Pretty Is as Pretty Does: Class Reunion Series #1 - eBook  -     By: Debby Mayne
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Abingdon Press / 2013 / ePub

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 9781426770715
ISBN-13: 9781426770715
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Series: Class Reunion

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Priscilla Slater goes to her ten-year high school reunion with equal parts dread and eager anticipation. Even though she’s a successful owner of a chain of hair salons and no longer has the mousy brown hair, crooked teeth, and discount-store wardrobe, she still feels like the ugly duckling. But when she arrives at the reunion, Priscilla soon realizes that her old classmates aren’t exactly as she remembers them. With humor and a just a touch of sassiness, Priscilla finds herself facing her own truth—and she may be surprised at what she discovers.

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Debby Mayne is a best-selling author who has published more than 25 books and novellas, 400 short stories and articles, and devotions for women. She has also worked as managing editor of a national health magazine, product information writer for HSN, a creative writing instructor, and a copy editor and proofreader. Her novel, Love Finds You in Treasure Island, Florida received 4-1/2 stars from RT Book Review, and was named a Top Pick for the month of July. She and her husband Wally have two grown daughters, and live in Palm Harbor, Florida. To learn more about Debby visit DebbyMayne.com.

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  1. Janna Ryan
    North Platte, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    What a fun idea for a series
    November 5, 2013
    Janna Ryan
    North Platte, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    What a fun idea!!! Here is a set of 3 books that takes you through a 10 year, 15 year and 20 year class reunion with a batch of people (not necessarily friends...) that all went to school together. The cool thing is that we meet them in the first book and find out their personalities, who they were in high school, who they are now, where the drama in their lives is, and just why they feel the need to either stand up to who they were in high school or why they need to leave that behind. The "main" character is Priscilla who dropped out of college to own a hair salon that has turned into a chain. She is joined by a newer friend Tim, the only one who is a central character that actually did NOT go to school with everyone else. He just happens to be in love with Priscilla and will do anything to spend time with her including going to her high school reunions. Then there are all the secondary characters who lend lots of humor, drama and more drama to everything going on.

    I absolutely loved following everyone over the span of 10 years... it's not often you get to go that far in the lives of characters you become friends with. These are contemporary novels that are lots of fun. I would definitely start at the beginning and follow the whole journey, don't jump in the middle. You will enjoy this series!

    Pretty is as Pretty Does introduces us to everyone in the gang. It makes you realize just how dysfunctional we all are, but just how boring life would be without everyone. This book is a great start to a fun series - be glad that you can get all three and read them in order and in a row, you will want to.
  2. Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Anyone can relate to this novel!!!
    September 29, 2013
    Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "We are thrilled to announce

    Piney Point High School's

    10-year reunion

    on June 7, 2003, at 7:30 PM

    in Piney Point High's

    newly renovated gymnasium.

    Attire: Sunday best

    RSVP: Laura Moss 601-555-1515

    PS: There will be a preparty

    at Shenanigan's in Hattiesburg

    starting at about 5:00 PM

    WOW. Ten years. As I read my high school reunion invitation a second time. I can't help smiling. Although I own one of the most successful businesses in my hometown of Piney Point, Mississippi, I've lost track of most of the people I graduated with.

    Knowing the people I went to high school with, this is going to be one crazy event - that is, if everyone attends. I'm not surprised Laura added a preparty to the invitation. Her husband has never attended any social event before prepartying his face off - even in high school. Pete Moss graduated with the dishonor of high school lush, and as far as I know, he continues to hold that honor, which is ironic since I don't remember seeing Laura touching a drop of anything stronger than her mama's two-day-old sweet tea." (pg 11).

    As Priscilla Slater anticipates her upcoming high school reunion, she also hopes that she will run into an old high school crush as well, Marcus whom she hopes might just cause a spark to ignite between them. As owner of three beauty salons in the area, Priscilla sees herself as a success while her overbearing mother still believes she has sold herself short of what she could have become. Now armed with hope that she can hold her head high, she takes up invitation of her local beauty supply sales, Tim Puckett, to serve as her "date" for the event. Only Tim has hopes that he might just convince Priscilla that they would make a great couple together and he vows to do whatever it takes to make her see him as more than just a convenient date.

