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Truth to Tell

Truth to Tell by Mavis Cheek – Nina Porter seems to have it all: husband, home, family and security. But her life turns upside down when a marital row over truthfulness sets her thinking. Isn't she dishonest herself, always playing the good wife? The perfect mother and daughter? The supportive friend? Should she, instead, try to live without the little white lies that support us all? Her husband thinks it can't be done. But he goes away on a business trip. And when a glamorous few days of research in Venice are suddenly on offer, there seems no reason for Nina to refuse them. Or to resist the attentions of the handsome Italian who wants to show her the city. As Nina entangles herself in a web of deceptions, it starts to look as though honesty might not always be the best policy... Mavis Cheek's sparkling novel is about shaking your life up, striking out and learning to be true to yourself. It's told with all the brio and humour that her readers have come to love.

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Pages: 256

This is a book about shaking up your life, considering the wider effect of actions, and generally struggling to make sense of the world as it is.  Letters from readers say they, too, tried to speak only the truth for a week and they – like this author – failed miserably.  I’m also told that the relationship between Nina and her daughter is – worryingly – spot on.  Reclaim motherhood as worthy of respect – despite the current obsession with taking teenagers and young adults more seriously than – maybe – they deserve.


 

Nina Porter seems to have it all: husband, home, family and security. But her life turns upside down when a marital row over truthfulness sets her thinking. Isn’t she dishonest herself, always playing the good wife? The perfect mother and daughter? The supportive friend? Should she, instead, try to live without the little white lies that support us all?

Her husband thinks it can’t be done. But he goes away on a business trip. And when a glamorous few days of research in Venice are suddenly on offer, there seems no reason for Nina to refuse them. Or to resist the attentions of the handsome Italian who wants to show her the city.

As Nina entangles herself in a web of deceptions, it starts to look as though honesty might not always be the best policy…

Mavis Cheek’s sparkling novel is about shaking your life up, striking out and learning to be true to yourself. It’s told with all the brio and humour that her readers have come to love.

Reviews:

‘Prolific novelist Mavis Cheek returns with Truth to Tell (Hutchinson), which sees married mum Nina take a trip to Venice and question whether honesty really is the best policy in life and love.’ Good Housekeeping

‘Vintage Cheek – frothy and witty but pinpointing something that will strike a chord in every woman. Nina Porter has a lovely home and husband, but a marital row about truth sets her thinking. The entire structure of her ‘perfect’ family is built upon white lies. What if she began telling the truth? When she visits Venice, however, and meets a sexy Italian, honesty doesn’t seem such a great policy. A life-affirming comedy.’ Saga

‘This witty novel follows what happens to protagonist Nina Porter after she decides to tell nothing but the truth. Bored with hypocritical politicians and lying bankers, Nina’s ethical decision doesn’t necessarily mean happiness is to follow. A gentle read, there’s no massive drama, but it does make you think about the nature of truth and the importance of honesty.’ ***** (5 stars) Scarlet Magazine on Truth to Tell

‘Lying by the wayside proves that honesty isn’t always best policy’ – Emma Hagestadt

‘If all fiction is a flirtation with the truth, then Cheek, as ever, proves herself and experienced player.’ The Independent

‘Mavis Cheek offers whimsy with spiked wit in this new novel set (already!) post-expenses scandal and post-banking fiasco, offering a salutary warning for any who have decided total and utter truth is the only way to go. Warm, honest and hopeful.’ Waitrose Magazine

‘Witty and thought-provoking.’ Woman and Home

‘an amusing and intelligent read’ No1 Magazine

‘Despite starting every chapter with a literary quotation – always a gamble – Cheek has produced a lively novel about a lady called Nina who decides to eliminate white lies from her life. A brave move indeed…’ Image Magazine Eire

 

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