The Truth About You by Susan Lewis

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.

Lainy has the perfect marriage and loves her husband and children dearly but she has always wanted to find out about the family in Italy that have been missing from her life.Why did her Italian mother leave Italy never to return or communicate with her family there?
Now with her mother no longer here and her step father in the throws of dementia she is more determined than ever to go to Italy to try to find someone who can tell her the truth about the past.
Just as Lainy is booking flights and a villa for her family to visit Umbria in Italy her husband tells her something which she believes he has kept secret from her for the whole of their marriage. She refuses to listen any further to what he has to say and actually makes everything up in her head as her husband deals with the most challenging thing he has ever dealt with.
This was where I disagreed with the story. If my husband had told me something so life changing I would have had a hundred questions to ask him and he would not have been able to go anywhere until I had answers.
Everyone deals with things differently and Lainy doesn't want to know anymore and Tom seems quite happy to oblige her and this is where life for Liany becomes very difficult as she has to cope with her family alone.

Other stories in smaller plots are of Lainy's teenage stepson who is living in her house with no intention of finding a job and is becoming increasingly rude to her, a proper pain in the neck. Her sixteen year old daughter Tierney is embarking on a dangerous relationship and it becomes evident that she is too young to handle it.
The  family arrive in  Italy and make friends with the people who they rent the villa from.With their help she finds the right people who will unleash the secrets of the past but are they secrets that would have been better kept hidden? I loved this part of the story, the description of their surroundings was wonderful and makes me want to visit.
I have read a few books by Susan Lewis and this does seem to be a bit different from her usual. Even though I thought Lainy not listening to her husband a bit unreal there would have been no story without it.
This was certainly a page turner as I wanted to know Tom's secret, I felt like asking him myself it took so long. The secrets in Italy that Lainy discovered were handled much better and were more believable.
The daughter Tierney's story had me at the edge of my seat I was so scared for her.
Another hit from Susan Lewis even if it was different from her other books, a jolly good read.


  1. And another great review, Anne. I'm skiving today. I should be working much harder but have taken time off marking papers and assignments to wander around blogland. A lovely, fair review. I love the way you really make it clear you've read the books from cover to cover!

  2. Thanks Val.It's good to skive once in a while.


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