Facelift: A Novel by Leanna Ellis

Facelift: A NovelSynopsis

In life and love, we could all stand a few nips and tucks . . .

Kaye Redmond, a “can do” kind of woman, has the magical touch when it comes to staging houses to attract buyers. Her ability to make things “perfect” has served her well in her career. If only it could transform her personal life as well. With a failed marriage, an angry teenage daughter, and an ex-mother-in-law who is no fairy godmother, Kaye’s life is about as imperfect as it gets.

But sometimes blessings come in the strangest packages. Like her ex-mother-in-law landing on Kaye’s doorstep after a botched facelift. Could caring for the impossible woman help Kaye get what she wants most: her husband back? Isn’t that what God would want? And what her daughter needs? But no fairy princess ever faced such obstacles: an ex-husband’s surgically enhanced mistress, hormonal teenagers, and–worst of all–an extra handsome prince! How’s a woman supposed to find happily-ever-after with all that going on?

My thoughts

I’ll be completely honest…contemporary romance/chick lit novels are not my usual reading fare these days. With my limited time, I’m usually inclined to stick with nonfiction or good historical fiction. So, I wasn’t super enthusiastic when I received a copy of Facelift to review.

In spite of that, I found that I thoroughly enjoyed the book! It was a very well-written, sweet story. The character development was excellent. I really found myself drawn into the story. Kaye struggles with wanting to “help” or “make” God’s will (or what she thinks is God’s will) happen in her life. I was often frustrated with her tunnel vision about reconciling with her ex. I particularly found Kaye’s client/friend Jack and her teenage daugher Izzy very refreshing and “real”. Cousin It (the dog) and her antics were great! The ex-mother-in-law, Marla, well…let’s just say I admired Kaye’s patience with her! I was actually convicted that unpleasant, demanding people like Marla are usually lonely, unhappy people who need our prayers and love, not our annoyance and criticism.  The themes of cosmetic surgery (not your usual subject matter!) and divorce/remarriage were handled gracefully. I enjoyed the humor as well as the underlying attitude of love and generosity that permeated the entire story. 

All in all, Facelift is an enjoyable novel that I’m happy to recommend as a great pleasure read! Ms. Ellis is an excellent writer and I’m glad I had the chance to read the book. Thanks so much to B&H Publishing for providing a review copy to me.

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