Wednesday, August 5, 2020

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

Look at this cover. Isn't it gorgeous??? And it's sooooooooo fitting for the story. I love when covers match the book so well!

January Sanders grew up believing karma was more reliable than an imaginary higher power, but after suffering her worst heartbreak in 29 years, she's open to just about anything, including taking a temporary position at her aunt's church. Keeping her lack of faith a secret, January is determined to use her photographic memory to help Grace Community's overworked staff, all while scraping herself off rock bottom.

What she doesn't count on is meeting the church's handsome and charming guitarist, who not only is a strong believer, but has also dedicated his life to Christian music. 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 secrets 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 incapable of coexisting, can January find the healing that's eluded her or will her resistance to the truth ruin any chance of happiness?

One for the keeper shelf. A top-tier read. In the running for best book of the year—Those are a few of the thoughts I had as I read Love and a Little White Lie. It's a romance, yes, but more than that it's the story of God gently drawing someone to Himself.

When January arrives in town, she takes a job at a local church, even though she doesn't believe in God. She needs the job, so she desperately tries to hide her lack of faith, which, of course, becomes complicated by both her attraction to the church guitarist and her genuine care for the Christians she meets.

January's journey feels so genuine and relatable, and I couldn't help but want the best for her. Woven into the story are themes of learning to trust, finding the strength to forgive, and summoning the courage to embrace faith despite the cost.

As for the romance, I don't want to say too much about it except that it's wonderful, especially as January comes to understand her own feelings. I may have reread a certain scene a couple times 😍

I hope Gray writes a sequel; I'd love to check in on January again, and a couple side characters definitely need their own stories! This is a book I could actually see myself rereading (and I rarely reread—too many other books to read!), as it is that good. I give it my highest recommendation—this is a book not to be missed! 5 stars.

Note: The novel contains a mild curse word. In this case, it feels absolutely fitting.

Buy the book (affiliate link).
Read my reviews of Gray's The Truth Between Us (4 stars) and Waves of Summer (novella, 4-1/2 stars).

Tammy L. Gray ( 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.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and make a purchase, I'll make a small commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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