Summary (from Goodreads)
Title: Beautiful Beautiful
Author: Heidi Garrett
Publication Date: 15 Nov, 2013
Publisher: Half-Faerie Publishing
Every night, Kerrin tells her daughter a fairy tale. Mirabella's favorite is "Beauty Beauty"--the story of when her mother met her father. As Kerrin spins the tale wrapped around the most dark, and equally light, period in her life, she considers these questions:
What is beauty? When is it nourishing... And when is it treacherous?
Years of struggling on the indie film circuit are about to pay off for Kerrin Mayham. She's the frontrunner for the Golden Pinnacle's "Director of the Year." Winning will mean generous financial backing for her next project, and the most beautiful men in the industry will compete for the leading role. Her integrity and sense of self will be challenged. Because when it comes to casting Demion Glass, Kerrin will have to confront her personal demons--and an emptiness that has haunted her for years. (Adult language & situations, no explicit sex)
The core story in Beautiful Beautiful is a retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen tale "Beautiful," and the first release in Heidi Garrett's Once Upon a Time Today collection. In these stand-alone retellings of popular and obscure fairy tales, adult characters navigate the deep woods of the modern landscape to find their Happily Ever Afters.
I can’t say if I loved this book or not. I just liked it. I love new approaches to fairy tales and well, Heidi never disappoints at that. But… maybe I read too many adult books, maybe that was just me, but the book lacked its steam. I mean it lacked the description of love. The thing is I can’t agree with myself on one thing: did the book need more steam? When you read it, you have the feeling something is missing, but when you finish it, everything is in its place, nothing which should be added.
I liked how the author tells the story and a fairy tale at the same time. I liked Kerrin, but not when she id with Zorr. It was too fast and too hotheaded. From the beginning of the book we know that Kerrin is with the guy she loves, but we don’t see their love grow in the book. It’s like she saw him, 6 months after he’s asking to date her, they have children. Nothing special, and somehow that nothing special makes the book worth reading. Because everyone can see their “own” beauty, how they think the beauty should be seen and no one can tell us what it is. The author just gave us a hint, to seek it and seek it properly, because kind of every story has a happily ever after, you just need to find yours.
Happy Reading!!! And don’t forget to check short stories in this series by clicking HERE. Grab your copy now, to feel a little magic and don’t forget to leave comments!!! JJJ
Could you share with us your idea of the perfect soundtrack for Beautiful Beautiful?
Pieces of Me/Britney Spears
Bad Romance/Lady Gaga
Paint it Black/Siobhan Magnus
You Learn/Alanis Morrisette
The Prayer Cycle: Movement V - Grace/Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
About the Author
Heidi Garrett is the author of the contemporary fairytale novella collection, Once Upon a Time Today. In these stand-alone retellings of popular and obscure fairy tales, adult characters navigate the deep woods of the modern landscape to find their Happily Ever Afters. The Original Fairy Tale short stories: The Girl Who Watched For Elves, The Girl Who Dreamed of Red Shoes, and The Girl Who Couldn’t Sing are a prelude to that collection.
She is also the author of The Queen of the Realm of Faerie series, a fairy tale/high fantasy mashup about a young half-faerie, half mortal woman who must save both the Enchanted and Mortal Worlds.
Heidi was born in Texas, and in an attempt to reside in as many cities in that state as she could, made it to Houston, Lubbock, Austin, and El Paso. Heidi now lives in Eastern Washington state with her husband, their two cats, her laptop, and her Kindle.
Being from the South, she often contemplates the magic of snow, and hopes to remind readers that:
Once upon a time, you lived in an enchanted world…
Learn more about Heidi and enjoy her stream-of-consciousness reading journal, Eating Magic, at: www.heidigwrites.blogspot.com
If you want to say Hello, give her a shout out on Twitter: www.twitter.com/heidigwrites
She is now on Facebook: www.facebook.com/heidigwrites
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