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Love and a Little White Lie

(State of Grace #1)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  732 ratings  ·  311 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 4th 2020 by Bethany House Publishers (first published August 2020)
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ok hello Tammy L. Gray, my new favourite author??
I LOVED this book. Her writing, her characters, the raw emotion, the honesty - perfect.
I need to read and own every book this woman writes.
Love and a Little White Lie was a breath of fresh air for me. It’s fresh, lively, and real. January’s first-person narration is engaging and pulled me in right away. I adored getting to know her and loved every moment experiencing her story. It is definitely a conversion story. A lot of the story takes place at a church, reminding readers that ideas are great, but unless there is someone to be the hands and feet, not much is going to get done.

January herself is funny and a bit self-deprecating.
Mar 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, audiobook
A well done Christian Contemporary Romance. At first I was worried this would turn out to be a pushy, preachy, over the top unrealistic story. But I was pleasantly surprised when it showed all the real struggles and scars of everyday people. I loved the realness of responsibilities in ministry and what a mega church looks like from that point of view.
The story ended up stealing my heart and I loved all the characters. The men were swoon worthy and I didn’t even mind the love triangle. Those usu
Grace Johnson
My love affair with contemporary romance is often a rocky relationship—we’ve been separated off and on for the last five years or so. But, every once and a while, contemporary makes a romantic gesture, and I come running back.

Love and a Little White Lie was one such gesture.

I read Tammy L. Gray’s debut novel, Shattered Rose, a while back. I really appreciated Gray’s boldness in dealing with issues like anorexia, depression, alcohol abuse, and premarital sex—but it wasn’t captivating enough for
Christine Indorf
This is a reread for me. I am having Thriller and Horror month and needed to have a nice relaxing book to read and so glad I picked up again Love and a Little White Lie. The story of starting over and forgiveness not only of others but of one self. January isn't a Christian. So she starts a job in a church and doesn't tell anyone. When she falls for the Praise Band Leader she still keeps her secret. But when she meets her aunt Landscaper who knows the truth can she keep the lie hidden or will sh ...more
Dana Michael
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love and a Little White Lie by Tammy L. Gray is an I CAN'T PUT DOWN BOOK! I literally read it in two days and I couldn't stop thinking about it when I put it down. Gray has a way of making this messed up world and the grittiness of it, come across the pages as relatable. Because, the characters are flawed, just as we the readers are flawed. Yet we see the handiwork of God sprinkled throughout. The heroine, January is an agnostic. She has experienced disappointments with the men who have come in ...more
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Fun, fast read. Light read with good plot and easy to connect with characters. I enjoy this book in one sitting and can't wait to read more by Gray this was the first book I have read by her.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
True confession: I am sooooo not a fan of love triangles. They make me edgy and nervous and, well, sad, because I have a very tender reader's heart. :-)

So, second true confession: this book languished on my TBR pile for weeks as I patted her gently on her pretty cover and promised "next time" as I reached underneath her for another book -- any book as long as it was love triangle free. But then, finally, it was her turn and now it's time for my third confession:

I loved this story!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written! The first person point of view is a refreshing shift in a genre that's typically focused on dual points of view from the hero and heroine. January is an interesting and complex character with a backstory many readers will find relatable. Dillon is a fantastic hero whom I was rooting for from the instant he arrived on the page. Love and a Little White Lie is a wonderful novel with an uplifting message about redemption and allowing ourselves to be truly known.

Many thanks to N
Dec 07, 2020 marked it as to-be-review  ·  review of another edition
This is a Romance, and this is the first book in the State of Grace series. I am very lucky to win a Kindle Edition Copy of this book from a goodreads giveaway, and I will post an honest review as soon as I finish reading this book.
Sarah Monzon
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why hasn’t there big a bigger buzz around this book? It’s from a big publishing house, the cover is adorbs, and yet it seems the splash around its release was minimal.🤷‍♀️ I’m so glad that it had even made it to the periphery of my radar (and my radar is laser focused on CF romcoms because there are so few and I didn’t even realize this was billeted as a romcom). I loved the first person narrative and the main character, who isn’t a Christian, stumbling over Christian-ese was pretty hilarious (a ...more
Love and a Little White Lie is such a delightful book and a real page turner. The characters are great and relatable with traits that make them seem so real. January Sanders did not grow up going to church and is in fact agnostic. She was raised by her mom and a few step dads have marched through her life. She is close to her mom's sister, Doreen, but the two sisters are estranged. When Jan follows a boyfriend to Texas from Georgia and things go downhill, she reaches out to her Aunt Doreen. Dore ...more
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
Love and a Little White Lie delivers on several fronts.

The story line is unique. How often is the main female character an agnostic working in a church temporarily? "I can't believe it. Me, January Sanders, only daughter of Cassidy Burch, who is a self-professed atheist and currently on husband number four, is now a part of organized religion. I'm pretty sure it's snowing in hell right now." Although January knows nothing about churches, she does her very best and her kind heart shines through.
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My review on my website
I fell in love with this Christian fiction book, as it made a lovely change with scene setting mostly in a church. Tammy L. Gray has given January an incredibly witty voice, that some of January ‘s dialogue I was laughing out loud too. I can promise readers Love and a Little White Lie is full of likaable characters and a page turner with a contemporary religious romance.

