Don't Let It Be True
Jo Barrett
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Don't Let It Be True
Jo Barrett
Avon A
320 pages
March 2009
rated 3 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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Kathleen Connor King, one of Houstonís most beloved socialites, is hiding a secret: sheís poor. Not "letís keep the Bentley for one more year, darling" poor, but poor poor. She buys her clothes from the Goodwill, and not just because she likes the vintage look. Even though Kathleen works hard to keep her poverty a secret, the reason sheís poor is a noble one. Besides, her boyfriend Dylan is rich enough for the both of them - or so she thinks, until Dylanís father dies and he finds out that heís in the poorhouse right next to her. Together they cook up a scheme to strike it rich in Texas, land of the oil well. But in order to make it big, theyíve got to get past some shady characters, including a poker champ and a Vegas mobster.

Don't Let It Be True is a lot of fun. Kathleen and Dylan are great together, and Barrett has created a cast of quirky but fully believable characters. My only complaint is that while reading, I found myself questioning where the story was going. At times the plot seems to meander toward an ending that is unclear. Iím not complaining that I couldnít see the ending coming from a mile away; my complaint is that at times the characters behave and have conversations that donít seem to advance the plot. In the end, these sidebars helped to endear the characters to me, but looking back I would have preferred a more tightly plotted novel.

Overall, however, I very much enjoyed Don't Let It Be True. While it isnít my favorite Barrett novel, I still look forward to her next offering.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Jilian Vallade, 2009

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