A Family Affair: The Return

Truth in Lies

Book 13
Mary Campisi Books, LLC
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Magdalena, New York. 

Home of memories long buried, steamy nights, and one regrettable summer…

Grace Romano had been seventeen, impressionable, innocent to the power of attraction and desire. 

Max Ruhland taught her about both. He loved Grace and thought they had a future together, until she crushed his heart and told him he wasn’t part of her life plan.

Twenty-two years later, Grace Romano Clarke is a widow with two children and a pile of broken dreams. When her aunt dies, she must return to Magdalena, the town she’d rather forget, to honor the woman’s last wishes: stay in her house for thirty days, and complete a list that, according to her aunt, will reveal a bit about life and maybe reveal something about herself, too. What Grace doesn’t know but will find out soon enough is that Max Ruhland must stay in the house with her and help complete the list!

Max Ruhland isn’t the same lovesick puppy from the wrong side of the tracks who had his heart broken all those years ago. He’s a wealthy, successful businessman who owes his good fortune to Grace’s aunt, the woman who never gave up on him. Max can have any woman he wants, but he’s never forgotten Grace, or how she hurt him. Now he’ll have to spend the next thirty days with her—in close quarters—to honor her aunt’s last wishes, and he’s not looking forward to it.

It’s going to get very interesting as the town watches and wonders what’s going on between those two. Of course, Pop Benito understands exactly what’s happening in the house on Bayberry Street, even if Max and Grace don’t. He’s the one who helped Grace’s aunt create the thirty-day list, which he insists will finally get this couple their happily-ever-after!


Are you wondering how Pete Finnegan and Elissa Cerdi’s Christmas wedding plans are progressing? Well, they aren’t progressing. Seems some people in town can’t forgive Elissa for partnering with Gloria Blacksworth, and they’re determined to shred her reputation. Plus, Elissa is suffering from a case of mistrust every time a woman talks to her fiancé, and that’s driving Pete crazy. They better figure things out quick, or Elissa won’t be walking down the aisle…


See you in Magdalena!

BONUS MATERIAL: Included in this e-book is the first chapter of Strangers Like Us, Book 1 in the Reunion Gap series.

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Mary Campisi writes emotion-packed books about second chances. Whether contemporary romances, women's fiction, or Regency historicals, her books all center on belief in the beauty of that second chance. Her small town romances center around family life, friendship, and forgiveness as they explore the issues of today’s contemporary women.

Mary should have known she'd become a writer when at age thirteen she began changing the ending to all the books she read. It took several years and a number of jobs, including registered nurse, receptionist in a swanky hair salon, accounts payable clerk, and practice manager in an OB/GYN office, for her to rediscover writing. Enter a mouse-less computer, a floppy disk, and a dream large enough to fill a zip drive. The rest of the story lives on in every book she writes.

When she's not working on her craft or following the lives of five adult children, Mary's digging in the dirt with her flowers and herbs, cooking, reading, walking her rescue lab mix, Cooper, or, on the perfect day, riding off into the sunset with her very own hero/husband on his Harley Ultra Limited.

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If Ben Reed could have guessed at the event that would hurl him into danger and set off a chain reaction that threatened his marriage, his family, his health, andhis future in Magdalena, he would not have said it would occur at home. For a man who’d served his country, chased bad guys, and thrust himself into the middle of danger more often than not, his house was his safe haven, not a battle zone.

And maybe that’s why Ben never saw the accident coming.

As a physical therapist, Gina knows the toll a long rehabilitation can take on a person, anda relationship. Her husband’s perpetual moodiness, sullen attitude, and refusal to continue therapy create a battleground that’s about to explode. In desperation, Gina turns to the new physical therapist in town who’s been dubbed the Angel of Hope and Healing.

For a busted-up and beaten-down guy who questions his worth and ability to be what he once was, the beautiful physical therapist is just the balm he needs to assure him he can have anythinghe wants. By the time Ben realizes the woman’s interested in more than his recovery, a scandal erupts that makes Gina believe he’s betrayed her.

Now, Ben must win back his wife’s trust or risk the greatest heartache of all—a life without her. Of course, he’s going to need help, and isn’t offering guidance and help Magdalena’s specialty?

 

P.S.  Did you know Harry’s going to rescue a dog? Oh, you won’t want to miss this one! I like to think of it as The rescued rescues a rescue.

 

Bonus:  Included with this e-book is an excerpt from Liars Like Us,Reunion Gap series Book 2.

