Contemporary Romantic Fiction Book Review: Love and a Little White Lie


About the Book

Title: Love and a Little White Lie 

Series: State of Grace 

Author: Tammy L. Gray 

Genre: Contemporary Romance 

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers 

Release Date: August 4, 2020

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Book Description

"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?"

My Review

Love and a Little White Lie, by Tammy L. Gray, is the first book in the State of Grace series. It is a thoughtful novel full of relevancy and meaning. Even while exploring difficult themes like loss and betrayal, Ms. Gray reveals her remarkable writing talent as she succeeds in creating a thoroughly compelling story that is redemptive, uplifting, and memorable. With characters that are truly authentic and vulnerable, plenty of moments of sweet romance, and a small-town setting, this novel is utterly enjoyable and satisfying from the first page to the last.  


Love and a Little White Lie is a deeply moving and remarkably original novel. Within its pages, it unfurls a plot that is engaging and unexpected. It introduces the reader to well-developed characters who are very relatable and intriguing. As they reflect on their motivations and soften their hearts to unexpected possibilities and priorities, the characters endeavor to heal from choices that are heavy with shame and remorse. In their search for wholeness and purpose, they find support in each other as their wounded hearts begin to mend through the power of vulnerability, honesty, forgiveness, and trust. Their hope is renewed as grace is given the opportunity to flourish, and their faith is nurtured by the gifts of patience, mercy, and compassion. 


Love and a Little White Lie is a unique, contemporary tale of love, hope, faith and second chances. It is a meaningful novel that inspires even as it entertains. With an unforgettable plot, captivating characters, and thought-provoking themes, this well-written book is a must-read. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

*I was given a copy of this book by the publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own.


About the Author: Tammy L. Gray

“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.” --Biography from Tammy L. Gray’s author page on

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