"A fascinating read. I could not put this one down. This story touched me so deeply, I will
be shouting its praises from the rooftops…you are now one of my favorite authors, Please
Keep Up the GREAT work." --Terry South, Quality Book Reviews
IF TRUTH BE TOLD is a well-penned and thoroughly engrossing tale that will satisfy
contemporary romance readers. The characters are well thought out, the prose flows
smooth, the romance is sweet and there is even a bit of intrigue and mystery tossed in for
good measure. Enjoy! --Penny, Love Romances
"Christie's coming-of-age is a wonderful, sensitive story to follow, told from her own point of
view, which brings along laughter, sadness, butterflies and curiosity. I enjoyed reading
every single page of this book (IF TRUTH BE TOLD), and I am more than happy I took a
shot at this book from a debut author whom I’d love to see more work from in the future. If
you're a romantic soul, you should not miss out on this novel!" --Eveline, EuroReviews
Lynda Fitzgerald invites fiction readers to step into the life of a young girl and grow as she
grows. The author delivers such compelling dialogue the reader feels the emotion with the
same depth and conviction as the characters–, love and hate, disappointment and elation,
it’s all here, in vivid, alluring detail. If Truth Be Told is the perfect modern day mix of
Cinderella and 10 Things I Hate About You.
At the tender and impressionable age of 14, Christie O’Kelly attends her uncle’s wedding
and meets the man of her dreams, Todd. Having endured a life devoid of love, support and
kindness with her wicked sisters and uncaring mother, Christie finds solace and sanctuary
in her Uncle Jack’s home. His new wife Carly is everything her own family was not and so,
not surprisingly she spends a great deal of time with them. Trading her teddy bear for the
comfort of Todd’s love, she is devastated when a letter arrives announcing he has married.
When her uncle falls ill, Todd returns home to help care for him, forcing Christie to deal with
her anger, frustration and broken heart face to face. Now divorced and convinced he made
the biggest mistake of his life, he tries to win Christie back, but is met with the stern rebuff
of a deeply wounded heart.
What follows is a realistic look beyond the surface fluff, into the very soul of the characters
as they must overcome their own misgivings, find a way to forgive and move forward with
their lives. Chock-full of wit, overflowing with attitude and heart, If Truth Be Told, breathes
new life into the coming of age - first love stories that have touched so many readers over
the years. Fitzgerald’s unique style, three dimensional characters and true-to-life scenarios
take the reader on a memorable journey that covers a wide spectrum of emotions–from
innocent first love, to jaded heart-break, to self-discovery and forgiveness and ultimately to
accept the shortcomings of others, as well as, yourself.
There are so many unexpected twists throughout this novel that bring the reader deeper
into the lives and hearts of the characters you can’t help but feel each and every ounce of
the emotion that obviously flowed so freely from Fitzgerald’s pen. It’s almost impossible to
place a category or label on this story, except to simply say “exceptional!” I recommend “If
Truth Be Told” to anyone that enjoys reading!
Happy Reading! --RJ, 3Rs- Real Reader Reviews
"IF TRUTH BE TOLD is a complex, compelling tale that spans fourteen years...Family, love,
and forgiveness are the central themes of IF TRUTH BE TOLD, and the author creates
interesting, realistic characters. A poignant page-turner, I highly recommend IF TRUTH BE
TOLD." --Romance Reviews Today
“With a touch of mystery and intriguing characters to spice it up, IF TRUTH BE TOLD is a
truly memorable story about disappointment, misunderstanding, loss and, ultimately, true
love.” --Alice Duncan, Lost Among the Angels (2006)
I LOVED THE BOOK! I laughed, I hurt, there was mystery and I was happy about the
ending. Can't wait for your next adventure. Great job... now we need to get it to Oprah.
Where mystery meets romance, If Truth Be Told is a poignant and thought-provoking story
of Christie and her search for the two things that matter most to her - love and truth. But
when the two collide, she has to find her own balance between them and ultimately decide
which matters more.
I truly loved this book! Lynda Fitzgerald writes the character of Christie so well that I could
almost believe she really exists. I cannot recommend this novel highly enough! --Nikki