 

Truth in Lies Series

Book One: A Family Affair

Book Two: A Family Affair: Spring 

Book Three: A Family Affair: Summer 

Book Four: A Family Affair: Fall

Book Five:A Family Affair: Christmas

Book Six: A Family Affair: Winter

Book Seven: A Family Affair: The Promise

Book Eight: A Family Affair: The Secret

Book Nine: A Family Affair: The Wish

Book Ten: A Family Affair: The Gift

Book Eleven: A Family Affair: The Weddings,a novella

Book Twelve: A Family Affair: The Cabin, a novella

Book Thirteen: A Family Affair: The Return

Book Fourteen: A Family Affair: The Choice

Book Fifteen: A Family Affair: The Proposal

A Family Affair Boxed Set: Books 1-3

A Family Affair Boxed Set 2: Books 4-6

Meals From Magdalena: A Family Affair Cookbook

It was only supposed to be a simple arrangement—until emotions got in the way. Now lies and secrets could destroy everything.

Lawson Carlisle, the ostracized black sheep of the wealthy Carlisle family is back in Magdalena. It’s been sixteen years since he left, vanishing one night amidst speculations that included jail time and detention homes. Those were serious claims against one of the wealthiest families in town, and whether those stories were true or not, they fueled many a conversation and served as a lesson to the community; no person is invincible, no matter how much money his family has.

Ava Marie Ventori used to believe that doing good and following rules would gift her with the life she wanted, the man she loved, the dreams she didn’t even know she craved. But her eagerness to find that perfect life landed her with the wrong man, the wrong career path, and the wrong dreams. At thirty-three, the jobs are meaningless, the relationships nonexistent, and the dreams are gone. Her one joy is painting river rocks with inspirational messages, but she’s not about to share their existence, especially with the parents she continues to disappoint.

After a chance encounter with former classmate, good-girl Ava Maire Ventori, Law offers her the use of his cabin—no strings attached—so she can work on the mystery art she obviously doesn’t want to share. But his “no strings” good intentions are no match for old-fashioned attraction... As Law and Ava spend time together, she discovers there’s so much more to the former bad-boy than a questionable past and he starts to believe that maybe Ava isn’t too good for him. In fact, maybe she’s perfect for him.

When lies and old secrets threaten the couple’s happiness, will their love be strong enough to fight for a life together?

While A Family Affair: The Proposal can be read as a stand-alone story, readers have fallen in love with the entire series!

Delilah O’Reilly and Nicholas Borado fell in love, married and planned to spend a life together full of dreams, joy, and endless possibilities. 


Until lies and betrayal tore them apart.


Six years later, they’ll meet up again in a most unlikely place—Magdalena, New York, Delilah’s hometown. Hurt and accusations will resurface, but they won’t stop the sparks from flying, or the town from wondering about this couple’s secret past...wondering too if Delilah and Nick might just have a chance for a future together...


Stay tuned as we get ready to head back to Magdalena, where family is always about more than blood.


BONUS: Included with this ebook is an excerpt from Mary's Pulling Home, Book 1 of That Second Chance series where strong women battle heartache and loss with courage and determination to find new paths and true love.


Truth In Lies Series:

Book One: A Family Affair

Book Two: A Family Affair: Spring

Book Three: A Family Affair: Summer

Book Four: A Family Affair: Fall

Book Five: A Family Affair: Christmas, a novella

Book Six: A Family Affair: Winter

Book Seven: A Family Affair: The Promise

Book Eight: A Family Affair: The Secret

Book Nine: A Family Affair: The Wish

Book Ten: A Family Affair: The Gift

Book Eleven: A Family Affair: The Weddings

Book Twelve: A Family Affair: The Cabin,a novella

Book Thirteen: A Family Affair: The Return

Book Fourteen: A Family Affair: The Choice

Book Fifteen: A Family Affair: The Proposal

Book Sixteen: A Family Affair: Bonus Scenes

Book Seventeen: A Family Affair: The Homecoming

Meals From Magdalena, A Family Affair Cookbook

Nate Desantro is a born leader who believes in family, honor, and protecting what’s his. He minds his own business and expects others to do the same. When New York City businessman Grayson Westfield arrives in Magdalena asking questions about him, Nate’s determined to find out why.

