Friday, October 4, 2013

THE CLASS REUNION SERIES

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Pretty is as Pretty Does (bk 1)
Bless Her Heart (bk 2)
Tickled Pink (bk 3)
(Bethany House March 1, 2007)
by
Debby Mayne


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Debby Mayne is a best-selling author who has published more than 25 books and novellas, 400 short stories and articles, and devotions for women. She has also worked as managing editor of a national health magazine, product information writer for HSN, a creative writing instructor, and a copy editor and proofreader. Her novel, Love Finds You in Treasure Island, Florida received 4-1/2 stars from RT Book Review, and was named a Top Pick for the month of July. She and her husband Wally have two grown daughters, and live in Palm Harbor, Florida.

 ABOUT THE BOOKS

Priscilla Slater goes to her ten-year high school reunion with equal parts dread and eager anticipation. Even though she’s a successful owner of a chain of hair salons and no longer has the mousy brown hair, crooked teeth, and discount-store wardrobe, she still feels like the ugly duckling. But when she arrives at the reunion, Priscilla soon realizes that her old classmates aren’t exactly as she remembers them. With humor and a just a touch of sassiness, Priscilla finds herself facing her own truth—and she may be surprised at what she discovers.

As Priscilla Slater’s 15-year class reunion approaches, she decides to attend out of curiosity… and to flaunt her latest achievement—taking her business to a national level with the possibility of a TV show. As if getting ready for the event and putting up with the pranks of her former classmates isn’t enough, Priscilla’s hometown visit is further complicated by her parents’ separation. With the once-solid sanctuary of her home broken at the foundation, there’s only one thing Priscilla’s parents can agree on: no matter what sort of accolades their daughter receives as a hair stylist, she’s not living up to her potential. Eager to escape the painful reality of her childhood home, Priscilla bolts as soon as a call from New York brings good news: her offer to purchase one of the best salons in the country is likely to come through. But returning to New York means returning to Tim, Priscilla’s best friend and business pal who has been impatiently suggesting their relationship should be more than a friendship. Despite her recent achievements, will Priscilla learn that success doesn’t always result in popularity—or love?

Priscilla Slater shows up at her 20-year reunion as a national celebrity. Her hair salon dynasty has skyrocketed, and to top it off, she has her own line of hair products. She has become a huge success with the “Ms. Prissy Big Hair” line that lets women with the thinnest of locks get the coveted “big hair” look so popular in the South. Her classmates have finally come to terms with adulthood, but they’re handling it with the grace of a Southern woman wearing white after Labor Day. It’s just downright awkward! Asserting the maturity that her classmates have often lacked, Priscilla holds her head high. But she can’t ignore everything. When she catches her mother in the arms of her former high school principal, Priscilla can’t get out of town fast enough. Eager to get back to her more comfortable life, Priscilla runs head on into an ultimatum: Tim tells her they’re not getting any younger—as if she has to be reminded.

If you would like to read an excerpt from Pretty is as Pretty Does (bk 1), go HERE
JOIN THE PARTY! Now that all three books have released, let’s party! (Yes, really!) Join our online class reunion the week of October 7, 2013 on Debby Mayne’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/136447929891169/ Stop by to answer questions about the books, respond to fun polls, join in fun activities to help you reminisce your high school days, and win great prizes. Tell your friends and meet us there!

My thoughts...

An enjoyable story of five people preparing and attending their ten year class reunion. Each has issues... Priscilla, owner of 5 highly successful salons, was voted "Most likely to succeed" and that she did yet she has low self esteem. Laura, married to a nonsuccessful man, with 3 children, and a DUI under her belt, is scared to attend. What will her classmates think of her now?

Trudy was prom queen and beauty pageant winner yet sees herself as unloveable since the divorce from her high school sweetheart. She has gained weight and sees FAT when she looks in the mirror. She doesn't want to run into him and his new girl.

Tim (who is also Priscilla's employee) has been in love with Priscilla for years but she feels nothing for him. He volunteers to go to the reunion with her and she accepts telling him he is like a brother to her. Lastly, there's Celeste...the wall flower in school. She has never fit in but as she helps Laura plan the reunion she finally feels like she belongs.

The reunion promises drama, heartbreak, and more. Very entertaining!

"Bless Her Heart" is book two, it's 5 years later and time for their 15th year reunion. Priscilla has lots to brag about and is actually looking forward to going. Her salons have gone international and there's a TV show in the works. Priscilla's parents have separated and still telling her she is wasting her life. Tim is pushing her to take their work relationship into something more.

Laura, unhappily married to a drunk and doesn't have the courage to leave. Celeste and Trudy trying to find who they are and where they fit in. Another enjoyable read and I liked knowing what happened after the 10 yr reunion.

I'm looking forward to reading "Tickled Pink" where they attend their Twentieth class reunion.

I received copies of these books free from Abingdon Press in exchange for an honest review.

2 comments:

Debby Mayne said...

Thank you for such kind words about my series. I hope readers enjoy reading these books as much as I loved writing them! Please join us at the Online Class Reunion next week

Melissa @ My Recent Favorite Books said...

Sounds like a wonderful series! =)