I stumbled upon Lisa Samson's books several years ago when I read The Passion of Mary Margaret. I constantly come back to them because I love her authentic, thought-provoking writing style. I recently had the chance to read and review A Thing of Beauty, one of her newest books.
About the Book:
Former child star Fiona Hume deserted the movie biz a decade ago—right after she left rehab. She landed in Baltimore, bought a dilapidated old mansion downtown, and hatched dreams of restoring it into a masterpiece, complete with a studio for herself.
She would disappear from public view and live an artist’s life.
That was the plan.
Ten years later, Fiona’s huge house is filled with junk purchased at thrift stores, haggled over at yard sales, or picked up from the side of the road. Each piece was destined for an art project . . . but all she’s got so far is a piece of twine with some antique buttons threaded down its length.
She’s thirty-two years old and still recognizable, but Fiona’s money has finally run out. She’s gotten pretty desperate, too, and in her desperation she’s willing to do almost anything for money. Almost. So it is that she comes to rent out the maid’s quarters to a local blacksmith named Josia Yeu.
Josia is everything Fiona isn’t: gregarious, peaceful, in control without controlling . . . in short, happy. As the light from the maid’s quarters begins to permeate the dank rooms of Fiona’s world, something else begins to transform as well—something inside Fiona. Something even she can see is beautiful.
Lisa Samson's books are often heavy today. That's because the characters in them are so "real." None of her characters are sweet, good people who always come to the right conclusions and make the right decisions. They are authentic and messy. They're very well-developed, and even though this book is in third person, the secondary characters are well develop also.
These books are considered Christian fiction. I will say, though, that having read quite a few of Lisa Samson's books, they are not tidy little Christian novels. There are things that I - from a pretty conservative Christian background- find myself shaking my head about. But then I'm also challenged to think outside my boxes and consider the truths that Lisa is uncovering.
In A Thing of Beauty, Fiona- who is a former Hollywood starlet- really makes me consider the preconceived notions I've always had when I saw tabloid headlines in the grocery store or saw clips on Facebook or other social media sites detailing the latest dirt in the life of some star. It's pretty easy to feel a little judgmental and a little relieved that I don't act like that. A Thing of Beauty, like other books from the author, challenges my status quo and makes me think about things from a different angle.
I truly loved this one. I give it five stars and a PG-13 rating for content. You can find A Thing of Beauty on Amazon here.
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