A woman with a big heart and troubled teens... House Without Lies by Rachel Branton (Review)

House Without Lies (Lily's House Book 1)House Without Lies
(Lily's House #1)
by Rachel Branton
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 266 Pages
January 12th 2016 by White Star Press

Summary

Her Dream Didn’t Include Falling in Love

Lily has a dream, a dream of a big house without lies, a place of refuge for runaway girls. She knows what it’s like to grow up feeling unloved, and she now fills every space in her tiny apartment with endangered teens. They don’t have everything they need, but together they have enough.

Or so she thinks—until she meets Jameson and glimpses the mysterious something between them that just might mean real love.

Jameson, who works as a teen counselor, believes the only way Lily can really help the girls is by certifying as a foster parent and going through the system. But becoming legitimate may mean losing some of the girls to the families who threw them away, and Lily hasn’t worked hard to save the teens only to abandon them now.

It seems Jameson will be one more entry on the very long list of things Lily has given up for the girls. What other choice is there when she is all they have?

When two of the teens’ fathers come looking for them, and another one’s mother plans to put her daughter in danger, Lily’s life spins out of control. They need a new home—and fast. A safe place. A house without lies.

Editorial note: House Without Lies is a clean, contemporary romance with a satisfying ending (no cliffhanger). There are currently two sequels that tell the stories of other characters connected with Lily’s House: Tell Me No Lies and Your Eyes Don’t Lie. Another novel and several novellas are in the works.

   
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My Review

HOUSE WITHOUT LIES was a heart-wrenching read about a woman and her drive to save teenage girl runaways and be the mother they've never had. It was filled with family, friendship, heartbreak, and romance. A bittersweet read with a happy ending. 

I really liked Lily and Jaimeson and all the girls living with Lily. There were parts that were a little overly dramatic or where Lily was hot and then cold towards Jaimeson almost in the same moment. I wanted a little more maturity there. They insta-attraction was pretty strong as was their romance, but it was still sweet and they were a good match. I loved the overall theme of Lily getting her house where there would be no lies, but lots of laughter and love and how it all turns out in the end.

Content: Some references to abuse, both physical and sexual, but clean.

Source: Received a complimentary copy through ebooksforreview.com, which did not affect my review in any way.

Do you know anyone who has fostered kids? My brother had and adopted two of them. These kids seriously break my heart, so this book was close to home in a way.

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