Beautiful Something Else by Sheila Hageman
*I received a copy of Beautiful Something Else from the author, but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.*
Synopsis: "Beautiful Something Else is a contemporary romance with smarts and humor.
Lizbeth, an outwardly-confident but overly self-conscious thirty-year-old, is spurred on by her New Age friend, Janet, to trust the Universe and ask for what she wants in life—to land a starring role, lose five pounds and find herself naked with a man. The stars seem to be aligning for her, but not exactly in the way she meant.
A chance encounter with a film director at Grand Central Station may be her lucky break, but the New York City actress is blindsided when she is fired from her bill-paying waitress job, and she must decide where her true values lie. Should she take a position as a “pretend secretary” for a handsome, but holier-than-though chiropractor and healer with questionable morals to pay her rent?
While Chip Duncan woos a potential investor for his new healing center, he fights his romantic urges for Lizbeth. She finds herself falling in love with Chip’s caring, healing heart, but she’s equally frustrated by his greed and dishonesty.
Can Lizbeth resolve her body image issues and find a clear path to satisfaction in career and relationship? And will Chip realize in time that Lizbeth is the woman for him before he blows off her love?"
Review: This book definitely exceeded my expectations. I know that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but let's be honest, most of us do. That's why when I first looked at the cover I thought I would be reading a middle grade novel, that just happened to be quite a bit longer. What I got instead was a romance filled, new adult-ish contemporary which I found to be a really good read!
My favorite part about this novel was that this novel covered topics that can be considered taboo in our society. Although, it never goes into depth, just bringing up topics like beauty standards, religion, and feminism is a step up from ignoring these issues. I loved how characters interacted and I definitely read through this novel very quickly because of this.
The plot was interesting, but I, personally, did not find it incredibly unique and it wasn't very moving. However, I enjoyed the idea of the plot and that because of the lack of action, there was a deeper focus on the characters and what was occurring in their minds. Besides the lack of action, I also found the end of the novel to be cut short, or rushed. Although it definitely was not a horrible ending, and everything was able to come together, I just felt rushed through the last chapter.
Overall, Beautiful Something Else definitely surpassed by expectation of it. It would make a great read for anyone in search of a fun, romantic, novel to read.
Cover: ★★☆☆☆ (this cover really threw me off lol)
Favorite Quote(s): "How did you choose one religion over another?"
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