AUTHOR: Kathryn Cushman
PUBLISHER: Bethany House Publishers
Lauren Summers is hiding. Her fashion house internship should have launched her career, but a red carpet accident has left her blackballed. The only job she finds is unpaid, but comes with free lodging--a run-down cottage in the shadow of a cliff-side mansion. Unsure of what comes next, she's surprised to be contacted by a reporter researching a reclusive former Hollywood ingénue who lives in the nearby mansion.
Kendall Joiner wants Lauren's help uncovering the old woman's secrets. In return, she'll prove the red carpet accident was a publicity stunt so Lauren can regain her former job. With all her dreams in front of her, Lauren's tempted by the offer, but as she and the old woman get to know each other, Lauren realizes nothing is quite as it seems.
When offered a copy of this book by the publisher, the charm of its front cover convinced me to accept. As I began to read, though, I wondered if this story was aimed at a young adult audience—not my usual genre. The actions and reactions of the heroine and her friend seemed immature to me, and perhaps as a result of that disappointing beginning, I found it difficult to identify with her.
The mystery of the unfriendly neighbor lady is intriguing, and that kept me reading. I enjoyed the few tidbits about the characters’ backgrounds but would have appreciated more details. This is a sweet story, and I give Fading Starlight three and a half stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.