Shattered Lies: S.J. Francis
Within your world you have many people that touch your life and are supposed to care and keep you safe from any type of harm. Looking around at those who surround you and are part of your family you think about their love, proud to be a part of their lives until something happens that changes the images, the pictures and the settings leaving you in pieces wondering who you really are, why you are no longer the person you thought you were and how your life has been nothing but a collection of Shattered Lies!
Author S.J. Francis brings to light a very serious issue that is even prevalent and in the news today: Hate: Prejudice, deceit, lies and betrayals as one young woman named Kate finds out that the life her grandmother created for her and wanted her to live was anything but false. What happens when you accidentally come upon a book, a journal belonging to your mother and learn that you are forbidden to read it or even enter the room where you found it? What happens when your grandmother reacts so violently that she strikes the one person who was supposed to keep the secret and a flood of deceptions, deceits and lies come pouring through as the tapestry created of your family begins to fall apart piece by piece until the final square is gone.
Kate Thayer is a veterinarian running her family’s farm until the unthinkable happens. Her father’s mother who raised her has kept secrets about her parentage, birth and family heritage from her in order to as she puts it protect her. Does the color of your skin dictate who and what you are? Is the fact that you are black or white relevant? A diary in the attic of her grandmother’s house would reveal some harsh truths that Katherine Thayer wanted hidden. What happens when Kate approaches the very people that have been her salvation all of her life to learn that she is half-black and that her mother died in childbirth leaving her father unable to cope with life taking his own. The author adds another twist as Kate approaches the family living in the house given to them by her grandmother and learns that they are her mother’s family and that her grandmother never wanted her and the sister she never knew she had who she claimed was still born. The time period describes the prejudice of the past, the dislike for blacks and how two families fought so hard to keep their children apart but at what cost. As Kate approaches her grandmother, her Uncle Lincoln, Maddy her mother’s mother and the rest of her family the lies, affairs, deceits, deceptions and regrets come through as her grandmother refuses to allow her to deal with this, wants it in the past and yet Kate has decided to journey to find the answers she was denied.
Kate decides to search for answers and along with her Uncle Sam she enters a world that she never encountered before as prejudice follows her on a simple train ride and standing up for her beliefs is not new but different and having Sam along with her hoping to learn about her mother. Meeting two lifelong friends since the age of 15 and still friends close to 90, Kate’s world might be unraveling but there are many more turns to take before all is said and done.
While Sam relates to Kate information about her mother, Katherine awaits news as to where Kate might be as Elsa, Sam’s wife consoles his own mother and hopes that someday everyone will see the same light. A lifetime of lies, deceits and when Kate falls ill everyone needs to decide their loyalties. Meeting her sister Astrid changes everything as both had to come to grips with what their grandmother’s did and the affairs had by so many. Neither accepted the other’s child and when Olivia died in childbirth, Jax killed himself and both girls were left alone. Astrid was sent away and Kate kept but neither was really loved or wanted. An ending quite powerful as a family’s hate, prejudice, injustices come to light in novel that will remind everyone that prejudice is wrong, friendships tested and two women Maddy and Katherine once best friends need to find their way back to each other in order to safe Kate and become a family.
A startling revelation about her health puts Kate’s life in the hands of doctors and will test the strength of her family. Katherine is stoic and angry where Maddy is willing to make amends and sister Astrid stands her ground until reading her mother’s words and finding out how the truth might change it all. Can they become sisters? Will Kate survive surgery? What about Katherine and Maddy? The author shares the truth about their hidden friendship as he takes us back to 1953 where two young girls, one black and one white crossed the color lines and became best friends. A story of love, hate, revenge, power, greed, prejudice and hope. This is one story that will make you think can you ever really repair Shattered Lies?
Fran Lewis: Just Reviews/MJ Magazine