This book had me hooked from the first page. Claudette's situation and how she was going to deal with it had me hooked. Given that the book didn't really have that "Christian Fiction" feel to it, though it did definitely have a Christian message, I think that this book would appeal to a wide audience. Claudette being a "Hollywood figure" there is a lot of name dropping in the book, from silent film times to the present. The writing style and the plot held my attention. And I found myself laughing out loud at points, always a good thing! I love a book that gives me a good dose of Vitamin L. Though I could predict what was going to happen on the worst night of Claudette's life, I was still laughing hard (you have to read it to see what I mean.)The book has a good story of redemption and forgiveness and the illustration of using the soiled towels made useful again was a good one.I definitely recommend this book and I plan to suggest it for our next book club book.
Well, ok, I can officially say that I am a fan of Melody Carlsons books. I have read a few now and I have not been disappointed, especially after reading Limelight. This book was different in story and in characters. There are not many, actually I cannot think of any other book about an elderly woman who has lost it all and must start over again. The originality of the story makes it very appealing from the start, but the writing and the characters keep the story going. Melody took some risks with this book, especially with the character Michael, who happened to be my favorite character. I admire an author who takes risks, but still manages to maintain a Christian standard.Claudette Fiore is a woman who is not easy to like, but I found myself pulling for her all along. She has many lessons to learn about real life, and she finds learning these lessons difficult at her age after living most of her adult life as a pampered Hollywood actress and wife. This book really made me appreciate what I have. It may not be much, but Im thankful for Gods blessings. This book shows us that earthly possessions can vanish in the blink of an eye, but the things that truly matter are eternal.Overall, Limelight is a wonderful story that reads quickly and has plenty of humor and quirky characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful story.
The story line is somewhat familiar. The older woman has had a pampered life with cooks and maids and plenty of money. But now her famous husband has died and the Beverly Hills home has been sold for unpaid taxes. All she has left is a few household possessions and a bungalow she inherited from her mother. And the bungalow is in the hometown she was so anxious to leave.Claudettes gay stepson flies in to help her move. He arranges a great deal with movers and painters but then returns to Hawaii and his partner. Can Claudette survive? She doesnt know how to shop, how to clean house, or how to do laundry. She has never had to live on a budget. She doesnt even know how to be a decent neighbor. She certainly doesnt want to accept help from anyone, especially her sister. Nonetheless, kind and helpful people, many of whom are Christians, intrude in her life with humorous results. As Claudette faces her own needs she must also face secrets from her childhood. Carlsons book gets off to a slow start. The real action does not get going until Claudette is left to herself and tries to make a go of it, about page 200. But from then on, the action is quick and the laughs frequent. If you persevere through the slow beginning the story is well worth reading. I would recommend it to elderly female readers. There is a readers guide at the end of the book which would make it suitable for reading group.This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.
This book is both hilarious and full of heartache. Throughout the book there are stories that give you a glimpse into the highs and lows of the characters pasts. There are also plenty of opportunities to observe the ups and downs of their lives in the present and snapshots of what their future might hold.The main character Claudette is absolutely entertaining and mesmerizing. As the characters begin to unfold in the story you begin to attach to them, to root for their success and to feel their emotions. There are both successes and failures throughout the book that you begin to feel a part of as you begin to know and understand the characters. There is much to learn from Claudette in this story no matter what your age. Her questions, the things she must learn about, and the preconceived notions that she must find a way to put aside are lessons that all people can relate to no matter what stage of life you are in.