I had a really hard time getting into this book. When I read the book of A Thing of Beauty, I wasn’t entirely excited about the premise to begin with.
Fiona Hume is a former child star that divorced her parents as a teenager and has been hiding out basically when her career ended. It sounded all too familiar with many Hollywood stars, or former stars!
We start off with Fiona trying to rent out a room in her old mansion because she’s spent her fortune and actually needs the cash. She places a really strange ad to weed out anyone who might befriend her and for me it set the tone for the book, and not in a good way.
Fiona is quirky for sure but I’m not sure sometimes if Samson was trying to be funny with her quirkiness or what exactly her intention was but it just all rubbed me the wrong way. Fiona is not a likable character and that doesn’t change as the book goes on which I found strange. Usually when a character has issues, their redeeming qualities save them but Fiona doesn’t seem to have any.
This book is categorized as Christian but I’m not sure why. It was barely a present theme in the book and none of the characters act very Godly.
A Thing of Beauty seemed all out of whack to me and was hard to follow and read at times. I ended up not finishing the book because when I’m halfway through and still don’t get it, it’s time to put it down.
About the Book
It’s a wonder to behold what happens when love moves in . . .
Former child star Fiona Hume left the biz a decade ago, after she left rehab. She retreated to Baltimore and bought an old mansion downtown with dreams of restoring it into a masterpiece-maybe creating an artist’s studio for herself. And living an artist’s life.
That was the plan.
Ten years later, Fiona’s huge house is filled with junk purchased at thrift stores, yard sales, or picked up from the side of the road. Each piece was destined for a project, but all she’s got so far is a piece of twine with some antique buttons threaded down its length.
Her money has almost run out. She will soon lose her house and will be forced back into acting.
So it is that Fiona comes to rent out a room to a local blacksmith, Josiah. Little by little, Josiah magically transforms Fiona’s home into something beautiful. She comes to life again. Her relationships heal and she experiences, perhaps for the first time, what it means to be human, what it means to be loved, and what it means when we let go and allow the wondrous workings of forces far bigger than we are to take over.
About the Author
Lisa Samson is the beloved author of the award-winning novels Quaker Summer and The Sky Beneath My Feet. Publishers Weekly recently compared her style to that of Anne Tyler.
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