A child of the nineties, Lydia Livingston is different. The last thing she’s ever wanted is to be superwoman; she knows first-hand that ‘having it all’ isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be. As far as she’s concerned, when it comes to job versus family, it’s a definite case of one or the other. And whilst most women her age have spent years climbing the corporate ladder, she’s made a career out of bagging her perfect man. At almost thirty and still single, Lydia wonders if she’d made the right choice all those years ago. And realising the time has come to take stock, she goes against her family’s wishes and banishes herself off to a distant land-all in the hope of finding a new direction. At least that’s the plan. But Lydia Livingston isn’t just different, she’s misunderstood. A fact she knows all too well. So when the totally unsuitable Sam comes along, she decides to tell a little white lie, re-inventing herself as a professional chef – not exactly the best new identity to come up with for a woman who can’t even cook. Of course, the last thing she expects is for him to find out the truth and start blackmailing her. Let alone find herself roped into catering for a local wedding. But with things going from bad to worse, her madder than mad family also turn up in something of a surprise visit, intent on celebrating a birthday she’s no intentions of celebrating!
Lydia is a single woman approaching ‘middle age’ if you believed her family’s opinion, but she is finding it hard to locate Mr Right for Her. The solution that springs to mind is a holiday in the Greek Islands where she can forget her inability to snag her guy, or maybe get lucky – whichever comes first.
The idyllic island holiday she has booked doesn’t seem to be what she had been sold, but with the stiff upper lip she decides to make the most of it. The scenery and weather are both beautiful and more than make up for the lack of 5 star Hotel accommodation.
When she meets a hunky guy on the beach who is into climbing mountains, surfing, and lives in a huge mansion for good measure, Lydia realises he is not ticking the boxes on her list of ‘musts’ for the perfect man for her – and yet he is annoyingly nice and hard to ignore. Sam seems to be keen to get to know her and in her efforts to push him off, Lydia tells a little white lie which grows into a huge problem for her over the next few days of her stay. Much to the amusement of Sam.
It’s her birthday and the family who own the hotel where she is staying put on a party for her with Sam’s help. One thing leads to another, surprise after surprise, little lies evolving into big fibs, and eventually her family who she had been ‘escaping’, comes to the rescue. A wedding is involved but not for Lydia – yet.
The giggles are numerous – Lydia is rather comical and the story reminds me a little of the style of Marian Keyes in her early laugh-a-line books.
I could feel the sunshine on my face, hear the waves lazily lapping the sand as the tide slides in, and smell the wonderful aromas of the coffee houses and restaurants mingled with the fresh air, as I read this delightfully easy read.
Little White Lies and Butterflies by Suzie Tullett is available on Amazon