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Author s Notes To anyone interested, I thought I d share some of my thoughts about why I wrote TRUTH OF THE MATTER and what I hope you take away from it As with many of my books, I chose a frank, breezy style which I hope is both engaging and entertaining.Even so, I struggled while writing this one, mostly because, as a mother who walked away from a legal career to stay at home and raise my kids, I really wanted to get it right What does that mean Well, I wanted to show both sides of the stay Author s Notes To anyone interested, I thought I d share some of my thoughts about why I wrote TRUTH OF THE MATTER and what I hope you take away from it As with many of my books, I chose a frank, breezy style which I hope is both engaging and entertaining.Even so, I struggled while writing this one, mostly because, as a mother who walked away from a legal career to stay at home and raise my kids, I really wanted to get it right What does that mean Well, I wanted to show both sides of the stay at home mom coin the privilege and blessing of being at home every day raising your kids versus how easy it is to turn into someone you no longer recognize outside of your role as wife and mother without being too trite I also wanted to commiserate with all the mothers out there who too often feel as if they are trying so hard to be the best mom ever, yet who also too often feel that they are messing it all up We ve all been there, and it helps to know you aren t alone Finally, anxiety disorders are rampant among teens these days, so putting a bit of a spotlight on that to the extent it might help even one person seemed important I hope my research and work has done this subject justice And while this is a women s fiction novel centered around the growth of three generations of women, there is a little romance afoot for Anne, the main protagonist, and I think you will end up loving the guy.I am beyond thrilled that the fabulous bestselling author Barbara O Neal When We Believed in Mermaids read an early copy of the book and offered a beautiful cover quote This is a sharp and graceful tale of mothers and daughters, secrets and tangled family histories Jamie Beck brings her clear eyed prose style and smart characterizations to the story of a mother and daughter doing their best and often failing to make their way to a new life after a divorce A thoughtful, moving book from a writer stepping into the fullness of her talents I also recently learned that it earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly, which said, in part, Beck spins a poignant, multigenerational coming of age tale as these three women navigate their identities, dreams, and love lives Complex and introspective, this is by turns heart wrenching and infectiously hopeful I hope you will enjoy reading this book should you choose to stick it on your Want to Read shelf Thank you, as always, for giving me any of your time Stay healthy XO Jamie Truth of the Matter is a stirring heartfelt book that delves with a delicate frankness into the messiness of divorce and the devastation of mental illness The story of mother and daughter Anne and Katy is intimate and often uneasy, but their story is also filled with love and a bond that is stretched to its limits Their transitions, the reinvention of who they were versus who they are and who they want to become, are a lovely and emotional part of this story Books I love best are those I read Truth of the Matter is a stirring heartfelt book that delves with a delicate frankness into the messiness of divorce and the devastation of mental illness The story of mother and daughter Anne and Katy is intimate and often uneasy, but their story is also filled with love and a bond that is stretched to its limits Their transitions, the reinvention of who they were versus who they are and who they want to become, are a lovely and emotional part of this story Books I love best are those I read with my heart, and this book meets that criteria from the first page to the end You know that old saying we don t know what goes on in other people s lives well this book is a classic example of that We see Ann, divorced, starting over, strong When all she is really doing is surviving the wreckage of her divorce and wrestling with the choices of her past Did she go the right thing becoming a stay at home mom after her daughter Katy was born and now trying to start over in the town that was always her happy place We see Katy a straight A student, popular, friendly You know that old saying we don t know what goes on in other people s lives well this book is a classic example of that We see Ann, divorced, starting over, strong When all she is really doing is surviving the wreckage of her divorce and wrestling with the choices of her past Did she go the right thing becoming a stay at home mom after her daughter Katy was born and now trying to start over in the town that was always her happy place We see Katy a straight A student, popular, friendly and talented We don t see Katy trying to start over but how can she when she feels replaceable, first by her dad, then by her old friends and having to relocate to the town her mother wants, is not what Katy wanted She didn t want the divorce, the move, the challenges of a new school, friends and finding her place in new families and relationships.This book deals with subjects we don t like to talk about, divorce, starting over, dementia, anxiety, depression, and how we navigate all of that in our busy world, it also deals with growth, strength, starting over and second chances There is only one author that can write this book as eloquently as it needed to be and that is Jamie Beck, she tackles these tough subjects with such grace and insight and understanding.I enjoyed this book, I was complete absorbed in the characters and the storyline Jamie has done a wonderful job in depicting the wreckage that can be left behind in a divorce Anne and her daughter Katy are trying to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of