Perhaps Aunty Louise hadn’t wanted to be told the truth about why her bum looked big in that dress. If so, she asked the wrong person; Tracie’s mum never lied. Louise did ask though, that’s why she was told. That’s why there are questions Tracie keeps to herself.
Sue’s mother always tells the truth, but people don’t always listen. Jemima tells lies. Well, it’s either that or get a job and pay her way and she’s not really suited to that sort of thing. She’s much better at manipulation, although perhaps not good enough.
Angela hasn’t been strictly honest about the painting and Mary’s mother-in-law has withheld important information. That causes upset in both their families, until the loving, honest support of their daughters-in-law put everything right.
Can lies ever be a good thing? Perhaps if they’re told to preserve family traditions, or to allow a sick child to benefit from the help of a superhero, they’re forgivable. The made up stories Jane tells little Charlie certainly have a positive affect and not only on her son.
Families, whether we’re born or married into them, or choose them for ourselves all have stories to tell. This collection contains 25 of them.