My goal is to read 100 books by the end of 2013. I just finished book 21.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Atria Books for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
The Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers
Summary: This fiction novel is told from the alternating viewpoints of Tia, Juliette, and Caroline as they deal with the surprising and upsetting way they are connected. It is not a spoiler to say that the connection is a 5 year old child - Tia is the biological mother, Juliette's husband had an affair with Tia and is the biological father, and Caroline is the adoptive mother.
I have never read a book with this approach to infidelity before. Each woman was faced with an imperfect situation (to say the least) with far-reaching consequences and had to make individual choices about how much of themselves they were willing to sacrifice for their family's happiness. It was easy to become absorbed because the characters felt so real, and it says a lot about the author's ability to make each character multi-dimensional that I didn't hate Tia even though she knowingly slept with a married man. Although there would not be a perfect resolution that would leave them all completely happy (except for a time machine, but this isn't that kind of book), I read the book hoping that they would each find peace. Yes, even Tia.
Quote of the Blog:
"Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.