Lisa Samson is one of my favorite authors of Christian fiction. Her characters are often quirky and her storylines challenge me and push me out of my comfort zone. So when Booklook Bloggers offered me the chance to read A Thing of Beauty for free in exchange for an honest review, I jumped at the chance.
Fia is former award-winning child actor who is the daughter of two Hollywood superstars. She divorced her parents in her teens, took refuge in Baltimore in an old mansion that she filled with “collectibles”/trash/junk that she hoards with the plan of turning it into art, one day. This is where the book begins.
It took me longer than usual to get into the storyline, but once I did, I enjoyed the book. I felt as if I were able to get a glimpse into the mind of a talented and beautiful child who was taken advantage of, in many ways, and raised in an egocentric industry and world.
I saw a theme between Fia and her house – both are filled with baggage. Some of it needed purging and some of it could be turned into “a thing of beauty” with a little elbow grease, honesty and work.
There are characters introduced in Fia’s life that help her do so with both her life and her house. Some relationships are polished others are purged.
This is not your stereotypical Christian fiction. There is some language but it did not offend me. Fia does work as an escort to make money. However, it appeared it was just companionship and light kissing, but it’s not a major theme in the book. However, if that is something that would bother you, then that is something to consider.
It is not a fairy-tale ending for all but it ended well, healthy and with hope. I was happy with the ending and it left me with hope.
Thank you Booklook.com for the opportunity to read this book. I really enjoyed it.
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