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Thomas Nelson / 2007 / Paperback
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In a fit of short-lived courage, Sarah Claire Winowski flees Sable, Wyoming, for Beverly Hills, where she earns the title "Hairstylist to the Stars." But success isn't very satisfying---and she wonders about the small-town girl she left behind. Can she see through her gorgeous boyfriends, unscrupulous relatives, and an egotistical boss to find the real Sarah? 304 pages, softcover from Integrity.
She's armedwith hot irons, sharp shears, and a flair for color.
She's dangeroustruly bad news for bad hair.
And she's going to do whatever it takes to make a place for herself in the exclusive Beverly Hills salon.
Even if that means sweeping hair, emptying trash, scrubbing dummy heads, and making soy lattes for the stars that come to Yoshi's salon.
Even if it means hiding the fact that she's not really an up-and-comer from New York, but a drunk's daughter from small-town Wyoming.
Even if it means igoring her attraction to a tall, dark stranger in a fedora who just stepped off the elevator . . . and into her heart.
But can a talented hairdresser from the sticks really make it in image-obsessed L.A.? And can she ever find true love and real success in a town that wrote the book on fake?
Kristin Billerbeck, the first lady of Christian Chick-Lit, has done it again with Split Ends. Billerbeck is hands down, my favorite Chick-Lit author and for good reason! She hasn't followed the Chick-Lit formulashe helped create it. Billerbeck has successfully written two Chick-lit series and has now come along with Split Ends, the story of Sarah Claire Winowski.
Sarah Claire is a hair dresser from a small town in Wyoming. She is mesmerized by classic Hollywood. If she could walk into the sunset with Cary Grant, she would consider her life perfect. Instead, she is the daughter of the town drunk with no father to claim her. She heads West to California to work for a celebrity hair stylist. The author leads us on Sarah Claire's journey like no one else could. Her toilet humor is the perfect mix to Sarah Claire's past. Billerbeck expertly weaves the plot to include typical Chick-Lit humor while addressing a very heavy issue.
This novel is about letting go of the past and having new beginnings. It is about not judging others. It is about understanding that another's sins are not your own and only Jesus can endure the sins of another. It is also about following your dreams and not letting someone else determine the outcome of your future. While there is an underlying faith throughout the story, I would have loved to have seen Split Ends take a stronger biblical position throughout, like Billerbeck's other books do. Brandi Webster, Christian Book Previews.com
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