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Published August 3rd 2020
From bestselling Australian rural author, Fiona Palmer comes a new story of friendship, parenthood, love and devotion, and secrets we keep and lies we tell to save ourselves and each other.

tiny white lies
Tiny White Lies by Fiona Palmer book cover


Tiny White Lies is about three weeks, two families, no phone line or internet connection, farmland by the sea and return to one's true self.

The lies we tell or rather the things we do not tell – tiny white lies that form a film, a gauze that covers our wounds, hurts, failures… Does it protect us? Does it really?

I do not even know whom I liked the best, Nikki or Ashley. Both heroines are likable. Both can become my girlfriends anytime they like. Moreover, both of them were close to my heart. Nikki survived cancer and Ashley survived the mental illness of her husband. Those women spoke my language, my pain, and my victories. That is why I found this book especially interesting.

Not telling, hiding, covering, avoiding ... just soldering on – we have all been there and done that. 'Tiny white lies' we tell our loved ones and ourselves. Lies we tell to protect our families to maintain order and an outside picture of the perfect life. They are a dangerous bunch if you do not have good friends around you!

I loved the setting – rural and seaside. What more could you want? The colours, sounds, smells, and possibilities. A very romantic setting indeed. The dynamic of the narration was quite suspenseful. My own preconceptions and experiences were expecting this or that development only to be thrown off course. It was nice to be disappointed in so many places.

Tiny White Lies has a bit of everything – it has a bit of everyday life in every page. That is what makes this book readable in one day. It is very easy to read. The characters are very easy to love. And the story stays with you, making you hope against hope that there is some good in people if there are people like Nikki, Ashley, and their families.

Another noteworthy mention is the angst of teenagers and their parents. The main characters are trying their best to survive their kids' high school: from school bullying to constant phone hugging, makeup and boys, killing games, and bad snacks. Having survived my daughter's high school not so long ago, this part was especially close to my heart and fun (to look back on to).

I gave this book 5 stars.

Published recently by Hachette Australia, Tiny White Lies is available at all book stores for $32.99 in paperback.

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Why? Tiny White Lies by Fiona Palmer
When: Published 30 June 2020. Available in all bookstores
Where: All book stores
Cost: Paperback $32.99
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