The Comfort of Lies

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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.

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 ...

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Overview

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.

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 solid marriage, two beautiful young sons, and a thriving business. Then she discovered Nathan’s affair. He promised he’d never stray again, and she trusted him.

But when Juliette intercepts a letter to her husband from Tia that contains pictures of a child with a deep resemblance to her husband, her world crumbles once more. How could Nathan deny his daughter? And if he’s kept this a secret from her, what else is he hiding? Desperate for the truth, Juliette goes in search of the little girl. And before long, the three women and Nathan are on a collision course with consequences that none of them could have predicted.

Riveting and arresting, The Comfort of Lies explores the collateral damage of infidelity and the dark, private struggles many of us experience but rarely reveal.

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Editorial Reviews

The Boston Globe
"Randy Susan Meyers’s second novel is sharp and biting, and sometimes wickedly funny...but it has a lot of heart, too. Meyers writes beautifully about a formerly good marriage ­— the simple joys of stability, the pleasures of veteran intimacy ­— and deftly dissects just how ugly things can get after infidelity. The battles these women fight take place on a small stage, yet they’re anything but trivial: saving a marriage, making a meaningful career, learning to parent. In the end, thanks to Meyers’s astute, sympathetic observation, we want these women to win."
Booklist
"Meyers has crafted an absorbing and layered drama that explores the complexities of infidelity, forgiveness, and family.”
Jewish Journal
“Meyers delves into the layered facets of motherhood and how children not only shape the fate of their parents, but also manage to sometimes tinker with their emotional balance and sense of judgment."
Improper Bostonian
“Plunging us into the different minds and hearts of these characters, Meyers unearths how their relationships to Savannah are affected in multiple ways. But the author makes every perspective engaging. She conveys their inner and outer lives, and the varying ways they connect with each other and with Savannah, whose head is turned in three directions.”
BookPage
“Meyers’ carefully told story is a satisfying examination of the imperfect paths we all walk.”
Winnipeg Free Press
"Meyers teases out the well-orchestrated plot in a frank, lean narrative written in the alternating voices of the three women...creat[ing] psychologically complex protagonists by imbuing them with contradictions...it's hard to stop turning the pages of this book; much to her credit, Meyers keep us guessing untill the end."
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
“With The Comfort of Lies, Meyers’ complex characters feel familiar yet flawed, and this sharply-woven tale demonstrates her uncanny ability to explore and illuminate the nuances of life’s most thorny dilemmas.”
bestselling author of Maine - J. Courtney Sullivan
"I devoured this big-hearted story of three women whose lives collide years after a baby is put up for adoption. Meyers' wit and wisdom shine through, even when her characters are at their most sorrowful and confused. She writes with insight and compassion, about marriage, forgiveness, work, family and the true meaning of motherhood."
MJ Rose
"The intertwining and heart-wrenching stories of how three women come to terms with the decisions they’ve made and those yet to make will touch you and stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page. Beautifully written. Strong characters. The Comfort of Lies is a powerful, poignant and riveting novel."
New York Times bestselling author of Secret Daughter - Shilpi Somaya Gowda
“I devoured this book. Randy Susan Meyers writes with great empathy and insight about three distinct women and the unlikely intersection of their lives. The story will pull you into the uncomfortable space where truths are confronted, and lead you to the other side where the world looks brighter. A sensitive exploration of why we take refuge in the comfort of lies, and what happens when we dare to release ourselves from their power.”
New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us - Jenna Blum
"I spent many blissful, addicted hours with The Comfort of Lies, totally hooked on needing to know what happened next in the braided stories of Tia, Caroline, and Juliette. Meyers has an uncanny ability to get inside women whose circumstances dramatically divide them and show how at heart, we're all the same. Another unforgettable Meyers smash-hit."
New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky - Heidi W. Durrow
"A fast-paced multi-narrator story that gets to the heart of the trade-offs of motherhood. You will be drawn in by these characters because of the mystery at the novel's center and relate to the ways in which they each create their own loneliness while surrounded by others."
New York Times bestselling author of A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty - Joshilyn Jackson
