A Thing Of Beauty Review

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A Thing Of Beauty by Lisa Samson is a story about a child actress, Fia, who finds herself a hoarder as an adult after a particularly traumatizing childhood that ended when she "divorced" her parents.  With her mother about to put out a memoir that will tell all the unpleasant details of her younger years, Fia takes a single boarder in her cluttered house, in order to earn extra money to make it look like she still has it all together.  Josia, the boarder, starts turning her houseful of junk into beautiful things, and Fia does the same with all the once-broken pieces of her life.

I have to say, I was disappointed in this book.  The plot idea had such potential, but the author ruined it for me with around 30 curse words.  I was surprised to see so many curse words in a book that is from a Christian publisher.  This book is not Christian in any way - the story line doesn't talk about God at all, and while there might be some sort of allegory potential there, it seems like a stretch.  I'm honestly pretty surprised that Thomas Nelson chose to publish this book.  I don't get it.

This book is written from a first person perspective, and while the main character is multi-dimensional and interesting, I'm not sure I particularly liked her.  I also thought some of the narration was a little awkward - the word "okay" was thrown into sentences here and there, and while I think it was supposed to be conversational, I didn't like it.

In many ways, this book was depressing to me.  While the character's initial hopeless attitude improved throughout the book, and a couple of her relationships improved, one of them was cut off completely, with no hope for a future reconciliation.  The main character was also abused as a child, and the description of the moles.tation incidents painted a picture I didn't necessarily want in my head.  The hatred for the horrible person who did that to her was fresh, and while she achieved some closure through a conversation with her father, it all just added to the depressing aspect for me.  The final lesson seemed to be that you can find your own happiness in life if you just choose to, and while I suppose that is not a bad lesson, per se, it wasn't what I was expecting at all.  I was just disappointed.

Note: I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for this review.  This is my honest opinion.
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