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What I Saw and How I Lied
When Evie's father returned home from World War II, the family fell back into its normal life pretty quickly. But Joe Spooner brought more back with him than just good war stories. When movie-star handsome Peter Coleridge, a young ex-GI who served in Joe's company in postwar Austria, shows up, Evie is suddenly caught in a complicated web of lies that she only slowly recognizes. She finds herself falling for Peter, ignoring the secrets that surround him . . . until a tragedy occurs that shatters her family and breaks her life in two.
As she begins to realize that almost everything she believed to be a truth was really a lie, Evie must get to the heart of the deceptions and choose between her loyalty to her parents and her feelings for the man she loves. Someone will have to be betrayed. The question is . . . who?
Evie is fifteen years old, still childish in looks and in a great hurry not to be. Evie and her best friend Margie practice smoking with chocolate cigarettes and dream of a time when they will be old enough to wear Fatal Apple lipstick. But most of all Evie wants to be beautiful and glamorous just like a movie star, just like her mother.
With the war over and the return of Evie's stepfather Joe everything seemed to be coming back to normal, except for Joe. To Joe business had become more important then friendships, however he still put his family first deciding to take his wife and Evie on a holiday to Palm Beach. Unfortunately it's the off season and there is little choice in were they stay and who they stay with.
Peter was a guest staying at the same hotel in Palm Beach, he knew Joe in the war and talks like their old friends, Joe however doesn't remember things that way. The night Evie met Peter she had on her mothers dress and had snuck into a party. Peter had danced barefoot with Evie by the pool and for Evie it was love.
When in an instant Evie's life is turned upside down she comes to realise that those she once trusted to protect her now cannot even protect themselves. No longer the shy child, Evie has grown up over a very short time wanting nothing more to do with being glamorous, nothing more to do with being like her mother. When everything she was led believe turns into in a lie, will she be forced to lie herself?
What I Saw and How I Lied sees innocence lost and childish ideals pushed aside as the plan and childish Evie evolves into the attractive and mature Evelyn before our eyes. Spurred on by a mystery that may never be solved, Evie must make a choice between doing the right thing and doing the thing that's right. But can she live with herself if she turns her back on the man she loves to save her family; can she live with herself if she doesn't? The war may be over, but its repercussions are still being felt.