"The Comfort of Lies explores a complex and beautiful web of relationships between three very different women whose lives intersect in startling and heartrending ways. This is my favorite kind of read: a page-turner soaked in empathy with an elegant understanding of the human heart. Randy Susan Meyers is a first rate talent."
New York Times bestselling author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt - Beth Hoffman
“Insightful, unsettling, and ultimately hopeful, The Comfort of Lies is a compelling, multilayered story. Randy Susan Meyers skillfully exposes the insecurities and strengths of three women who find their lives forever reshaped in the far-reaching wake of a little girl’s adoption.”
Romantic Times
"Meyers creates three distinct voices, with each woman speaking from a place of pain and strength while navigating complicated emotions in the aftermath of a life-changing event. The alternating perspectives maintain the intensity of the emotions and relationships, leading to the inevitable decision of which is more powerful: the harm caused by dishonesty, or the strength of forgiveness and love."
Author of If I loved you, I would tell you this - Robin Black
“A novel about love, that explores its meaning with wise restlessness and no easy answers. Profound, clear-sighted and more than a bit slyly funny, this is a book to read, to reread and to share.”
author of The Best of Us - Sarak Pekkanen
"Randy Susan Meyers' thoughtful, gripping new novel explores the unlikely intersection of three women in crisis. The result is a haunting exploration of the secrets we keep - and how, in the aftermath of their detonation, shattered lives can be mended. Meyers is a major talent, and her writing is a gift to readers everywhere."
author of Heart Like Mine - Amy Hatvany
"A tender, yet sharp portrayal of the messy way three women stumble into each others’ worlds, Meyers explores the lies we tell each other, and maybe more importantly, the ones we tell ourselves. A whip-smart observation of the definition of family and ultimately, what it means to love."
author of Jesse, A Mother’s Story - Marianne Leone
"Randy Susan Meyers' must-read new novel, The Comfort of Lies, resonates with vibrations of love in forms as varied as a symphony: the discordant notes of jealousy, the sweet harmony of soulmates connecting, the high notes of sacrifice and forgiveness—all underscored by the sweeping passion of mother love that is embedded in its heart's core."
bestselling author of The Wednesday Sisters - Meg Waite Clayton
"A roller-coaster of a ride through the world of infidelity, unwed motherhood, and adoption. Randy Susan Meyers’ The Comfort of Lies deftly explores the importance of trust, and the power of love."
bestselling author of How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life - Mameve Medwed
"With warmth, you-are-there immediacy and impressive insight, Randy Susan Meyers explores both the destructive nature of lies and the redeeming power of hard truths. Every page in this multilayered novel of separate yet entangled lives not only illustrates the accommodations we make for love but also illuminates what it means to be a family. This book is an enormous accomplishment!"
Tayari Jones
"This meaningful novel is, at its heart, a multi-faceted love story. It's about how people do the wrong things for the right reasons and vice versa. This is the story of the ways that families— bonded by blood and by choice— can save or slay us. With a vision that is generous, yet unsentimental, The Comfort Of Lies is a testimony to the healing power of the truth."
author of Shelter Me and Deep Down True - Juliette Fay
"Randy Susan Meyers plumbs the depth and intricacy of human entanglements, exploring them with a clear eye and compassion for each of her insightfully rendered characters. The Comfort of Lies is a riveting page-turner, conjuring the ways in which we compete with, lay claim to and ultimately love one another.”
From the Publisher
"Randy Susan Meyers plumbs the depth and intricacy of human entanglements, exploring them with a clear eye and compassion for each of her insightfully rendered characters. The Comfort of Lies is a riveting page-turner, conjuring the ways in which we compete with, lay claim to and ultimately love one another.” —Juliette Fay, author of Shelter Me and Deep Down True
author of The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. - Nichole Bernier
“What does it mean to be a mother—are there prerequisites, and reasons a woman’s qualifications should be questioned? The Comfort of Lies is a fascinating story of three women’s claims to the same child, written with incisive wisdom, page-turning skill, and above all, deep heart. Another home-run novel of family drama from Randy Susan Meyers.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480503335
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 3/28/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Randy Susan Meyers is the author of The Comfort of Lies and The Murderer’s Daughters and a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award. Her writing is informed by her work with batterers and victims of domestic violence, as well her experience with youth impacted by street violence. She lives with her husband in Boston, where she teaches writing seminars at the Grub Street Writers’ Center.

