Shattered Lies

Shattered Lies

by S. J. Francis

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BN ID: 2940151218887
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Publication date: 10/23/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
File size: 575 KB

About the Author

S. J. Francis is a freelance writer with over three hundred publication credits, a University Lecturer with Doctorates in English literature, Mass Communications, and Law, and most recently, a novelist. Francis writes for many publications, as well as regularly contributing to the local newspaper. Francis’s background also encompasses working as a television producer. A frequent traveler, Francis has resided in thirteen states and three countries. A confirmed bibliophile, when not writing Francis can be found reading a good book, or spending time in the outdoors. Francis currently lives in Mississippi, where a major part of Shattered Lies takes place, but grew up in New York City where the latter portion occurs, has a great respect and fondness for both places, and considers the world around a notebook full of endless ideas. The family dynamic is a never ending source of ideas and Shattered Lies is no exception. As in all the stories Francis writes, in the end, it’s all about family. Future projects include a sequel to Shattered Lies and a novel about the dynamic relationships in Hollywood.

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Shattered Lies 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
annyce More than 1 year ago
I bought this book from my local B&N after learning about the author on her blog tour for this book. In fact, I found myself following this author. I love this book! It may be labeled Women’s fiction, but it is so much more. I can attest to it because not only did I like it, but so did my husband and two teen age children, as did my mother. My son and daughter thought it was “so cool.” I don’t want to give anything away, but my children are bi-racial and I wanted them to read this book because of that. My husband is white. I’m not. Kudos to the author for bringing such light onto a touchy subject nowadays. S.J. Francis handled the matter of race and bigotry with candor, yet with a patience and deep understanding not many people have. I speak from personal experience when it comes to race and bigotry. I hope that everyone reads this book, young and old, men and women, black, white, Hispanic, whatever. It is a highly charged novel of deep emotions. I couldn’t believe how quickly I read this book. Something happens on every page. You won’t be disappointed with this purchase. I wasn’t. My mother gave it an A+ (she is a retired high school teacher) for the depiction of the characters and setting. She grew up in Alabama in the sixties and was very impressed by this author, and my mother isn’t a women to impress easily.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite Shattered Lies by S.J. Francis is the story of Kate Thayer, a simple girl who runs her family’s horse farm. She is content with her life. She is a veterinarian and she loves her grandmother who raised her. However, when a series of lies come out and destroy her world, she has no idea if she can trust her grandmother again. Their relationship is tarnished and everything she believed about herself and her life was changed right from that instant. Kate has no idea how she can change the past, but she is adamant to change her future. With the help of her grandmother and her grandmother’s once best friend, Kate will try to right the wrong and bring back that one part of her that was snatched from her when she was nothing but a baby. Now it is the quest of her grandmother to bring their relationship together and regain respect for one another. Shattered Lies, the title implies a mystery novel or an action novel. When I first started to read this novel, I thought this would be a regular old-school mystery. Boy, was I surprised to find that the title implies so much more than the genre. The story is heartfelt and very real. I am very impressed with S.J. Francis. The way the author wrote the novel was super amazing and fascinating. She transported me back in time and made me feel the pain and confusion of a grandmother who thought she was doing the right thing. It is a great novel, one that I would like to read again and again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
S.J. Francis has created a racially charged story that has blown me away. With one secret piling on top of another, I was left guessing from beginning to end. It was refreshing to see Kate's strength and determination even while her world, or what she thought was her world, crumbled right before her eyes. A wonderful debut novel leaving me excited to see what this extremely talented author will come up with next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DeniseLuvsBooks More than 1 year ago
