Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Comfort of Lies

Randy Susan Meyers' The Comfort of Lies was an entertaining women's fiction novel that helped me pass my rainy Memorial Day weekend.

Tia, Caroline and  Juliette are three women who have never met each other, yet there lives connect in ways the three could never imagine.

Tia is head over heels in love with Nathan, a married man. She dreams of the two of them being together someday and of Nathan leaving his wife.  When she finds herself pregnant, she is hopeful for their future, but Nathan is instantly upset with this news and has no intention of leaving his wife and sons.

Juliette thinks she is happily married.  When Nathan confesses to his infidelity, Juliette must decide if she can forgive this man she loves and keep her family intact.  

And Caroline is unable to have a baby of her own. When her husband, Peter, talks her into adopting, Caroline agrees despite the lack of maternal instinct; Caroline is much more drawn to her career than to mothering.  

The common thread that these three women have is the small girl that Tia gave birth to.  Meyers' story takes a story that could be a bit predictable, but adds a bit of a twist by involving and connecting all three women.  Tia, Juliette, and Caroline were likable enough, even though I didn't necessarily agree with any of their decisions at different points while reading.  

Meyers is also able to move the story along by allowing all three women to share their stories in alternating chapters.  This glimpse into what makes each of them think and react the way they do helps develop their characters and makes them seem human.

Meyers is also the author of The Murderer's Daughters, which I have sitting in my TBR pile by my bed. After enjoying The Comfort of Lies, I hope to pick up The Murderer's Daughters this summer sometime.

1 comment:

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I liked this as well and The Murderer's Daughter is excellent as well -- enjoy