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  • 5+ Star Debut Novel

    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. S. J. Francis' characters were superbly developed. 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 highly recommend this novel. 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.

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  • Loved this book! Beautiful, frank writing!

    I bought this book 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.

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  • Superb

    Time seems to slow down as you read Shattered Lies, you could almost feel the intense Mississippi heat and southern charm. S.J. Francis's words flow effortlessly across the page, pulling you deeper into gripping tale that is full of hidden secrets. The pages come to life, revealing the dark truth about the past. This book is beautifully written featuring eloquent words.

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  • Disappointing Novel!

    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.

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