Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Comfort of Lies, by Randy Susan Meyers

Tia made the grave error of falling in love with Nathan, a married man, and the even bigger mistake of getting pregnant by him.  He suggests she have an abortion, and promptly leaves her life.  Juliette is Nathan's wife, and mother to their two sons.  She struggles with Nathan's confession of infidelity.  Caroline is the woman who, along with her husband, adopted Tia and Nathan's daughter, Savannah.  Five years after Savannah is born, the lives of these women intersect and the lies begin to unravel.

This book was a complex story about the concept of motherhood and what lengths a woman will go to for her child.  The three main female characters all exemplify different types of mothers.  Of the three characters, the one I was able to connect with the most was Juliette.  I felt like she had been wronged, cheated, and that she did not deserve the hand she was dealt.  I found myself unable to sympathize with Tia; she knowingly and willingly got involved with a married man, and got a little petulant when it did not turn out in her favor.  I find this type of female character to be slightly cliche.  In terms of a very fresh character, providing a new twist on the love triangle, Caroline is what truly made the story interesting.  Here she was, affected by the poor decisions of strangers, all the while struggling with her own identity as a mother.

The writing and character development are definitely solid, I just found the plot to be a little worn out.  With the exception of the inclusion of the adoptive mother's perspective, this is just another story about an affair gone bad.  I am not saying it is a bad plot, just sort of played out.  The writing was good and because we got the perspectives of all three women, the book is certainly engaging, just not all that innovative.

I received a review copy courtesy of TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.  See the rest of the tour here.

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