The Lies We Tell by Elizabeth Dunk
Publisher: Escape Publishing – Harlequin Enterprises, Australia
Review Source: Publisher/NetGalley
Release Date: August 1, 2013
My Rating: 3.5 stars
Ten years ago, Todd Lansing stood over his father’s grave, his heart thumping out curses on Sia Collins for causing his death. When he returns to Oberon and sees Sia again, his heart thumps with a different emotion, one he fights with all the anger he still feels.
Sia didn’t commit the break-in that ended up killing Mr. Lansing, but to admit that would send her father to jail. She has rebuilt her life in the small town, atoned for her accused crime, and carved out a niche using her talent with paint to reach out to the community, raise funds, and support her family.
When Todd finds out the truth, he can’t understand why Sia won’t speak out and clear her name, and it threatens to tear them apart. With her relationship with Todd on the line, will Sia choose loyalty or love?
This is a quick read, but it’s got romance, some steamy scenes, and definitely emotion. The pace of the story is fairly fast, but works well with the length and the plot.
Sia is a woman paying for the misdeeds of her father. She took the blame herself to save him. Unfortunately it also ruined her relationship with him and Todd, the boy she was crushing on. It has taken her a while, but she has recouped her reputation in the town, along with Todd’s mom and brother. At first I thought she may have been TSTL putting up with all the abuse from her father and continuing to protect him. It didn’t take me long to see Sia’s inner strength, love and loyalty to family. She fought for her father, not for him, but for her siblings. Some of the things she had to go through brought tears to my eyes.
Todd has hated Sia since his father’s death. Back when it happened he did what he could to hurt and ruin her, now that he’s in town that’s his plan again. That is until he learns the truth behind the first lie. Todd is a man fighting his own demon and unknowingly taking it out on the easiest target, Sia. At first I wasn’t real keen on Todd, but once he realized he was wrong the turnaround was amazing and his tender side came out.
This title is very accurate, it’s full of lies. Todd and Sia work together to uncover the layers of lies one at a time. Other than the first one I didn’t see them coming. I loved the way Sia grew throughout the story from living for everyone else to standing up for herself and understanding she couldn’t take care of her siblings unless she stood up for and took care of herself. I won’t say more for fear of spoiling it, but if you’re looking for a quick and enjoyable read I do recommend The Lies We Tell.