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  • More Twists & Turns than a Celtic Knot!

    Families! Who'd have them, eh? But when the chips are down . . . The town of Alma, New York is looked upon as the perfect place to live; the inhabitants are referred to as Almanacs and there is a huge community spirit. The Dewars are regarded - especially by themselves - as Alma's golden first family and have a hand in running everything. With the public accusation that Bobby Dewar has cheated on his wife Gina, she is faced with very public speculation about whether she should stand by her man or show him the door. With Bobby's strong denial, Gina needs to show her mettle and it turns out she is stronger than she looks. But then, Bobby isn't the only one in the family who has been harbouring secrets. Oh, what a tangled web we weave when we first practice to deceive! To begin with I regarded Alma and it's inhabitants as a bit 'Stepford Wife-ish'. I cringed at the thought of living in the same street as my family - after all, we all need a bit of space! Oh, but there is so much more to this one! When I got really into the story I was convinced that I understood exactly what was going on and where it was heading but, at that point I only had the barest bones of events and there was so much more to come. This is a novel choc-a-bloc with information, but organised info - if you know what I mean. The story is twisted and complicated but the writing is concise and clearly understandable. The shocks and surprises just kept on coming all the way through and this skilfully crafted tale is a riveting read which kept my attention from the very first to the very last. I can honestly say this is a unique book - I've never come across another with similar content, and I really enjoyed it. Perfectly timed in light of the #MeToo movement, and completely eye-opening as well as entertaining. Well worth 4.5* and a hearty recommendation.

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  • Family drama at its best

    The Faithfuls is family drama at its best. Secrets we keep from each other and ourselves. Scandal always makes for a good story. A mother trying to protect her family the only way she knows how but does Gina have her own secrets? The Faithfuls is told from multi view points and it works very well. Throw in some not so nice characters, some I quite liked and could relate to. The Faithfuls is a good read that will have you turning the pages to see what will happen . I did not see the twist coming . Don't miss out on this family drama ! Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for a great story to get lost in.

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  • Small town family drama!

    Family drama in a small company town. The Dewar clan has dominated both the social and business lives of the residents of Alma, NY, called Almanacs, for generations. The family business, Alma Boots, is the town jewel. All that is threatened when company CEO Bobby Dewar is threatened with a sexual harassment suit by employee Eva Stone. She says that although their affair was consensual, she was swayed by his power and importance. And she’s now pregnant with twins. It seems that every generation of Dewars produces a set of twins so that adds much credence to her story. While #metoo posts flood social media, Bobby’s wife Gina is confused. Her sister-in-law Alice, married to Bobby’s twin Nick, is herself a victim of harassment. She talks to Gina about inequity in the workplace but Gina remains loyal. Meanwhile her son Calan is being threatened in school and Alice’s daughter is being raised by the gorgeous nanny Malaika. While The Faithfuls is a very entertaining novel with many twists and surprises, it also has surprising depth. It examines workplace statistics (not just in Alma) about women’s leadership and salaries relative to men. Through Malaika, author Cecilia Lyra shoes how women sometimes have to make very hard choices to advance their careers. And who could not love Calan, the small teenage boy, moved a year ahead in school, who wants to be a graphic novelist and is unmercifully bullied. This is a thought provoking, entertaining read worth every one of 5 stars. Thank yo to NetGalley, Bookouture and Cecilia Lyra for this ARC.

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  • Truly Fabulous!

    The Faithfuls was my second book by Cecilia Lyra having also read The Sunset Sisters, and I am looking forward to reading more in this series. In The Faithfuls, Gina Dewar has always lived in the smalltown of Alma in New York, even after marrying her college sweetheart, Bobby, fifteen years ago. Bobby is the CEO of Alma Boots, a highly successful, renowned boot making company. The happy couple have a son, Calan, but when Bobby is accused of having an affair, Gina's contented life crumbles around her, as scandal and doubt erupt all around. Alice, Gina's sister-in-law has never conformed to the ways of Alma in the same vein as Gina, or tried very hard to fit in with the neighbours, so she could be the ideal person to help Gina in these challenging times... Mainly told from the perspectives of Gina and Alice, the story is brimming with family emotions, friendship, and traditions of the Dewar clan. The Faithfuls lured me in straight away and the excitement, anticipation and occurrences kept me turning pages until the end, with a large part of the story incorporating the #MeToo movement. Cecilia Lyra's great cast of characters really helped to make this a delightfully compelling, warm and intense story and I loved the numerous twists. This is first-class high drama and I highly recommend it. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Bookouture via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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