Monday, November 2, 2009
Limelight by Melody Carlson
Claudette Fioré used to turn heads and break hearts. She relished the glamorous Hollywood lifestyle because she had what it takes: money, youth, fame, and above all, beauty. But age has withered that beauty, and a crooked accountant has taken her wealth, leaving the proud widow penniless and alone.
Armed with stubbornness and sarcasm, Claudette returns to her shabby little hometown and her estranged sister. Slowly, she makes friends. She begins to see her old life in a new light. For the first time, Claudette Fioré questions her own values and finds herself wondering if it’s too late to change.
I feel this story had great potential. Melody Carlson did a fantastic job describing the difficulties that Claudette had fitting into small town life as a broke elderly woman after having spent most of her adult years a wealthy woman in Hollywood with a houseful of servants. The tensions grew, the difficulties mounted and then BAM!! It was all resolved in a very short time. The resolution was too quick, too short and too pat. It made this book go from being very good to just okay.
Limelight was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.