When you're thirty-two, still single, and working for a company
that consistently underutilizes your talents, you begin to wonder
what you're doing wrong. At least that's what Claire Spencer is
While she had always dreamed of living the writing life, Claire's
position at Sassy Seniors, a travel magazine for retirees,
falls short of her delusions of grandeur. Also just out of her
grasp is love and a lasting relationship. While she thought she had
found it with boyfriend Sawyer Clarke, his announcement that he was
relocating to Tokyo with no plans to continue their relationship
dashed Claire's dreams of happily ever after. Even her family life
leaves a lot to be desired.
While it's bad enough feeling as if she's not living up to her full
potential and that love has passed her by, it's even worse to have
a best friend, Maddy, who is gorgeous, successful and to whom
everything comes easily: men, jobs, glamour, money --- you name it
and Maddy has it.
However, even Claire, with her insecurities and cynical attitude
toward love, is vulnerable to Cupid's arrow as she finds out on a
flight from New York to London where she's headed on a trip that
might actually be of interest. When she meets Jack Harrison on the
transatlantic flight, he seems too good to be true; however, Claire
can't resist the urge to get to know him better in spite of
Jack, a fellow American, who works as an attorney for a British
corporation and lives in London, seems to be everything Claire has
been looking for --- but does she dare hope that Jack is as good as
Alas, Jack is not perfect. For instance, he still has a girlfriend
with whom he is planning to break up as soon as he returns to
London. Can Claire trust her feelings and the charming Jack? Only
time will tell.
As is usual in fiction and in life, the course of true love never
runs smoothly. When Claire and Jack hit a few snags, you'll find
yourself rooting for their eventual unification and even at times
berating Claire for letting her insecurities get the better of her.
But I can guarantee that the one thing you won't do is put the book
down until you see how it ends.
Whitney Gaskell made her debut with PUSHING 30, and now wows us
again with TRUE LOVE (AND OTHER LIES).
Reviewed by Amie Taylor on January 23, 2011