Jane Walden is a wife and mother living in Cambridge, England, with a wonderful husband, twins and a crazy best friend. After a shock diagnosis, she cannot face telling her family and friends, so begins a life of lies to try and protect them from the heartbreaking truth. But how long before someone finds out and how will she cope when they do?
James Cooper is a man with his own struggles but after a chance meeting, he provides Jane with comfort and support when she needs it the most. But is James here to just help Jane with her current ordeal or has he been sent here to help her achieve something else?
As Jane's predicament becomes harder, the lies become bigger and more difficult. Things spiral down as James decides he cannot help her anymore and must let her be with her family instead of him. But he has one last surprise in store!
Published: March 2020
Genre: Literary Fiction
My Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5/5)
No words can describe what I feel when reading this book. Reasonable Lies may just be the best book I will ever read. The author has surpassed all expectations with this one. Be sure to have the tissues ready when you start it because you will definitely need a box... or three.
Reasonable Lies tells the story of every woman's worst nightmare. And, as the author has experienced this kind of tragedy personally, it makes this book even more special. Reasonable Lies takes it's grip on you and doesn't let go, not even after you've finished reading.
First, let's talk about the characters. Sarah, Jane's best friend. This kind of friendship is a treasure to be held. Sarah is the carefree, flirty type of girl, but when she learns of Jane's news, her whole persona changes. She stops flirting and partying, and spends her time looking after her friend. Sarah is one character that everyone knows, and you can't help but love her. Next, we have James. I won't say much about this character because I don't want to spoil anything, but I will say this: I figured out James was not what he seemed around the mid-way point and I had to do a little jig when the truth came out and I had guessed correct.
Reasonable Lies is incredibly well written. The characters, the perfect family image, and the relationships, that the author has created, are all done so beautifully. The author has done an amazing job at bringing the story, and the characters, to life.
My favourite line, and by far the saddest line, in this book:
"My little butterfly has flown."
Now, I was already sobbing at this point in the book, but this line ruined me, causing me to break down even further.
Reasonable Lies is a beautiful, emotional story with such a powerful and inspirational message. I highly recommend that everyone read this book as soon as possible. It is one book you will never forget.
My Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5/5)
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