Little White Lies And Butterflies is a #RomCom set on the Greek island of Kalymnos. Fresh, fun and upbeat. I LIKED IT!
Lydia Livingston is on the brink of her 30th birthday. With a long list of requirements for the perfect husband, she despairs at ever finding ‘The One’. Leaving behind a trail of dating disasters, she announces to her family that she’s off to spend her wedding fund and make some serious decisions about her life.
Kalymnos provides sun, sea, sand and escape from life as an eternally single café waitress. But the universe hasn’t stopped messing with Lydia. She finds her accommodation is above a Taverna. To rub salt into her wounds, they have a family wedding planned. On top of this, the place attracts the climbing fraternity who, according to Lydia, insist on wearing ridiculously unsuitable clothing. She’s determined to stay away from men, but a little white lie told to Sam one evening snowballs into a whole heap of trouble.
The writing style had me easily hooked. I even pictured Miranda Hart starring in the leading role if this ever got to the big screen. Miranda (sorry, Lydia!), tried so hard to stick to her self-imposed rules, you just knew it was all going to go wrong. I enjoyed her crazy family too, with their plans for a surprise birthday party. Even the chapter headings made me chuckle – translated quotes that worked very well with the tone of the book.
Altogether a well-written and VERY enjoyable read. Yes it’s women’s fiction, yes it’s romance with a traditional ending, but who doesn’t appreciate snarky dialogue, a sassy heroine and moments which make you laugh out loud? I know I do. This review is for the re-launched September 2017 version of the book.
Lydia knows first-hand that ‘having it all’ isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be. As far as she’s concerned, when it comes to job versus family, it’s a case of one or the other. And whilst most women her age have spent years climbing the corporate ladder, she’s made a career out of bagging her perfect man. Now nearly thirty and still single, Lydia wonders if she’d made the right choice.
Realising the time has come to take stock, she goes against her family’s wishes and goes travelling in the hope of finding a new direction. At least that’s the plan.
So when Sam comes along, she decides to tell a little white lie, re-inventing herself as a professional chef – not exactly the best new identity for a woman who can’t cook. But the truth can’t stay hidden for long and when her family show up unexpectedly things go from bad to worse…
Can Lydia find love? Will she ever learn to cook?
Little White Lies and Butterflies is a heart-warming comedy about finding your place in the world.
About the author
Suzie Tullett is an author of contemporary humorous fiction and romantic comedy. She has a Masters Degree in Television & Radio Scriptwriting and worked as a scriptwriter before becoming a full-time novelist. Her motto is to ‘live, laugh, love’ and when she’s not busy creating her own literary masterpieces, she usually has her head in someone else’s.
Suzie lives in a tiny hamlet in the middle of the French countryside, along with her husband and two Greek rescue dogs.