Fresh out of design school, a wardrobe malfunction on national TV sinks Lauren's budding career as a dress designer even before it begins. Fortunately, Lauren has contacts who help her get out of Hollywood and start over in Santa Barbara. She is given a rent-free cottage and a low-paying job while she tries to reboot her career. Her new home is in a very private neighborhood, where hermit Charlotte Montgomery rebuffs Lauren's acts of neighborliness. As Lauren tries to establish herself, reporter Kendall Joiner offers to break the story that will clear Lauren's name, in exchange for information about Miss Montgomery, which may implicate her in a decades-old unsolved murder.
Lauren is encouraged by her friends to rely on the Lord during this difficult time, and make decisions that will honor Him. Even though she tries to do what is right, it seems that everything turns out wrong, and she even has to leave her tiny cottage for a smaller, second-story apartment.
I loved Lauren's character. She was young and vibrant, yet was an "old soul" in her love for gardening, classic movies, fine fabrics, and beautiful gowns.
This was the first book I had read by Kathryn Cushman, and I was very pleased with it. It kept my attention throughout the whole story, and the characters' growth was realistic. It was fun to get an inside look into fashion design and the "glory days" of Hollywood that I gleaned from this book. I recommend this story to those who like fashion, sewing, old movies, contemporary fiction, and women's fiction.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
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