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True Love (and Other Lies)
by Whitney Gaskell Gaskell

Category: Fiction / General
0 pages; ISBN: 055338225X

Rating: 10/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner


True Love (and Other Lies)
Whitney Gaskell
Bantam, Sep 2004, $12.00
ISBN: 055338225X

Sharing a row on the flight from New York to London is thirty-two years old full figured woman Claire Spencer and Jack Harrison. Claire, a travel writer for Sassy Seniors magazine, is going to London to write articles and see her best friend Maddy Reilly while Jack, an attorney at British Pharmaceuticals returns home. Claire and Jack hit it off, but he promises that he will ask her out the moment after he breaks with his current girlfriend, which he insists that he was going to do before he met Claire.

In London Jack tells Claire it was hard, but he did indeed break-up with his girlfriend so they can go out now. They have a great time together. However, both are stunned when Jack’s former girlfriend turns out to be a heartbroken Maddy. Claire wants to remain loyal to Maddy, but she has never been so attracted to a man as she is to Jack.

TRUE LOVE (AND OTHER LIES) is an entertaining character study that focuses on Claire, who finds herself pulled in two opposite direction, loyalty to a friend vs. finding her soulmate. Claire is a delightful protagonist unable to believe a hunk like Jack would drop the beautiful Maddy for a big babe like her. Claire is a likable person even if she has generalized the shortcoming of “petit” males due to one date while Jack is a solid ethical person cleaning up his relationships before starting a new one. Readers will feel for Maddy suffering a broken heart, but soon want her gone after she tosses guilt grenades at Claire. This is a fine London contemporary romance that readers will enjoy.

Harriet Klausner


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