All Beautiful Thingsby Nicki Salcedo
The scars. She'll never forgive her attacker.
Seven years ago, a knife-wielding stranger left socialite Ava Camden for dead on the sidewalk of an upscale Atlanta restaurant. She survived, but her face was brutally scarred. The police, the courts, and the powerful Camden family pinned the assault on only one suspect: Joel Sapphire, a twenty-year-old star athlete… See more details below
The scars. She'll never forgive her attacker.
Seven years ago, a knife-wielding stranger left socialite Ava Camden for dead on the sidewalk of an upscale Atlanta restaurant. She survived, but her face was brutally scarred. The police, the courts, and the powerful Camden family pinned the assault on only one suspect: Joel Sapphire, a twenty-year-old star athlete on the cusp of a pro football career. Too drunk to remember any details, Joel was found over Ava's body, holding the bloody weapon.
The letters. His brother is her only hope for the truth.
Graham Sapphire grew up fighting on the city's tough southside, and he'll never let the Camdens crush his family. Now a wealthy hotelier, he's determined to clear his brother's name-and to find the monster responsible for Ava's scars. Graham started writing to Ava the day his brother entered prison, asking her to give him a chance and offering his help. She never answered-but she never stopped reading.
The secrets. The truth may destroy them both.
Now Joel has been paroled, only to vanish before Graham can reach him. Is he lurking in the shadows or on the run from death threats? Ava is the lure that will bring him back, but she's not alone in the fight. Graham will give his life-and even his brother's-to protect her. The bond between them is hot, tender, and almost as dangerous as the hunter who waits in the shadows of the city's darkest streets.
Nicki Salcedo is a graduate of Stanford University with a degree in English and Creative Writing. She is a two-time recipient of the Maggie Award of Excellence and a Golden Heart Finalist. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and four kids.
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What a phenomenal debut. I loved this one. Just LOVED it. Salcedo hears a rhythm in words that NO ONE else gets. It's beautiful and heartbreaking and poetic. Welcome to your new auto-buy author. Amazing debut.
Nicki Salcedo's story can be counted as a beautiful thing. The writing was lovely, pulling you into Ava's world of limited living since she was attacked. This is the story of her awakening back to life with the help of the most unlikely of romantic interests, her convicted attacker's brother. This book had some romance, drama, suspense, mystery... even arguably a unique retelling of the classic Beauty and the Beast fairytale. It's a quick read, but there's an awful lot packed into it. Even being outside my usual genres (paranormal & the like), I thoroughly enjoyed it.
There are few books in my collection that I find where I am texting every reader in my phone telling them you need to read THIS. Doesn't matter the genre you prefer, doesn't matter if you are man or woman, I was texting. I only hope that they listen. I opened the book knowing it was inspired by Beauty and the Beast with a twist. The heroine, Ava, is the beast. As you read on the back cover, she was attacked and left scared. The Prologue starts out with a few letters from the hero to the heroine. She never writes back but he never stops writing. I think that in itself tells you the kind of man he is. From chapter one, you can see that Ava is detached. A ghost moving through life but unsure how to live it anymore. She goes through the motions, she knows what she wants - to be a normal person for her nieces, to take care of the men at her homeless shelter - but she's never been the same since her attack and now her presumed attacker is back on the streets and the man who has been writing her letters for the last seven years is suddenly standing in front of her, flesh and blood. There are a lot of fairy tale references, some obvious, some a little hidden, that, of course, had me fan-girling a bit because I love fairy tales. Every writer out there has a message to send. We all have those authors who designate with us. By the time I closed this book, my heart was warm and my eyes were watery. I find myself having a difficult time doing this review without spoilers which is unusual for me but I'm just so eager to discuss it. I need those people I text to get reading. For me, the overlaying message is that all of us have scars and sometimes we get so lost in our own pain we forget that bad things happen to other people too. Its not about saying my pain is worst than yours, its about just trying to find those people who can help us heal. This is a book I think everyone needs to read. - And then write me so we can discuss it!
A must read for anyone who knows that love can heal and that healing allows you to love. All Beautiful Things is a lyrical novel, detailing the healing power of love and forgiveness between Ava Camden and Graham Sapphire, people who have been scarred by their common past and strive to heal their wounds once and for all. Ms. Salcedo creates engaging and diverse characters that a reader easily connects with, roots for, and celebrates with throughout. Through Ava and Graham’s story we realize we all have scars and we all hope to have the strength to move past them with someone we love.
Amazing debut novel. The writing is superb, the character's heartaches becomes yours as you read, as well as their triumphs. Brilliant secondary characters round out this story. This is a book that you recommend to everyone. Nicki Salcedo has a gift and I can't wait to read more from her. Write fast, Nicki!