Anne s divorce Katy struggles with depression and self harming and this new situation has exacerbated those tendencies.The book is told from the first person viewpoint of three women Anne, Katy and Marie who is Anne s grandmother and who suffers from dementia Secrets from Marie s past are unearthed literally and figu Jamie has done a wonderful job in depicting the wreckage that can be left behind in a divorce Anne and her daughter Katy are trying to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of Anne s divorce Katy struggles with depression and self harming and this new situation has exacerbated those tendencies.The book is told from the first person viewpoint of three women Anne, Katy and Marie who is Anne s grandmother and who suffers from dementia Secrets from Marie s past are unearthed literally and figuratively and Anne digs into putting the pieces together in an attempt to help Katy.Watching Anne and Katy navigate their new normal and their journey of self discovery and acceptance is what this book is all about I enjoyed the book and would not hesitate to recommend it After surviving a marriage gone wrong, Anne Sullivan and her teenage daughter, Katy, moved to Potomac Point, MD I was hesitant because of the author s use of the first person tense not my favorite choice when I read contemporary fiction , but I wasn t prepared for such an emotional story Lots of anguish.What ifs And trying to move on.This multigenerational story made use of a link to the past, some skewed memories and how it affected relationships in the current moment It was difficult not t After surviving a marriage gone wrong, Anne Sullivan and her teenage daughter, Katy, moved to Potomac Point, MD I was hesitant because of the author s use of the first person tense not my favorite choice when I read contemporary fiction , but I wasn t prepared for such an emotional story Lots of anguish.What ifs And trying to move on.This multigenerational story made use of a link to the past, some skewed memories and how it affected relationships in the current moment It was difficult not to feel involved but my mind was overloaded at times It was a drama fest I saw Anne dredge up childhood insecurities, watch her tumble from a marriage and cope with a grandmother fighting early dementia There was lots of self analysis Katy was overwhelmed with her parents breakup, her father s new family, a recent move and a new school Marie, Anne s grandmother, was livingandin her past a secret was embedded there I have mixed feelings about Truth of the Matter I liked Ms Beck s style of writing but I was frustrated with the sheer volume of stirring flashbacks It was like riding a literary Tilt A Whirl Dan, Anne s contractor, along with Katy s friend, Tomas, were the heartwarming upsides This story is for fans of human nature with emotional send offs A big thank you to Net Galley and Montlake publishing for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Truth of the Matter is the second offering in the Potomac Point series and it works well as a stand alone novel I did read the first book, If You Must Know, and enjoyed so much that I pursued other books by Jamie Beck, including this one.Anne Sullivan Chase is at a crossroad in her life and not by her own conscious choosing At the age of thirty seven , her marriage has come to an abrupt halt due to her husband s affair and initiation of divorce proceedings Anne had been a budding artist w Truth of the Matter is the second offering in the Potomac Point series and it works well as a stand alone novel I did read the first book, If You Must Know, and enjoyed so much that I pursued other books by Jamie Beck, including this one.Anne Sullivan Chase is at a crossroad in her life and not by her own conscious choosing At the age of thirty seven , her marriage has come to an abrupt halt due to her husband s affair and initiation of divorce proceedings Anne had been a budding artist when she became pregnant in college and subsequently gave up her potential career for being a devoted wife and mother Now she not only faces the pain, betrayal and loneliness of being single again and her distrust of a new possible relationship, she is also dealing with her rebellious teenage daughter and her grandmother s slide into dementia The thrust of the storyline is how Anne addresses the needs of her daughter, her grandmother and herself and not necessarily in that order.The characters are well crafted and I enjoyed the author s ability to paint evocative word pictures The chapters shift focus from the perspective of the three women and also reflect back in time to the grandmother s life experiences which have been kept a secret until now The impact of these hidden, significant events rippled through the family dynamics affecting the subsequent three generations I had some difficulty when the storyline got bogged down with repetitive emotional drama only to rapidly resolve the issues by skipping weeks and months ahead at the end of the book The elements of the plot also seemed a bit clich d with the workaholic husband cheating on his wife with a coworker, the protagonist who has devoted herself to domestic roles at the expense of her own creative expression, and the teenage daughter experimenting with drugs and self injury in response to the disintegrating nuclear family and a complete change in her environment These latter issues diminished my enjoyment of the book, but overall it was a good read I am a huge fan of Jamie Beck s work and was looking forward to this second installment in her Potomac Point Series This series is a departure from her previous works, classified as women s fiction but still with some elements of romantic interest.The heroine, Anne, is going through a divorce caused by her husband s infidelity no spoiler there as the book leads with this Yet, from the beginning, Anne is able to admit that she is not completely blameless in the breakup of her marriage she i I am a huge fan of Jamie Beck s work and was looking forward to this second installment in her Potomac Point Series