1. A Thing of Beauty
    Lisa Samson
    Thomas Nelson / 2014 / Trade Paperback
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  1. Iola
    New Zealand
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Bittersweet
    January 26, 2015
    Iola
    New Zealand
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Fiona (Fia) Hume was a Hollywood child star who famously divorced her actor parents, Jessica and Brandon, when she was sixteen, citing financial mismanagement. But that wasnt the real reason, and shes never forgiven them for it. Shes spent the last ten years holed up in a mansion in Baltimore collecting antiques to repurpose into artwork. But Jessica is about to release a tell-all autobiography, and Fiona needs some money to fund a trip to New York to tell her side of the story even though she wants to stay in her closed world out of the public eye.

    A Thing of Beauty is a book of bittersweet beauty. Its written in first person present tense, and that brings a sense of poignancy and immediacy to the writing, as Fia comes to realise that some of the truths she believes about her family and her life arent actually true.

    A Thing of Beauty isnt typical Christian fictionin fact, its not made explicitly clear whether any of the characters are Christian, and God isnt even mentioned. Its not pretty fictionFia had an unusual childhood and traumatic teenage years, and still hasnt reconciled herself to the truth about that time. Yet the book is filled with grace, love and beauty, sometimes in unexpected people and places.

    Women's fiction with a touch of romance, recommended for people who like fiction with complex issues from authors such as Christa Parrish, Angela Hunt and Penelope Stokes.

    Thanks to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
  2. riri
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Light Bringer
    January 8, 2015
    riri
    This review was written for A Thing of Beauty - eBook.
    Sometimes a book can be so much more than just a story and that is actually what A Thing of Beauty by Lisa Simpson was for me. I am not afraid to say that I related to so much of the situation surrounding Fiona and her life. We can be so engrossed in our own world that the troubles we have can be dismissed or covered over with other things. I wish I could say it is a way to cope with the bigger issue at hand, but the truth is we are just avoiding the situation. For Fiona, she needed that one item that would snap her out of her isolation and bring forth the light of life to her. This was such an amazing story that slowly opened it self to me and I will forever take with me in my life. Not many stories can do that and when you find one it is like a rare gem so beautiful and magical in your hand. I was given a review copy from booklookbloggers and all opinions are my own.

  3. MAS Oregon
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Journey of Renewal
    July 26, 2015
    MAS Oregon
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This was very much a Christian book, a fleshing out of the old allegory, my heart God's home. (Josias Yeu: Savior Jehovah). I liked the touch of Josias being a creator-artisan and giving her a Sun and planets to put in her house. As Fiona experiences renewal in Josias unselfish love and kindness, she then is able to experience selfless love and community with others. What a tender rendering of the Gospel and Christ's sanctifying work.

    The book has its flaws: Samson does belabor Fiona's quirkiness a bit much. And I guess some of the language may be a little coarse, although I had to go back and search for examples, not having an overly sensitive ear except when God's name is misused. Overall, though, I found it to be a satisfying read, as I do Samson's other work.
  4. Ane Mulligan
    Suwanee, GA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
    March 3, 2015
    Ane Mulligan
    Suwanee, GA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I really liked this book. Following Fiona was like running through a maze; I never knew quite where we'd come out. Yet, follow her I did from page 1 to "the end" loving every minute of it. It absolutely did not go where I thought it would, but it was perfect! Lisa Sampson is a master at storytelling!
  5. Jennifer M
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Thing of Beauty
    March 2, 2015
    Jennifer M
    A Thing of Beauty, by Lisa Sampson, tells the story of Fiona Hume, a former childhood actor who has left the Hollywood scene behind and has been largely holed up in a dilapidated old mansion in Baltimore. When the story begins, we find a 32 year old Fiona broke after having squandered all her earnings. She's been emancipated from her parents since she was a teen, she is still trying to figure out where she fits in the world, and she has just placed an ad for a roommate to share her old, run down house which has basically served as a place for her to hide from life and hoard all the old bits and pieces of old furniture and other cast-off belongings that she hopes to one day make into art.

    When Fiona interviews potential roommates, she meets Josia: a kind and talented older man who barely sleeps and eventually spends all his spare time woodworking and helping Fiona fix up the house. The two develop a friendship, despite Fiona's resolve for them to live separate lives, and she gradually gains the confidence she needs to face her own issues, and re-examine her relationship with her parents and the other people around her.

    Sampson tells an interesting story here. Overall, I really enjoyed the book. The thing that I enjoyed the most, however, was also the very thing that made it frustrating. Though it was fiction, it was a very life-like story. We were often inside Fiona's head, which was wounded and messy and meandering. Fiona, and the book, tended to trail off in different directions, just like life. This is probably not the book for you if you prefer neat and tidy Hollywood endings, as it didn't really have one. It reminded me of the ending of an independent film..... a little vague, kind of abrupt, but also sweet and hopeful. I felt like I got to witness personal growth, and it really was a "thing of beauty."

    There was a small amount of mildly strong language in this book (which I personally found really refreshing, as it made it more realistic), that's only worth mentioning because it seemed to bother some reviewers. This was not your typical "Christian book", which in my opinion made it even better, Again, just like life, it showed that a beautiful story could be found even beneath the not-so-beautiful exterior.... and that life can be hopeful and worth living, messy and imperfect bits and all.

    *I received this book for free from the BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*
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