Love Painted in Lies

Love Painted in Lies – is a laugh-out-loud feel-good comedy


“I have no idea what this book is. I don’t understand who Minty is or what she’s about, but man, I loved this book. It was like Cold Comfort Farm had a baby with a Guy Ritchie film…. This book was so surprising because it had so many different elements, and like the main character Minty, everything is a bit jumbled: it is an art heist, a mystery, a comedy, a romance, a family-centered slice-of-life, all laced with a lot of dry British wit. I loved it!” ****

“This may be the best book I’ve read this year. It’s incredibly warm and inviting and I felt a much stronger connection to the characters and the way….” *****

“Absolutely loved this book. Not good when you read at lunchtime in the office and you burst out laughing…”

“A wonderful blend of characters human and canine aide and abet her along the way in her chaotic life…” *****

“A cleverly written book full of laughter and emotion! Found myself feeling so light spirited every time I picked up the book, I couldn’t stop reading once I started.” *****

“A really inspiring book that also made me laugh out loud! I strongly recommend this book…” *****

“I laughed so hard, so many times while reading this.  Ms. Denham’s writing style is easy and light, making for a quick and enjoyable read.  I devoured the book pretty quickly and loved every minute of it.  It’d be fun to see what Minty and her family are up to in a future book.  Because I have a feeling that she won’t be able to stay out of trouble for long.”   ****

“The characters are very well developed and you can’t help but become involved with the family and cheer them on through all the trials and tribulations. A must read!” *****

“Light hearted and funny, felt like a spoof on an actual mystery. Would be a good beach book.” ****

“A genuine comedy, at times a non-PC dark comedy, containing a complicated plot keeping my complete attention. Very clever writing, there’s not a dull page from beginning to end. There’s so much in this book, I intend reading it again in the future to see what I missed first time.” *****

“Laugh out loud funny. Anything that makes me laugh is a sure winner and Holly nails it every time.” *****

“This book had me howling with laughter. Although our FMC’s life is ladened with disaster and drama, sprinkled with mystery and dual time lines throughout, this book was such a feel good read. I definitely recommend!”

“Yes, this is a really funny book… But this book also captures an incredibly important message about inclusion… I found parts of this book incredibly sad as the experiences of someone “different” struggled to get along within the rails of “normal” expectations. So, yes, people can read it for a genuine laugh but I also hope people will take a moment to reflect on inclusion, difference and judgement.” *****

“I love how in this book Minty was such a down to earth Mum, who certainly wasn’t perfect. That’s what made us enjoy reading about her mad-cap mishaps with her twins and dogs.

“Minty is this talented artist who is afraid to express through her art her uniqueness…. The story was well written, the characters well defined and the plot crazy and hilarious which reminded me of the Chavy Chase’s movies a bit.” *****

“Love Painted in Lies – So so funny. I laughed out loud a few times. The book presents a strong-minded but very caring woman in her mid-thirties who did some art forgeries in her youth and whose past finally seems to catch up with her….
How she interacts with the people in her life while dealing with the criminal underworld and simultaneously the police is hilarious…. However, there are also more serious topics like dealing with being different, grievance, and bullying….” *****

“A Rip Roaring Romp of a story!
This book was not what I expected, but it made me laugh out loud many times, whilst reading.
I loved the story, which was a treat to read. The cast of characters involved were so well drawn that I could picture them – and would pay to watch if this is ever made into a film. If I could award it more than 5 stars, I would in an instant….” *****

“I’ve been waiting forever to read something new from Holly Denham and this didn’t disappoint. Although very different from the Holly’s Inbox books it’s equally as brilliant…” *****

“I wish there were more books written that were set in England. The characters were well-developed and described. The novel is an enjoyable, easy-to-read witty piece of writing…” *****

“Love Painted in Lies – What a great crazy-fun-mystery! Absolutely loved Minty… Everything about this book is different….” *****

“Love Painted in Lies is an absolute gem of a book, blending humour, mystery, and heart-warming moments into a delightful British comedy romp. 

Overall, “Love Painted in Lies” is a hilarious adventure that will resonate with anyone who has ever felt like they don’t quite fit in. With its witty dialogue, clever plot twists, and charming characters, this book is an absolute joy to read. Highly recommended!” *****

“This book had ENERGY! There is never a pause really. The humour is consistently on point throughout the story. The characters are engaging and quirky, which I personally adore….” *****


Minty’s return to Maida Vale in Love Painted in Lies is more than just the daily chaos of raising twins, managing multiple Old English Sheepdogs, and juggling school runs while caring for her aging parents. Her life is overshadowed by whispers of her involvement in a family art forgery ring that once duped the London elite.

The eyes of the law are fixed on Minty, convinced she’s back to uncover the secrets about a legendary missing painting. She must convince them she’s back for a fresh start. But is she hiding more than she reveals, or is her return an honest attempt to repaint her life’s canvas?

Amidst all this, a mysterious stranger steps into her already turbulent world, bringing a hint of intrigue and the possibility of romance. Is the stranger a stroke of fate or a ghost from her past? While managing these challenges, Minty also navigates the cut-throat world of London school admissions, where church attendance is more strategic than spiritual.

With gangsters pursuing her and love knocking on her door, Minty’s journey is a hilarious adventure where art, secrets and reality comically collide in Maida Vale.