story! Author S. J. Francis has created a storyline that will grab you from the first few sentences to the last. Widowed veterinarian Kate Thayer Logan, heir and granddaughter to grand dame Katherine Beaureg
Jennifer Gibson
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Time seems to slow down as you read Shattered Lies, you could almost feel the intense Mississippi heat and southern charm. S.J. Francis's words flow effortlessly across the page, pulling you deeper into gripping tale that is full of hidden secrets. The pages come to life, revealing the dark truth about the past. This book is beautifully written featuring eloquent words.
T.P. Keane
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shattered lies is an intrigue of twists and turns between Kate and her grandmother Kathrine. A surprisingly good tale that will keep you reading if even just to find out the secrets this family have been hiding. I thoroughly loved this book and would def recommend it.
Olga Miret
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Family, Lies, Race and Life in the South I’m reviewing this book as part of Rosie’s Book Review Team and was offered a free ARC copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
The novel, as promised by the description, deals with important themes: family relationships, adultery, betrayal, secrets, lies, race, loss and grief, illness… The story shows us how two families, the Thayers and the Johnsons, who’ve always lived close to each other in the family ranch of the Thayers, a white South
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review copy provided via Reading Alley in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: Shattered Lies

She wants to know the truth, but some secrets might be better left alone… Kate Thayer has a good life as a veterinarian, running the family horse farm—until she uncovers an act of unimaginable treachery by those she trusted most and learns that everything she knew about herself was a lie. Her paternal grandmother, the woman who raised her, is behind a number of devastating secre
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. From the description, I was expecting a typical mystery type of novel...and was I ever wrong! This book is a mystery to some extent, but also so much more! This story was complex, but so well written! The emotions were genuine and heartfelt, to say the least.

The story is about Kate Thayer, a veterinarian that is in charge of running the family horse farm. One day while she is in her grandmother's attic, she finds a diary writt
Kurt Springs
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Note: The ARC was given by the Author in exchange for a fair review

Note Spoiler Warnng

Kate Thayer has a good life. She runs the family farm for her Grandmother earns a living as a veterinarian. Then she stumbles upon several devastating lies told by the one person she’d thought cared about her the most, her own grandmother. Her whole view of those people she cared about changes overnight. She finds she has a twin sister who was sent away because she was bla
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: have-read
In this book Kate Thayer has been living a pretty good life. She is a veterinarian, and runs the family horse farm. The farm is where is always feels at home more than anywhere else. BUT, there is one place in the house she has never been allowed to go....the attic. What is up there? She is an adult now, why can't she go up there? After sneaking the key to the attic from her grandmother, Kate, never knew how much her world was going to be torn to pieces. Can Kate forgive and forget? Will she be ...more
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Family ties

How would you feel if you found out that everything about who you are and where you came from turned out to be lies and to make matters worse, what if those lies were created by the people closest to you, the people you love and trust the most? This is what happens to Kate, a successful veterinarian who runs the family horse-stud in the southern state of Mississippi. When Kate finds out about the secrets it feels like a betrayal and changes her life in ways she could never
Jami Gray
Jun 01, 2017 rated it liked it
(Book given in exchange for an honest review.) If I could give it 3.5 stars I would. While not my normal genre pick, SJ Francis weaves a compelling story where hidden secrets leave lasting scars that reshape the family it splinters.
J.J. White
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(some spoilers)
Kate Thayer discovers she has been living a secret life when she happens upon her mother's diary in the attic of her grandmother, Katherine Thayer’s, house. One knows at this point in the novel that everything will change for this likable character and little of it for the better. If I were Kate’s friend I would've stopped her from reading, knowing there are secrets better left unknown. Fortunately, the author, SJ Francis, makes sure all the dirty little secrets, lies, adult
Elissa Mahler
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was blessed with a free copy of this book, and have chosen of my own volition to share this review with you.

Wow, be prepared to go on a roller coaster of a ride with this book. The lies that this family have surrounded themselves with have nearly done them all in. Friendships were destroyed. Relationships torn apart. Twins separated at birth, due to skin color. How does humanity slip this far from the norm, what is the norm?

This book deals with the hard facts of racism. Two friend
S.B. Redstone
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How would you feel and what would you do, if on an average day of your life, you discover a piece of information that will forever bring to light the illusions surrounding your world? That’s what happened to Kate. She thought she knew all about herself. She thought she knew all about her family history. Then, like a tornado descending upon her home, the deceptions are obliterated. Those family members she trusted can no longer be trusted. Shattered Lies, by S. J. Francis is about a woman who is ...more
Martha Graham-Waldon
Shattered Lies is a page turner that does not disappoint. The vividly developed characters and scenes set to a plot filled with shocking twists and turns kept me mesmerized from beginning to end. It is the story of two southern families, one white and one black that weave a tangled web of deceit, infidelity and lies. The author cleverly reveals the ugly face of racism on both sides of the color barrier and it is the younger generation that must bear the brunt of the older generation’s betrayal. ...more
Theresa Raymer
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Black Opal Books Publishing for giving me the ARC of this book for a honest review of the book.