Grayson Westfield is on a mission to uncover the relationship between his wealthy cousin and Miriam Desantro, a woman he’s never heard of before. Big money ties these women together, but for a numbers man with a talent for puzzles, he never sees the truth until it’s too late. This small town will present other surprises that confuse and challenge Grayson—namely, the beautiful and mysterious Audrey Fairlayne. No woman has ever worked through his defenses with such clarity and disregard for “boundaries” and that could pose a huge problem.

Audrey Fairlayne suffered more than a broken heart when her husband and baby died three years ago. She lost her dreams and belief in happily-ever-after and has vowed never to open her heart again. But Grayson Westfield isn’t like any man she’s ever known, and the attraction is too deep to ignore and impossible to avoid.

When Audrey withholds a critical truth from Grayson, the couple will face a challenge that only someone as strong and determined as Nate Desantro can help fix. Don't miss this engaging tale of heartache, redemption, and second chances as the town steps in to see this couple find their happily-ever-after and Nate learns the true meaning of forgiveness.

BONUS: Included with this e-book is the first chapter of Strangers Like Us, Reunion Gap Book 1. 

When the son of the man who lost everything falls in love with the daughter of the man who stole it all, there can only be heartache ahead.

When Christine Blacksworth’s larger-than-life father is killed on an icy road in Magdalena, New York, a hundred miles from the “getaway” cabin he visited every month, she discovers a secret that threatens everything she’s always held to be true. Her father has another family that includes a mistress and a daughter. Determined to uncover the truth behind her father’s secret life, Christine heads to Magdalena, prepared to hate the people who have caused her to question everything she thought she knew about her father. But what she finds is a woman who understands her, a half sister who cherishes her, and a man who could love her if she’ll let him. The longer she’s around them, the more she questions which family is the real one.

Truth In Lies Series:

Book One: A Family Affair

Book Two: A Family Affair: Spring

Book Three: A Family Affair: Summer

Book Four: A Family Affair: Fall

Book Five: A Family Affair: Christmas, a novella

Book Six: A Family Affair: Winter

Book Seven: A Family Affair: The Promise

Book Eight: A Family Affair: The Secret

Book Nine: A Family Affair: The Wish

Book Ten: A Family Affair: The Gift

Book Eleven: A Family Affair: The Weddings, a novella

Book Twelve: A Family Affair: The Cabin, a novella

Book Thirteen: A Family Affair: The Return

Book Fourteen: A Family Affair: The Choice

Book Fifteen: A Family Affair: The Proposal

Book Sixteen: A Family Affair: Bonus Scenes

Book Seventeen: A Family Affair: The Homecoming

Book Eighteen: A Family Affair: The Decision

Meals From Magdelena A Family Affair Cookbook


BONUS: An Excerpt from A Family Affair Spring, Book Two at the end of this book.


Attention Book Clubs! Click here for a Book Club Discussion Guide for A Family Affair. This story is filled with moral ambiguity, difficult choices, and second chances—all great topics for conversation and contemplation.

 

From New York Times bestselling author Kelly Elliott comes the gut-wrenching story of a love that transcends all odds—and transforms the deepest pain into the brightest hope.
 
Firefighter and first responder Preston Ward thought he had grown immune to the job’s emotional burns. But when he goes out on a particularly tragic call, he realizes that some scenes are too devastating to forget. And yet, if it weren’t for that terrible night, he never would have met the woman who makes him want to risk his heart.
 
More than once, Harmony Banks has watched her perfectly ordered world torn apart by fate. Now she’s finding out that what she lost wasn’t as perfect as she thought—and it’s tearing her apart. The only thing that keeps her going is the kindness of a stranger: the firefighter who saved her life the night everything changed.
 
Preston isn’t like the men who have come before. For one thing, he’s far more genuine. And the love Harmony feels growing between them is almost too intense for her wounded soul. But if she and Preston can push past heartbreak, they’ll find that something incredible awaits in each other’s arms.

