Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Grains of Truth Takes Readers into Love and Friendship

 The Lies We Tell Ourselves to Stay Sane

In the world of a Texas feed store, the line between reality and truth blurs when love and friendship are at stake.

Meet Sarah and Zoe, two best friends who work in a family-owned feed store. Their lives begin to unravel when love sparks between Sarah and the feed store owner’s only heir, Tom. Patriarch Otis quickly makes it known that his only son’s future won’t include the feed store “girl”. The clash over Tom’s love life erupts in a family feud where business is expected to trump love. In the meantime, a romance also ignites between Zoe and the local town physician whom she nicknames “Dr. Sex on Two Legs”. The women are quickly caught up in a family feud that leads to unexpected consequences, loss and tragedy.

Grains of Truth is an intense, emotional and passion-filled story about two best friends looking for that one thing everyone wants — love. It’s a story about friendship and accepting what you can’t change. Grains of Truth will move you to tears and leave you astonished. It’s a must-read story with an unexpected twist.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Little Big Lies Finale Delivers Great Story

The final episode of my favorite show this season, Little Big Lies delivered a great ending. (Spoiler alert: don't read if you want the big surprise ending). 

I hadn't quite figured out why the five women involved in the end were so closely tied in story line except that they were feuding. How the show actually connects the dots at the end was absolutely perfect. Now it makes sense why the police interviews focused on all five.

The stories leading up to the murder left open many possibilities. What I hadn't considered was that Perry could be Jane's assailant. As Perry's abuse toward Celeste escalated, it became obvious that he was probably the one to get the proverbial ax. Other reviewers presented numerous scenarios, but I kept thinking it was going to involve Perry. Additionally, the abuse of Ambella started to point toward the twins whom Celeste was convinced had not been witness to their father's abuse. As I connected the themes behind the stories, it became evident that Perry's role model as an abusive husband might have unduly influenced his innocent boys. 

As a storyteller and novelist, I'm always in search of the great twist. While the ending wasn't shocking that Perry fell to his death, I loved how David E. Kelley put the twist in who actually pushed him. It was not as we say "the usual suspects". Bonnie doing the deed was the shocker. Her curiosity and concern piqued, she follows the women and witnesses the final beating of Celeste. Watching Perry's final violence was heartbreaking. As a woman I could barely stand watching him knock her around. The out-and-out violence was frightening (and apparently Nicole Kidman was bruised herself during those scenes) and realistic. It wasn't shocking that Bonnie was provoked into action. I could almost hear an imperceptible applause. I feel confident no one felt particularly sorry for Perry, but mostly sad for his boys. 

Big Little Lies ended just the way I like my endings -- full of great twists and turns.