Legitimate Lies

Legitimate Lies

by Julie B. Cosgrove


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Jen assumes she can escape her past after she testifies against Robert, her human trafficking mogul husband, and enters into witness protection under a new identity. That is until a baby shows up on the stoop of the library where she works, and another man from her past, Tom, appears in her living room. Now she must relocate again under yet another name and memorize a new set of legitimate lies to explain who she is.

When Robert discovers her latest identity, he has other plans for her, such as enslaving her in a Tudor manor in Southern England. The scandalous family secrets she discovers may hold the key to her and the daughter of the manor's freedom. But first she must tunnel through a myriad of lies, including the dark sin which has held her own heart captive. If the truth is revealed, will it hinder her one chance for happiness?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506027616
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/08/2015
Pages: 380
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

Julie B. Cosgrove is a freelance writer, professional speaker and published author. She is a member of Advanced Writers & Speakers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, North Texas Christian Writers, The Christians Writers Group Two, and Christian Writers Fellowship International.

She represents Women at Risk International, a Christian missionary group who sponsor safe houses for women and children snatched from human trafficking and slavery in thirteen countries and is actively involved in Prayer For Freedom, a nonprofit anti-trafficking ministry.

As a speaker, Julie has achieved the highest level of communication award, the Advance Communication Gold, in Toastmasters International. She has led quiet days, workshops and retreats as well as spoken to many women’s and church groups throughout Texas, Louisiana and Florida, and in Indianapolis.

Julie writes regularly for several Christian websites and publications. In the past three years alone, her articles have been featured in Devozine and Alive Now Magazines published by the Upper Room, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Happiness, Faith-filled Family Magazine, Good News Daily, The Secret Place, Light from the Word, and The Journey.

She has also published five nonfiction works: P.R.A.Y.I.N.G.: Bringing Power and Purpose to Your Prayers (2009), Song Notes: Devotionals from the Book of Psalms (2010), What Can She Tell Us? (2011), Between the Window and the Door (2012), and Squeeze More God-time Into Your Day (2013).

Julie has authored three contemporary faith-based novels. Focused, set in the Texas Hill Country, which follows a woman’s journey to find God in her empty nest, was released in 2012. She is working on the other two novels in that trilogy, Grounded and Rooted. The sequel to Hush in the Storm, Legitimate Lies, launches through Prism Book Group in early 2015.

Contact her at www.juliebcosgrove.com or through her blog, Today.com

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Legitimate Lies 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
AnnE42 More than 1 year ago
After I finished Hush in the Storm, I immediately started on this one because I had to see what happened next in the lives of Tom and Jen.  It's another one from this author that kept me on the edge of my seat and kept me guessing from the first pages.  I have definitely found a new favorite author for Christian suspense and  will be looking forward to the third book in this series.  
LisaLickel0 More than 1 year ago
Cosgrove’s sequel to Hush in the Storm is filled with dizzying twists. Most of the time I had no idea who to trust, and changed my mind more than once about the identity of the real bad guys. And maybe that’s part of the author’s message. We are all short of the mark of trustworthiness at different times in our lives. Dreams, desires, goals and plans change as we develop and mature, and experience life. Jen Westlaw is on the move again after her first sojourn in Witness Protection got her cover story blown. This time she’s been sent to Europe, and since her mother was British, it seems a plausible story. Plus, it’s a place she’s always wanted to visit. Poor Jen can’t have anything go right, and the reader will just have to read the story to see how fiendish the people in her life have become. One lie builds on another...which are the lies necessary to save innocent lives, including her own? Which lies should she keep, and which must be told in order for her to redeem herself? For those who read this book before Hush in the Storm, the beginning is a bit sloggy while the author catches us up, and readers could probably skim the details. After that, I dare readers to put the book down. Occasionally the story feels like it tumbles down a steep hill completely out of control, but as the truth is pulled back layer by layer, the reader will enjoy many “aha” moments. Legitimate Lies is for those who like faith-based FBI-type thrillers featuring real-to-life people who struggle with living out their faith, want a virtual visit to England, and love good Happily Ever After endings.
Jgrace2u More than 1 year ago
Julie Cosgrove weaves another great book and isn’t afraid to tackle some serious issues that plagues the world. I enjoyed the way the story kept me wondering what was going to happen next. Legitimate Lies takes the reader from the United States to Britain, as the main character has to go into witness protection and assume several identities to stay safe. Even with precautions in place, her vicious past (criminal husband) catches up with her. She fights to stay alive; she struggles with the lies surrounding her, and has to rely on faith to carry her through. Is there anyone she can trust? She even has doubts about her new love interest. Legitimate Lies is the follow-up from Hush in the storm, but even if you haven’t read Hush in the Storm this novel is a wonderful stand alone story.
penelopem More than 1 year ago
This book is the sequel to Hush in the Storm. I did not read Hush in the Storm and found it didn't matter to me because I enjoyed this book as a stand-alone story. I was drawn in immediately. Though Jen is placed in the WITSEC program and travels to England, her despicable husband finds her. When she makes an attempt to escape him, she winds up in even worse straits--unsure who she can trust. It's a compelling read and highly recommended. 
VPCaine More than 1 year ago
The recognition of the baby her husband had fathered by a young Hispanic teen gripped Jen Westlaw with a deeper pain than she could have imagined. The Florida thunderstorm that brewed overhead was only a foreshadowing of what Jen’s future was about to become. Carefully hidden away, or so she thought, in the WITSEC program with only one true friend, Becky, Jen, now Sheila Williams, would find herself betrayed, hurt and wounded once again by the husband who had delivered her first betrayal and possibly even by the very one who saved her before, Tom.  But her heart told her Tom wasn’t behind any of this, and if she’d trust in God and forgive those who had wronged her, the Almighty would guide her path. Jen yearned to be with Tom but her faith, a deep secret, and her evil husband Robert wasn’t about to let that happen. Will they find a way? From the first clap of thunder to the conclusion of the book, Julie B. Cosgrove holds the reader in the palm of her hand. Just when you think all might go well for the main character, another event far worse than the one before befalls her all delivered by the expertly crafted and well-accomplished Ms. Cosgrove. I would highly recommend this book as well as others she has written. If you’re looking for a nail biter that will hold your attention from beginning to end – this is it.