Praise for Searching for Harmony

“Elliott has filled this novel with great depth of emotion and characters with many dimensions, and readers will be drawn into Harmony’s life as she struggles toward true happiness.”—Publishers Weekly

“Searching for Harmony pulls at your heartstrings, makes you laugh and cry! Kelly Elliott has crafted Preston Ward to be tough, yet sensitive and genuine! You’ll fall completely in love with him!”—USA Today bestselling author, Kahlen Aymes

“Searching for Harmony is a heartwarming story of a woman who suffers an unthinkable tragedy—and finds an unimaginable love. It’s a real charmer!”—USA Today bestselling author Tina Wainscott

“The romance that Preston and Harmony had was sweet and I loved that Preston was able to bring Harmony back to life. . . . I think that this is just one of those books that will be a hit.”—Once Upon a Book Blog
                                                                             
“Expertly balancing the dark and light of this story to leave readers feeling content, Kelly Elliott delivers bold heartache and quiet hope with this Boston Love novel.”—Prisoners of Print

“I loved the chemistry in this book. . . . This story feels real and I absolutely loved it because of that. Kelly Elliot has created a handful of characters that are so interesting, endearing and real.”—Kelly’s Book Blog

“Five hearts . . . Searching for Harmony is a story that will have you experiencing a wide range of emotions. It’s sad and emotional as you see Harmony suffer, but it’s also beautiful when you see her fall in love with Preston.”—Romance Between The Sheets

“Searching for Harmony is a sweet read!”—Once Upon A Page

“Five stars . . . If you’re looking for that emotional love story about loss and healing, this is the book to read. . . . I couldn’t put the book down and couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.”—Book Bitches

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
He’s like her fifth brother, but her feelings for him are far from platonic. 


Gansett Island Series, Book 2


Joe Cantrell, owner of the Gansett Island Ferry Company, has been in love with Janey McCarthy for as long as he can remember. At the same time, Janey has been dating or engaged to doctor-in-training David Lawrence. When things go horribly wrong between David and Janey, she calls her "fifth brother" Joe, one of the few people in her close circle who lives on the mainland. Janey decides a few days with Joe is just what she needs before she goes home to the island to face her parents and family with the news of her broken engagement. It was bad enough for Joe loving Janey from afar, but having her in his house is pure torture. Will he take advantage of this opportunity to show her what they could have together? And what will Joe's best friend and Janey's protective older brother Mac have to say about it?


"Fool for Love was a treat to read with engaging characters and their deep love for one another. Marie Force writes wonderfully, romantic heroes that you just want to curl up next to!" --Joyfully Reviewed


The Gansett Island Series

Book 1: Maid for Love (Mac & Maddie)

Book 2: Fool for Love (Joe & Janey)

Book 3: Ready for Love (Luke & Sydney)

Book 4: Falling for Love (Grant & Stephanie)

Book 5: Hoping for Love (Evan & Grace)

Book 6: Season for Love (Owen & Laura)

Book 7: Longing for Love (Blaine & Tiffany)

Book 8: Waiting for Love (Adam & Abby)

Book 9: Time for Love (Daisy & David)

Book 10: Meant for Love (Jenny & Alex)

Book 10.5: Chance for Love, A Gansett Island Novella (Jared & Lizzie)

Book 11: Gansett After Dark (Owen & Laura)

Book 12: Kisses After Dark (Shane & Katie)

Book 13: Love After Dark (Paul & Hope)

Book 14: Celebration After Dark (Big Mac & Linda)

Book 15: Desire After Dark (Slim & Erin)

Book 16: Light After Dark (Mallory & Quinn)

Book 17: Victoria & Shannon (Episode 1)

Book 18: Kevin & Chelsea (Episode 2)

Book 19: Mine After Dark (Riley & Nikki

Book 20: Yours After Dark (Finn & Chloe)

Book 21: Trouble After Dark (Deacon & Julia)


If Ben Reed could have guessed at the event that would hurl him into danger and set off a chain reaction that threatened his marriage, his family, his health, andhis future in Magdalena, he would not have said it would occur at home. For a man who’d served his country, chased bad guys, and thrust himself into the middle of danger more often than not, his house was his safe haven, not a battle zone.

And maybe that’s why Ben never saw the accident coming.

As a physical therapist, Gina knows the toll a long rehabilitation can take on a person, anda relationship. Her husband’s perpetual moodiness, sullen attitude, and refusal to continue therapy create a battleground that’s about to explode. In desperation, Gina turns to the new physical therapist in town who’s been dubbed the Angel of Hope and Healing.

For a busted-up and beaten-down guy who questions his worth and ability to be what he once was, the beautiful physical therapist is just the balm he needs to assure him he can have anythinghe wants. By the time Ben realizes the woman’s interested in more than his recovery, a scandal erupts that makes Gina believe he’s betrayed her.

Now, Ben must win back his wife’s trust or risk the greatest heartache of all—a life without her. Of course, he’s going to need help, and isn’t offering guidance and help Magdalena’s specialty?

