Have you ever stopped to consider the impact a single lie can have on a person’s life? One Little Lie by Colleen Coble explores how one lie changed the course of one woman’s life.
One Little Lie Review
How important is it to tell the truth? After all, one little lie can’t cause that much damage, can it? Jane Hardy would tell you yes it can. The entire course of her life changed because of one little lie that she had been told. In fact, she seems to be surrounded by people who feel they have to hide behind their “little lies”.
One Little Lie was a gripping story of one woman’s life in the aftermath of her escape from a cult. The author did a good job of portraying the characters and the hint that everyone has secrets.
There was some comparison between the God of the cult Jane had spent so much of her time in and the true God, but not much.
The Christian characters didn’t talk about God much, especially around Jane–but that could have been because she was not open to talking about Him. Still, I would have hoped that there would have been more evidence of the characters’ faith especially in light of the dramatic and dangerous situations they often found themselves in.
Yet there is an opportunity for us to remember that it’s important for us to know the true character of God for ourselves and not take anyone’s word for it. That means we have to read and study the Bible for ourselves and not depend on anyone to study it for us.
While there are capable Bible teachers whose work and teaching we can enjoy, it shouldn’t take the place of personal Bible study.
I got the sense that the main character doesn’t fully know herself. She has a pretty good idea of who she is as a police officer but has spent so many years hiding from connections with others that she doesn’t truly know who she is outside of her police work and love of books.
As someone who doesn’t acknowledge the existence of God, it’s difficult for Jane to have a true knowledge of herself. Do you know who God is? Who are you in relation to Him?
A lot of the characters were bogged down by their past and in running a race that was not theirs. We each have a purpose here on earth but we won’t fulfill it if we’re trapped in our past.
I thought Reid and Jane had all the potential to be a great couple but hoped there would have been more of a romance played out over the course of the story. Maybe it will play out in the books to come.
This book is the first in a new series and ends with a number of unresolved issues which will hopefully get tied up further on in the series. Overall, this was an enjoyable read and I look forward to the next book in the series.
Get your copy of One Little Lie. I received an advanced reader’s copy from the publisher through Just Read Tours and NetGalley; a positive review was not required.
About One Little Lie(Pelican Harbor #1)
It started with one little lie. But Jane Hardy will do everything in her power to uncover the truth in this gripping new romantic suspense.
Jane Hardy is appointed interim sheriff in Pelican Harbor, Alabama after her father retires, but there’s no time for an adjustment period. When her father is arrested for theft and then implicated in a recent murder, Jane quickly realizes she’s facing someone out to destroy the only family she has.
After escaping with her father from a cult fifteen years ago, Jane has searched relentlessly for her mother—who refused to leave—ever since. Could someone from that horrible past have found them?
Reid Bechtol is well-known for his documentaries, and his latest project involves covering Jane’s career. Jane has little interest in the attention, but the committee who appointed her loves the idea of the publicity.
Jane finds herself depending on Reid’s calm manner as he follows her around filming, and they begin working together to clear her father. But Reid has his own secrets from the past, and the gulf between them may be impossible to cross—especially once her father’s lie catches up with him.
About Colleen Coble
Best-selling author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or placed in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best.
She has over 4 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana. Visit her website at http://colleencoble.com.
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