Welcome to my 3rd Christian Fiction book review! I started reviewing books of this genre because, well, I enjoy reading them. I wanted to share some of that joy with you, my lovely readers. I hope that I’ve been able to do that, and hope that I’ll continue to do so with this month’s selection – “Perfecting Kate”, by Tamara Leigh.
Considering the recent Heidi Montag plastic surgery debacle, this selection seemed to be an apt choice 🙂 Read on to discover why…
Kate Meadows is a successful San Francisco artist looking for a nice, solid Christian man. So when not one, but two handsome bachelors enter her orbit in rapid succession, her head is spinning just a bit. Michael Palmier is a hunky and famous makeup artist who actually seems to be flirting with her – rather than her physically flawless housemate, Maia. Trouble is, he keeps handing her business cards from various beauty professionals and plastic surgeons. Is he trying to stamp out every last bit of self-esteem she has?
Then there’s Dr. Clive Alexander, good-looking enough to be mistaken for Brad Pitt, who sends Kate’s pulse skittering every time he comes near. Too bad he’s only interested in her work – and doesn’t think she’s much to look at. It’s enough to send a girl running for her paint-splattered, relaxed-fit jeans and swearing off mean altogether! But after undergoing a makeover from Michael’s staff, Kate can’t be oblivious to the admiring glances men throw her way. Maybe she should try contacts… consider some fancy dental work… and you know, that mole really could stand to go. The question now is, what kind of work will Kate do on herself… and who exactly is she trying to please?
It’s been awhile since I’ve read a book that I couldn’t put down. This one fit the bill. Tamara Leigh did a great job, and I found myself relating to Kate Meadows page after page. I think that we’ve all been in Kate’s shoes before – more interested in fixing the way we look on the outside than who we are on the inside. Every woman has those times when your weight or skin or hair seem far more worthy of your time than spending time with God or in prayer. I’d read one of Kate’s journal entries and think, “Yep – I’ve been there before. I know exactly what that feels like.” Those times when you find yourself apologizing to God for not spending enough time with Him or for missing church or for failing to hold your tongue when you knew better.
No one is perfect. We all have failings and shortcomings. We all have flaws. I’d venture a guess that every single woman out there has something about her personal appearance that she’d like to change. I know I do. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to change the way that you look, provided that you’re doing it for the right reasons. If you’re focused on changing how you look because you think that it’ll help you find a man or find happiness or find meaning in your life, then you’re going to be disappointed. True happiness comes from finding God and from having a relationship with Him.
As in the past, I’ve decided to pass my copy along to another reader. If you’ve read this review and are at all interested in the book, then leave me a comment sharing one thing about your self, your inner self, that you’d like to change. I’ll close entries at the end of the week, and announce the winner on Monday!