 

P.S.  Did you know Harry’s going to rescue a dog? Oh, you won’t want to miss this one! I like to think of it as The rescued rescues a rescue.

 

Bonus:  Included with this e-book is an excerpt from Liars Like Us,Reunion Gap series Book 2.

 

Truth in Lies Series

Book One: A Family Affair

Book Two: A Family Affair: Spring 

Book Three: A Family Affair: Summer 

Book Four: A Family Affair: Fall

Book Five:A Family Affair: Christmas

Book Six: A Family Affair: Winter

Book Seven: A Family Affair: The Promise

Book Eight: A Family Affair: The Secret

Book Nine: A Family Affair: The Wish

Book Ten: A Family Affair: The Gift

Book Eleven: A Family Affair: The Weddings,a novella

Book Twelve: A Family Affair: The Cabin, a novella

Book Thirteen: A Family Affair: The Return

Book Fourteen: A Family Affair: The Choice

Book Fifteen: A Family Affair: The Proposal

A Family Affair Boxed Set: Books 1-3

A Family Affair Boxed Set 2: Books 4-6

Meals From Magdalena: A Family Affair Cookbook

It's all about that second chance...

Sometimes we’re lucky enough to get that second chance – in life and in love. The Way They Were is a stand-alone story of a strong woman who battles heartache and loss with courage and determination to find new paths and true love. This is book two of That Second Chance series. It is also the prequel to Mary’s bestselling family saga, A Family Affair: The Secret, Truth in Lies, Book Eight.

They promised to love one another forever, but tragedy tore them apart. Now, destiny may just bring them back together.

At eighteen, Rourke Flannigan and Kate Redmond thought they’d spend the rest of their lives together—until a family tragedy tore them apart. Fourteen years have passed, and they’ve both carved out separate lives hundreds of miles apart—hers as a wife and mother, his as a successful, driven businessman. But once a year, Kate pulls out a red velvet journal and writes a letter, which she’ll never send, to the man who still owns her heart. Once a year, on the anniversary of the first and only night they made love, Rourke permits himself to read the annual investigative report detailing an ordinary day in Kate’s life.

When a subcontractor at one of Rourke’s holding companies is killed, Rourke decides to pay the widow a visit and offer condolences, never dreaming the widow will be Kate. As they embark on a cautious journey of rediscovery, one far greater than they could have imagined, secrets and lies threaten to destroy their newfound closeness—forever. 

BONUS: Included in this e-book is an Excerpt from Simple Riches, the next book in this series.

That Second Chance Series:
Book One: Pulling Home (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Promise)
Book Two: The Way They Were (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Secret)
Book Three: Simple Riches (Also prequel to A Family Affair: Winter)
Book Four: Paradise Found  (Also prequel to A Family Affair: Wish) 
Book Five: Not Your Everyday Housewife (Also prequel to A Family Affair: Gift) 
Book Six: The Butterfly Garden (Also prequel to A Family Affair: Return) 

It's all about that second chance...

Sometimes we’re lucky enough to get that second chance – in life and in love. Pulling Home is a stand-alone story of a strong woman who battles heartache and loss with courage and determination to find new paths and true love. This is book one of That Second Chance series. It is also the prequel to Mary’s bestselling family saga, A Family Affair: The Promise, Truth in Lies, Book Seven. 

She'll risk anything to save her child...even the truth.

It's taken nine years and a cross-country move, but Audra Valentine Wheyton has kept her secrets safe. She's created the perfect life: a husband who loves her, a daughter she adores, and a position as head writer for an award-winning daytime soap. When her husband dies suddenly, Audra returns to her hometown for the funeral and faces a community that has not forgotten her meager beginnings and the man who has never forgiven her for marrying his brother.

Jack Wheyton is a successful pediatric neurosurgeon who is about to become engaged when Audra walks back into his life with her daughter. He forgave his brother long ago for taking something that had been his, something he hadn't even realized he wanted until it was gone. But forgiving Audra is another story...and forgetting her? Near impossible.

When a shattering illness strikes Audra's daughter, she turns to Jack to save her child and risks exposing a secret that will change their lives forever.

That Second Chance Series:
Book One: Pulling Home (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Promise)
Book Two: The Way They Were (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Secret)
Book Three: Simple Riches (Also prequel to A Family Affair: Winter)
Book Four: Paradise Found (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Wish)
Book Five: Not Your Everyday Housewife (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Gift)
Book Six: The Butterfly Garden (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Return)

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