January Sanders has given up everything to move to San Antonio Texas wit
Truth be told, I almost didn’t read this book - yes, I saw all the great reviews, the cover is gorgeous and the premise interesting, but I wasn’t really in the mood to try a new-to-me-author. AM I GLAD I DID!

This was one of the best contemporary novels I’ve picked up in a while. January was refreshing with her raw honesty and unbelief in God. The author did a great job of pinning her character - she was honest, meddling in a way which helped others and quirky and fun. Even when at first I though
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I did not expect to love this book as much as I did. Such a nice surprise!

January moves to her aunt's property following a bad break-up, and takes a temporary job at her aunt's church. She keeps her lack of faith and belief in organized religion a secret and soon finds herself immersed in the community.

When she meets Cameron, the church's guitarist, there's an instant mutual attraction. Cameron is a believer and writes/plays Christian music, but that still doesn't make January tell him the trut
Maria Clara
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am so glad Tammy L Gray decided to write another book.
I feel like it is almost impossible not to like a character named January. She introduces herself as Jan by the way, mostly because she can't deal with not really having an explanation of why her mother named her after the most boring month of the year. And here, might give just a hint on her complicated relationship with her mother.
I adored this book because Tammy L Gray does not shy away from the messiness of life -- the brokenness and tr
Erin Laramore
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! While contemporary romance is generally not my thing, this book was less about earthy romance and more about the wooing of our Heavenly Father to one lost sheep. January (Jan) Sanders finds herself at the end of her rope after a massive heartbreak and finds solace with her aunt who offers her a place to stay and helps her find a job. The problem is that the job is at her aunt's church, and January doesn't believe in God. I loved how this book portrayed Christians - im ...more
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fresh plot and great dialogue. There is no wondering if this book is Christian fiction. I loved the message.
Jan and Cameron seemed immature for their age. I liked Jan but really didn’t relate to her. And it seemed as though it was on Cameron and on Grace Community for not looking into Jan’s views on God before they hired her and before Cam decided to go to “the next level”. But in the end we find out more about both. The last quarter of this book was 5 stars but the first three fourths was a so
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What word would I use to describe this novel? Authentic. That’s the word. This author definitely studies people, their relationships, places, the way we all interact. This book may be the clearest picture I have had painted for me in words that describe various people making their way through life.

The quirky, sarcastic humor that flew between Dillon and January added fun, laced with truth, to the story. I loved the dynamic between these two characters. This story was written in first person
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In Love and a Little White Lie by Tammy L. Gray, January Sanders is living in a cabin on her aunt's land in Texas after following her boyfriend to a new state and then going through a break up. January's mom was an atheist and taught her to be a skeptic of faith. In spite of that, her Aunt Doreen helps her get a support staff job at Christ Community Church.

January is a likeable girl and I loved following her story through Love and a Little White Lie. Jan, for short, seems to go through very real
This was a beautifully written story. The author pulled me in quickly by creating characters that are imperfectly human with real life problems and doubts. The main character, January, is trying to escape heartbreak and find peace in the town where her aunt and uncle live. She takes a job with a church even though she doesn't believe in God herself. From the beginning, she feels like she doesn't belong there as if she's a fraud. However, Jan soon finds that she can actually be helpful in the pos ...more
Natalie Walters
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story. It was an easy read but had a lot of depth within the plot and characters that kept me anxious to get back to the story. I enjoyed the way Ms. Gray weaved several themes throughout the story in a way that felt authentic to the plot and characters. This was my first read by Tammy L. Gray and I hope to read more!
Jaime Jo Wright
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
A fabulous novel of romance, faith, and real life.
T. Rosado

4.5 Stars!

Per usual, this author delivered an honest and authentic portrayal of healing, restoration, and love. What started a little slow for me, ignited in the second half and ended in a powerful finale.

I’m going to be honest and say how I didn’t care for January throughout a portion of this story. Yet, the author manages to show an authentic gentling of her characterization as she slowly discovers a faith of her own through the steadfast and non-judgmental love of those around her, as well as
Feb 09, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took me a good length of time to pick up this book, as I struggled to connect with the cover, but I am so glad I did pick it up finally. It was totally worth it and I am a fan for life. I think the premise was unique, and that stood out to me. An Atheist that gets a job at a church? The humor was one relief in this book, but the in depth topics and how they were addressed was a welcome respite from so many other novels. I loved it.
Beth Erin
Whether you are a member of an intimate rural congregation like me or you attend a multi-campus mega-church, we have to admit to at least a few church culture traditions or phrases that leave first-time visitors scratching their heads. Even though I didn't grow up in church, it's easy to forget what specifically I didn't know about the church before Jesus and His Bride became such an integral part of my life.

With a heroine who is unapologetically opposed to organized religion, a discontent prais
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved....can I say loved again. I’m late to the party reading this author but definitely want to read more. I loved how the brokenness of January is shown ugliness and all and how God makes beauty out of those ashes of ruin. Broken people make broken decisions that can lead to destruction, but God has a plan and the road can have many twists, turns, and tears, but it changes courses when hearts become pliable and are molded and made into what was intended. Finding a person you can break down wal ...more
Aug 07, 2020 added it
An absolutely brilliantly written novel by one of my favorite Christian authors! Humor, wit, and emotional depth abound in this sweet contemporary love story. So glad to see this stand-alone has been turned into a series. An easy 5-stars from me! <3
Cara Putman
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable read that explores issues of faith and identity. The theme of truth versus a white lie is perfectly played in a book that is layered with romance and friendship, too.
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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

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