Tuesday, 27 May 2014

White Lies - Emily Harper

About the book...
Imagine standing in line at Harvey Nichols waiting to buy the most gorgeous silk Gucci dress. The only minor problem? You can’t afford it, it’s a size smaller than you are, and you have absolutely no place to wear it. 

Meet Natalie Flemming: a twenty-something woman working in London for a fabulous shoe-designing firm, but the only thing they let her touch is the company’s tax forms.  She has decided to give fate a vacation and takes the task of finding the man of her dreams (or Johnny Depp if he would just return her calls…) into her own hands.

She craves adventure, spontaneity, passion-or will just settle for a decent date.

About the author...

Emily Harper has a passion for writing humorous romance stories where the heroine is not your typical damsel in distress. Throughout her novels you will find love, laughter, and the unexpected!

Originally from England,  she currently lives in Canada with her wonderful husband, beautiful daughter, mischievous son,  and a very naughty dog.

My thoughts...
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review by the author which I'm more than happy to give.

What a book! Emily gave us the perfect lead character in Natalie, she comes across as a totally scatty, shallow airhead - something she is very clearly not as her job as an accountant for a shoe company would indicate.  Unlucky in love, accident prone and hilarious sum up her character sweetly.  She places a singles ad and each chapter of the book is started off with a letter to her perfect man.  

The company she works for is in trouble and brings in an outside firm to head a marketing campaign  - this was headed by Oliver Miles.  He is drop dead gorgeous and finds himself on the receiving end of many of Natalie's white lies as well as somehow managing to turn up on her blind dates too!

This book is light hearted, funny and hilarious in parts - we get to know enough about the characters to care and find that outward appearances are not always a true reflection of the person within.  Natalie in particular masks her lack of confidence/self worth behind the mask of office clown.  Oliver is the one that makes her break out - push her boundaries and look at herself.  He plays good cop bad cop so well - as a reader I never doubted him, I thoroughly understood and liked him. He pushes her just far enough then brings her back in.

You can't help cringing at some of the situations Natalie finds herself in, yet at the same time  every woman will be able to relate to her no matter how confident we are.  Let's face it - women over think, over analyse and dissect every situation.

If you're looking for a feel good book, that you'll smile whilst reading and laugh out loud every other page then this is the book for you - I loved it, the perfect read for a sunny afternoon in the garden.

I gave this book 4/5 stars