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The Comfort of Lies


  • After five years of marriage, Peter still made love to Caroline as though realizing his life’s dream. Being the object of his lust never failed to rouse her own. Exercising on the treadmill, Caroline labored through work problems, scratching ideas in tiny journals she kept in her pockets. Riding the train to work, she caught up with medical journals; driving to visit her parents, she listened to audiobooks. Only with her husband did she remember her corporeal being. There was no other time she left her mind and lived inside her body.

Peter thought her beautiful, he thought her sexy, and he made her believe it, if only for the moments she lay with him. She didn’t live under illusions. Much of her belief system boiled down to “What it is, is.” Caroline knew she was more wholesome than bombshell. Before Peter, she’d limited her relationships to men who marched to the same beat as she did: quiet songs, gentle dances. Peter unlocked her fervor.

“Come on, you’re incredible,” Peter declared when she scoffed at his compliments. Where her honest doctor eyes saw wheat-colored hair not dramatic enough to call blonde, an easy-to-forget face, and a slat-like build, Peter declared her graceful and pure, and then delineated how those qualities turned him on. She knew it was her difference from every woman he’d grown up with that excited him: she was his upper-class unattainable woman—just as his unrestrained fervor, so different from the boys she grew up with, provided the same thrill for her.

After, they lingered in the bedroom, as they did every Sunday. Coffee cups, plates covered with crumbs, and orange rinds littered their bedside tables.

“Listen to this, Caro.” Peter cleared his throat and, using his public voice—the one he used at investor meetings—read aloud from his laptop:

“Forecasters believe the strongest economic growth in two decades is in front of us. Businesses are investing in new plants and equipment and rehiring laid-off workers. Most economists predict 2004 should be an excellent year, and that this should be a predictor for years to come.”

“Mmm,” Caroline responded, the words not really registering. Peter grasped financial concepts instantly, while she found economic analysis so dry that it crumbled before it traveled from her ears to her brain. “Online news?” She pulled up the covers a bit.

“Yes, but it’s a well-regarded site. Do you know what this means?”

“Not a clue, actually, beyond the facts as presented. But I’m sure you do.” Caroline smiled, waiting for Peter to spill his theories. He shared his thoughts as they occurred to him. Peter tended to think out loud, while Caroline let ideas percolate for days, weeks, or longer before opening them to question.

“It means folks will be investing like crazy,” Peter said. “They’ll think they’re hopping on the money train. Do you know what that means?”

She leaned her head on his shoulder. They were close to a match in height. “No.” He did their accounting; she kept their space in perfect order. Having disparate interests freed each of the boring and baffling portions of life. “Do you want to watch the fireworks tomorrow night?”

“Yes, and don’t change the subject. Listen, we’re in a perfect-storm place. The naïve of the world—meaning most—will believe, once again, that uptrends in stocks and real estate will continue forever—exactly the mythology which leads to insanity in the market.”

“Ah. Interesting. The masses moving in lockstep.” She picked up Pediatric Blood & Cancer.

Peter pushed down the journal. “Caro, I’m not just commenting. This could be important to us.”

Like the obedient student she’d always been, Caroline let the magazine drop in her lap and turned to her husband. “Okay. I’m listening.”

“If we time this right, we’ll have an opportunity.”

She nodded as though she’d have some part in this, when in reality, we meant Peter, who meshed with money. Building a pile of cash excited him beyond the security and buying power it represented.

“When the business goes public next year, I’m betting our company stock prices will soar. Everyone wants . . . ”

Her attention wandered a little, knowing what she was going to hear: Sound & Sight Software, Peter’s company, would provide a platform for X and integrate Y, etc., etc.

She nodded and picked up her coffee cup, trying to read the journal lying in her lap.

“That’s why we should start looking for a baby now,” Peter said. “Do you see what I’m saying?”

