Tuesday, September 1, 2020

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

About the Book

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?

This book is available here.

My Review

The premise of this book was unique, and I thoroughly enjoyed accompanying January on her journey.  Non-churched January is suddenly immersed in a Christian world, and it was a credit to the author to experience worship, fellowship, Bible reading, and answers to prayer for the first time from her perspective.  It was also wonderful to see how January could make a difference in people's lives through her compassion, open-mindedness, and particular skill set, although she was not a believer.  I think it was eye-opening for January.

I loved the theme of grace and forgiveness being available for everyone, no matter what sins are in our past.  I also appreciated seeing the Christian characters struggle, yet trust God in those difficulties.  The author presented a balanced picture of the Christian life throughout this book.

I recommend this book for readers of contemporary romance.  Those with a heart for Texas and Christian culture will especially appreciate this book.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author

Tammy L. Gray lives in the Dallas area with her family, and they love all things Texas, even the erratic weather patterns. Her nine modern and true-to-life contemporary romances include 2017 RITA award winning, My Hope Next Door, and show her unending quest to write high quality, culturally relevant stories with relatable and flawed characters.

When not taxiing her three kids to various school and sporting events, Tammy can be spotted crunching numbers as the financial administrator at her hometown church. Writing has given her a platform to combine her passion with her ministry all while sharing the messy, yet remarkable journey that is a faith-filled life.

Tammy L. Gray has lots of projects going on. For all the latest info, visit her website at http://tammylgray.com.  She says, "I'd love to hear from all of you! Come join me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/tlgraybooks or twitter @tlgraybooks."

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