Book Review : Beauty by Louise Mensch

June 10, 2014 Book review 0 ★★★½

Summertime and the reading is easy! If that is the mood you are in; then I have just the book for you.

Book Review : Beauty by Louise MenschBeauty by Louise Mensch
Published by Headline on 22 May 2014
Genres: Contemporary Women, Romance
Pages: 480
Format: eARC
Source: Bookbridgr
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three-half-stars

FROM THE BESTSELLING LOUISE BAGSHAWE, NOW WRITING AS LOUISE MENSCH

Blend it. Sculpt it. Shape it. Use it... There isn't a woman on earth who doesn't have her beauty secrets. But for Dina Kane, beauty is more than just business. It's power. And it is the secret. She's dragged herself up from poverty to Park Avenue. She's rolled with the punches. And she's learned how to win. Now someone is out to destroy her, and all she's built.

They've underestimated Dina Kane. She's staying at the top - and she's happy to wait for the perfect moment to exact her revenge...

First Line of Beauty:

“The maternity ward was having a bad day.”

My Thoughts on Beauty:

I enjoyed it! It starts on the day Dina Kane is born; unwanted and unnoticed. Her own father thinks of her as a ‘bald pink rat’ but she grows in to a beauty. There is a lot more than a pretty face to Dina though; she has brains and a head for business and is determined to find her niche in the world.

The highs of Beauty:

– I loved the feisty Dina. Her life is full of setbacks but she just picks herself up and runs full speed at the next goal she sets herself. It is inspirational to watch her looking for opportunities and then making the most of them. I love seeing the underdog achieve
– I loved the cut and thrust of the business world at the core of the book. We get little details of how Dina makes her businesses work. Don’t worry… not in a way that makes you want to snooze off but in an interesting way.
– I wasn’t expecting the mob background in the book either but it added another bit of colour and drama to the book.
– The book centres around revenge and I have to admit I simultaneously enjoyed it and wanted it to stop.
– The beauty industry is familiar to the majority of women and seeing name dropping of products that I use made me feel connected to the plot.
– Edward is a well drawn evil character that I loved to hate and wanted to slap

The lows of Beauty:

– Insta love. The relationship between Dina and Joel certainly sizzled and I felt they connected on emotional, physical and intellectual levels. But I would like to have seen it developed further. It sprang from nowhere and they both make huge decisions without really knowing each other.
– As much as I loved the message that beauty is for all women and I know personally that when I make an effort to look good that I feel good; I still felt that there was too much emphasis on beauty. It came across as a little shallow at times.

On the Balance:

Overall if you are looking for a gossipy-feeling, entertaining, light read this is more than worthy of your time. It certainly kept me turning the pages and the lively pace meant that I never lost interest.

 

Rating Report
Characters
four-stars
Setting
three-half-stars
Pace
three-stars
Did I feel it?
three-half-stars
Overall: three-half-stars

Who should read Beauty?

I’d recommend this to fans of contemporary womens fiction, to those who love beauty products and to those who would love an inside look at the beauty industry. Or if you are looking for a blockbuster to add to your beach bag; this would be a perfect match.

Thanks to Bookbridgr and Headline Review for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

three-half-stars

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