My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Book Description: Her Dream Didn’t Include Falling in Love
Lily has a dream, a dream of a big house without lies, a place of refuge for runaway girls. She knows what it’s like to grow up feeling unloved, and she now fills every space in her tiny apartment with endangered teens. They don’t have everything they need, but together they have enough.
Or so she thinks—until she meets Jameson and glimpses the mysterious something between them that just might mean real love.
Jameson, who works as a teen counselor, believes the only way Lily can really help the girls is by certifying as a foster parent and going through the system. But becoming legitimate may mean losing some of the girls to the families who threw them away, and Lily hasn’t worked hard to save the teens only to abandon them now.
It seems Jameson will be one more entry on the very long list of things Lily has given up for the girls. What other choice is there when she is all they have?
When two of the teens’ fathers come looking for them, and another one’s mother plans to put her daughter in danger, Lily’s life spins out of control. They need a new home—and fast. A safe place. A house without lies.
Editorial note: House Without Lies is a clean, contemporary romance with a satisfying ending (no cliffhanger). There are currently two sequels that tell the stories of other characters connected with Lily’s House: Tell Me No Lies and Your Eyes Don’t Lie. Another novel and several novellas are in the works.
My thoughts: I love the concept of this book. Lily is a young woman who grew up in a privileged family. She had money, but the home lacked love and nurture. Lily is a nurturer and has found her calling helping girls who have come from neglect and abuse. She finds strays girls and provides a safe place for them to recover and thrive.
While helping out a young girl, she meets Jameson. He is her perfect match. He compliments her and supports her efforts. He is not he man her family envisioned for her, he comes from a nurturing home that didn't have a lot of means. But he know love and how to love. The things that Lily needed from a family.
The book started a little slow for me. It builds upon the struggles that Lily and the girls are going through. As I got about half way through the book, I started to appreciate the beginning more. It is an important part of the building of the story. I am not a huge fan of instant love, this book has that, but is done well.
This book has kissing and while there isn't current abuse, it does refer to past abuses of the girls, including sexual abuse.