Shh! This male reader loved this romance! "Love and a Little White Lie" by Tammy L. Gray
about the book....
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?
Keep this to yourself, please - but I have to admit that, though I as a male reader may not be a typical purveyor of contemporary romance novels, this heart-warming novel from Tammy L. Gray was thoroughly absorbing and was a pretty great read! Jan is one of those characters who you just instantly like, even if she does engage in a little white lie - or two, or three - and make a bunch of stumbles along the way. She's just so very real that it was totally refreshing to get to know her. And though sometimes when I read books like this (again, shhh!) I just have to roll my eyes when the star of the story is torn endlessly between two love interests, such was not the case here. The whole story just unfolded so naturally that everything felt real, not forced, and I could see glimmers of myself in these characters as they made their way through a journey that had unexpected outcomes. Jan's experience of mining through memories of her childhood and embarking on a spiritual searching just tugged on my heart strings, and as she made her way to a place of grace, I just couldn't help but smiling. And when she chose the guy that I was convinced she needed to choose - well, that just made everything right, indeed. And while I am making all these confessions about how much I secretly enjoyed a romance novel, I may as well go all in and say that I may have even shed a tear or two in the final few chapters as well!! What is this world coming to?
So there you have it - "Love and a Little White Lie" is just one of those books you are going to have to grab a copy of, whether you normally read contemporary romance novels or not. I've never read a book by Tammy L. Gray before, but I have the sense that she put her whole heart and soul into this one, and her authenticity simply - and beautifully - shines through the pages. I award this book a solid rating of 4 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.