Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Review: Beautiful Girl by Shiloh Walker

Title: Beautiful Girl
Author: Shiloh Walker

Read copy: eBook
Published: January 29, 2008
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN: 1599988739
ISBN-13: 9781599988733

Sometimes getting to heaven requires a trip through hell.

Twelve years ago, it looked like Del Prescott had it all. The wealthy family, the car, the looks and charm, and the perfect boyfriend. Then, mysteriously, she disappeared to “study abroad.” Now she’s back, and it’s not merely to attend a high school reunion. She’s here to face her demons—and Blake, the man she has never stopped loving.

Blake Mitchell is a changed man, thanks to surviving twelve long years of difficulties that began after Del dropped out of his life. Now she’s back, and she’s nothing like the polished, stylish world traveler he imagined she’d be. There’s a darkness about her, and a grim expression in her eyes that says she’s prepared for fight or flight.

Blake’s concern for her breaks down the walls Del has built around her heart and she finally begins to heal from the abuse she suffered at the hands of her own family. But the betrayal goes deeper than either of them ever imagined—and it’s about to come back to haunt them.

My rating:

A dark and moody story of a woman's "journey through hell on her way to heaven". Sometimes such stories of abuse are tough to read, but Ms. Walker did a good job and not overdoing things, keeping it simple, yet important and poignant.

This was a nicely woven story of drama and darkness, torment, angst, romance, rekindled flames, and love, with a nice little suspenseful sub-plot thrown into the mix.


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