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Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite
In White Lies, we meet twin sisters Mandy and Molly who couldn’t be more different. Mandy has just started dating a guy she really likes, but he keeps blowing her off for work, so when she falls sick she can’t possibly cancel on him, can she? Nope, so she recruits her sister Molly to literally fill her shoes. The problem? The dates goes better than it should as far as Mandy is concerned and then way too far. Author Julie Wetzel did a good job of making Molly’s conundrum felt by the reader. What can she do when both options might threaten her sister’s romantic relationship as well as their sibling relationship? That visceral feeling remained throughout, which was needed for such a touchy subject.
White Lies is a good story that could have really benefited from a few twists and turns. It didn’t take too long to figure out where the story was going, which was both a blessing and a curse. I did like how Julie Wetzel let us know that Mandy, despite the monumental favor she asked of her sister, had a perfectly human reaction to the news that her sister had slept with her boyfriend. I wasn’t sure how Julie Wetzel would play that aspect of the story and I appreciated the acknowledgement that it would still take a good deal of control not to flip out. This is a well written story that offered up something new-ish and did it pretty well. I hadn’t heard of this author before, but the story was entertaining enough so that I’ll definitely read another of her books.