I’ve loved all the book in this series, and this is not an exception. They’ve each been packed with stories of overcoming circumstances, healing from life-changing surprises, and heartwarming love stories. The Lies I’ve Told was an emotional roller coaster from the off, and those rises and falls didn’t slow down until we reached the fabulous finish line of the book.
I was surprised by how fond I was of Millie in this book since she seemed a little too snobbish and aloof in the first two novels for me to care for. Once she was off and running in The Lies I’ve Told – back in her childhood home – she seemed to be an entirely different person, devoid of the mask she’d had to wear when she was a cog in the fashion machine she’d been in for so long. That girl, the one who’d been so badly burned, was a thing of beauty. She was so much stronger, smarter, and caring than I had given her credit for. She definitely won me over.
Aiden broke my heart. From the undisclosed bombshell that had been dropped on him just before the story began, to his childhood, to the unmeasurable losses he’d suffered so early in his life, he was broken in a way that called to my soul. There were a few times when he made some impossibly frustrating choices, but in light of all he was dealing with, it was hard to hate him for those decisions.
The connection between Aiden and Millie jumped off the page. Their bond was electric, and it sparked and danced with every interaction they had. They both had been missing something from their lives for so long; it was lovely to get to see how they each filled the missing pieces of the other’s soul. Witnessing them each begin to realize what they’d been missing, and how much richer and more rewarding life could be with the right person to share it with was moving.
The only wish I had for this story was to have seen more of the first night they spent together. It seemed like such an important part of the story, but beyond a few little flashbacks we never really got to see how or why it was so monumental to Aiden. I think it would have reinforced the depth of his feelings for her.
The Lies I’ve Told is the third book in JL Berg’s By the Bay series. These books are interconnected standalones and, while they do not need to be read in order, the experience is much richer if you read all the book in the order intended. The Lies I’ve Told is written in dual first-person perspective, narrated by Millie and Aiden.
JL Berg has done a wonderful job of crafting the world of her By the Bay series. Each new book adds more layers of love and connection to this series. I’ve loved each of these books for different reasons. She packs an emotional punch with her writing and had made me crave each new story she releases.
I thought I had it all figured out...
And then he showed up.
Growing up in a small town, I had one singular goal -- get the heck out. After high school graduation, I never planned on coming back.
But, sometimes life can throw some serious curveballs, and when I'm fired from my job, I go to the one safe place I can think of -- my family's inn.
And that's where I meet him.
Aiden Fisher is a British artist who has taken up residence across the hallway. He's wicked hot, a huge flirt and has one of the sexiest accents I've ever heard.
Suddenly the idea of this small town doesn't sound so horrible.
But can I trust a man I just met... with my heart?
About the Author
J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready series, the Walls series, the Lost & Found series and more. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls and two pups. When she's not writing, you will find her cuddled up, watching a movie with her family, obsessing over fandoms or devouring anything chocolate! J.L. Berg is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.