4 out of 5 stars
Straight from the Library
First, the thing that made the biggest impression on me while reading this book is that Christy McKee has some serious skills. Honestly, her writing was so seamless I often forgot I was actually reading and just fell into the story, effortlessly absorbing the goings-on of the characters. That takes some doing, and it impressed me a lot.
That’s not to say that the plot and characters weren’t good, too. They were! She created an incredible cast of unique, believable, interesting characters. It’s a small town book (my favorite!) so there needs to be plenty of entertaining, diverse people populating the town and the author nailed it. From the folks working at the local diner, to the construction workers who are doing the improvements on Lilly’s house, they all fit the bill. The plot wasn’t that unusual, though it did have some new twists. There are only so many tropes in romance, so having a single man and woman forced to live under the same roof has been done many times before, but the author has given this her own flavor (literally … the description of the meals Lilly makes made my mouth water). No, the book isn’t perfect. There were a few things that required me to suspend my belief a bit more than was always easy and, as noted, the plot wasn’t crazy new and unique, but honestly that didn’t matter.
The Truth About Lilly grabbed and held my attention to the very end and earned itself a solid 4 star review. I’m definitely adding this author to my TBR list and recommend you do, too!
4.25 out of 5 stars
The Reading Addict
The Truth About Lilly by Christy McKee is the first novel in “The Shores of Lake Champlain” series. The story follows Lilly Talbot as she tries to rebuild her life after a series of blows. Her relocation to the town of Haley, Vermont is a culture shock to her Southern sensibilities, but even more shocking is the man she finds in the home that she is moving into. Connor ‘Mac’ MacQueen has his own agenda and, just like Lilly, a painful history to overcome. They each must find a way to get past family issues and go on, the question is whether it will be alone or together.
This fun and exciting contemporary romance has elements of suspense to add to the excellent storyline that explores the parameters and repercussions of guilt and forgiveness. I love the gradual exposition of details and the way the main characters slowly grow into a relationship. The unexpected roommate scenario is a commonly used device but it was so much fun to watch the sparks fly as the apparently diametrically opposed personalities interact, and the north vs. south divide is bridged through food, family, and manners.
The emotional wounds that each character has suffered gives texture to their respective personalities and the deft depiction of their family ties and interactions provide a great contrast to the sensual and sizzling connection that evolves between Lilly and Mac. There are intriguing twists that give glimpses of some of the secondary characters who I suspect will have their own time in the spotlight, and although some seem a little farfetched, they do provide an interesting storyline.
I like the way humor, passion, small-town life, and mystery are combined in this story and I look forward to getting to know more about some of the yummy secondary characters as the series continues. Be forewarned, one may develop a craving for fried chicken or something else to eat while reading this story because the author does such a great job of creating a vivid word portrait that one can almost smell the meals being served!
4 out of 5 stars
It ‘s a funny story, romantic and sexy, on the possibility of starting over in life.
Lilly is in debt: her husband died leaving her in trouble, her mother-in-law hates her and goes around vilifying her. Lilly’s father is in prison, she has always tried to hide it but her mother-in-law has taken advantage of her weakness and spreads the word among journalists. The only thing that remains to her is a house in Vermont. She abandons her life of luxury in Atlanta to go in the small town of Haley. Here she has a chance to start all over again and a roof over her head. Upon arrival, however, makes a bad discovery: in the home lives there Mac, a nice guy who is handling the restoration of the house and as payment has asked only to live there. Lilly would not want to agree to share the house with this unknown: in the country what would they say? But the house can not face the harsh winter of Vermont without repairs and she has no money to pay them so she is forced to accept. Mac also has a past to forget. Will they really start to live again? Will they do this together?
Mac is a nice guy who did four years in prison. He moved to Haley to start over and make a name as a manufacturer eco friendly. It ‘s easy to fall in love with him, many women in the country, free or not, they are. Lilly is a woman disappointed, hurt but with great strength and courage: at age 34 has already suffered a lot but really want to start a new life. She’s afraid of her feelings for Mac: the beginning trying to protect herself with the invention of a husband who can arrive at any moment. Will she be able to open her heart to Mac?
I loved the way slowly you have created a relationship between the two protagonists: their first encounters are really funny
The romance is written very well, especially the descriptions of the places, of the food, seems to be there, to feel the flavors and aromas.
I recommend it to those who love romance
Review from Unabridged Andra
I enjoyed Christy’s writing style. It had a good sense of sweetness, with some light and spicy heat that made you shiver all over. I especially enjoyed her descriptive prose. Whether it was beveled glass, or a rippling –butt…You can practically feel, taste, and hear the events in The Truth about Lilly as they are happening. The settings were so romantic and classic. I mean, come one…what’s more mysterious and sexy than rebuilding a beautiful, huge, old house!? The book itself was solidly written and flowed nicely. It felt like an easy walk instead of maybe a long marathon, and was a pleasure to read.