Now Caroline looked up. She clutched the handle of her mug. “What?”

Peter put a firm hand on her knee. “Were you listening?”

She shook her head. “Not closely enough,” she said. “Say it again. The part about the baby, not the money.”

“But they’re very related, hon. Look: soon I’ll need to focus on business in a different way. I feel it. Now’s the time to concentrate on getting our baby. Before work explodes, before everything crashes, when I can be the one to pick up all the work left from guys who got lost in the wreckage.”

Peter shared her love of work: both of them were busy puritans turning the wheels of life. However, to Peter, life included a family—preferably a large one. He would be a spectacular father. Caroline couldn’t imagine a better man for the job, but she didn’t long for motherhood. That twenty-four-hour-a-day enthusiasm for the activity of children wasn’t in her.

Her own mother’s passion for Caroline and her sisters had always been evident. Caroline didn’t want to offer her own children anything less, but she lacked the instinct for self-sacrifice. Once home, she didn’t want anyone forcing her to put down her journals or interrupting her studies.

Becoming a mother terrified her so much that Caroline could barely hide her relief when she couldn’t get pregnant, and Peter’s sperm had turned out to be the problem.

But then Peter, in his usual style of Okay, how do I solve this problem, and how quickly can I make it go away? began investigating adoption. She’d left all the research and decision making to him, a stance he’d always accepted. Peter liked being in charge. That’s why he’d chosen identified adoption, deeming it safer. He wanted to see the mother for himself, not leave their life decisions to anonymous social workers. “Better the devil you know,” he’d declared.

Peter researched while Caroline did something totally out of character: she went into denial. Now, once again, the truth of every matter faced her: what was, was.

“Now?” she asked. “Really now?”

He sat up straighter and crossed his legs, pushing away the blanket. “It’s not that I’m saying now or never, but now is the best time.”

“I’m not sure. It’s so busy at work, and—”

“Honey, we’ll always have a reason to say ‘Not now.’ We’ll always be busy. But we can make time, and we’ll make room.” He scanned their cramped bedroom. “Though we’ll need more space. We might as well do it all up at once, eh? Look for the right neighborhood, right schools. Find the right house. My guess? Real estate will also drop soon.”

Caroline—calm, always-good-in-an-emergency, hard-to-ruffle Caroline—felt as though she’d have an anxiety attack if he said one more word. “No,” she said.

“No?”

“I love our apartment,” she said. “I love our neighborhood.”

“We need to find a place with great schools.”

“We can find private schools,” Caroline insisted. “Like you said, we’ll have the money. I won’t do well in the suburbs.”

“That’s just fear talking. I know how much you hate transition, but really, you’re going to be a wonderful mother wherever we are.”

No she wouldn’t.

“You’re perfect. Calm and loving. Smart. You’re always grounded. I adore that about you.” He stroked her arm.

“Grounded? How romantic.”

“And funny. Did I mention funny?”

She managed a smile. “No one ever described me as funny.”

“Oops, I meant that I was funny. And that you were smart to marry me.”

She had been smart to marry him. He lightened her, he cosseted her, he made her into a better person—more aware of the world beyond her boundaries. But she didn’t want to change anything. Their life: she loved the way their life was now. A baby would ruin everything.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    Tightly written story of how infidelity can spill over into affe

    Tightly written story of how infidelity can spill over into affecting far more than the intial two people involved. From the child borne from the affair, to wife of the man cheating, to the couple who adopted the child--nobody was is left unscathed.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2013

    The Comfort of Lies is a strong story of three women all dealing

    The Comfort of Lies is a strong story of three women all dealing with their lives and how they intertwine with each other.  The story starts five years ago.




    The first woman is Tia.  Tia entered into an affair with a married man, Nathan.  When she ended up pregnant, he left her and she gave up the baby for adoption. 




    Next is Caroline.  Caroline has an extremely important job with long hours, but adopted Tia’s baby just to please her husband, Peter.  She is now questioning whether she can be a mother and wife.




