December 19, 2011

Book Review: Just A Little White Lie by Lynnette Hallberg

White Lie
At First Sight: Lucinda Darling just ran out of her wedding after finding her fiance having sex with his ex at the church, deciding it's time she took some time for herself away from her parents expectations of her and definitely away from her fiance. So, still wearing her wedding dress, she hops into her car, intent on getting away but not sure where she'll go. 

On the other hand, Jake Parker was heading home to Georgia after a year spent away from his family, helping the victims of the oil spill in the gulf. He was happy staying away but the news that his grandmother is sick and that her fondest wish is to see him settled down with a nice girl, sent him racing back home, while trying to figure out how he's going to produce the nice girl part of the equation.

And so, when he sees Lucinda standing by the side of the road, still wearing her wedding dress, Jake rather thinks it's all a sign. So he quickly enlists her reluctant help in pretending to be his girlfriend for the next week or so. 

Only that things get more complicated once they reach his hometown thanks to some interfering parents, a couple of exes who just won't go away and the fact that Jake and Lucy are falling in love with each other. 

Second Glance: Just a Little White Lie was a rather nice, sweet read. Pretty quick too. It has a nice pace and likable characters. And overall, I would say that I liked a fair bit but it was a bit rushed, mostly toward the end.

I liked the characters, particularly Jake because Lucinda did annoyed me for a while there. Also, Jake's dad was annoying and his motives never fully explained. And I also wished there was more about these couple of characters that are mentioned get some page time but we are ultimately left in the dark about what happened to them - like Jake's sister and her husband, and this other waitress Lucinda helps out. 

Bottom Line: I think this is one of those books that would have benefited from being a little longer, but as things are is still a quick, funny read, perfect if you're in the mood for something lighthearted and fast. 

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