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Susan Lewis
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13 Feb 2014

A powerful and emotionally engaging novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Don't Let Me Go.

Lainey Hollingsworth has spent her whole life on the outside of a secret. Her mother would never discuss the reasons she abandoned Italy when Lainey was a new born, nor has she ever stayed in touch with the family she left behind.

Now Lainey's mother is dead, taking the secret with her, and leaving Lainey free to find out about her roots.

Her husband, Tom, appears supportive, until he hits her with a bombshell that shatters the very foundations of their marriage. Another secret Lainey never knew anything about.

Shaken, but more determined than ever to find out who she really is, Lainey takes her children to Umbria in search of answers.

What she finds in the sleepy, sunbaked village of her birth turns her world inside out.


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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (13 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099550865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099550860
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

A powerful and emotionally engaging novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Don't Let Me Go.

About the Author

Susan Lewis is the bestselling author of thirty novels. She is also the author of Just One More Day and One Day at a Time, the moving memoirs of her childhood in Bristol. Having resided in France and the USA for many years she now lives in Gloucestershire. Her website address is www.susanlewis.com.

Susan is a supporter of the childhood bereavement charity, Winston's Wish: www.winstonswish.org.uk and of the breast cancer charity, BUST: www.bustbristol.co.uk


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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another gripping read by Susan Lewis 7 Nov 2013
Format:Hardcover
Lainey Hollingsworth has lived her life with the secrets of her birth and her Mother's life hanging over her. She knew her Mother had arrived in England from Italy when Lainey was a newborn, and never had contact with her family or Lainey's father, but as she refused to talk about anything to do with her life in Italy shunning the language and her roots it left a gaping hole in Lainey's life.

Her adoptive Father, Peter, is now suffering from dementia and is in no position to share any of what he may or may not know, but Lainey appreciates how lucky she has been to have had a Father like Peter and adores him for giving her the life he gave her.

Lainey is happily married to author, Tom Hollingsworth. She thinks that she has it all, a loving husband, a beautiful home and two healthy children. Then another secret is revealed that will change their lives forever.

She feels that there is a gap in her life that could be filled with the knowledge of her Mother's life, so decides to visit Umbria, armed only with part of an old crytpic letter of her Mother's, and a few names which went back many, many years.

Luckily Lainey finds people that still remember her family, and after a lot of coaxing she gets them to spill the unspeakable secrets that her Mother hid for so long.

This latest offering from Susan Lewis is another compelling treat for readers, again covering realistic and difficult subjects with the utmost of sensitivity.

As always with Lewis the writing is superb, the characters are engaging and likeable; I felt Lainey's strains and hardships along with her and had a knot lodged deeply in my stomach with the storyline of their teenage daughter, Tierney.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not bother with this absolute trash! 19 Aug 2014
Format:Paperback
When I immerse myself into a book I like to forget about the outside world however this was impossible as on practically every page the phones were constantly ringing the characters were either making phone calls , texting or receiving texts checking emails oh and Skype appeared(in a ridiculous and nasty subplot involving the daughter) Frankly I was amazed FaceTime wasn't included! All this resulted in was constantly interrupted and irrelevant conversations . Now onto the dreadful daughter Tierney , if I as a hormonal 15 year old had spoken to my mum with the foul language as she did my feet wouldn't have touched the ground. I would have had more respect anyway.As for the foul mouthed,lazy work shy,living off parents Max words fail me. Why did Lainey the mother allow them to treat her this way?Then we move to Italy to find out about Laineys past ,what a drawn out boring part of the book this was without a proper conclusion. When Lainey found out about husbands secret which was quite a bombshell they couldn't even communicate properly about this and then we the readers had to accept the fact that everybody in this dysfunctional family were all going to live together happily ever after! Dream on .I don't think a book has irritated or annoyed me as much as this one the only reason I didn't hurl it through the window was because I was bedridden and didn't have anything else to read.The only 2 characters I had any empathy with was the senile old man and his constant canine companion. Glad to have got all that off my chest I will never read another Susan Lewis book again as her writing is absolutely appalling!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another astounding read by this author. 19 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The Truth About You by Susan Lewis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have just finished reading Susan Lewis new book. I was gifted this to read with agreement from Random house publishers and author via Net Galley for an honest review.

Susan Lewis is one of my favourite authors and has been for a long time, so I was thrilled to be able to get an advanced copy.

This story is told in the splendour and warmth that this author always portrays in her reads. They lead into people who become real to you, they could be your neighbors, your friends or your family.

This is a family that have secrets. A family with questions pertaining to two different subjects. A daughter who too hides a path of secrets and a brother like any brother. Argues with each other, but in time of need are there for each other.

This is a family tale the way that Susan Lewis perfects it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 22 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm a big fan of Susan Lewis but this book was a double disappointment. Like other reviewers I felt it all started off very well but it rapidly became boring and tedious, found myself skipping a lot of meaningless drivel and really struggled to get to the end. The main characters are thoroughly unlikeable, it was hard to tell who was worst, the self centred smug adults or the obnoxious promiscuous teenagers. There were too many strands to this story, infidelity, internet stalking of a young girl, dark family secrets on both sides and the the plot just lost it! So, you might say 'bad luck', it happens to us all sometimes, you see a book you like in the store, have a quick peek at the first few chapters, pay your dosh and head home to enjoy it. The reason I say double disappointment is because when I seen it was a Susan Lewis book, I didn't bother peeking, I just grabbed it fully confident that it would be a great read. I don't like giving such a poor review as Susan has previously done some great stuff. I'd highly recommend 'Losing You' and 'No Child Of Mine'.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars beautifully writen wonderful story
i was griped to this book as soon as i read the first page. it had me intrigued, laughting and crying.beautifully writen wonderful story,a highly recommended read
Published 8 days ago by diane
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the book but not one of Susan's best as ...
Enjoyed the book but not one of Susan's best as I felt she sort of rounded everything up too soon.A nice read though and I remain a fan having read all her books.
Published 14 days ago by Mrs. G. M. Yates
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read
Published 19 days ago by DebP
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant again
Loved it, must read
Published 22 days ago by suejonno
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
A good read but there are a lot of typing errors, this shows a very poor standard of proof reading.
Published 24 days ago by Tula Neilson
2.0 out of 5 stars are we really expected to believe that the daughter's first sexual...
I am a fan of Susan Lewis but this book is irritating, the people are constantly on the phone, checking emails, checking texts etc. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Janey
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Story.
Yet another great story from our Susan. The truth always comes out in the end.
Great book for my two weeks in the sun holiday. Finished it on the plane home.
Published 1 month ago by jackadee
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth about you
Really enjoyed could not put the book down good story with lots of interesting characters would be a good book for holiday
Published 1 month ago by Helenh
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Never fail to enjoy reading one of her books brilliant read
Published 1 month ago by L M Poole
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a good book
Published 1 month ago by geoff bicknell
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