Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Fading Starlight - Kathryn Cushman

About the Book:

When her big shot blows up on her, how far will one woman go to regain her dream?  Lauren Summers is in hiding. Her fashion house internship was supposed to launch her career, but a red carpet accident has left her blackballed. The only job she can find comes with little pay, but at least it offers a free place to live--a rundown cottage in the shadow of a cliff-side mansion. Planning to live on savings until she figures out what's next, she's unprepared to be contacted by a reporter.

Kendall Joiner is researching Charlotte Montgomery, a former Hollywood ingénue who lives a reclusive life in the cliff-side mansion. Rumors have swirled for decades about Charlotte, and now Kendall wants to find the real story. In return, she may just have the key to getting Lauren back into the fashion world. Desperate to get her life back on track, Lauren's not sure she can turn down the offer--but as she and Miss Montgomery get to know more about each other, Lauren realizes nothing is quite as it seems.

My Thoughts:

I’ve read some of Kathryn Cushman’s other books, but didn’t find them nearly as captivating as this one. This story has every element of a riveting read – an intriguing plot with an old mystery and a reclusive lady, a beautifully describe setting, a good mix of likable and not so likable characters, one of them a fashion designer, as the cover suggests, and unexpected twists and turns.  I really appreciated how this story shows in subtle, yet powerful ways the Christian characters' ‘walking the talk’; like Lauren reaching out to the reclusive and mean-spirited neighbour, winning her with love and compassion.

I was drawn to this book by its cover, even though I’m not much for sewing and fashion gowns. And the wardrobe malfunction of a conceited and conniving teen star at the beginning of the book, had me intrigued. How would Lauren, the up and coming fashion designer, who had done the last minute details on the gown, deal with this possible career-ending blow? Lauren, like the character in Robert Frost’s poem, chooses the ‘road less traveled and it made all the difference’. Instead of becoming bitter at how unfairly she was treated, Lauren humbly left the corrupt society she was forced from and carved out a new life for herself, with the help of supportive, old and new friends -- 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 in action: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.


Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

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