by Kathryn Cushman
Publisher: Bethany House
Buy the Book: Amazon
Goodreads: Lauren Summers is hiding. Her fashion house internship should have launched her career, but a red carpet accident has left her blackballed. The only job she finds is unpaid, but comes with free lodging--a run-down cottage in the shadow of a cliff-side mansion. Unsure of what comes next, she's surprised to be contacted by a reporter researching a reclusive former Hollywood ingEnue who lives in the nearby mansion.
Kendall Joiner wants Lauren's help uncovering the old woman's secrets. In return, she'll prove the red carpet accident was a publicity stunt so Lauren can regain her former job. With all her dreams in front of her, Lauren's tempted by the offer, but as she and the old woman get to know each other, Lauren realizes nothing is quite as it seems.
Kritters Thoughts: Lauren Summers has to escape what she has called home for awhile because of a very public incident that threatens the future of her career. She is offered a job if she can stay low for a bit and then future jobs after the drama dies down. If she wants to be the fashion designer she has always dreamed of she must take a step back.
I love behind the scenes Hollywood books - they are my wheelhouse! I loved how this book not only gave a glimpse behind the current Hollywood, but through some back stories of Lauren's very private neighbor the reader gets behind the scenes stories of old Hollywood.
This is my first Kathryn Cushman book and I loved the plot, but sometimes the writing for me made me feel as though the character was drastically younger than her actual age. I felt as though there were moments where she wasn't acting her age and it turned me off of her as a character.
As a side note, I went into this book knowing it was from a Christian fiction publisher and I tend to read Christian fiction here and there. I felt as though this one was a little on the preachy side and as I say when I review romance the level of which the sexy times are included, I will now give a level on Christian fiction and this one was a little preachy at times. I like my Christian fiction when the characters have values and the plot is full and deep.
Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.