Fading Starlight, by Kathryn Cushman

book coverPublisher’s Overview:

When Her Big Shot Blows Up on Her,
How Far Will One Woman Go to Regain Her Dream?

Lauren Summers is in hiding. Her fashion house internship was supposed to launch her career, but a red carpet accident has left her blackballed. The only job she can find comes with little pay, but at least it offers a free place to live–a rundown cottage in the shadow of a cliff-side mansion. Planning to live on savings until she figures out what’s next, she’s unprepared to be contacted by a reporter.

Kendall Joiner is researching Charlotte Montgomery, a former Hollywood ingénue who lives a reclusive life in the cliff-side mansion. Rumors have swirled for decades about Charlotte, and now Kendall wants to find the real story. In return, she may just have the key to getting Lauren back into the fashion world. Desperate to get her life back on track, Lauren’s not sure she can turn down the offer–but as she and Miss Montgomery get to know more about each other, Lauren realizes nothing is quite as it seems.

My Take:

If you’re at the low end of the totem pole when disaster strikes, you’re the one who’ll get the blame. This is the situation for Lauren at a designer fashion company after a prime time wardrobe malfunction. She’s given the boot via text message, and it soon becomes apparent that she’s been given a bad name throughout the industry. Eventually, Lauren lands a position working on costumes for a high school play in Santa Barbara. It isn’t much, but it comes with a cottage in a private neighborhood. It’s just what Lauren needs.

Fading Starlight is a story of staying strong in faith and against injustice. Lauren is by no means perfect, but she stays true to herself despite adversity. This is eventually what helps her succeed, as Miss Montgomery and others come to trust her. She falters slightly when offered a way to show her innocence in the red carpet debacle, but ultimately takes the higher road. Lauren does the right thing just because it’s the right thing to do. It’s a book I thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend.

Thank you to Bethany House for my complimentary copy of Fading Starlight, which I received in exchange for my honest review.

Have you read Fading Starlight? Do you plan to read it? Let me know your thoughts.

Excerpt

Publisher: Bethany House (a division of Baker Publishing)

Publication Date: 03 May 2016

Page Count: 304

Read more on:   Kathryn Cushman’s Website   Bethany House’s Website

Purchase on:   Amazon   Barnes & Noble   Books-a-million   Christianbook.com

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