This series is a departure from her previous works, classified as women s fiction but still with some elements of romantic interest.The heroine, Anne, is going through a divorce caused by her husband s infidelity no spoiler there as the book leads with this Yet, from the beginning, Anne is able to admit that she is not completely blameless in the breakup of her marriage she is not totally a victim She is also dealing with her teenage daughter s anxiety and depression and her grandmother s dementia truly a sandwich situation At one point, I was overcome with tears a little embarrassing when you are sitting on an airplane.I was impressed with how the author tackled the issues of depression, past treatment, and teenage cutting with truth and depth of subject and encouragement As an older woman, I loved this book that dealt with issues that affect mothers and daughters, of dealing with dementia and how a loved one s unknown past has shaped them and how that shapes us.Thank you, Jamie, for dealing with these subjects openly, honestly, and deeply and not glossing them over just to get a Happily Ever After ending there is joy at the end of the book, but there are still a few loose ends that we readers can imagine the outcome I am a huge fan of Jamie Beck s work and was looking forward to this second installment in her Potomac Point Series This series is a departure from her previous works, classified as women s fiction but still with some elements of romantic interest The heroine, Anne, is going through a divorce caused by her husband s infidelity no spoiler there as the book leads with this Yet, from the beginning, Anne is able to admit that she is not completely blameless in the breakup of her marriage she I am a huge fan of Jamie Beck s work and was looking forward to this second installment in her Potomac Point Series This series is a departure from her previous works, classified as women s fiction but still with some elements of romantic interest The heroine, Anne, is going through a divorce caused by her husband s infidelity no spoiler there as the book leads with this Yet, from the beginning, Anne is able to admit that she is not completely blameless in the breakup of her marriage she is not totally a victim She is also dealing with her teenage daughter s anxiety and depression and her grandmother s dementia truly a sandwich situation At one point, I was overcome with tears a little embarrassing when you are sitting on an airplane.I was impressed with how the author tackled the issues of depression, past treatment, and teenage cutting with truth and depth of subject and encouragement As an older woman, I loved this book that dealt with issues that affect mothers and daughters, of dealing with dementia and how a loved one s unknown past has shaped them and how that shapes us.Thank you, Jamie, for dealing with these subjects openly, honestly, and deeply and not glossing them over just to get a Happily Ever After ending there is joy at the end of the book, but there are still a few loose ends that we readers can imagine the outcome {Free Epub} ⚤ Truth of the Matter ê Starting over means looking back for a mother and daughter on the road to reinventing themselves in a moving novel about family secrets and second chances by Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jamie BeckSeventeen years ago, two pink stripes on a pregnancy test changed Anne Sullivan s life She abandoned her artistic ambitions, married her college sweetheart before graduation, and like the mother she lost in childhood devoted herself to her family To say she didn t see the divorce coming is an understatement Now, eager to distance herself from her ex and his lover, she moves with her troubled daughter, Katy, to the quaint bayside town of Potomac Point, where she spent her childhood summersBut her fresh start stalls when the contractor renovating her grandparents old house discovers a vintage recipe box containing hints about her beloved grandmother s hidden past Despite the need to move forward, Anne is drawn into exploring the mysterious clues about the woman she s always trusted Gram s dementia is making that harder, and the stakes intensify when Katy s anxieties take an alarming turn Amid the turmoil, uncovered secrets shatter past beliefs, forcing each woman to confront her deepest fears in order to save herself There was so much going on in this story of Anne starting over her deceased mother and absent father, her divorce and move, her grandmother suffering from dementia, her teenage daughter Katy, a new romantic interest in Dan I read book one in this series first in case it had any bearing on this story but it does not I don t have a creative mind so I am always interested in characters that have artistic music abilities This story was about one woman and what how she put herself on the back bu There was so much going on in this story of Anne starting over her deceased mother and absent father, her divorce and move, her grandmother suffering from dementia, her teenage daughter Katy, a new romantic interest in Dan I read book one in this series first in case it had any bearing on this story but it does not I don t have a creative mind so I am always interested in characters that have artistic music abilities This story was about one woman and what how she put herself on the back burner to be a wife and mother as most of us do except some of us work full time too Anne thinks she s being doing the right things only to be made to feel like she s not by her daughter s therapist It s funny because in these days of COVID 19 and the restrictions being put on people, I ve likened it to parenthood That the governors are making the decisions they think are best, based on the info that they have and we probably won t know in the immediate future, or maybe for years, if the actions taken were best Just like parenting we don t know how well we did and may not know for many years into our children s lives Good story Interesting to learn about the reasons grandmother was possibly not always loving to her son