Saturday, 22 February 2014

Review: Beauty by Frederick G Dillen

As a corporate undertaker for a mergers and acquisitions firm in New York, Carol MacLean travels from factory to factory, firing blue-collar workers who remind her of her father and the kids she grew up with. She hates her job. But Carol has been biding her time: her boss has promised that one day, after she has paid her dues, Carol will get to run a company instead of having to bury it.

On what is supposed to be her last assignment, Carol travels up the coast of Massachusetts to a desperate fishing town where the late lobster and day boats cluster around the inner harbor, the blue steeples of the Portuguese church stand tall on the horizon, and the last remaining fish processing plant is in its death throes. That's when she learns that she's about to be fired.

To save the town and herself, Carol becomes determined to rescue the factory she's under orders to shut down. With the help of the townspeople and a roughly charming local fisherman, and by the force of her own resolve, Carol throws herself into transforming the company but is soon faced with increasingly difficult decisions. Must she choose between the job she has always wanted and everything else?

Beauty explores the ways in which one woman will risk everything; her savings, her reputation, and even a chance at love in pursuit of her dream

Hardcover, 256 pages
Expected publication: March 4th 2014 by Simon & Schuster
Terri's Thoughts:

I received an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher Simon & Schuster via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.  Its expected publication date is March 4th, 2014

This is the kind of story you want to pick up when you are looking for a feel good read with some likeable characters mixed in.  The journey that Carol took from the first to the last page is a true underdog finds her way type of theme.  Add in a love story to the mix and it is a true recipe to raise one's spirits.

While the book was uplifting it was not without its flaws.  I found that there were several run-on sentences in the story and at times there seemed to be some grammatical errors.  This could be because I was reading an ARC and perhaps these flaws will be worked out when the book is officially published.  I was able to overcome this and enjoy the read nonetheless.

I would recommend this read to anyone who is looking for an uplifting story to raise their spirits on those days where a needed boost is required.  This is a fast easy read that satisfies the needs of someone looking for a happy escape.

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