Review| Joyous Lies

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Release Date: February 15, 2021

Pages: 361

About The Book:

Maelle Woolley, a shy botanist, prefers plants to people. They don’t suddenly disappear. Raised on her grandparents’ commune after her mother’s mysterious death, she follows the commune’s utopian beliefs of love for all. Then she falls for attractive psychiatrist Zachary Kane. When Zachary claims her mother and his father never emerged alive from his father’s medical research lab, Maelle investigates. What she discovers will challenge everything she believes, force her to find strength she never knew she had, and confront the commune’s secrets and lies. What happened to love? And can it survive?


I loved all the characters in this one, between Maelle and her grandparents there’s so much I learned within the wonderful storytelling. To communes, Vietnam War and botany are some of the subjects brought up. These characters are so heartwarming and their emotions could easily be felt. Everything is woven together making you ask questions about love and life. I need more. I without a doubt recommend this book. Go forth and read.



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