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Facing? Media and Reality. Book Review.

Beautiful Facade Book Cover Beautiful Facade
Kathryn S Rose
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: February 2nd 2021

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.

This book looks at the somewhat fake life of a WAG and sports stars. The life that they lead is always geared towards what they would look like in the media and the clothes that they wear must reflect that, as el as the money that they spend on such things as weddings.

But what happens when the apparent beautiful life shatters? What part does the media play in the story and how ‘real’ is what hey tell the masses of their readers?

And of course, we do have a heroine who is hiding a secret from all except her therapist and a bot she used to know – who is hiding a secret himself. the secret that caused him to crash out of her life when they were still teeanagers.

the story does tell of the struggle it can be to overcome a traumatic event, but maybe more could have been made of it – and also it is not quite clear just exactly what happened. Similarly, the events that led up to the boy’s sudden exit could have been worth more than a brief para or two. these two things would / could, in my view, have made this a stronger story with some morality messages that would have enhanced its worth. for me, the lack of this element downgraded the book by a star.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kathryn S Rose is a mum, wife, reader, writer, traveller, and food enthusiast. Writing a book was always on her bucket list, and finally, with Beautiful Facade, it has come into fruition.
 
Kathryn is interested in the study of human behaviour and obtained a Bachelor of Social Science, with a focus on Community studies and Welfare Work.
 
Since completing her studies, she has worked in several jobs, which have enhanced her understanding of social issues, human development, relationships, and lifestyle. Some of these insights are reflected in her writing and give her inspiration.


Besides books, Kathryn has many other loves. She enjoys listening to live music, relaxing at the beach, embarking on random hiking adventures, and indulging in too much food and wine with ​family and friends.

When Kathryn and her family aren’t traipsing around the world, they can be found residing in Perth, Western Australia.

https://www.kathrynsrose.com/

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