Hi All! It’s Becky. I recently finished Truth of the Matter by Jamie Beck, which proved to be different than I expected.
Title: The Truth of the Matter
Author: Jamie Beck
Note: I listened to the audiobook.
Summary: Anne Sullivan was settled in her life until her husband announced he was leaving her for his mistress. Anne moves into her grandmother’s house in Potomac Point with her seventeen-year-old daughter, Katy. Anne reconnects with her grandmother, Marie, who is suffering from dementia. Anne will do what it takes to protect what is left of her family even as she begins a flirtation with her former crush turned contractor, Dan.
Review: I’m pretty sure my reaction to Truth of the Matter was influenced by my preconceived expectations. This book was presented as a romance and, to me, it was not. I expected a story about Anne, a thirty-something who returns to her childhood home and finds love; that is not the book I read. Truth of the Matter is a women’s fiction about a woman struggling with her teenage daughter as they discover secrets about her mother’s love life. The author tried to intertwine three stories into one narrative and ended up neglecting all of them. I never cared about Katy and Marie’s struggles. Their stories felt like filler, and Marie’s flashbacks eventually began to slow down the plot. Anne’s storyline is the strongest with the issues with her ex-husband portrayed realistically. However, even her story had issues. Anne is dealing with Katy’s emotional distress, which is presented as serious but also presented as being resolved quickly. The speedy resolution of Katy’s emotional issue made me slightly uncomfortable and lessened my enjoyment of the book. Also, for a book labeled as romance but her interactions with Dan were very sparse. I would have enjoyed reading about them developing a friendship, but Beck didn’t do that. Dan appeared as an afterthought to Anne’s storyline, and quite frankly, he wasn’t needed. Truth of the Matter is a perfectly fine novel, but it didn’t grab me enough to make me want to revisit the series.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5