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Review: Love, Lies, and Cherry Pie by Jackie Lau

For fans of Bridget Jones, Love, Lies, and Cherry Pie is for you! It has the pride and prejudice vibes full of comical mistakes. I couldn’t stop smiling! Keep reading this book review of Love, Lies, and Cherry Pie for my full thoughts.


Mark Chan this. Mark Chan that.

Writer and barista Emily Hung is tired of hearing about the great Mark Chan, the son of her parents’ friends. You’d think he single-handedly stopped climate change and ended child poverty from the way her mother raves about him. But in reality, he’s just a boring, sweater-vest-wearing engineer, and when they’re forced together at Emily’s sister’s wedding, it’s obvious he thinks he’s too good for her.

But now that Emily is her family’s last single daughter, her mother is fixated on getting her married and she has her sights on Mark. There’s only one solution, clearly : convince Mark to be in a fake relationship with her long enough to put an end to her mom’s meddling. He reluctantly agrees.

Unfortunately, lying isn’t enough. Family friends keep popping up at their supposed dates—including a bubble tea shop and cake-decorating class—so they’ll have to spend more time together to make their relationship look real. With each fake date, though, Emily realizes that Mark’s not quite what she assumed and maybe that argyle sweater isn’t so ugly after all…


(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Having liked The Stand Up Groomsman, Love, Lies, and Cherry Pie is a swoonworthy charming story about changing our minds. About seeing through to someone, giving them a chance to surprise us. It’s perfect for fans of Bridget Jones Diary, for that sense of whimsical humor and comical disasters. I was reading this before bed and giggling and kicking the whole way through. The characters are where this book shines. How we fall for someone in glances, in pieces, in evenings.

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Sometimes it’s not about the first meet cute, not about that first spark, but about the way someone shows up for us, gives us a second chance, listens to us. And what’s even better is that Part Two is from Mark’s POV which truly gives Love, Lies, and Cherry Pie an added edge. That’s what I was missing from the first part and we got it! I also loved the conversations about family and support. About a family who needs to see us for who we are, not who we were growing up. About family who doesn’t support us in the ways we expect or audibly.

This one is utterly charming! Find Love, Lies, and Cherry Pie on Goodreads, Storygraph, Amazon,, Blackwells, & Libro. fm.


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