A book of lessons that we are never too old to learn… ~ Sheila
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.
I used to be a beauty… too good for our dusty little town… destined for greatness.
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.
This book covered a great topic that usually hits home for me…. the character of Claudette Fiore’ (doesnt the name even fit the ‘tude?) starts off as this person who is used to getting her way no matter what the cost. I have to admit – I did not like her.
As the book evolves and Claudette hits things that are inevitable… we see the changes that take place in her. I liked where the story was going but found it to be a bit predictable. There were a few “aha” moments as we see the world now through the older Claudette’s eyes and the message of “it is never too late”, rings true.
Melody is an award-winning, best-selling author of nearly two hundred books for teens, children, and adults, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the Secret Life of Samantha McGregor series, the True Color Series, and Notes from a Spinning Planet series. Melody has two grown sons and lives in central Oregon with her husband, where they enjoy skiing, hiking, gardening, camping, and biking.
I received my review copy of the book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group