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A Thing of Beauty
by Lisa Samson


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It's a wonder to behold what happens when love moves in . . .

Former child star Fiona Hume deserted the movie biz a decade ago--right after she left rehab. She landed in Baltimore, bought a dilapidated old mansion downtown, and hatched dreams of restoring it into a masterpiece, complete with a studio for herself.  Read more...


 
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Overview

It's a wonder to behold what happens when love moves in . . .

Former child star Fiona Hume deserted the movie biz a decade ago--right after she left rehab. She landed in Baltimore, bought a dilapidated old mansion downtown, and hatched dreams of restoring it into a masterpiece, complete with a studio for herself.

She would disappear from public view and live an artist's life.

That was the plan.

Ten years later, Fiona's huge house is filled with junk purchased at thrift stores, haggled over at yard sales, or picked up from the side of the road. Each piece was destined for an art project . . . but all she's got so far is a piece of twine with some antique buttons threaded down its length.

She's thirty-two years old and still recognizable, but Fiona's money has finally run out. She's gotten pretty desperate, too, and in her desperation she's willing to do almost anything for money. Almost. So it is that she comes to rent out the maid's quarters to a local blacksmith named Josia Yeu.

Josia is everything Fiona isn't: gregarious, peaceful, in control without controlling . . . in short, happy. As the light from the maid's quarters begins to permeate the dank rooms of Fiona's world, something else begins to transform as well--something inside Fiona. Something even she can see is beautiful.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781595545473
  • ISBN-10: 1595545476
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publish Date: January 2015
  • Page Count: 304
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds


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Books > Fiction > Christian - General
Books > Fiction > Contemporary Women

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-11-10
  • Reviewer: Staff

Samson (The Sky Beneath My Feet) is in top page-turner form in this tale of a fractured former child star who, as they say, has issues. Fiona Hume’s Baltimore house is stuffed with clutter that she intends to assemble into a hundred art projects. The former screen phenomenon (an Oscar is lost somewhere in her house) divorced her parents at age 16 for mishandling her finances, and left the film world after rehab. Running out of money, she takes in a boarder, Josia, a gifted blacksmith who begins transforming her home by repurposing the clutter into artwork and influencing her as well. Not everything in this thoughtful tale of redemption and reconciliation is subtle, but the development of the narrative arc is credible and organic, powered by absorbing characters, especially a protagonist who is both deeply flawed and deeply sympathetic. The ending is thoroughly satisfying, in that old-fashioned, can’t-let-the-characters-go kind of way. Agency: MacGregor Literary Agency. (Jan.)

 
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