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  • ISBN-13: 9781601629975
  • Publisher: Kensington
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

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    Envy Wilson is a single, black, hardworking woman with no children; she continuously sleeps with men and does not believe in love. Meanwhile, behind closed doors she is battling other demons from her "dark" past. Will she regain reality of her future and close the doors to her past?

    Layla Hobbs is also a single, black female with no children that is obese and battling with many insecurities within her until a terrible incident changes her life forever. She has a very loving family but cannot seem to find a "good" man to save her. When the tables are turned for Layla, will she overcome her insecurities?

    Kacie Mayweather is a single mom with many kids...yes, many. She's also battling a physical medical condition but acts as though she isn't. She loves her kids and takes care of them; but she does not see the terrible mistakes made while searching for love in the wrong places. Will Kacie ever learn the "error" of her trifling mistakes?

    "Beautiful Ugly" by Shelia E. Lipsey is one of the most inspirational novels that I've read this year! I found that the characters in this novel, Envy, Layla, and Kacie, without a doubt reminded me of one of my current friends. These women will remind you of someone close to you; whether it's a sister, cousin, aunt, friend, etc. Do you think these women will actually find the ugliness within their heart and bring out the beauty? I truly did not understand the meaning of the title of this novel until I read this novel...excellent choice of words! There were many errors, but even still, I would recommend "Beautiful Ugly." I would continue to read more books by Shelia E. Lipsey in the near future.

    Exquisite Novel!

    Reviewed by: Tekisha

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011


    I really enjoyed reading this book it made me mad and happy all at the same time.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2011

    no words to dedcribe

    this was a great book. it took me one night to finish it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012


    Very good read! Will be looking for more from this author.

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  • Posted November 8, 2009

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    "Beautiful Ugly" has taken me to another level, which is another heartrending drama with some inspirational insights to keep these three female (sistahs) going and facing their insecurities. We can relate to one or all these women: Envy Wilson; Layla Hobbs, and Kacie Mayweather.

    Envy Wilson cannot understand why her mother would name her "Envy" and being the dark-skin sister of the group that finds love through all the wrong men. She also carries a deep dark secret that eventually will come to the light. She delivers her cold-cut-throat words to her friends, but gets them lashed back at her from Kacie. Although she does not have any kids that anyone sees or knows of, Kacie knows that she sleeps with many men to find love too. However, Kacie, is on the same bandwagon as Envy, except she has six kids to show for and working on baby number seven, believing this time it will be different. She is seeking for love due to her disability and believes that one day she will attract the right man, but she needs to build up her love for God and self-esteem. Then, there is Layla, who is the overweight sistah in the house (Heavy D song is ringing in my head). She has a distraught and violent brother (who she dated in the past) on her hands. She overcomes this tragic incident and possibly finds new love!

    I love most about this book is that we are faced with either disabilities, obscurities, insecurities, do not like what God has given us (beauty-wise), or not loving ourselves therefore how can we love anyone else. Shelia Lipsey gets a humanity award for putting out a well-needed book, to see we can face these obscurities and see the love that God has for us (and our friends/family). We were fearfully and wonderfully made. A must-read for those facing insecurities, obscurities, or sisterhood (best friends forever) and many who are looking for a heart-felt book (good read)!

    Adrienna Turner
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