Facelift: A Novel

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In life and love, we could all stand a few nips and tucks . . .

Kaye Redmond, a "can do" kind of woman, has the magical touch when it comes to staging houses to attract buyers. Her ability to make things "perfect" has served her well in her career. If only it could transform her personal life as well. With a failed marriage, an angry teenage daughter, and an ex-mother-in-law who is no fairy godmother, Kaye's life is about as imperfect as it ...

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In life and love, we could all stand a few nips and tucks . . .

Kaye Redmond, a "can do" kind of woman, has the magical touch when it comes to staging houses to attract buyers. Her ability to make things "perfect" has served her well in her career. If only it could transform her personal life as well. With a failed marriage, an angry teenage daughter, and an ex-mother-in-law who is no fairy godmother, Kaye's life is about as imperfect as it gets.

But sometimes blessings come in the strangest packages. Like her ex-mother-in-law landing on Kaye's doorstep after a botched facelift. Could caring for the impossible woman help Kaye get what she wants most: her husband back? Isn't that what God would want? And what her daughter needs? But no fairy princess ever faced such obstacles: an ex-husband's surgically enhanced mistress, hormonal teenagers, and—worst of all—an extra handsome prince! How's a woman supposed to find happily-ever-after with all that going on?

Acclaim for previous Leanna Ellis novels:
"Sharp prose and an appealing love story make this tale a winner."

~Library Journal (Once in a Blue Moon)

"One of my favorite new authors . . . such unique stories."

~Write by Faith (Ruby's Slippers)

"I was floored by the way this book made me feel . . . first-class entertainment."

~RomanceReaderAtHeart.com (Elvis Takes a Back Seat)

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Library Journal
Kaye Redmond's mother-in-law instigated her divorce. Needless to say, Kaye is in no hurry to care for her after a botched face-lift. Still, it's the Christian thing to do. Besides, helping out her ex-in-law just may help her get her husband back. But is that what Kaye really wants? Dealing with her real estate business, her ex-husband, and his perfect mistress, not to mention her moody teenage daughter, Kaye takes a long look at her life and the direction God wants her to take. VERDICT Ellis's (Once in a Blue Moon) humorous plotline, mixing elements of romance with everyday problems, will appeal to fans of women's fiction.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805449891
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.26 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Leanna Ellis sold more than 1.3 million romantic novels writing as Leanna Wilson, winning a Readers' Choice award and the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart award for her work. Elvis Takes a Back Seat is the first book published under her married name, marking a new creative direction in her writing. Like Francine Rivers before her, Leanna has left behind a successful career as an author of secular romances to write novels of faith that glorify God. A former schoolteacher, Leanna is now a homeschool mom and lives with her husband and children in Keller, Texas.

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  • Posted January 11, 2011

    Don't miss this one...

    Every new book that Leanna Ellis produces seems to surpass the previous one. Her newest, Facelift, certainly follows this pattern.

    Leanna creates complex characters, who share situations in which many women today find themselves. The lead character, Kaye, divorced due to being left by her husband for another woman, begins caring for her ex-husband's mother, raises a teenage daughter alone, and tries to help friends with cancer. She learns to support herself and daughter by venturing into a new business. She wants desperately to get her husband back, as she believes that is the right thing to do.

    Leanna's stories do not preach, do not have the "fairy-tale" ending, but rather show the reader what God wants them to hear. The endings leave the reader to wanting a sequel to see what happens next.

    I love Facelift. I think it's Ellis' best work so far

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  • Posted October 22, 2010

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    wonderful story

    Kaye Redmond has a new life, one she did not choose for herself. The life of a single mom. Her husband Cliff, left her for another woman, and she found herself having to start over. She started a new business and is doing well, but change is coming.
    A botched plastic surgery finds Kaye taking care of her ex-mother-in-law. She is not doing it out of kindness, she has ulterior motives, she hopes that by doing this, it will bring Cliff back and their marriage can be restored. However Kaye is quickly learning that this might be more than she bargained for. Her mother-in-law has not become any kinder than she ever was, and she is always criticizing Kaye, and her sixteen year daughter Isabel.
    A new client turns Kaye's world topsy turvy upside down. Jack is a very successful businessman that seems to have a knack for understand how Kaye feels. He and Gabe, his best friend's son who lives with Jack after the death of his father, enter the life of Kaye and Izzie, along with their big fuzzy dog Cousin It, and life will never be the same. Is this a good thing or not? Kaye is not sure.
    A wonderfully amusing story, you will sit back and laugh at the antics of Cousin It, and the antics of Marla the mother-in-law. Leanna Ellis once again shows her excellent story telling ability in this delightful book! 304 page $14.99 US 5 stars
    This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.

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  • Posted August 28, 2010

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    Unique and fun~

    I really enjoy Leanna Ellis's books, they are always different and unique. This book doesn't disappoint - I love the way she uses the work Facelift on so many levels in this book. It will really make you think, and yet you'll laugh while enjoying this wonderful book.

    What does God really want for our lives? Leanna Ellis delves into this question and many more as she takes us on a wonderful journey with Kaye Redmond to make God's will happen in her life... right? Surely when the marriage vows were made God intended them to be adhered to no matter what. Kaye is convinced that even though her husband cheated on her, left her and divorced her that it is still her destiny to get him back from the bimbo he left her for. Of course in the meantime she has started her own home staging business in order to support her and their teenage daughter and she is finding a strength within herself that she didn't know she had. In everything except where her ex-husband is concerned, so when he calls about his mother needing a place to stay after her botched facelift how can she refuse even though she can't stand the nasty woman. What ensues is a journey of discovery for all involved. What a great journey it is!

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