    I received Pretty is as Pretty Does by author Debby Mayne compliments of Abingdon Press and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review. This is the first novel in the Class Reunion Series and anyone who has ever attended their high school reunion can probably relate to at least one of the characters in this book. The book is based around Priscilla Slater who can never be good enough in her mother's eyes no matter what she does, and the chapters alternate with each of the main players attending the class reunion.

    Laura Moss who is the reunion chairperson who chases away all the other classmates who have volunteered to help her in the past due to her ability to expect things to be perfect. She is overworked and deals with the drinking of her high school sweetheart, Pete and their four children. There is also Trudy Baynard, the former Miss Piney Point who believes she still needs to uphold her good looks despite the fact that ten years have passed. She has recently divorced her high school sweetheart and husband, Michael who is living another life with his latest girlfriend who is much too young for him. What transpires over the book is sheer genius and I was captivated til the very end. I am also fortunate to have the additional sequels which I will be reviewing shortly, Bless Her Heart and Tickled Pink each showcasing a 15 and 20 year reunion respectively. I rate this one easily a 4.5 out of 5 stars and look forward to adding Debby Mayne to my author watch list.
  3. Joyce
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Good clean keeps you reading
    July 17, 2013
    Joyce
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Pretty is as Pretty Does is about a 10 year high school reunion. In a very entertaining way Debby brings out the quirkiness and humor and facts of our feelings when we think about folks we attended school with. Her characters range from the high school king & queen to the brains. I really enjoyed reading this book and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series or follow up books. Read this book just for enjoyment or if you are planning a reunion it will help you adjust your thinking and maybe just what to wear.
  4. joliecat
    Riverside CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    When Priscilla came home...
    July 10, 2013
    joliecat
    Riverside CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Debby Mayne's new offering "Pretty is as Pretty does," starts a new Reunion series for her and will please her fans and new readers of her fiction equally well. She has chosen to assume the role viewpoint of a handful of characters as they prepare for their 10 year reunion from Piney Point high school. There are characters who are intimately involved with the preparations and celebration (Priscilla, Laura), suitors standing on the outside looking in (Tim) and the ex-beauty queen who scrambles to regain her image ten years gone despite a lack of resources. Much of the action takes place at two beauty salons owned by Priscilla (Miss "Most Likely to Succeed) where Debby treats us to visions of characters who reinvent themselves or try to rekindle past glory. The story has universal appeal because we all remember the football star, the cheerleader, the beauty queen, the mousy girl who blossomed after high school, the misfit girl who found her niche, and the hyper-involved social butterfly who (at first glance) seems to have married poorly. With a deft hand, she also manages to impart some Christian values about beauty, compassion, loyalty and speed bumps on the road to lasting love.

    This is a fast, enjoyable read that will leave readers eager for the next installments.
  5. Martha Rogers
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Brings Back Memories
    June 29, 2013
    Martha Rogers
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In her new book, Pretty is as Pretty Does, Debby Mayne brings us the stories of three women as they prepare for their tenth high school class reunion. Each woman has her own fears about the reunion and all it will entail. Anyone who has ever attended or decided not to attend such a reunion will relate to Trudy, Priscilla, and Laura. One woman lived up the class vote as "Most Likely to Succeed," but not in the way her classmates may have predicted. The other two are frantic about what others will think. Laura hides her anxiety by controlling everything that will happen at the reunion, too afraid to let go and let others help. Trudy is ashamed of her divorce, and is determined to live up to her image as Homecoming Queen and Miss Piney Point even if it kills her, and it almost does. Through heartaches, tears, laughter, successes and failures, readers will relate to the struggles of these three women as seen from their point of view. Add a dash of romance and a rekindled high school crush, and you have the makings of a delightful story that will bring back your own memories of reunions, whether high school, college, or family. Even the title brought back memories of my grandmother saying this phrase to me quite often during my teen years.
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