Blissful Lies

Blissful Lies

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by Jennifer Brown-Thomas
     
 

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Blissful Lies tells a heart-wrenching story exploring the enviable bonds of five best friends who, in the midst of growing up together, are just starting to realize how much they still have to learn about life. They quickly find the limits of their relationships are tested when secrets and lies rapidly interrupt their picture perfect existence, threatening the

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Blissful Lies tells a heart-wrenching story exploring the enviable bonds of five best friends who, in the midst of growing up together, are just starting to realize how much they still have to learn about life. They quickly find the limits of their relationships are tested when secrets and lies rapidly interrupt their picture perfect existence, threatening the stability of years of friendship. At the center of their universe is mother to one group member and Brown-Thomas University Chancellor, Addison Hamilton. Uncertainty in her own life leads her down a path of no return as she finds herself a little too involved with someone many years her junior. While each person is forced to take responsibility for their hidden secret, they wonder if ultimately, it's just too much to move forward as the 'family' they once claimed to be. Join us on the journey, which allows true love to surface despite obvious obstacles, fearful hatred to emerge with a vengeance and betrayal of even the most loyal of friends. As lives are left in tattered pieces, everyone is forced to choose.... Will the group fall apart at the seams or will the strong bonds of everlasting friendship withstand the fire of deceit?

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ISBN-13:
9780985048839
Publisher:
Helm Publishing
Publication date:
01/03/2012
Pages:
234
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

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Blissful Lies 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
The_Busy_Bibliophile More than 1 year ago
Addison’s life-long dream was to become her university’s first woman chancellor and now that she’s achieved that, life is perfect. She and her husband are deliriously happy together and her children are doing well. Her son Parker is the leader of a tight-knit group of life-long friends who consider Addison their mother figure. Of course, it turns out everything may not to be so perfect after all. Her husband is a cheat, and everyone knows except Addison. Now that the truth is finally out, her son’s friend decides it’s the perfect time to admit his secret love for her. I think this might be the worst book I’ve ever read. The characters were one-dimensional and boring. Addison only care about being chancellor, but she hardly spent any time at the school. Most of her time was spent hanging around her son and his friends. All of the kids were fake and we never learned anything more about them than the most superficial attributes – stunningly beautiful, flowing blond locks, deeply tanned skin, etc. The characters’ behavior was completely unrealistic. Addison acted like a teenager, following her libido around wherever it led her. As someone who had been happily married for 24 years, she was able to get over her husband’s betrayal pretty darn fast. After a few rolls in the hay with her son’s friend, she was declaring her love for him, yet for the last 20 or so years, she’d considered him a son. Her new boy toy was so stalkerish; after they had been on 1 date (if you could call it that), he beat up one person, and tried to beat up another, just for talking to Addison. After an argument, she had 19 missed calls from him in the span of a few hours. Red flag, anyone? All of the students were loaded. Like, absurdly rich. One of the characters received a brand new 7,000 square foot privately gated home for his high school graduation. This is the same kid who also had 2 cars, a boat and a live-in personal chef. Every time anything was mentioned, it was described as wealthy or decadent, and every time a house was described, it was called a mansion. That gets old pretty quickly. After the unbelievable and annoying characters, the writing was the worst thing about the book. It was choppy and inconsistent. First Addison would be “remorseful” for doing the nasty with her quasi-son, then in the very next paragraph, “they don’t have an ounce of regret.” Everything had to be spelled out, like the reader wouldn’t be smart enough to figure out things on their own. This is a perfect example: "After completing her sentence, she walked out of the room." Thank goodness it was pointed out that she was done talking. I never would have known otherwise. Also, Brown-Thomas (which, coincidentally, is the name of the university in the book) seemed obsessed with ellipses. They were stuck in random spots, usually at least 2 on every page, most of the time it was more. “You not dating much… I can’t ever remember seeing you with anyone, except… That one blonde girl… what’s her name? Tall… gorgeous.” The last quarter of the book took a very different (and ridiculous) turn when the kids and Addison ended up trapped inside a vacation house as a bad guy threatened the lives of their loved ones if they didn’t tell each other all of their secrets. There were cell phones and notes and clues involved. The whole thing felt thrown together and not well thought out. It was like Brown-Thomas decided at the last minute to make the book a mystery, and just tacked that part on. Though I did enjoy who the big bad was, their reasoning didn’t make logical sense. Overall, I thought the book sucked and wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. The sum up: I would give this a negative rating if I could.
CourtEvans More than 1 year ago
What an incredible story. The characters throughout Blissful Lies are so strong and they're such down to earth, fun people that you can't help but love them and cheer for their success. There are so many unexpected twists throughout the book that I could not put it down. I read the entire thing the first night I had it! The lead character Addison Hamilton is such an inspirational woman. Her class and poise throughout the book makes you really root for her character and hope she finds her fairytale.... I highly recommend this piece and the author sounds wonderful! I found information online Blissful Lies being turned into a film. I can't wait to see it here in Chicago! I'll be looking for more projects from this author! Courtney Evans
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't. Either the author is leaving herself positive feedback or she had all of her friends do it for her. This sounds like it was written by a teenage girl, it was so poorly written I only go through the first chapter and had to quit. One dimensional characters, sounds like the stuff I wrote in middle school. I really can't imagine someone praising the writer for her talents. This is poorly written novel, but hey it can be published, heck I should be writing books, not reading them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A thoroughly good read, finished it in 2 days and especially liked the last quarter. Would recommend it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, It Is a MUST READ!!! I honestly couldn't put the book down, when it ended I wanted more but sadly all things must come to an end. Give this new author a try, you won't be disappointed. Trust Me!!!
Pam-a-lam More than 1 year ago
I heard about this book from a friend and decided to give it a try. I am so glad I did. I was so blown away by the twist at the end !!! Great story and ending. Can't wait to see the movie. I highly recommend this book.
grannybarb1 More than 1 year ago
READ THE BOOK BLISSFUL LIES IN ONE DAY. EVERYTIME I HAD TO PUT IT DOWN TO DO SOMETHING ELSE , I COULDN'T WAIT TO GET BACK AND SEE WHAT WOULD HAPPEN NEXT.. YOU DID A WONDERFUL JOB JENNIFER, I'M SURE YOU WILL WRITE MANY BOOKS AND I WILL READ ALL OF THEM.
Barefooter More than 1 year ago
Jennifer is a writer whos context is way beyond her years. Blissful is a very well written book with a Great Twist. Very unpredictable style of writting and thought provoking plot make this a must read.....cant wait for the Movie.....Barefooter
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I knew "Blissful Lies" was a love story, but was pleasantly surprised to also discover a mystery and suspense. This young author has creativity, style and talent, and I am anxious to see the movie based on this novel and to read her next book.
SweetPeaEL More than 1 year ago
Really good read so far. Not done yet but it is written so well I cannot put it down. Really a story about how we let our wants over-take our better sence. Can't wait to see what happens next.
Diva-of-DOOL More than 1 year ago
The ending blew my mind. Perfect summer book!
Dette500 More than 1 year ago
This a very interesting book, the author kept me reading. Which is sometime hard to do, and if I get on a side track - most likely I will NOT pick it up again. For a new writer she is good, hope to see more by her.