Love Painted in Lies: A Maida Vale Tale

Hilarious British Romantic Comedy

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Pub Date May 25 2024 | Archive Date Sep 15 2024

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Description

Every brushstroke a mystery, every canvas a lie.

Love Painted in Lies is a laugh-out-loud feel-good comedy. Minty's return to Maida Vale isn't just about the chaos of raising twins, Old English Sheepdog shenanigans, school runs, and caring for her parents. Her life is shadowed by whispers of her involvement in a family art forgery ring that once duped the London elite.

The watchful eyes of the law linger on Minty; they're convinced she’s back to unearth a treasure trove of truths about a legendary missing painting. Minty must prove her new life is a genuine fresh start. But does she know more than she's revealing, or is her return an honest attempt to repaint her life’s canvas?

Amidst it all, a mysterious stranger strolls into her already turbulent world, bringing a hint of intrigue and the possibility of romance. Is he a brushstroke of fate or a shadow from her past? While juggling these challenges, she's also navigating the cutthroat world of London school admissions, where playing the church-attendance game is more about strategy and less about faith.

With gangsters on her heels and love at her door, Minty’s journey is a hilarious romantic adventure, where art and reality comically collide in Maida Vale.

Every brushstroke a mystery, every canvas a lie.

Love Painted in Lies is a laugh-out-loud feel-good comedy. Minty's return to Maida Vale isn't just about the chaos of raising twins, Old English...


A Note From the Publisher

Our romantic comedy, set in West London's Maida Vale, offers a blend of humour and heartfelt moments through the eyes of Minty, a single mother with a unique talent in painting and a past in forgery. The story may appeal stronger with those who have children. The story delicately balances themes of family care, highlighting the challenges and unexpected joys of caring for a parent with Alzheimer's. We believe reviewers will appreciate the novel's sensitive yet comedic approach to life's complexities. Dog lovers may particularly enjoy some of the comedic episodes revolving around the chaos that a large dog can bring to your life.

Our romantic comedy, set in West London's Maida Vale, offers a blend of humour and heartfelt moments through the eyes of Minty, a single mother with a unique talent in painting and a past in...


Advance Praise

Her first two books "Holly's Inbox" & "Holly's Inbox; Scandal in the City" captured hearts worldwide, were published by Headline and translated into six languages and received a stream of excellent reviews:

"The next Bridget Jones!" - Entertainment Weekly

"Holly is e-Bridget Jones." — New York Post.

"Compulsive reading" -- Closer magazine

"Warning - this is email-tastic!" **** -- OK! magazine

"I didn't get any sleep last night because I just HAD to finish it" -- forums.handbag.com

"Bound to be a huge success" -- Guardian Unlimited

"Bridget Jones's Diary of the digital age" -- Trashionista

"A hilarious delve into someone else's daily life" -- Heat magazine

"Funny, captivating, and completely addictive." - Jill Mansell

Holly's Inbox has 6000 reviews on Goodreads, and Scandal in the City has a 4.5* rating on Amazon and 3.8 on Goodreads with 1000 Reviews.

Her first two books "Holly's Inbox" & "Holly's Inbox; Scandal in the City" captured hearts worldwide, were published by Headline and translated into six languages and received a stream of excellent...


Marketing Plan

Our upcoming novel is supported by passion and hope. We'll direct our audience to the first three chapters of our book. We plan to reconnect with platforms that reviewed "Holly's Inbox" series (of which there are pages on Google), utilise ARC programs, Amazon Ads, influencer partnerships, and Facebook Advertising. Book signings and unique promotions, including our well-known Maida Vale, Old English Sheepdog called Paddington, who has agreed to further assist with PR tours.


Our upcoming novel is supported by passion and hope. We'll direct our audience to the first three chapters of our book. We plan to reconnect with platforms that reviewed "Holly's Inbox" series (of...


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Yes, this is a really funny book in which disaster after disaster sends the reader hurtling towards a very satisfying wrap-up. The characters and the situations they find themselves in are often hysterical and the author creates a real sense of life through the dialogue. But this book also captures an incredibly important message about inclusion - how different we all are and how labelling and judging can get in the way of living. I found parts of this book incredibly sad as the experiences of someone “different” struggled to get along within the rails of “normal” expectations. So, yes, people can read it for a genuine laugh but I also hope people will take a moment to reflect on inclusion, difference and judgement,

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This book was so good. The plot was very well written and it had some great plot twists. I would highly recommend this book.

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Unusual and thought provoking novel. Three siblings trying to gain their father’s approval. This books had me laughing and gasping in shock with the shenanigans of Minty, she goes into her own world but always trying to get her dads approval she works hard for it unlike her older sister who has it in abundance.
Minty is an art forger and has been in prison for it she took the blame for the whole operation letting her sister and brother lead their lives. Then her mother is diagnosed with dementia and she’s has to move back home to look after her. Then comes the police and a Glasgow gangster looking for a painting she stole long time ago.
Hilarious in parts but also deep in others
Fantastic read

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Honestly, this book was an unexpected reading and a difficult voluntary review to write, but not because the book wasn’t hilarious or interesting, is that the family dynamic of the main character reflects a little my own and that was difficult to deal with.

