Tammy & Michelle Review Another Great Book - The Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers
The Comfort of Lies, a novel about the collateral damage of infidelity, reveals the darkest and most private thoughts of three women.
Three Mothers. Two Fathers. One Child.
Five years ago, Tia fell into obsessive love with a man she could never have. Married, and the father of two boys, Nathan was unavailable in every way. When she became pregnant, he disappeared, and she gave up her baby for adoption. Now, she’s trying to connect with her lost daughter and former lover.
Five years ago, Caroline, a dedicated pathologist, reluctantly adopted a baby to please her husband. She prayed her misgivings would disappear; instead, she’s questioning whether she’s cut out for the role of wife and mother.
Five years ago, Juliette considered her life ideal: she had a loving family, a solid marriage, and a thriving business. Then she discovered Nathan’s affair. He’d promised he’d never stray again and she trusted him. But that was before she knew about the baby.
I was born in Brooklyn, New York, where I quickly moved from playing with dolls to incessantly reading, spending most of my time at the Kensington Branch Library. Early on I developed a penchant for books rooted in social issues, my early favorites being Karen and The Family Nobody Wanted. Shortly I moved onto Jubilee and The Diary of Anne Frank.
My dreams of justice simmered at the fantastically broadminded Camp Mikan, where I went from camper to counselor, culminating in a high point when (with the help of my strongly Brooklyn-accented singing voice), I landed the role of Adelaide in the staff production of Guys and Dolls.
Soon I was ready to change the world, starting with my protests at Tilden High and City College of New York . . .
. . . until I left to pursue the dream in Berkeley, California, where I supported myself by selling candy, nuts, and ice cream in Bartons of San Francisco. Then, world weary at too tender an age, I returned to New York, married, and traded demonstrations for diapers.
While raising two daughters, I tended bar, co-authored a nonfiction book on parenting, ran a summer camp, and (in my all-time favorite job, other than writing) helped resurrect and run a community center
Once my girls left for college, I threw myself deeper into social service and education by working with batterers and victims of domestic violence. I’m certain my novels are imbued with all the above, as well as my journey from obsessing over bad boys to loving a good man.
Many things can save your life—children who warm your heart, the love of a good man, a circle of wonderful friends, and a great sister. After a tumultuous start in life, I’m lucky enough to now have all these things. I live in Boston with my husband, where I live by these words:
“Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.”
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Five years ago the world dramatically changed for three families. The Comfort of Lies is the story of how these three families will forever be tied together by one child.
Tia is a young single woman having an affair with Nathan, a married man. She unwittingly becomes pregnant with their child, Savannah (aka – Honor). Knowing she would be unable to properly take care of a child, she opts to give their baby her up for adoption at birth.
Nathan is married to Juliette and they have 2 young boys. After finding out that Tia is pregnant, he comes clean with his wife about the affair with Tia. However, he leaves out the crucial detail, the fact that his affair has produced a child.
Caroline, a pathologist, is married to Peter, an entrepreneur. They are a successful couple that decided to adopt a baby when they are unable to have children of their own.
Fast forward five years – Juliette finds out about Savannah and becomes overcome with a need to learn everything she can about her husband’s other child. She creates a scenario where she crosses paths with both Tia and Caroline. The next few months turn out to be a roller coaster ride for all of them, with scenarios that no one could have predicted.
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*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Atria Books and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced our review.