The Wedding and the Little White Lie
If I had stopped reading this book after the first chapter, I would not have given it as high a rating. Fortunately, I read on, and I really did enjoy it.
Lynda Simons sets up an interesting situation when she pits cowboy-turned-architect-turned-contractor Steve Cooper against feisty, independent, video-producer Eden Wells in a competition to win an authentic Queen Anne Victorian house. Having discovered the contest committee intends to put a family in the house, Eden manages to convince Steve to pose as her fiancé in order to win. But things (of course) are a little more complicated than they seem, and Steve and Eden need to work for their dreams.
So why did it take a few chapters for me to get into this book? I had a little trouble liking Eden. She starts out rebellious, dishonest, and manipulative – or at least it seems so in the beginning. Steve I liked right away. He’s honest, straightforward, and good-humored – a strong hero.
The strength of this book is in the characterizations. Lynda Simons shows skill in revealing depth and motivation in her characters with very few words. By the time I was halfway through, I was seeing past Eden’s tough exterior and beginning to guess at the root of her flaws. Eden opens up slowly, realistically, and by the end, I found I really cared about her.
Steve, also, grows and develops as a person. Ms. Simons supplies the clues, but avoids the temptation to spell things out, leaving me the fun of putting things together and feeling like I was discovering what was really going on.
On the down side, something I found a bit weak is that so little seems to happen in this story. The secondary characters are barely sketched in, and there is very little real action. But, all-in-all, The Wedding and the Little White Lie is a short, but enjoyable read.