Narrator: Katherine Littrell
Series: Debutantes #1
on November 6, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Cozy Mystery
Length: 9 hours 54 minutes
"I'm not saying this is Sawyer's fault," the prim and proper one said delicately. "But."
Eighteen-year-old auto mechanic Sawyer Taft did not expect her estranged grandmother to show up at her apartment door and offer her a six-figure contract to participate in debutante season. And she definitely never imagined she would accept. But when she realizes that immersing herself in her grandmother's "society" might mean discovering the answer to the biggest mystery of her life-her father's identity-she signs on the dotted line and braces herself for a year of makeovers, big dresses, bigger egos, and a whole lot of bless your heart. The one thing she doesn't expect to find is friendship, but as she's drawn into a group of debutantes with scandalous, dangerous secrets of their own, Sawyer quickly discovers that her family isn't the only mainstay of high society with skeletons in their closet. There are people in her grandmother's glittering world who are not what they appear, and no one wants Sawyer poking her nose into the past. As she navigates the twisted relationships between her new friends and their powerful parents, Sawyer's search for the truth about her own origins is just the beginning.
Set in the world of debutante balls, grand estates and rolling green hills, Little White Lies combines a charming setting, a classic fish-out-of-water story, and the sort of layered mystery only author Jennifer Lynn Barnes can pull off.
My top thoughts:
I liked the relationships and family dynamics a lot. The southern, high society world with its complicated webs was portrayed in a fun way. And the mystery was satisfying, with a couple unexpected twists. Overall Iiked it and will plan on reading the sequel.
Who I think would like it:
If you like YA and cozy mysteries, I think you’d enjoy this book. It has a Gilmore Girls feel, in that you’ve got a daughter raised by a debutante-escapee mom and she’s returning to that world. But due to the mystery, the similarities are minimal.
Katherine Littrell was a good narrator. I listened at 2x speed and had no difficulty enjoying the southern accents and teenage sass. I will probably listen to her again, outside of this series.
Berls reviews Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. 4/5 Stars Click To Tweet