ACRBA- Web of Lies by Laura O’Connell

1 – 5 April

is introducing

( Even Before Publishers 1 December 2012)
By

Laura O’Connell

O'Connell About the Author
Laura enjoys writing stories about second chances in love and life. She calls the Gold Coast home, however, her curious nature leads her on adventures to locations that surprise and delight her. Laura has a passion for telling a good story set in places where she has lived and travelled. Laura is the author of African Hearts and Web of Lies. Her debut novel, African Hearts, was shortlisted in the 2011 Caleb Prize. To find out more about Laura visit her website: http://laura-oconnell.com

Web of Lies About the Book:
High school sweethearts, Stephanie and Lachlan are torn apart by circumstance, bad decisions and a web of lies,leaving an unknown future for their son, Ryan.

Eight years later they reconnect,but the time apart has changed them. The family had made decisions based on lies and deceit and now must find a way to either reveal the truth or find another option. On the surface their arrangements seemed flawless, but dig deeper, and the people they thought they knew, aren’t as they appear.

Lachlan and Stephanie are forced to confront the consequences of their actions and the entire family is compelled to reveal the truth, find forgiveness, and renew loving one another. But the hardest decision is still to come…where does Ryan live?

My Thoughts
RATING: 3 Stars
When I first read the review of this book I got really excited for it sounded like a typical romance novel I would love reading. Which I did and I liked the plot. However upon finishing it I feel that the story had the potential to be further developed, in characterisation and plot, so that more emotion is able to be had from the reader. I especially found this to be the case with the reconnection of Lachlan and Stephanie, whose growing relationship didn’t portray enough intimacy, and I questioned if they really are meant to be back together. I also thought that at times the story seemed a little rushed.
Nonetheless I did like the reminder of the impact lies can have in life and felt like I learnt something valuable, and the situation with Ryan made me say to myself that I would never want to place any child in that circumstance. I also really loved the twists for they surprised me with how far the lies actually impacted the family heritage. I also really enjoyed the personalities of the characters, especially Stephanie’s caring and gentle nature. Lachlan’s was one I also really enjoyed, alongside Ryan.
Overall I found this to be an easy read.

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