Little White Lies Paperback – 7 Feb 2008
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"This novel is kooky but great fun. Strachan has a talent for inventing larger-than-life characters with intriguing idiosyncrasies, which stops her novels becoming predictable chick-lit." (Sun)
"Strachan now on her fourth novel is a genuinely funny writer and packs the book with good one-liners. The feel-good ending might be improbable, but anyone who has ever been unlucky in love would be rooting for nothing less for Billie.
Rating ****"(Now Magazine)
"Looking for a guilty pleasure? Then this one's for you. Funny and romantic.. fresh and witty." (Sainsburys Magazine)
"Chick lit fans rejoice... Lough out loud as you meander through the topsy turvey life of Billy Baskerville as she attempts to run a brideal shop amidst a host of dirty secrets. Brilliant." (Irish Tatler)
It's official: the drought of fresh new chick-lit is over...The sparkling language and hilarious scenes should keep you enthralled from the very first page... Heaven (Heat on HANDBAGS AND HALOS)
'A sparkling novel' (Mirror on HANDBAGS AND HALOS)
'Fresh, funny and full of romance' (Company on HANDBAGS AND HALOS)
"A most enjoyable makeover romance, with thoroughly believable villages sorts. Billie Baskerville is a kind of Bridget Jones character who can't help meddling in other people's lives until she gets the result she wants. A lovely, easy read." (Gateway online Magazine)
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Thankfully, said friend finally dropped it back I was over the moon to be able to get stuck in.
It's adorable. My only criticism of Bernie's last book (Diamonds and Daisies) was that for some unspecific reason I couldn't stand her leading lady (Sunny). Not so with Little White Lies.
Billie Baskerville is summoned by her Aunt Babs to deepest, darkest Sussex. Aunt Babs is going to Australia on a OAP-GAP year, and needs Billie to take over running her wedding dress shop. Putting a cynical, groom-hating, wedding-loathing, bride-detesting girl in charge of such a shop should be a disaster waiting to happen, but Billie can't help but get swept away with the romance of her customers and with village life. She gives the shop a much-needed makeover and starts rebuilding her life again.
Scattered with very funny characters - the illustrator Gay Best Friend, hippy chick Dot and Chav Debs, together with Billies "actress" mother and inspirational speaker brother - Bernie has written a PROPER laugh-out-loud-in-places book. I chuckled a lot whilst reading this, even though I feel quite miserable at the moment - and was hooked till the end.
The end is however, very surprising. I won't give anything away, but it all felt like a bolt out of the blue, and I'm not sure whether I wanted to happen, what did happen (if you see what I mean). But it doesn't take away from the fact that Billie is a much much better character than Sunny - and I loved the whole "running away to find happiness" lesson.....if only I had my own Aunt Babs.
Despite the stock characters and total predictability of the plot this book hangs together well and is a rewarding, if light hearted, read. An enjoyable chick lit novel which will engage you whilst you are involved in it and make you feel better for having read it. Read and enjoy.
Where did Bernadette Strachan find so many weirdos to put into her book? With the exception of Billie and James, the characters were stereotypical caricatures. Presumably this was intended to create humour, but I found it really contrived. I did persevere and read the book to the end - partly because it was the only book I had left for the second week of my holidays, and also because I was intrigued to know why such an obviously nice guy had jilted the heroine - and the answer to this question when I got to it was just as disappointing as the book itself.