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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?
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)|
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.
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.
Karla5 Stars Out Of 5Weathering the Storms of LIfeJune 24, 2016KarlaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Lauren is a beautiful, young woman who puts herself in hiding. Her fantastic fashion house internship came to a shocking and abrupt, horrific end. Instead of launching her career, an accident on the red carpet is unjustly blamed on Lauren's work, which is deemed careless, full of errors. This is a total surprise to this caring woman who has done her best in all of her work. Blackballed , due to lies of an uncaring, cruel star, Lauren struggles to find a place in which to hide and work through her challenges, on her own, depending on no one but herself and her faith. Seeking answers, she settles in a rundown cottage, with a lowpaying job. Hiding in the shadows of a cliff side mansion, she discovers what one can see is not always the whole story. Planning to live on savings until she figures out what will come next in her life, Lauren is totally unprepared to be contacted by a reporter who says she wants to help her uncover the truth about her accusations as a fashion designer, totally unaware of the reporter's real motives.
The events that follow keep the reader totally engrossed . The only negative opinion that I have about this novel is that I did not want it to end!! The characters were described in such a realistic, detailed fashion that I at once was able to identify with them. I felt every hurt, challenge, worry and fear and rejoiced with them in any successes that were won. Lauren's difficult journey in her life and careeer became part of me. This book is a story of a very persistent, young woman who even though her life is in crisis mode, and she is questioning her faith in this path of false accusations, presents us with alternative ways to deal with troubles. That is, other that striking back!! It is truly a story of faith.
The plot is packed full of unexpected twists and turns, all intertwining to make this a winning book! It is a beautiful , tender, yet compelling tale of faith, friendship and new beginnings. Lauren struggles throughout with ethical issues, that many of us encounter , however deals with them in unusually kind, thoughtful ways. She can not repair her problems by herself, and is receptive to God's plan for her life. It is not always what we expect , but she pays back bitterness and evil with kindness to others.
I absolutely loved the details of fashion design that were at the core of this story. It was truly an education in that, as well as in old time Hollywood stars, and the history of films. God's plan for our life is not always laid out as we imagine. Lauren is the perfect example of how one can turn evil hurtful experiences into a valuable learning tool to help others who are hurting.
Definitely a five star book!! Don't miss it!!
This book was provided by Bethany House, and Graf-Martin Communications , in exchange for a fair and honest review. Available now at your local booksellers.
Bookworm4vr4 Stars Out Of 5A Nice Delightful Story of Gaining Strength in God in Tough TimesJune 20, 2016Bookworm4vrQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book was very good. I need to first mention that I got this book free through Bethany House Publishers for an honest review.
At first I wasn't too interested and thought the book was going to be a drag. It took a few chapters to get involved but it was a great book. I like Lauren Summers and her attitude and how she handle her issues. God was involved in this Christian fiction but it was more subtle and like how faith is in many people's lives. They live it and don't need to talk about it. It is shown through their actions, just as what Lauren did for Miss Montgomery. Miss Montgomery and her shared many of the same feelings and similar lives, as you will see, and Lauren is a little spark for this older woman.
I recommended picking up this book and give it a chance. It was good if you stuck to it and had a great message.
cmwinnerHalifax, Nova Scotia, CanadaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Keeps you Reading!June 18, 2016cmwinnerHalifax, Nova Scotia, CanadaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Lauren Summers was ready to start her career in the fashion industry. She was working as an intern for a high profile company when a disaster happened at a high profile even, leaving her needing to leave the city. She gets a job working at a school for their drama production. The job comes with little pay, but she is given a home rent free to live in. A run down little cottage beside a mansion. Lauren does her best to befriend the owner, Miss Charlotte Montgomery, but she feels as if she is being rejected with every turn.
Kendall Joiner is researching her neighbor, Miss Montgomery, who is a former Hollywood star, who now lives alone. In exchanging for Lauren given her all the information she can, Kendall promises to find out the truth of what really happened that night that sent Lauren to where she is now.
As Lauren gets Miss Montgomery better, she realizes that everything things are always the way the seem to be. Lauren learns and grows in the short time that she is there. She encounters several hard times with her neighbor, and while her neighbor things Lauren is just like everyone else, she slowly starts to realize there is something different about Lauren.
Lauren is desperate to get her career back on track, but is she desperate enough to ruin the fragile friendship that is developing with her neighbor? Will she put it all on the line to get back where she is, or will she follow her heart and what she knows is right.
Kathryn Cushman weaves a remarkable story. She keeps you reading and wanting to find out what will happen with Lauren next. Will her and her neighbor ever get along? Will the truth about what happened that fateful night ever come true? Will Lauren's dreams for her career every take place? This is the first book I've read by Ms. Cushman and I want to read more of her books!
This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are entirely my own.