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Thursday, February 4, 2021

Beautiful Facade by Kathryn S. Rose

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  • Published: February 2, 2021
  • Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
  • Edition: ARC
  • Rating: 3.5 stars

On the day that 16-year-old Winter Starling had her life and dreams shattered by a sexual assault, she meets Kai, a boy from her high school obsessed with music. They develop a deep friendship, which comes to an abrupt end when Kai unexpectedly has to leave. Winter has no idea why he went or any way to contact him.

Ten years pass and Winter has constructed a new reality for herself. Now living in Melbourne, she has a successful career in advertising and is engaged to Liam King, a star player in Australian Rules Football. Winter has a perfect life.

During a night out, Winter runs into Kai, now the lead singer of ‘The Stonevilles.’ Winter and Kai rekindle their friendship, and to everyone around them, their attraction is evident. With Kai back in her life, Winter’s past threatens to ruin her relationship with Liam and everything she has worked to achieve. But can she risk losing Kai a second time?

Emotional and edgy, Beautiful Facade is about love, loss, healing, self-discovery, and the messy battle between one’s head and one’s heart.

Winter Starling is a young woman who appears on the surface to have it all, but that quickly changes when she unintentionally crosses paths with an old friend from the past. She gradually begins to understand that the things she's clinging onto currently aren't what she truly wants, but she is conflicted on whether or not it's worth taking the risk of letting it all go.

On one hand, Winter loves the relationship she has with her fiance. However, she dislikes the constant attention from fans and media when they are out and about. She longs for dates where it is just the two of them and none of the usual fanfare. On the other hand, her old friend was there for her during a difficult time in her life and she feels regret that they grew apart and feels like this chance meeting is her second chance at true love and happiness.

Readers will fall in love with these characters as there is so much self-reflection, personal growth, and vulnerability to be exposed within these pages. I think those who pick up the book will be happy with the ending as I was. 

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