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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Review: Fading Starlight by 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 run-down 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 restore her dreams, 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 rating:
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My thoughts:

I think Fading Starlight is the first novel I've read by Kathryn Cushman, but after loving this one, I definitely plan on reading more of her books!

I loved the characters and how romance was not a major plot point. It was really interesting to learn about Miss Montgomery and the reasons for why she acted the way she did. I felt kind of bad that she was so untrusting of people, but in some ways I can see why she would be.

I liked how the MC kept showing random acts of kindness and even when her temper got the best of her (because of how those acts were received), she tried to do better and not let her emotions control her actions.

All in all, this was a stellar contemporary read and I definitely recommend it. It had a little romance, some intrigue, and just all-around a good plot.

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3 comments:

  1. I love this author's books. After reading your review, I'm especially anxious to get my hands on this one. Great review!

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    1. I hope you love it! I'm looking forward to reading more of her books. :)

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  2. I haven't read anything by this author, but I definitely will now. This sounds like a lovely read. Thanks for the introduction and review.

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