s this what they call a sleeper read? If so, I was impressed. An avid reader, I'm always on the lookout for new and interesting reads. I get bored quickly with the standard recycled storylines so abundant nowadays. I find the same pattern occurring in films. It's as if there is no longer any imagination or thought out there. Then, in browsing through new authors on a blog I happened upon, I can't even recall the name, I heard of this book, Shattered Lies. I never heard of this author before and I was hesitant about reading it, but curiosity won out. I agree with reviews by other reviewers, this is a book not to be missed. Every person should read it. It'll be an enlightening and educational experience. I never lived through the sixties or down south, but I learned a great deal about both here. I don't know about anyone else, but I feel as if I really visited with the Thayer family. What else can I say? I liked this book. I really did and I feel confident enough to share it with others. I liked it so much that I passed it onto my spouse, colleagues, friends and family. I even gave several copies out as gifts for the holidays and the feedback was positive. I'm always at a loss as to what to buy and this book worked out fantastic.
JoePro More than 1 year ago
I borrowed a copy of this book from a colleague who raved about it. She was right about this book! I haven’t read any book in just three straight days, but I did with this one. If I didn’t have to work, I would have read it in all of one day. It was a gripping read. I don’t believe I’ve ever read a book on such a subject ever. It is a family saga with loads of secrets. There’s tragedy, sex, lies, and betrayal. I never heard of this author or the publisher before, but that didn’t matter. If you’re a fan of sagas, epics, family trials in any way, I think you’ll enjoy this book as much as I did. Overall, for me, anyway, it was a worthwhile read. In fact, I purchased a copy and gifted to my spouse for Christmas and it was well received. Best purchase I made in a while. It was well written and fresh. Couldn't ask for anything better than that!
birdladyvm More than 1 year ago
5+ Star Debut Novel General Fiction Official Selection in the 2015 New Apple Book Awards Semi-finalist in the 2015 Authorsdb Book Cover contest Family Dynamics Revelations of Long Hidden Secrets Lies and Heartache STORY LINE: What A Story! Author S. J. Francis has created a storyline that will grab you from the first few sentences to the last. Widowed veterinarian Kate Thayer Logan, heir and granddaughter to grand dame Katherine Beauregard Thayer IV, of Magnolia Lane Farm, makes a decision to explore the mansions attic; a decision that will shatter this family and others, reveal long-held secrets, and cause Kate to question everything she has ever believed. What she uncovers starts a cycle of destruction that will shatter families, reveal hidden bigotry and prejudices in the deep south of Mississippi, and reveal the cracks in the families structure, morality, and character. Come and join the journey with Kate as she unravels all the hidden secrets which reveal no one in her life is who she believed. Follow her on a voyage of discovery, revelation, hate, prejudice, and finally forgiveness. CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT: S. J. Francis' characters were superbly developed. Some of them you will love, others you will absolutely hate. Author Francis character development revealed characters you will loath; hatred, prejudice, selfishness, guile, bigotry, subterfuge, the need to control, and supreme confident to hide all the secrets instigated 30 years ago. Emotion rolled through me reading this book. I despise any form of prejudice and hatred to another whether because of race, creed, or color. S. J. Francis skillfully developed all the emotions and beliefs existing in the deep south at one time. I could feel the emotion waffling off the pages. The characters you love will appeal to the other side of your emotions. You could feel the characters emotions as their come to terms with the meaning of family. Kate begins to unravel the real family story, find answers, and begin a search that will bring final conclusion to the history created and propagated through the years, as well as, come to terms with what her family members now mean to her and each other. The plot and pacing was great. The novel never lagged or stalled as S. J. Francis created a tale with many motives and emotions into a great story. I could not put this novel down. It is roller coaster ride of emotion. It was a very good portrayal of race relations in America at that time. Author Francis has the ability to infuse you with the emotions of the characters as he brings you into the story-line. I felt I was there as the revelations were revealed and the story raced forward like a run away train. Francis had many threads to bring together, lies, and motives; Francis did this skillfully weaving a book you will find emotional and intriguing. RECOMMENDATION: 5+ Stars I highly recommend this novel. S. J. Francis debut novel will appeal to anyone who loves a solid well-developed novel with fascinating characters and an intriguing story-line. This novel is one you will read again and again. I received this book from Readingalley in return for an honest book review. Books reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion; book reviews on line under my name and on my blog are my opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book and can’t say enough good things about it. In fact, I just handed my copy off to my roommate to read. Something is happening on every page of this book. There isn’t a dull moment. I just had to keep reading. I loved it. It’s not often a book comes along with a fresh plot, especially one about a touchy subject that is not only well-written and thought out, but it keeps the reader turning the pages to see what happens next. Shattered Lies is just that sort of book. I’m not surprised that most reviews for it are very good ones. There should be more. Where is Oprah Winfrey on this one? I certainly