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Fading Starlight by Kathryn Cushman
A high-profile fashion internship should have launched Lauren Summers's career---but instead, a red carpet accident left her blackballed. Working for a former Hollywood star in return for free lodging in a seaside cottage, she sets out to salvage her reputation. But will the old woman's secrets raise new questions---and knock her off balance again?
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Publication Date: 2016
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Lauren Summers is hiding. Her fashion house internship should have launched her career, but a red carpet accident has left her blackballed. The only job she finds is unpaid, but comes with free lodging--a run-down cottage in the shadow of a cliff-side mansion. Unsure of what comes next, she's surprised to be contacted by a reporter researching a reclusive former Hollywood ingénue who lives in the nearby mansion.
Kendall Joiner wants Lauren's help uncovering the old woman's secrets. In return, she'll prove the red carpet accident was a publicity stunt so Lauren can regain her former job. With all her dreams in front of her, Lauren's tempted by the offer, but as she and the old woman get to know each other, Lauren realizes nothing is quite as it seems.
hes75 Stars Out Of 5Fading StarlightNovember 12, 2017hes7Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I loved Kathryn Cushmans Fading Starlight. With dreams and scandals, secrets and fashion, especially with an encouraging thread of faith woven through it all, it held my interest firmly from beginning to end. I so enjoyed the well-developed cast of characters, discovering their reactions to the difficult situations that arise, and Cushman does such a good job of translating Laurens passion for fashion onto the page that I couldnt help loving it, too. An excellent contemporary inspirational novel, Fading Starlight is a perfect choice for fans of this genre, and I recommend it.
Thanks to Bethany House, I received a copy of Fading Starlight and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Lovely and Easy to Read!July 12, 2017Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4"Be careful not to make a treaty with those who live in the land where you are going, or they will be a snare among you." - the Bible
Lauren Summers' career in the fashion industry has been upended before it even got started. Shamed mercilessly for a public wardrobe malfunction, she is awarded the opportunity to hide away in a gated community while she designs costumes for a rather prestigious high school production. The neighborhood association privacy guidelines are very stringent and strictly observed, especially by the elderly woman next door, who is a virtual hermit and has reasons of her own not to associate with the general public.
When it appears that sharing casual information with a candid reporter might be the key to unlock Lauren's stalled career, she has an important decision to make, for "when you blame others, you give up your power to change".
theLadyLeighAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Timeless StorytellingFebruary 28, 2017theLadyLeighAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Have you ever wanted to run away from your life? Have you ever had a personal and professional disaster so large that you couldnt ever imagine recovering from it? Well welcome to Lauren Summers life. Hollywood and the fashion industry are savage and unforgiving when it comes to wardrobe malfunctions and when the brightest innocent starlet of the moment suffers such a humiliation as she receives an award the backfire Lauren receives as the gowns designer ends in the stunning silence of a two line text message as her boss fires her minutes later.
Blackballed from designing again in respectable circles Lauren finds a little job making costumes for a private high schools theatre company and takes up residence in a run-down cottage in a secretive gated community- and tries to reassemble the remainders of her heart and her dreams.
Living in the gated community offers privacy, but isnt without its challenges. The imposing figure of Charlotte Montgomery- a former starlet of another era looms large at the end of the lane. As time goes on it becomes clear to Lauren that Charlotte isnt just an old woman with a prickly exterior- but is someone who has had her own personal disastersthat she is still running from.
Can common threads knit them together and bring about healing for them both?
If you are someone who knows me at all you know that I love classic film, and that I love historical costuming! What a treat is was to have the two laid out like a buffet throughout this book! Katherine Cushman paid attention to all the fine details of both the classic era of old Hollywood film, and to its signature luscious couture and created a book that is full of delicious descriptions! It was loads of fun for me to read about the gowns and costumes that Lauren was working on and every detail was vivid making me wish for a fairy godmother to bless me with someone to create such lovely things for me! ;)
Fading Starlight is not all about the dresses though its about the people that surround them. Miss Montgomery is a hurting woman with a bitter past that has taken more than her social standing- it took her will for living life and soured her on any who have dared to cross her path.
Lauren herself faces a crossroads as she looks at her own disappointments and decides what to do with the rest of her life. I liked that Lauren was so real in this story. She feels all that she is going through and feels it deeply, but she is also looking to God, and consistently and willingly seeks out the counsel and guidance of her second mother Rhondas wisdom. The cast of secondary characters from Laurens best friend Chloe, to Miss Montgomerys housekeeper Frances, to the handy-man Cody are all important and delightful additions to Laurens life and story and I couldnt help but like them!
One little thing that I liked was that this isnt a romance story. While Chloe does her best to hook Lauren up with Cody and start something brewing Lauren recognizes that her life is in a bit of a shambles right now and is focused on getting herself where she needs to be personally before she begins any romance. I appreciated that perspective.
I highly recommend this book and enjoyed to so much! I will look for other titles from Ms. Cushman in the future!
I have been given a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and opinion of the product.
MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5A Story to savorSeptember 19, 2016MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Although Im not into fashion, I quickly discovered that this novel delves much deeper than the main characters career as a dress designer. The heart-touching story and the struggling characters drew me in, and I didnt want them to leave with the last page. I like they way Lauren faced her personal tragedy and didnt let it stop her from reaching out to others. The plot twists made the tale more fun and kept up the suspense. I think any woman would enjoy this book. The author is a fine writer, with another great offering here, which I received in exchange for an honest review.
Wife, Then Mama5 Stars Out Of 5Good BookAugust 13, 2016Wife, Then MamaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Fading Starlight is a creative novel. Throughout the book a number of things could have gone in a few different directions, so while it wasn't a suspenseful read, it was intriguing.
There is one flaw in this book: The event that spurs all of the activity is kind of unbelievable. It is hard to believe that a wardrobe malfunction would come back so hard. If you can suspend your disbelief (which I can), it is a really good read.
The setting for the book is creative, the descriptions of the clothing and homes is perfect: a good amount of detail without getting boring. Although it was set in modern times, we do get some interesting flashbacks to Old Hollywood. Like in a number of books I have been reading, it has some very strong scripture throughout, and the characters are very influenced by their faith.
I received this book free of charge in exchange for giving an honest review.