Minty is this talented artist who is afraid to express through her art her uniqueness. She thinks is easier to copy someone else’s art instead expressing herself and maybe being judged wrongly or rejected by her own father and the rest of the world. Due to this wrongly misconceptions and fears, she gets entangled with the mafia, police and even imprisoned for fraud. Her life becomes a chain of chaos, mixed with a strong feeling of family loyalty, and life resignation.
This chaos brings stressful, humiliating and sometimes laughable situations that will make you root for Minty so she could find peace, happiness, love and personal success as herself.
The story was well written, the characters well defined and the plot crazy and hilarious which reminded me of the Chavy Chase’s movies a bit.

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This was a cute and fun book. Very amusing characters who were also somehow true to life. The book has some twists and turns and I would definitely recommend it as a light quick beach read. Enjoy!

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The family dynamics of this hit close to home for me, which made for an enjoyable read (to a point). I flat out adored Minty and was rooting for her every step of the way! The book was funny and the plot was one that is easy to connect with.

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Lovely book! While I typically read and review books that are purely romance or romantic comedies, Love Painted in Lies was refreshingly different in that romance felt like a subplot. I enjoyed that the story involved more than just a romantic thrill of the chase but an actual chase too! There was comedy, mystery, action, and romance which made for a talented work by Holly Denham.

I lived in Maida Vale for six months, so the setting of this book holds a special place in my heart. It was nostaglic to read this story knowing all too well what it is to live in the area. Though my experience there did enhance my experience reading this book, I can say the picture Denham paints of Maida Vale and Little Venice is one that can allow any reader to put themselves there in their mind. What a great location to set a story revolving around art!

Overall, I really loved reading this book. For a book of this size, I would often read it in one sitting, but I read it in three because I did not want it to be over so soon. I could say more but I dare not say anything that would cause any reader not to go into this book with an open mind and a readiness to be engaged in a all-around good story. Excited to tell my former Maida Vale flatmates about this one!

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It completely captivated me with its intricate plot and vivid characterization. This book is not just a romance; it's a deep dive into relationships tangled with secrets and deception. The author crafts a narrative that is both suspenseful and emotionally engaging, making it hard to put down.

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"Love Painted in Lies" is a delightful British comedy romp, skillfully blending humor, mystery, and heartwarming moments. Minty's return to Maida Vale brims with chaos, juggling the demands of raising twins, managing an Old English Sheepdog, and navigating the labyrinthine complexities of London school admissions. Yet, amidst the uproar, a tantalizing mystery unfurls, injecting an extra layer of excitement into the narrative.

The characters are expertly crafted, and Minty's journey is both relatable and thoroughly entertaining. The introduction of a mysterious stranger adds an alluring touch of intrigue and romance, ensuring readers remain captivated until the very end. Minty's struggles and triumphs resonate deeply, offering a connection that many will share.

In sum, "Love Painted in Lies" is a hilarious adventure that speaks to anyone who has ever felt like they didn't quite fit in. With its sharp wit, unexpected plot twists, and endearing characters, this book is a true pleasure to read. I highly recommend it!

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What a lovely book, I enjoyed reading about the antics of all the characters and I loved the way the story came together. My thanks to netgalley and the publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this book in return for an honest review.

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"Love Painted in Lies" is a charming British comedy that goes beyond the typical love story. Minty's return to Maida Vale isn't just about raising twins and managing her parents—it's shadowed by her past involvement in a family art forgery ring. Suspected by the law of returning to uncover secrets about a missing painting, Minty must prove she's starting anew. Amidst this, a mysterious stranger brings intrigue and potential romance. With gangsters on her trail and love at her door, Minty's journey is a hilarious adventure blending comedy, mystery, and unexpected twists in Maida Vale.
This is a really fun book; it's perfect for relaxing and having a good laugh. There are many little subplots that add a lot to the story. I really liked Minty's character because you can easily relate to her, especially her train of thought. The book is very vivid, so while reading, you have a little movie playing in your head.
Of course, I liked that Minty is "different," adapting to how we all function now. It also addresses stress, bullying, embarrassing situations, and various topics that are humorously portrayed. I definitely recommend reading this book; it's great for a laugh, relaxing, and easy to read. It's easy to follow Minty's thoughts and the story, which alternates between events that happened about ten years ago and the present.

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This was a great book. I connected with the characters. I felt engrossed with the plot. I would read another book by this author.

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I've been waiting years for a new book from Holly Denham! Love Painted in Lies in so much fun. I love Denham's writing style and while this book was quite different from Holly's Inbox, it was fantastic. There's some mystery and some laughs and, of course, some romance. The perfect mix. Loved it!

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Minty is a gifted artist, but instead of painting original work, she began a forgery ring with her brother and sister. That was all years ago and now she’s back home with her parents, her twin children, and her twin dogs. Her past catches up to her and it seems everyone in the neighborhood is watching her. Hilarity and heartbreak ensue.

I have no idea what this book is. I don’t understand who Minty is or what she’s about, but man, I loved this book. It was like Cold Comfort Farm had a baby with a Guy Ritchie film. I absolutely adore the ensemble cast - her parents are the absolute best - and the entire world-building surrounding her and everyone is glorious. This book was so surprising because it had so many different elements, and like the main character Minty, everything is a bit jumbled: it is an art heist, a mystery, a comedy, a romance, a family-centered slice-of-life, all laced with a lot of dry British wit. I loved it! Please - more books with these characters!

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC.

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