    Finally, there is Juliette, Nathan’s wife.  Nathan told Juliette of his affair with Tia, but never mentioned that Tia was pregnant when he walked away from her.  Juliette finds a letter in the mail from Tia to Nathan.  Inside the letter are pictures of their daughter.  This crumbles Juliette’s world.




    Fast forward five years. All the woman know of each other and are trying to put the lives back in the right.




    Each woman had their own life and their own flaws.  I enjoyed watching each work through their life and figure out how to live again.  Tia struggled with her decision to give up the baby and never gave up the idea of loving Nathan.  Caroline struggled with being an adoptive child’s mother.  Felling like she has no right to complain, as all mothers do at times, because her child is adopted.  Juliette is just angry.  Angry with everyone, but not sure why.  It was extremely touching and real watching each woman move through their struggles.




    I found Nathan to be the man I wanted to hate, but somehow I couldn’t.  He came across as devoted and sorry for the affair.  Devoting his life to his current family, not giving a second thought to his affair or Tia.  When it all came back to the front burner, he tried to deal with it, but struggled as any person would.
    The baby, Savannah, was also given a place to give her point of view.  I loved how it was a focal point and that Savannah was left to be a child.  Not made too old or mature.   The feelings she had were true to what an adopted child put in the position of knowing her biological parents should feel and question.




    I was totally into this story.  Caught from the beginning and unable to put it down. This is definitely more than just a chic-lit novel.  It has heart and feeling along with a real life story.  Anyone who picks this novel up will love it.  

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2013

    Three very different women, all bound by their connection to one

    Three very different women, all bound by their connection to one small child, their stories converging in a novel you'll willingly miss sleep and food to read!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    Sloooooooow

    While the idea of the story was good, it never picked up enough speed to be interesting. I found myself pushing through hoping something more interesting would happen. Tia was a pathetic excuse of a character to the point that I felt myself wanting to reach into the book and shake her. All in all, it could have been a great story if it wasn't so drawn out and boring.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

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    The lives of three women intersect, because of one man. Nathan i

    The lives of three women intersect, because of one man. Nathan is married to Juliette and they have two boys and a beautiful life together. For reasons he can't explain he begins an affair with Tia, a young woman from the South side of Boston. Nathan has the best of two worlds until Tia tells him she is expecting a baby. Nathan tells her to take care of it and walks out of her life. He later confesses his affair to his wife.




    Tia trying to redeem herself from having an affair with a married man refuses to have an abortion. Instead Tia decides the best choice is adoption.




    Caroline is a dedicated pathologist, she works long hours and hates leaving her lab. But she loves her husband very much and he's pressuring her to adopt a baby. Against her better judgement she follows through with the adoption.




    Five years later, Tia can't let the idea of Nathan go. When her yearly envelope arrives with pictures of her young daughter Tia decides to send a letter to Nathan. When the letter and pictures arrive at Nathan's home, its his wife Juliette who gets the letter. Nathan never told her there was a baby, and yet there in front of her is the proof of his affair...a little girl who looks remarkably like their youngest son.




    Juliette becomes obsessed with the little girl and where she is. It doesn't take long before the lives of these three women become more entangled and the outcome for all of them is uncertain.




    Talk about a book you can't put down! The more I read the more I was captivated by the story. I mean I didn't even know how I wanted things to play out in the end! I kept thinking what's going to happen? Oh I don't like her or I get her, but. None of these women are perfect. You have Tia on one hand that is simply a hot mess. She needed to move on from the life that disappeared five years ago or more the life she thought she was going to have. Then Caroline, I couldn't relate to her work before everything focus. But I did like that she was trying to the best of her ability. Last, Juliette who I got. I can't imagine finding out my husband cheated. Then you work so hard to move forward to find out there was even more to the story?!? Yet, I felt for her wanting her marriage even though it was broken.




    Each woman feels a connection to the child. Each woman questions what it means to be a mother. Each woman has to deal with an inner struggle.




