Truth and Other Lies


WOMEN'S FICTION: After a mistake ended in her being fired from her dream job on the same day she discovers a devastating truth that ends her relationship with the love of her life, Megan Barnes leaves New York City and returns home to Chicago to re-start her life and career. But she soon discovers getting a job as an investigative reporter is impossible now that her mother has decided to run for Congress. Everything changes, though, when a chance encounter introduces Megan to her journalistic idol, Jocelyn Jones, who offers her a position in her PR group. Ambitious and driven, Megan dives in to promote the woman she admires most. But she soon realizes all might not be what she believed. Could Jocelyn be hiding dark secrets yet uncovered? Could Helen really be more than the suffocating, right-wing mother Megan always knew her as? Truth and lies come to a head as she learns nothing is what it seems.

A poignantly told yet easily readable story. With a masterful touch, this author successfully navigates such hard topics as politics, cover-ups, and a myriad of other timely topics! Megan is a perfect representation of a young, progressively liberal woman with a decidedly conservative mother. Her journey from idealist young journalist to realistic and enlightened woman is truthfully told and honestly written. Helen’s reasons for keeping her secrets didn’t ring true considering the severity of the consequences, and there could have been a bit more depth in some areas, but overall this is a top-notch, feminist leaning, exploration. Realistically, it doesn’t end in happily ever after but with a lovely touch of future hope!

Ruth Lynn Ritter