Book Review: Living Lies by Natalie Walters

About Natalie

I love Jesus. My family. Books. And tea. Traveling excites me and terrifies me. I’m known to turn any conversation into a catchy song (you should hear what I can do to the crab song from Moana!). I eat candy based on mood. Wage war on my curly hair every day (the topknot defies me). And have a photographic memory, which according to my family and friends gives me an unfair advantage on trivia and word games.

But before all of that…

As a little girl I escaped my reality into the world of story. My love of reading grew out of a desperate desire to belong and I found my place among characters who lived lives full of adventure and whimsy. I wish I could say that I was a born writer but the truth is that I was a born reader. Consuming books at a rate my parents couldn’t afford I was introduced to the magical world called The Library. With an endless supply of books and a quiet, air-conditioned corner—the library raised me.

It wasn’t until I was in high school and facing a difficult to please English teacher did I discover how much I enjoyed writing. But before the dream of being a writer could even be planted, the Master Storyteller was only beginning ACT 2 in my own life. I fell in love, married a hero, and had three beautiful babies and they’ve taught me that adventure is best experienced with those you love and who love you.

More than two decades later, I can’t imagine doing life any different. Though I’ve been through dark valleys and experienced euphoric highs—it’s been the journey along the way that has shaped the story of my heart at the hands of a Master Storyteller.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…”

This is my time to write. My season to tell stories full of characters embarking in high-stakes adventure, personal struggle, and page-turning tension highlighted in swoon-worthy moments of romance. It’s my dream that my stories will encourage, inspire, and invite readers into a world where they belong.

I’m represented by Tamela Hancock-Murray of the Steve Laube Agency.

My Rating: 5 stars!

‘Not even God heard her prayers.  Or if he did, he chose to ignore them.’

Place: Walton, Georgia.  Tiny town where everybody knows everybody else.  But some people have secrets.  And want to keep those secrets hidden.  Lane Kent doesn’t want anyone to know her secrets when she returns to her hometown with her little boy.  Lane suffers from depression, badly sometimes.  She walks out to a bridge, wondering how she could possibly do what she thinks she wants to do, when she is startled by the town’s new deputy, Charlie Lynch.  She runs off, not knowing who he is, and heads into the woods and falls.  And stares into the eyes of a dead body. 

Charlie sees into Lane’s eyes and heart and desperately wants her to feel worthy of love again.  If only she will give him a chance to prove that he really means it when he says he wants to get to know her and will take care of her.  But he has to solve this crime. 

I love discovering new authors and Natalie Walters gives us her debut novel here and does a wonderful job!  She shows us small town life like she’s been there.  I live in a small town and I could feel the vibes coming off the page here about this one.  She also is very adept at her characterizations, causing this reader to feel their hearts.  I loved all the cast members; well, not the bad guys, of course, but this town has more than a few characters I’d love to meet.  Well done!

*My thanks to the publisher and author for a preview copy of this book via Net Galley. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: May 21, 2019

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