Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Review: Love and a Little White Lie by Tammy L. Gray

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There's a lot of irony in hitting rock bottom

After a heartbreak leaves her reeling, January Sanders is open to anything--including moving into a cabin on her aunt's wedding-venue property and accepting a temporary position at her aunt's church despite being a lifelong skeptic of faith. Choosing to keep her doubts to herself, she's determined to give her all to supporting Grace Community's overworked staff while helping herself move on.

What she doesn't count on is meeting the church's handsome and charming guitarist. It's a match set for disaster, and yet January has no ability to stay away, even if it means pretending to have faith in a God she doesn't believe in

Only this time, keeping her secret isn't as easy as she thought it would be. Especially when she's constantly running into her aunt's landscape architect, who seems to know everything about her past-and-present sins and makes no apologies about pushing her to deal with feelings she'd rather keep buried.

Torn between two worlds that can't coexist, can January find the healing that's eluded her, or will her resistance to the truth ruin any chance of happiness?

My Thoughts:

This was a beautiful story of one woman finding out who she is and her place in this world. January Sanders has been looking for her worth and love in men. She has been heartbroken her whole life with stepdads and boyfriends. After her latest heartbreak, Jan decides to stay with her aunt Doreen.

Aunt Doreen is a Christian and Jan is not. But Doreen gets Jan a temporary job at her church. I liked seeing through Jan's eyes, an unbeliever getting a good dose of the church life. The things she doesn't quite understand and she is even a more unique character by the way her mind works. Everybody just assumes she is a Christian. I mean why wouldn't she be, she works at a church and she is involved in outreach.

I enjoyed the lovely way that the author showed how Jan was lovingly pursued by the man who truly loved her. That part of the story mirrored how she was pursued by the God who loved her. The one that was always there and saw her for all her flaws and strengths. That saw her.

This story definitely took a different path than what I was expecting and I enjoyed every heartfelt, emotional word of it. I hope we get some of the other character's stories as well.

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

About the Author:

Tammy L. Gray

Tammy L. Gray (www.tammylgray.com) lives in the Dallas area with her family, and they love all things Texas. Her nine modern and true-to-life contemporary romances include the 2017 RITA Award-winning My Hope Next Door. When not taxiing her three kids to various events, Tammy can be spotted crunching numbers as the financial administrator at her hometown church.

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