Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Today's book is Limelight by Melody Carlson.

Claudette Fioré used to turn heads and break hearts. She relished the glamorous Hollywood lifestyle because she had what it takes: money, youth, fame, and above all, beauty. But age has withered that beauty, and a crooked accountant has taken her wealth, leaving the proud widow penniless and alone.

Armed with stubbornness and sarcasm, Claudette returns to her shabby little hometown and her estranged sister. Slowly, she makes friends. She begins to see her old life in a new light. For the first time, Claudette Fioré questions her own values and finds herself wondering if it’s too late to change.

This book was so hysterical! On one hand it's sad to see a woman in her 80s who doesn't know the simplest things about running a household. But on the other hand some of the situations Claudette finds herself in are too funny not to laugh. I found myself wanting to take notes so that if I lived to be 80 I would know the things that would make me look silly that I would want to avoid. lol.

But there are those times when you just wish you were there with Claudette so you could give her a big hug and tell her everyone makes mistakes now and then. After so many years of living a pampered life it's hard to sort of start from scratch. Luckily she had a home so she at least had a place to start from. There's a lesson to be learned about being willing to not only accept help but to ask for help. And there are some wonderful characters (hello Bea) who refuse to have their help refused.

Books like this are a joy to read. Lots of lessons to be learned but the message is funny and subtle and you don't mind hearing it.

Melody Carlson is quickly becoming a "must read" for me. As a matter of fact - I'm reading another one of hers and will be reviewing it shortly. Don't miss it.

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This book was provided by Waterbrook/Multnomah for review free of charge.

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