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Little White Lies by Gemma Townley
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Feb 15, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: chick-lit, romance, teen, women
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Little White Lies by Gemma Townley

Little White Lies is the story of Natalie, who has just moved to London from the countryside. She got cheated on by her ex and is ready to start a whole new life in a new town. So, she quits her job, packs up, and moves to London.

Unfortunately for Natalie, life in London does not pick up as quickly as she would hope. She finds herself in a downgraded job (she now works retail, before she worked in marketing), with no friends, and staying in every Friday and Saturday night.

To top things off, the woman who lived in the apartment before her, Cressida, is constantly receiving phone calls and letters that sound and look fabulous! It makes Natalie feel even more depressed about the state of her life.

Slightly drunk one night, Natalie decides to open a few of the letters addressed to Cressida. She finds one that looks like a matchmaking letter, telling her to call a man named Simon. The other is from the fabulous and exclusive club, the Soho House. While still slightly drunk, she decides to give Simon a call because it just seems like kind of a good idea.

That is, until the next day. Simon returns her call and suddenly Natalie finds herself pretending to be Cressida and trying to balance her life as Natalie with her life as Cressida while trying to ensure that her two lives never cross paths with one another.

The lies started out harmless enough, or so Natalie thought, but things keep escalating until she finds herself pretending to be a Reiki healer, constantly lying to her best friend, and feeling guilty over lying to Simon who she is quickly falling for...

When Simon takes her home for the weekend to visit his parents, she finds herself forced to face her lies when the woman who set her and Simon up comes to visit. She knows as soon as Leonora sees her, she will know that Natalie is not Cressida...

What will happen when Natalie tells the truth? Will she lose Simon because of all the lies she has told? Will her best friend turn her back on Natalie as well due to all the lying? And how will Natalie get herself out of the mess and keep her life moving forward?

Read Little White Lies to find out!

I am a sucker for a cute chick lit book. Gemma Townley reminds me very much of Sophie Kinsella (author of Confessions of a Shopaholic). If you like Sophie Kinsella, I think you'll like Gemma Townley.

While predictable at times, it was a quick, funny read that was thoroughly enjoyable.

I will throw out that there is a little bit of adult language, but it is very sparse, so probably a PG rating just because of that.

I would say 4 out of 5 stars.

Pick it up if you want a cute chick lit book!

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