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Adult Contemporary Romance
New release from Gallery Books (Simon & Schuster) March 2015
Previously released by Publishing
In this modern-day Cinderella story with a charming twist, a young widow with two rambunctious sons falls for a gorgeous movie star. But can she handle life in the limelight?
When Kelly Reynolds’s husband died two years ago, he left her to raise their two young boys. She’s barely pieced herself back together and takes refuge in her routine, running her kids around town and running the trails near their Idaho home.
A chance encounter on a trail run brings famous actor Andy Pettigrew into her life. He’s clearly interested in her, but Kelly hates risk, and a love affair with Andrew is certainly tempting fate. She doesn’t fit into his Hollywood world. She doesn’t own a pair of , and she couldn’t walk five steps in them if she did. Andrew oozes cool. She reeks of dork.
Despite this, they click. But Andrew struggles with the pressures of his fame, and Kelly’s hold on a so-called normal life is already tenuous. So as much as she wants to indulge the fantasy, she doesn’t know how either of them is supposed to cope with and tweet-happy fans with camera phones. Especially when she and Andrew both have secrets that seem impossible to keep…
I've always loved stories about celebrities. I'm not sure if it's what's left of my childhood desire to be famous, or if it's something else, but they're always fun to read. What I love most is when they fall for everyday people; who they could be if they didn't live in the limelight. I've read one other novel by Beck Anderson and so I knew the caliber of her writing, but I was interested to see how'd she handle this subject matter.
In all honesty, I think she did a fantastic job. This story wasn't all hearts and roses. It was often real and raw. I laughed and cried, but I loved what I was reading. Kelly is one strong woman. She's had to face some real challenges and I think she's faced them with dignity and resolve. Andrew was a bit of mystery. I wasn't sure what it was that initially caused him to be attracted to Kelly. I wasn't even sure he liked her until he kissed her. I do like how their relationship slowly developed. I also think he was fantastic with Kelly's kids and family.
I think what surprised me were the twists the story took. Both Kelly and Andrew had pasts that had a great amount of bearing on their present. I do wish more time and pages had been dedicated to it. I also wish the book had been longer, just so I could have a better sense of resolution. I just feel like there was too much that wasn't addressed. Perhaps Beck Anderson will consider writing a sequel or a novella giving readers, Kelly and Andrew, just that. Either way, I'm looking forward to whatever Beck writes next.
*Thank you to the publicist for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*
About the Author
Beck Anderson loves to write about love and its power to heal and grow people past their many imperfections. She is a firm believer in the phrase "mistakes are for learning" and uses it frequently to guide her in writing life and real life.
Beck balances (clumsily at best) writing novels and screenplays, working full-time as an educator, mothering two pre-teen males, loving one post-40 husband, and making time to walk the foothills of Boise, Idaho, with Stefano Anderson, the Chihuahua north of the border.