    I never knew exactly where the story was headed, I didn't know where I wanted it to go. In the end, perfect ending. Loved everything about this book. This is a perfect book for a book club! So many topics to discuss! Highly highly recommend!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2013

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Three women who

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings

    Three women who are interwoven in this book and some don't know the connections that exist between them, one knows all of the details, good and bad.  Tia, had an affair with a married man and when she became pregnant he ran for the door.  Juliette is married to this cheating man, but only knows bits and pieces of the full story.  Caroline is the adoptive mother of the child and may be the most clueless of the bunch, of the story and of herself and her own true happiness.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 12, 2013

    I was fortunate to receive an advance copy of this book and I th

    I was fortunate to receive an advance copy of this book and I thoroughly recommend it. Like Meyer's first book, The Murderer's Daughters (which I also loved), secrets and lies are at the heart of this story, which is told by three women (Tia, Caroline and Juliette) and one man, Nathan. Five years before the opening, Tia, a young college student, had an affair with Nathan, a charismatic professor who is married to Juliette. When Tia becomes pregnant, Nathan abruptly ends the affair, assuming that Tia will terminate the pregnancy -- which she does not. The novel braids the story of the three women: Tia, who still misses Nathan and worries that she made a mistake in giving away her baby, Caroline, the baby's adoptive mother, and Juliette, Nathan's wife, who learns about the existence of the little girl before Nathan does.
    I love the complexity of these women, and the ways they think about and navigate complex issues around parenting, love, work and family.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 12, 2013

    I had the good luck to read an early copy of this book, and fell

    I had the good luck to read an early copy of this book, and fell in love with the complexities of three women, their commitment (and claim) to one child, and their complicated relationships with the men in their lives. Not all women approach or experience motherhood in the same way, and this book dares to ask, Does anyone “deserve” to be a mother more than another? I loved The Murderer’s Daughters, and Meyers has applied her same emotional-honesty radar to this book. She writes with heart and wisdom and, most importantly, without any easy judgement. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2014

    Boring

    Boring. Whining women, whimpy men. Story could have been shorter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Plot spoilers

    Too many spoilers ruining the story. Something needs to be done about them.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2014

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    When I received a review copy of The Comfort of Lies, I was eage

    When I received a review copy of The Comfort of Lies, I was eager to dive in reading. The title alone piqued my interest. Aren't we all comfortable with lies? I was drawn in from the first page.




    The Comfort of Lies has an alternating point of view between three very different women all connected to a five-year-old girl: Tia, the birth mother; Caroline, the adopted mother; and Juliette, the wife of the birth father. Five years ago, Tia was in love with an unavailable man. He broke ties when she became pregnant so she gave the baby up for adoption. Caroline felt pressured to please her husband and adopt a baby despite being a workaholic. Juliette thought she had a picture-perfect life with a loving husband, two sons and a thriving business...until she learned of Nathan's affair and intercepts a letter containing photos of his daughter. Upset and in search of the truth, Juliette's actions lead her to Caroline and Tia's door looking for answers. None of the characters are prepared for the consequences of lies told. 




    Sharp writing. Emotional story. Complex characters. Layered drama that kept me flipping the pages. The Comfort of Lies was just published a few short weeks ago, making it a prime pick for a book club (discussion questions/readers guide included). You will not be disappointed if you purchase this novel; get snowed in with this good read from an award-nominated author Randy Susan Meyers. Watch the trailer below and read an excerpt here. 




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  • Posted May 30, 2013

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    The Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers discusses the adoption

    The Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers discusses the adoption from three different perspectives. That of the birth mother, the new parents of the Tia’s child, and the husband and wife where the husband had an affair.
    Synopsis:
    Tia reveals that she is pregnant to Nathan who was the love of her life. Nathan is not thrilled with the news and asks her to get to rid of it. Tia refuses but loses more than she thought. One day she decides that Nathan should be involved in their daughter’s life. What will happen when his wife intercepts the photos? Who will this affect? What will change in the new family, Tia, Nathan and his wife?
    My Thoughts:
    I am excited to share Susan Randy Meyers novel the Comfort of Lies. The affair abruptly ends but Tia is left spinning her wheels. I had a difficult time with Tia’s character. I agreed with her friends advice that she needed a change. Would you choose to make a change if it would kick start your life in a different direction? I still have questions about some of the other characters. What I am referring to is the motives of these characters.
    The setting of this story is Boston. I actually haven’t read too many stories set in this city. I found the setting interested! I loved how the writer seemed to capture the culture of different parts of the city. I loved how there seemed to be a different tone for each character. This novel is well written and very descriptive.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Loved this book. Beautifully written.

