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.
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.
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.
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.