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The Lies We Told

Last night, I made the best salad using pineapple leftover from yesterday’s fruit salad! I cooked up a tuna burger and put it on top of a mixture of romaine lettuce and spinach, red and green onion, and dried mango. I loved the salad I ate the other day at Coyote Grill, so I decided to make my own version.

Topped with sweet balsamic vinaigrette, this salad was a winner!

On to my review…

Yesterday, I mentioned finishing Diane Chamberlain’s The Lies We Told while waiting for my emissions test to finish.

I loved the first Diane Chamberlain novel I read, The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes, and my feelings about this one are the same! Chamberlain’s novels delve into the complicated human relationships in our lives, more specifically, those of women.

The story is about sisters Maya and Rebecca who witness their parents’ murder as young teenagers. As the older sister, Rebecca takes Maya under her wing after the deaths and raises her. In doing so, Rebecca puts of school in order to keep Maya. The two end up going through medical school and become successful and intelligent doctors.

Maya marries the handsome Adam, and they end up settling at a medical practice in Raleigh, North Carolina. Rebecca, the rebel, works for DIDA, a medical rescue team that travels to disaster sites around the world to treat victims. The sisters’ relationship prospers while Rebecca is away, but their roles with Rebecca as the protector and Maya as the child remain.

Naturally, both Maya and Rebecca suffer problems in their relationship. Maya and Adam struggle to get pregnant, and their relationship becomes strained as their dreams of a family fade. Rebecca, who is self-described as “easy,” struggles to settle down with Brent, the man who loves and proposed to her. She can’t decide on an answer.

Then, disaster strikes. Rebecca rushes to the disaster site and immediately gets to treating the hurricane victims. The unexpectedly strong hurricane didn’t give citizens time to leave their home and seek shelter. As a result, Rebecca and DIDA struggle with the lack of doctors on hand to treat the victims- whose injuries vary greatly in severity.

Adam gets a call and decides to join DIDA in treating the victims, while Maya declines, choosing to stay home in safety. She begins to ponder her decision, and eventually decides to go following a bit of persuading on Adam’s part. She is forced to choose between her own insecurities and saving her crumbling marital relationship.

Disaster strikes yet again when Maya goes out on assignment with DIDA and doesn’t return. Rebecca and Adam contemplate the loss of Maya while unbeknownst to them, Maya is alive and safe- for the most part. During her time away, Maya is able to come into her own through the people she meets.

What this book uncovers is the power of relationships we currently have, and the power of those we have in the future. If we allow them to, the relationships can change our lives and make a lasting impact on us.

The people Maya meet give her the strength to reveal lies she’s been hiding, as well as the strength to alter her life according to her own wants and needs, not those of her sister’s.

Although I semi-predicted the ending, (or a similar version of it) I was still a little surprised. You never really do know how or why certain events occur, you can only deal with their consequences. What happens might not be what we have in mind; but rest assured, it will all make sense in the end.

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