Contemporary Fiction, Review

Love and a Little White Lie by Tammy L. Gray

Hello, reader friends! Love and a Little White Lie by Tammy L. Gray is a delightfully sassy and humorously honest romantic novel I didn’t want to put down! 

about the book

Love and a Little White Lie by Tammy L. Gray (State of Grace book 1)

Love and a Little White Lie by Tammy L. Gray

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?

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my thoughts

Whether you are a member of an intimate rural congregation like me or you attend a multi-campus mega-church, we have to admit to at least a few church culture traditions or phrases that leave first-time visitors scratching their heads. Even though I didn’t grow up in church, it’s easy to forget what specifically I didn’t know about the church before Jesus and His Bride became such an integral part of my life.

With a heroine who is unapologetically opposed to organized religion, a discontent praise band guitarist, and an ever-present cantankerous handyman, there isn’t a shortage of either entertaining or thought-provoking encounters! At the heart of this story is the heart of the church, reaching the lost, edifying the brethren, and bringing all praise, honor, and glory to our Mighty Creator and Savior.

Although I’ve enjoyed Gray’s characters and stories for years, I am especially fond of Love and a Little White Lie. If you’re also familiar with her past works, you’ll find this story has a little less grit and a little more humor while retaining her signature authentically flawed characters and meaningful plotting. This reading experience has been a breath of fresh air which I highly recommend and I can’t wait to read more State of Grace novels!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.


about the author

Tammy L. Gray
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Tammy L. Gray lives in the Dallas area with her family, and they love all things Texas.

Her nine modern and true-to-life contemporary romances include the 2017 RITA Award-winning My Hope Next Door.

When not taxiing her three kids to various events, Tammy can be spotted crunching numbers as the financial administrator at her hometown church.

Visit her website or follow Tammy on facebook, twitter, or instagram!


The Fairfield series

My Hope Next Door by Tammy L. Gray My Unexpected Hope by Tammy L. Gray

Brentwood series

Until I Knew Myself by Tammy L. Gray The Truth Between Us by Tammy L. Gray

Do you lean more towards mega-church or mini-church culture, reader friends?!
Let me know if you’ve read Love and a Little White Lie by Tammy L. Gray or are adding to your tbr.

3 thoughts on “Love and a Little White Lie by Tammy L. Gray”

  1. Thank you for your review on “LOVE AND A LITTLE WHITE LIE”. Very recently I’ve read several reviews on this book – all saying it’s a great book. It’s on my TBR list and can’t wait for the opportunity to read it.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net


  2. This book is WONDERFUL!!! Beth, your description is spot on, and I hope Love and a Little White Lie goes to the top of everyone’s TBR pile. Honestly, one of the very, very best of the many books I’ve read this year.


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