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Before The Lies: Before The Lies (The Truth Series Book 3) by [May, Elaine]
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If I had known from the beginning what he would do to me, would I have changed anything?
No
No matter what had happened with him I never would have been led down the path that brought me to my soul mate.
For that I could never be sorry.
I just wish I'd had time to make my time count.
I wish I'd been able to see her grow.
I wish I could have said goodbye, to have felt his touch one last time.
The other man in my life took that away from me but I would never change a thing.
Although he was my undoing he was also my saviour, I just wish I could have been his.

This is my part of the story.


Before The Lies is a prequel to Elaine May's successful Truth series, although it can also be read as a standalone novel. Readers should be aware of its uncompromising storyline as it depicts the harsh reailty of Rosa's story.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 933 KB
  • Print Length: 233 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Elaine May; 1 edition (29 March 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01DLZO1MS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #330,996 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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** Provided on behalf of the author for an honest review **

Have you ever read a novel so heartbreaking that it shatters your heart into a million pieces?

Have you ever read a novel so breathtakingly beautiful that it simply takes your breath away?

Have you ever read a novel so raw and confronting that it leaves you utterly speechless?

Have you ever read a novel so sinister, manipulative and evil that it leaves you questioning everything?

Well we just found it.

Before The Lies is a prequel to the Truth Series.
For all of those who have read the Truth Series we know about Isla and her amazing story.
But what happened prior?
Where did it all begin?
How did Isla evolve?
What was her mother Rosa like?
What did she endure?

The answers are in this amazingly written novel that had us simply captivated from beginning to end.
It’s raw, highly confronting, powerful, heartbreaking, heart-warming, just an amazing read.
It tells a tale of a young girl living in hell and makes the decision to trade her current hellish life to a new one.
It tells a tale of a young girl grasping at anything she can to feel love.
It tells a tale about a girl who goes from one nightmare straight into another.
It tells a tale about hope.
It tells a tale about trust.
It tells a tale about love.

You name it, this novel has it.

Elaine May has given us an absolute gut wrenching read that shouldn't be missed. Her writing ability and strength had us clinging onto every word read, every page turned. She held us hostage with her beautifully descriptive and in-depth words. We were absolutely flawed by this novel.

To Elaine we say thank you.
Thank you so much for giving Rosa a voice.
Thank you for sharing her story.
Thank you for giving us Before The Lies.

A definite 5 star read.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars 18 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent 30 August 2016
By sherry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I can think right now I know i know why wright but right now im in the middle of crying this book was so emotional more the the first 2 I just have a couple things to say to say his author you are magnificent amazing outstanding and I'll be buying more of your books I just loved this series even if I was crying snotty cry mind you thru most of it I'm glad that both books told the full story but what I would love to read is John's story I think that would complete the while thing bring it around i have to say is book is 5 star read if i could give it more i would buy buy buy this series today
4.0 out of 5 stars Rosa's story 6 January 2017
By Rebecca A - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Rosa Smith's parents have one goal in mind and that is to marry her off to a rich man who can save their business. It doesn't matter that she is only 15 years old as they rarely want her around. They think they have found a potential candidate in American John Bryant. His good looks instantly attract Rosa and soon she realizes she is in over her head.

Yet as good as John is to Rosa he has secrets that he is keeping from her. When the chance comes for Rosa to leave England and head to the US with John she agrees not knowing what she surprises await her.

Yet when she realizes everything is not as she expected it to be will she have to courage to put her own happiness first?

This is the third book in the series but is actually a prequel to the first two. This book explains so much but I think I enjoyed reading it after the first two as it made everything fall into place.

Rosa was someone that was after love after being treated so badly be her parents. With John she felt such an attraction and initially he was so good to her. Then as you see that other side develop you learn how trapped and controlled she is and how she has no say over anything. I knew what was coming due to the previous two books but I liked the way you never really knew how far John would go with things.

John is just such a mixed bag capable of such evil things yet he also had a side that was so loving and caring. You never knew what you were going to get and I was super disappointed to know the kind of man he turned into and how he raised his son, Jack, to be.

It's super frustrating that the Bryant family has no idea what John is capable of and I am definitely interested to see if Marcus shows up in anymore books!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read !! 22 July 2016
By Wendy Livingstone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the third book in The Truth books. This story is about Rosa and William. This is an emotional and heartbreaking read. Rosa has been involved with John, who is a manipulative, sinister, and evil character. I really detested John throughout this book. You need to read this for yourself though to find out whether Rosa and William have a HEA!!
This is a beautifully written story, and hats off to this author for doing such an amazing job. Look forward to reading more of her work in the future.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
5.0 out of 5 stars All she wanted was to be loved 1 August 2016
By MAustin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Title:Before the Lies
Author:Elaine May
Series:The Truth #3
Publisher:Self Published
Reviewer:MAustin
Release Date:7-19-16
Genre(s):Romantic Suspense
Page Count:233
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

If I had known from the beginning what he would do to me, would I have changed anything?
No
No matter what had happened with him I never would have been led down the path that brought me to my soul mate.

Before the Lies was a great 5 star read.

This is Rosa’s story and all I can say it keep your kleenex close.
Rosa was supposed to be a boy which caused her parents to be cruel to her throughout her childhood. She is pretty much a tool who has been trained by her parents to be prim and proper. They are looking for a husband for Rosa that can take over the family business. She would have to endure dinners with prospect husbands, until one night she meets Johnnie.

All I can say is once Johnnie steps into the picture things take off greatly. I am in shock at the things that Rosa discovers and what she has to endure. There is a lot of sexual encounters that at times can be quite rough and may cause a trigger for some. Just when you think things are looking up for Rosa the bottom gets dropped and I am left thinking WTF.

All I can say is I loved Before the Lies but the ending felt really rushed and the epilogue absolutely killed me. I’m still trying to wrap my head around what happened. My heart was torn out and I was left sobbing. I am going to have to catch up on the series and put myself back together. If you're looking for a gut wrenching read about a young girl who grows up very fast and endures so many heartbreaking things than 1-click and get started today. Thank you for a great read!

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by MAustin from Alpha Book Club
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely story! 5 April 2016
By Laura - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Before The Lies: (The Truth Series Book 3
By: Author Elaine May

This a story about finding yourself, sadness, anger, fear, the journey from child to teenager and teenager to woman. It's about understand the path you travel is fraught with wrong turns, bumps, potholes and paths that branch off into a little something I like to call destiny.... It's about lust, first love, free falling in love with a person whom you know is literally the other half that makes you whole.. It's about knowing what is good for you and loving yourself enough to not settle on a life that is strife with anger, pain, sadness, soul wrenching despair, physical and emotional abuse. It's a beautiful story of a young girl turned woman named Rosa, who finds someone to love and someone who deserves her unconditional love and devotion! Mrs. May, has the ability to kick you right in the feels, yet still leave you able to walk away with tears in your eyes, a smile on your lips and the unfocused glaze that only a good book can give you!!!

I recommend this author and her books for anyone who loves a beautiful romance with a realistic view of what some people do go through when falling in love and finding your future self.. 18+up due to adult situations.

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