    Loved this book. Beautifully written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2013

    Fabulous story

    A really great story!

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  • Posted March 23, 2013

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    This book is so good, I read it within a day, it is a serious re

    This book is so good, I read it within a day, it is a serious read, but the author knew how to bring out the best in the characters. The book is about three women, all wrapped up together due to a little girl named Savannah. It all starts with an affair that Tia had with Juliette’s husband Nathan, Nathan on the other hand never mentioned anything about Savannah to his wife, but he confessed about his affair with Tia.
    The author makes it known that we all make mistakes whether it is for the good, bad or the ugly, or just completely falls into something. She brings out the honesty of what people go through in an Affair and brings it to life, to show not only what goes on between the couple, but how it affects everyone, not just intermediate family, but everyone who is connected to each individual.
    The only problem I had was the multi-characters, and some of the actions that they done. Some actions did not quite add up to what would go in in a “real-life” situation, like how Caroline (Nathan’s Wife) kept the secret that she knew about the daughter. Caroline decided to read a letter to Nathan from Tia. Her mood shifts and she is constantly saying or doing hurtful things, but does not tell Nathan she knew the secret for months. I do not know. This did not sit with me, maybe because I am the type not to hide anything.

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  • Posted March 23, 2013

    Three women find themselves unexpectedly connected through one c

    Three women find themselves unexpectedly connected through one child.  Tia has an affair with Juliette's husband and conceives a child which she ultimately gives up for adoption to Caroline.  Five years later all three women are still adjusting to the changes in their lives based on this event.  Tia makes it through each day by drinking more than the last.  Juliette tries to move on from her husband's affair only to be reminded in the most surprising way.  And Caroline still struggles to adjust to motherhood and her feelings of inadequacy.    Though each think it impossible to get past these struggles, all attempt to progress toward a happier life, but they just might need something from each other.




    This was such an amazing book in so many ways.  I loved how each women felt so real.  As I read through each chapter from a different character's point of view, I felt like I could feel what they were feeling and understood their struggles as it were happening to me.  In some books, characters face struggles that the reader--from the outside looking in--can clearly see the solution and we just wait for the characters to realize that solution.  This is definitely not one of those books.  I never knew what each character should do to solve their particular problem and I was intrigued by this.  I enjoyed Caroline's story the most and Tia's the least.  Caroline's story seemed especially real and refreshing.  I had never considered the struggles of a new mother after an adoption.  I had also never considered the feelings of a mother who didn't feel she had the same feelings as other mothers toward their children.  I enjoyed Caroline's journey.  Tia was a bit of a mess and she didn't progress as much as the others so it was difficult to sympathize and I didn't connect with her because she seemed like two different characters in one.  There was Tia who cared about the elderly and Tia who couldn't seem to face reality.  It was a strange mix that intrigued me but didn't captivate like the others.




    Overall, a wonderful and intriguing book.  It isn't merely about the consequences of an affair but touches on some issues that women face silently.  Best of all, it isn't depressing or sad.  It made me think and I sat on the edge of my seat waiting for the train wreck because I knew there would be one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    Very gripping, complicated story of intertwined lives

    Well drawn characters who you really get to know. You feel the anguish & happiness.

    I look forward to Randy's next book.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    Lies. In Randy Susan Meyers second novel, lies told, lies suspec

    Lies. In Randy Susan Meyers second novel, lies told, lies suspected, lies repressed ricochet across the lives
    of three women connected by the truth that ultimately cannot be denied - the daughter one gave up, another
    adopted and another discovers was fathered by her husband. Written with much heart, humor and no easy
    answers, The Comfort of Lies explores the fleeting comfort and lasting cost of lies we tell ourselves and others
    and examines the complicated terrain of marriage and motherhood with unflinching yet compassionate honesty. A can't-put-down, can't forget book that will stay with you long after the last satisfying page.

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