I found this book to be an awesome read. I would also recommend this book to anyone 18+ in age.

Kate Thayer has a good life as a veterinarian and she runs her family's horse farm. With both her parents deceased she was raised by her paternal grandmother. Kate uncovers many family secrets which revolve around her life. The deeper she digs the deeper the secre
Jan 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Net Gallery for the opportunity to read Shattered Lies. This novel is filled with tense and edge of your seat moments. A story line of two families in the south that are bound by the past and how a diary opens up secrets, lies and unrest. The author deals with family dynamics with a great deal of emotions and it comes thru in this book.
Will the truth set you free? This novel's characters are very real and I found them to be vivid and interesting. Many heart felt moments with comp
Linda Thorne
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
S. j. Francis wrote a good book about a family in modern day Mississippi. I've been sticking to my mysteries, detective and crime fiction, some thrillers for a long time now, but enjoyed this novel. I noticed right off the bat that even though this was not a mystery or thriller, the book was still brimming with twists and complications found in those other genres. The ending was complete, but ends in a way that suggests a sequel may be in the works.
Janine Carbone
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
S.J. Francis has created a racially charged story that has blown me away. With one secret piling on top of another, I was left guessing from beginning to end. It was refreshing to see Kate's strength and determination even while her world, or what she thought was her world, crumbled right before her eyes. A wonderful debut novel leaving me excited to see what this extremely talented author will come up with next.
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of southern literature, 60s vs today
Recommended to Molly by:, arc copy, voluntary review
A southern veterinarian discovers many family mysteries when going through a few dusty boxes.

Heartbreaking father's suicide and mothers death in childbirth turn out to be tied to racial tensions.

She uncovers a sibling she never knew about, and family connections that are truly blood, rather than just affection.

Sadly, grandparents who crossed racial lines in friendship in the 60s give in to bigotry in their children's and grand children's relationships.

A sudden health scare brings all the sur
Literary Classics Book Awards & Reviews
Shattered Lies is the riveting tale of a young woman who tragically lost both her parents on the day she was born. Raised by her grandmother on a Mississippi horse ranch, Kate has lived her entire life believing the stories of her family as they’ve been presented to her. But when she discovers her mother’s journal exposing a dark secret, everything she has ever believed to be true about her family changes. As she digs into their past she learns the lengths to which they have gone to bury secrets ...more
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book hooked me from the first chapter. To imagine that racial tension between whites and blacks marring in the 1980's really surprised me. The way both families treated the son and daughter who wanted to marry and then the the twin children later is appalling. Maybe it is because it happened in the south it was more frowned upon. The author used brutal honesty in portraying the characters in this novel. It read like it could have happened yesterday with the racial divide we are experiencing ...more
Amy Shannon
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Heartfelt and inspiring!

It's one of those books that once you finish, you'll put on your shelf to read it again. I really was connected with Kate, and her story. It's a remarkable journey and it was written so much that you could feel the emotions jump off the page. There was a hint of mystery and a grand family connection, and a link to her home. A place that has always been her home, and always welcomed her, except for the secrets of the attic. This story brings you into an adventu
Janet Graham
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Family Secrets - Family Lies
We have all known the ‘Imperial Woman’ type; the one who makes the world comply to her view. Mix that woman with tragedy and you have the basis of this story. I became totally involved in this story immediately! There is not a hair out of place with the plot, depth of character, real emotion or believability in this entire book. While this is a long book, it flies by. In fact, even with a solid ending, I wanted more!
Ann Keeran
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating look at racial relations in Mississippi from the fifties to present. A beautiful narrative that tells of the interaction between two families, one white and one black. Strong female characters dominate the story and their struggles are quite believable. S.J. Francis has written a remarkable story showing how people and relationships evolve.
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shattered Lies is a book that grabs a hold of you and makes you think. Beautifully written about a subject that is so relevant in this day and age.
Once you pick up this book and start reading the characters grab you and carry you to the Deep South where they wring every emotion out of you before releasing you drained yet hopeful in the end. I got a free copy for giving a fair review.
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S. J. Francis was born to be a writer, but not until high school did writing take over. Always ready to take on any writing project when assigned one as a child, Francis wasn’t aware, yet that it was a love for writing burning within the soul that welcomed the projects. It all started with the publication of one short story that had been rejected so many times, that Francis lost count that the wri ...more