Celebrate Lit – State of Lies by Siri Mitchell

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About the Book

Book: State of Lies

Author: Siri Mitchell

Genre: Suspense

Release Date: August 13, 2019

State of liesMonths after her husband, Sean, is killed by a hit-and-run driver, physicist Georgie Brennan discovers he lied to her about where he had been going that day. A cryptic notebook, a missing computer, and strange noises under her house soon have her questioning everything she thought she knew.

With her job hanging by a thread, her son struggling to cope with his father’s death, and her four-star general father up for confirmation as the next Secretary of Defense, Georgie quickly finds herself tangled in a political intrigue that has no clear agenda and dozens of likely villains. Only one thing is clear: someone wants her dead too.

The more she digs for the truth, the fewer people she can trust.

Not her friends.

Not her parents.

Maybe not even herself.

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About the Author

SIRI-MITCHELL_headshotSiri Mitchell is the author of 14 novels. She has also written 2 novels under the pseudonym of Iris Anthony. She graduated from the University of Washington with a business degree and has worked in various levels of government. As a military spouse, she lived all over the world, including Paris and Tokyo. Siri is a big fan of the semi-colon but thinks the Oxford comma is irritatingly redundant. Visit her online at sirimitchell.com; Facebook: SiriMitchell; Twitter: @SiriMitchell.

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A Sense of Place

I’m so excited about the release of State of Lies! Among the many reasons for my excitement is the fact that I set the story in my own home town: Arlington, VA. Here are some things you might not know about Arlington:

  1. Arlington was originally included within the borders of Washington, DC.
  2. Arlington isn’t actually a city – it’s a county. We’re the smallest self-governing county in the nation.
  3. Arlington regularly takes the top spot as the most educated place in the country.
  4. Arlington LOVES books. I count at least a dozen different little libraries in my neighborhood alone.
  5. Our region often has a hurricane warning or two every hurricane season. Can you guess where I’ve seen the longest lines when people start to make last-minute preparations? It’s not the grocery store; it’s not the hardware store. It’s the library! (Why wouldn’t you stock up on books too?)
  6. We host Arlington National Cemetery, the Iwo Jima Marine Corps War Memorial, and the Pentagon.
  7. We are home to the very first Five Guys hamburger joint location.
  8. We are also home to the headquarters of over a dozen national agencies as well as organizations like Rosetta Stone and Nestlé.
  9. People who attended our high schools include Sandra Bullock, Warren Beatty, Shirley MacLaine, Katie Couric, and Patch Adams.
  10. The thing I love most about Arlington? Its people. Countless government contractors members of the federal workforce live here. I number them among my friends and neighbors. I’ve never met a group more dedicated, more informed, or more determined to put their expertise to good use. And guess what? My heroine, Georgie Brennan, is one of them!

The Pentagon and Washington, DC

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My Thoughts

What a thrilling book! I have always loved Siri Mitchell’s historical novels, so it was so much fun to read her latest suspense story. The writing is very well done, which allows you as the reader to easily devour the book.  I could not put it down!  There were definitely twists and turns that I did not expect, especially one pretty large reveal that caught me completely by surprise.  I also appreciate the amount of research that the author put into the novel with regards to the character’s job as a physicist and the political climate that serves as a backdrop to the story.  I do not think the Christian message was strong in this novel, but it is certainly still a clean story.  I really enjoyed this book overall and recommend it!

Like a Flower in Bloom by Siri Mitchell

Charlotte Withersby enjoys studying plants and flowers more than she likes concerning herself with the fashions of society or making small talk over social gatherings. Only women in nineteenth century England are meant for one thing and one thing only: marriage. So when a botany correspondent of her father’s, Edward Trimble, appears on their doorstep eager to assist her father in his work, Charlotte’s uncle sees this as a perfect opportunity to thrust her into society to find a husband. Determined to only endure it for as long as it takes to rid of Edward, Charlotte focuses her attention on the confounding fashion and inexplicable expectations of a world quite unknown to her. She thinks that her father’s dependence on her work will soon have him begging for her return, but soon her plan backfires and she suddenly finds herself in uncharted waters, thinking that perhaps what she thought she wanted is not what she wanted at all.

Siri Mitchell’s books are always so endearing because she creates characters that are quirky, real, and instantly loveable. Charlotte is no exception. She is smart but also unsure how to handle the basic rules of polite society, creating humorous and delightful scenes. I am always very impressed with Ms. Mitchell’s ability to also weave unique parts of history into her novels and do such a fantastic job of capturing not only historical facts, but also the mindset of the time period. This particular story flows well and captures interest immediately, the first person narrative giving a great glimpse into Charlotte’s thoughts and feelings. One disappointment with this novel is that I did not feel like I got to know Edward very well, which I think could have contributed substantially to the story. Overall, however, this novel is greatly enjoyable and highly recommended.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Love Comes Calling by Siri Mitchell

Endearing and humorous Ellis Eton tries, she really does.  She intends to do better in her college classes, to not disappoint her parents’ expectations, to accomplish just one task with skillful ease.  But sometimes it is hard to concentrate and sometimes she just cannot keep her promises, because other things demand her attention.  And to make matters worse, the star football player at Harvard and her neighbor, Griff, has his sights set on her and Ellis knows she is just not the girl for him.  Perhaps things would be better if she moved to Hollywood and did the one thing she knows she is good at – acting.  So when a look-alike friend asks this Boston socialite to fill in for her at her job, Ellis agrees, thinking this would be a perfect chance to practice her acting skills and earn a little cash to make the trip west.  However, she does not expect it to be so hard, with all the cords and levers and buttons.  Her first day is confusing and she accidently overhears a private conversation that threatens none other than Griff Philips.  When handsome and conflicted policeman Jack Flanigan asks her what she knows, Ellis’s suspicions are confirmed.  As she stumbles to stop this evil plot before it is too late, she learns to find her place amidst the hustle and bustle of the Roaring Twenties and discovers what her heart truly desires.

Love Comes Calling is another gem by Siri Mitchell!  Ellis is a most endearing character, her sweet heart in the right place even if her actions are sometimes muddled and cause more problems than anything else.  The author’s note mentions that Ellis struggles with ADHD, which explains her scatter-brained mind perfectly.  This character trait only serves to make the novel amusing and enjoyable, however.  Ms. Mitchell does a most fantastic job of not only researching accurate historical details of Boston in the 1920’s, but of also skillfully capturing the mindset of a generation liberated by world-wide changes after WWI.  The story is riveting and fast-paced, even allowing this reader to finish the entire novel in one sitting!  The flaws of the characters are realistic, but Ellis and Griff are adorable in their desire to make the world a better place.  With such real life struggles and issues that are applicable today, this story is immensely enjoyable.  Another highly recommended novel from Siri Mitchell!

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.