enjoyed it. At first, there is only one character that you can like, but as the story progresses and you learn more about each one and their motives, one comes to appreciate and understand what they’re all made of. (Except for the deeply rotten ones, of course.) I liked this book because I found myself cheering for Kate and jeering for her family members. And when the book finally ended, it was sensibly resolved and made me wanting more from this author and the characters. Bigotry remains an issue in this country, even in 2016, the author shows it, but I found that she/he was both tactful and compassionate when addressing the issue without slapping you in the face with it. I truly, truly enjoyed this book. I’m sure everyone will. It’s thought provoking and honest, perhaps a bit too honest for some readers to handle, but that’s what reading a good book is all about. This book will cause each one of us to examine our relationships and be grateful for the good ones we have. I’m anxiously awaiting to see if the author does write a sequel for this one because I’m definitely going to buy and read it, too.
BenAndSarah More than 1 year ago
I don’t normally write book reviews. This is my first one, probably my only one, but Shattered Lies was a book I truly enjoyed. I decided to throw in my two cents worth everywhere that I could. This story covers just every emotion of mankind: Hate, deceit and bigotry, but what it’s actually about is what all that hate and more does to a family, and to a person. That’s the point that someone might miss. I didn’t. This book is a great book about family, mistakes a family make out of stupidity, ignorance, bigotry, redemption, and forgiveness. I lived through a situation similar to this one posed in the book. I lived during the time the main characters the grandparents did and I have to admit that this writer, S.J. Francis is a talented author that hit things right on the nose with the writing, dialogue, and descriptions. I don’t know if the author is a man or woman, black or white, and frankly, I don’t care. What I do know is that he did a hell of a bang up job with this book to get this seventy plus year old black man to write this review. Yes #BlackLivesMatter. This book not only shows that, but the fact that in the end, all lives matter. Honestly, I could care less about what one person says about another, or a book review. This is America, but this book is truly a winner. Truthfully, if you’re a racist bigot, you won’t like this book because of the frank way the author writes. But if you’re not, you’ll love it. As my grandson often says to me, “It is what it is,” and what this is, is a really good book. I really liked it and think anyone else will too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intense. This writing is filled with raw, searing emotion. This is a tale of old family secrets and the ensuing consequences when the tissue of lies begins to unravel. The story provides a harsh look at the ugly and destructive truths of prejudice. The reader is compelled to keep turning pages.
Amys_Bookshelf_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Heartfelt and inspiring! It's one of those books that once you finish, you'll put on your shelf to read it again. I really was connected with Kate, and her story. It's a remarkable journey and it was written so much that you could feel the emotions jump off the page. There was a hint of mystery and a grand family connection, and a link to her home. A place that has always been her home, and always welcomed her, except for the secrets of the attic. This story brings you into an adventurous drama. Highly recommended!
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading the book Shattered Lies by S.J. Francis. Katherine “Kate” Thayer is thirty years old, a veterinarian, and runs her grandmother’s farm, Magnolia Lane Farm in Thayerville, Mississippi. Kate was raised by her grandmother, Katherine after her parents passed away when she was a baby. Kate does not know much about her mother or her family. One day Kate goes into the attic and finds a journal written by her mother. This prompts her to start asking questions. Kate is going to uncover secrets that people have kept hidden her whole life. Everything is going to change. Secrets always have a way of coming out into the open (especially the ones you do not want to be known). Shattered Lies sounded like such a good novel. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. This is a novel about secrets, hatred, and bigotry. I started getting a little into the novel toward the end, but it was hard to read. There tends to be a lot of internal dialogue with the characters going on about whether they should or should not have kept the secrets and what should they do now (I think this makes up more than half the novel). The majority of the characters are really not likable (mostly because of their bigoted attitudes). All of the women seems to be strong, determined, and stubborn (there is nothing wrong with this). It is their way or the highway (you cannot always have your way in this world). I am amazed that no one was murdered in the novel. Several times I wanted to walk away from this book, but I persevered and finished it. There is a nice lesson about forgiveness and the ending is left so there can be a sequel (I will not be reading it). I give Shattered Lies 2.75 out of 5 stars. I received a complimentary copy of Shattered Lies from NetGalley and Reading Alley in exchange for an honest review.