Book review: The Biggest Lie by Lisbeth Foye – Blog Tour + Giveaway
The Hague, Holland 1976
After a procession of hapless relationships, 23 year-old Lana Milton finds herself recklessly falling for a man who should be out of bounds, but despite fighting with her emotions the affair begins, an affair which can only cause pain and heartache; not only to Lana but – more importantly – to the innocent party.
Coming face to face with the one person she is hurting the most, Lana has to make a decision which breaks her heart. She knows that she is the only one to make the choice, something she can only do by lying, a lie which betrays the truth. Lana’s distortion of the truth closes the door on the only real love she has known.
In life’s ups and downs even her best friend Tess, is not what she seems. Tess turns on her, leaving her and their friendship in tatters.
From Holland, Lana moves on to a new start in London where she meets rich, tormented Howard Marshall. Howard is frustratingly aware that his love for Lana is not reciprocated. Slowly, over-time his attempts to control her with his furtive mind-games and calculated derisory tactics only serve to curtail the chance of her ever loving him back in return.
After nearly 20 years of manipulation, Howard’s desperate struggle to break the woman he loves finally backfires when Lana, now middle-aged and fuelled with the still-burning embers of her long-ago love, confronts Howard. She stands up to his bullying and devious malicious ways, her anger fills her with a renewed strength in which she finds the courage to leave him to start her life yet again.
Now in her late fifties and living in a calm, non-disruptive world close to her family, Lana is content and yearns for nothing more in life.
But fate has other ideas as it smashes through the door to bring her life around, full circle.
The Biggest Lie – a tale of love, friendship, hope and strength is set in the era of glitter-ball discos which grows to maturity in the 21st century. Proof, that it’s never too late for anything…
LUCA is a free download available from SMASHWORDS
The plot centers around Lana, a young English woman living in Hague, Holland. The story follows her life from the time when she is a young woman with free spirit to the time when she is old an lady. Her lifetime is fulfilled with ups and downs, good and bad relationships, gaining and losing friendships.
I didn’t like Lana at the beginning. I couldn’t connect with her as a character. One thing that bothered me is Lana being “the other woman”. She loves Joe, he is the love of his life, but he is married. He was married even before their relationship started and she knew it. Spending so many years willingly being “the other woman”, is something that I cannot connect to. Spending an hour weekly somewhere hiding from everyone else, is not my idea of healthy relationship. But that’s just me and my issues. As the story continues, Lana grows up as a character. She shows that she has straight to be an independent woman with free spirit and no one has that right to take that away from her.
I also cannot connect with Joe. He seems like a nice guy, but he is indecisive He loves Lana, but he doesn’t leave his wife. They don’t have any children, so what’s his excuse? He always looks at his watch, the time is limited, he has to go back home to his wife.
The one character that I love most is Bini, young woman from Indonesia and great friend of Lana. She is that unique ad that gives the story a sense of freshness. I admire her courage, straight and optimism. She always sees the best in people. I love her spirit full of joy. Her sad life story really, really touched my heart. I didn’t want her to end like that.
I loved the narration of the story. Well written, with few characters, it gives you a feeling that you know personally each one of them. Each character has his/her own issues.
It is not just Lana’s life that is described in the story. You can read about The Live Aid concert, the time from typing machines and gramophones to laptops, tablets and iPods. It’s a vivid description of an era of changing of technology.
Overall, The Biggest Lie is well written story of love, friendships and making choices. Everyone of us makes choices every day. Good or bad, the choices we make define us as people and persons. We choose to stay in or leave a bad relationship, we choose to gain respect or let some people disrespect us. It’s up to us.
My rating: 3.5/5
About the Author
I’m the author of two fictional novels; The Biggest Lie and Luca.
I was born in York, England in the early 1950s and lived there until the 70s when I took off to go travelling around Europe. I spent the decade living and working in Paris – France, Spain and many years in Holland before returning to England in 1983 where I settled in London before moving to Cambridgeshire where I now live; close to my niece and her family. I believe that there’s still another location or two I have yet to move on to…
I’m a nomadic-hippy at heart; my experiences have been a big influence contributing to the colourful characters and incidents in my books.
JC, my OH lives in the States, we’re still working out how we will be together but as I’m a great believer in fate, I don’t worry. After all that we’ve been through, I know that the time will come. It’s not a problem for us being so far apart, we’re both secure in our love and I feel him with me constantly. Picking up the phone to each other is so easy these days with Skype – it’s as simple as calling your friend in the next town. The miles between us hold no intrusion into our relationship.
I like other people cooking for me, JC’s a much better cook than me and I love being in the kitchen with him, I wash up and make a salad as he cooks the dinner.
I get emotional at the most obscure things; when I see horses frollicking around a field, I well up with emotion…I look at pictures of our beautiful planet and I feel a strange kind of homesickness…I don’t like vacuuming though, the noise and the way that tube thing bangs against your leg, how it jams itself behind doors; I really cannot stand the things.
Gardening’s another thing I despise, despite my love of nature – I feel that all that weeding is a waste of time.
I look forward to the day when I pack up, move to be with JC and I can say, ‘Well, that’s no more mowing for me…’
Lisbeth Foye Blog: http://lisbeth-foye.com/
GIVEAWAY (UK ONLY)
Many thanks to Sharon and Lisbeth for the chance to take part in this Tour. And now for the giveaway part, it’s UK only (sorry INT peeps) and Lisbeth is giving away
2 x notebooks
4 x message plaques/note pegs
4 x message doves
1 x bird whistle
1 x stone engraved with bird paperweight
Entering is through rafflecopter, easy peasy. Good luck guys and make sure you visit the other tour hosts and check their posts too.
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