Facelift    -     By: Leanna Ellis
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Single mom Kaye Redmond is a can-do woman who runs her own business. But her ready smile hides a reservoir of pain. When her ex-mother-in-law, who broke up her marriage, begs to stay with her after a botched facelift, Kaye relents---and discovers that true healing goes deeper than tacking on a happy face. 320 pages, softcover from B&H.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 X 0.78 (inches)
ISBN: 0805449892
ISBN-13: 9780805449891
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In life and love, we could all stand a few nips and tucks . . .

Kaye Redmond, a "can do" kind of woman, has the magical touch when it comes to staging houses to attract buyers. Her ability to make things "perfect" has served her well in her career. If only it could transform her personal life as well. With a failed marriage, an angry teenage daughter, and an ex-mother-in-law who is no fairy godmother, Kaye's life is about as imperfect as it gets.

But sometimes blessings come in the strangest packages. Like her ex-mother-in-law landing on Kaye's doorstep after a botched facelift. Could caring for the impossible woman help Kaye get what she wants most: her husband back? Isn't that what God would want? And what her daughter needs? But no fairy princess ever faced such obstacles: an ex-husband's surgically enhanced mistress, hormonal teenagers, and--worst of all--an extra handsome prince! How's a woman supposed to find happily-ever-after with all that going on?

Acclaim for previous Leanna Ellis novels:
"Sharp prose and an appealing love story make this tale a winner."

~Library Journal (Once in a Blue Moon)

"One of my favorite new authors . . . such unique stories."

~Write by Faith (Ruby's Slippers)

"I was floored by the way this book made me feel . . . first-class entertainment."

~RomanceReaderAtHeart.com (Elvis Takes a Back Seat)

Author Bio

Leanna Ellis, formerly known as Leanna Wilson, has sold more than one million books and been published in more than twenty countries. A recipient of the ReadersÕ Choice Award, she lives with her family in Texas


Leanna Ellis’s Facelift is a complete emotional romp. In it, Kaye Redmond’s ex-mother-in-law moves in, her daughter shaves her head, and her heart feels empty. So, what does she do? “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail or forsake you.” This verse fits Facelift like a plot ready to unfurl.

Ellis uses her strong first-person voice to draw readers into the mind of Kaye Redmond and keep them entertained while they’re there. We feel everything Kaye feels. When Kaye first speaks with her mother-in-law after her disastrous facelift, we know exactly what Kaye is thinking: “Over the years, I’ve joked with friends that my mother-in-law was Frankenstein. Now, she truly is.” Hilarious thoughts like these are always running through Kaye’s mind. But Ellis also knows how to handle a serious situation. She writes about Kaye’s daughter and her little friend who has cancer in a way that is blunt and heartbreaking. The scene in the wig shop is unforgettably poignant.

Kaye’s main problem is that she is afraid of being alone. Her husband left her for “Barbie” a year and a half ago, and he took Kaye’s confidence with him. She’s doing great in some areas of life—she runs a very successful house staging company called Altered Images—but she’s still hurting in most other areas. In fact, she’s so messed up that she lets her evil ex-mother-in-law live with her for a month while the woman recovers from a botched facelift. Why? Because she wants to get her pathetic ex back. Lucky for her, she has friends who see this and try to show her that God has a better plan for her life.

Kaye is funny and loyal, and she has lots of good intentions; readers can’t help but love her. Her ex-husband is snobbish, boring, and manipulative; readers can’t help but distrust him. Her client Jack, however, is a strong Christian man who helps Kaye see how special she is. He shows her what it means to love someone genuinely. Kaye’s relationship with her ex-mother-in-law is equally important because through it Kaye realizes that she doesn’t want to be loved for her outward appearance but rather for who she is on the inside (Proverbs 31:30).

Leanna Ellis may be new in the world of authors, but she knows how to write an entertaining, strong novel. I recommend her to all lovers of romantic Christian fiction. If you want a book with an original storyline, something fresh and funny, then Facelift is the book for you. Just don’t read it in the library, because libraries frown on noisy laughter. – Rachel Tobin, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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Author: Leanna Ellis
Located in: United States
Submitted: July 31, 2010

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I'm a wife, mom and writer. Therefore, I'm BUSY, as most moms are. I also have a wacky imagination. So I write. And I love it.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  So often these days, you see and read about so many folks having facelifts. I thought, what if facelift didn't turn out so well. And it does happen. And of course, to me, perfectionism goes hand in hand with a look at wanting to look perfect.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I hope readers will enjoy a good laugh and enjoy the characters and story. But I hope it will also show them that a facelift is possible for everyone of us. It's not a facelift utilizing scalpels, it's one of the heart. But it can have an outward effect.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  This was a hard book to write for me because I had to start on it right after my father passed away. But it was also good. Because even in grief we can find joy.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  God is my major source of inspiration as He provides me with so much insight into characters and situations. I couldn't write without Him. My husband and kids are also a huge source of strength and encouragement.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  God is good. Always.


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