Friday, September 24, 2021

What's Not True Book Review & Book Tour Giveaway

Yesterday, I shared my thoughts on What's Not Said by Valerie Taylor.  Today, you can check out my thoughts on What's Not True, the second book in the series! Take a few minutes to learn about the author & the series--and enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

Book Title:  What's Not True by Valerie Taylor
Category: Adult Fiction 18+ 
Genre: Women's Fiction, Chick Lit
Publisher:  She Writes Press, 321 pages
Release date:  August 2021
Content Rating:  PG-13 + M What's Not True has several sex scenes and some bad language.

What’s Not True…is an enthralling, character-driven story that will appeal irresistibly to fans of women’s fiction…Taylor’s prose is crystalline…she does not waste words, rather using them to create a tense, nerve-shredder that offers full entertainment to readers.”Readers’ Favorite 5-star review

About the Book

With her court date set for her divorce and her plans with the younger man in the rearview mirror, Kassie O’Callaghan shifts attention to reviving her stalled career. But things get complicated when she unexpectedly rendezvous with her former lover in Paris. After a chance meeting there with a colleague and a stroll along Pont Neuf, Kassie receives two compelling proposals. Can she accept them both?

But Kassie’s decision process screeches to a halt when her soon-to-be ex-husband has a heart attack, forcing her to fly home to Boston. There, she confronts his conniving and deceitful fiancée—a woman who wants not just a ring on her finger but everything that belongs to Kassie. In the ensuing battle to protect what’s legally and rightfully hers, Kassie discovers that sometimes it’s what’s not true that can set you free.

Though a standalone novel, What’s Not True is the sequel to What’s Not Said (September 15, 2020).
My Review

What's Not True Continues the Series.  I always say that I am not generally a romance novel fan.  My mom loved soap operas--and I can remember coming home after not watching for months (or years) and her "catching me up" on the stories.  The author's writing style gives readers the summarized "catch up" details needed from the first novel--but, I would still recommend reading it as you miss a lot if you don't follow the story from the characters' perspectives through the first book.


Don't Expect to Love the Characters.  I think I liked the characters even a bit less in this novel--but, in true soap opera fashion--you simply must read on to see what they are all up to next!  Coincidences and some far-reaching drama make the novel a little less than realistic--but, it is very well written, well organized and entertaining.  While I don't love the characters and their actions--I would read every future book of the series because the author's writing style, plot development and character dialogue is perfect to hold reader interest.


Would I Recommend What's Not True by Valerie Taylor? What's Not True continues a light,  entertaining chicklit romance series that readers won't be able to put down.   The love stories--and side stories--with revelations, connections and twists keep readers guessing and interested in the outcomes.  I love the author's writing style and the cast of flawed characters pulled together in the book.  It is an easy to read, easy to follow story that I hated to see end.  I look forward to more from the author.

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Learn about the first book!
WHAT'S NOT SAID by Valerie Taylor
Book Title:  What's Not Said by Valerie Taylor
Category: Adult Fiction 18+ 
Genre: Women's Fiction, Chick Lit
Publisher:  She Writes Press, 300 pages
Release date:  September 2020
Content Rating:  PG-13 + M:  has several sex scenes and some bad language.

2021 International Book Awards Finalist in Fiction: Women’s Fiction
2020 Canadian Book Club Awards Finalist in Fiction
Chosen as an August 2021 Pulpwood Queens Book Club selection
Featured by the international NoMo Book Club in May 2021

“Taylor’s dialogue is snappy and contemporary . . . A witty and often amusing marriage drama.”
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About the Book

What’s Not Said is a story about Kassie O’Callaghan, a middle-aged woman on a mission to divorce her emotionally abusive husband and start a new life with a younger man she met while on a solo vacation in Venice. When she learns her husband has chronic kidney disease, her plans collapse until she pokes around his pajama drawer and discovers his illness is the least of his deceits.

Then again, Kassie is no angel. The separate lives they lead collide head-on into a tangled web of sex, lies, and DNA. As she helps her husband find an organ donor, Kassie uncovers a secret, forcing her to decide whose life to save: her husband’s or her own.

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Meet the Author

Valerie Taylor was born and raised in Stamford, Connecticut. She earned a B.S. Marketing degree and an MBA from Sacred Heart University, as well as a graduate certificate in health care administration from Simmons University (formerly Simmons College). She had a thirty-year career in the financial services industry as a marketer and writer. Valerie is a published book reviewer with; and a member of Westport Writers’ Workshop, Independent Book Publishers Association, and Women’s Fiction Writers Association. She enjoys practicing tai chi and being an expert sports spectator.

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