CHRISTIAN FICTION

Love and a Little White Lie

Bethany House. (State of Grace). Aug. 2020. ISBN 9780764235894. pap. $15.99. CF.
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Jan Sanders was brought up to believe that religion was a fairy tale. When her heart gets broken, she heads to her aunt Doreen and uncle Jim’s to recover, despite her aunt’s involvement in the church. Doreen helps get Jan a temporary job as an assistant at the church, which leads Jan to feel like an impostor, since she doesn’t believe in God. However, the people she meets there are so kind and genuine that she finds herself fitting in with the staff, especially musician Cameron. In her heart Jan knows she’ll never belong if her lack of faith gets out. But Dillon Kyle, a contractor at her aunt’s ranch, sees right through her, despite having his own secrets he isn’t ready to share. Jan comes to discover that God does exist and that He is active in her life. Once Jan opens her heart to God, a family rift starts to mend, and she finds love and a place she belongs. Gray (“Hope” series; “Winsor” series) has crafted a sweet story, but it will not have crossover appeal for those who don’t typically read Christian fiction.
VERDICT Purchase for collections where modern inspirational romance does well.

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