It begins with a television show in 1996...
Lance Denton knows what he wants, and it isn’t his co-star Maggie Smiley. She’s too timid, too nice, too innocent—too everything. She sees past his exterior and into his heart. Maggie expects him to be good, and he only knows bad. He tells himself this, and yet he can’t stay away from her. Her eyes, her heart, her spirit. He falls for her, and then he keeps falling.
It ends with a knock on the door in 2010...
Maggie Smiley has spent the last decade pretending a piece of her childhood never happened, namely the part that involved Lance Denton. When she receives an invitation in the mail to a fundraiser, she decides to stop hiding—from her past, from herself, and ultimately, from Lance. He makes this easy when he shows up on her doorstep, his blue, blue eyes promising more than she wants to see.
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Forgiveness, redemption, and acceptance
***I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.***
I think this is Lindy's best novel to date. I could relate so much to this particular novel because of the eating disorders that the protagonist, Maggie, struggles with. Society tells us we have to look a certain way to be considered attractive, successful, or just good to look at. Maggie feels that pressure with the fame she gets from being a child actress.
It doesn't help that her feelings are toyed with as a teenager, and as a result she suffers physically, mentally, and emotionally. The thing with Lindy's stories is that there are always two sides to every story. Lance's story is just as emotionally gut-wrenching as Maggie's, and I'm glad we get to see his side in flashbacks.
This is a story about forgiveness and redemption. Most of all, it is about accepting and loving who we are, regardless of what society and the media tells us is acceptable. I think everyone will be able to relate to Maggie and Lance and the internal demons they both face. I won't lie; I cried. This is a book I needed to read at this point in my life and I'll always be thankful to Lindy for writing it.
5 Platypires to Within this Frame.