Lie For Me by Karen Young
Publisher: Howard Books – Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Genre: Contemporary, Inspirational
Length: Full Length (349 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Camellia
Lauren Holloway's ex-fiance, Tucker Kane, is without an alibi when his ex-wife is murdered. Tucker claims to have been alone at a job site at the time, but he needs Lauren to lie for him so that he won't become a suspect in the murder. She refuses; now as a prime suspect, Tucker disappears without a trace. Years later, she sees him at an antique fair, and worried that Lauren will reveal his carefully constructed life, he forces his into her hotel room and tells her that he's trying to find evidence to clear his name. As Lauren tries to help Tucker, she questions her ability to judge character as she uncovers a labyrinth of deceit, putting her very life in danger.
Bad things happening to good people just doesn't seem right. How much faith does it take to overcome unjust adversity and come out stronger and a better person?
Mature, with successful careers, and so-very-much in love, Lauren Holloway and Tucker Kane are soon to be wed and the plans are drawn for their dream home to be started as soon as they marry, but the world seems to cave in on them. Bad things begin to happen and just keep getting worse until Tucker disappears without saying goodbye in an effort to keep Lauren and his toddler daughter Kristy safe.
Devastated because Tucker didn’t trust her enough to tell her his plan, Lauren calls off the wedding as her life comes unraveled. Badgered and watched by the despicable Detective Sherman, discriminated against by the powers-that-be in the school where she is principal, She finds herself questioning her own self-worth and her values. Even though she feels cast adrift, she continues to be a part of Kristy’s life and also stays friends with Evelyn and Martin, Kristy’s maternal grandmother and grandfather. The hatred Evelyn has for Tucker and Martin’s secretive connection with Tucker have her in a quandary until Kristy is abducted then Lauren meets all adversaries head on with determination.
Dark threads woven into the story are secondary characters like Juliana, Kristy’s godmother and her politically ambitious D. A. husband; Jordan Raines, Juliana’s ambitious journalist nephew; as well as the Armstrongs who are associated with Lauren’s school trauma. All of them are major players in Tucker and Lauren’s heartbreaking situation. Even Margot, Tucker’s dead ex-wife, continues to wreck havoc on Tucker’s life. Conversely, bright, shining threads are characters like Eric Grantham and Sheriff Benton Fox (WOW!).
Karen Young weaves a plot that slowly unfolds with some surprising revelations. She builds in emotions that cause the characters to question their faith and their values. How she finally resolves the troubling issues they wrestle with makes compelling reading and also causes the reader to think about his or her own strengths and weakness both spiritual and emotional. Ms. Young’s descriptions of the Texas Hill Country make the setting seem real and her subtle foreshadowing of major events entices the reader to keep turning pages.
Tucker and Lauren’s love story is full of “unfair” doings of mean-spirited people who send both Tucker and Lauren to the depths of misery before they can unravel deceits and come to realize their love and faith withstood a fiery test and came through refined, strong, and true. Their happy-ever-after had a high price, but shines with so much promise for the future. Good reading!