Girl in the Mirror

Girl in the Mirror

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by Mary Alice Monroe

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Charlotte Godowski was used to the horrified stares she received from strangers. She'd learned to accept her facial deformity, until one cruel incident compelled her to have the surgery that changed her life forever.

Charlotte Godfrey is beautiful beyond compare. In Hollywood, where such beauty is power, her rise is meteoric. Suddenly she has everything she


Charlotte Godowski was used to the horrified stares she received from strangers. She'd learned to accept her facial deformity, until one cruel incident compelled her to have the surgery that changed her life forever.

Charlotte Godfrey is beautiful beyond compare. In Hollywood, where such beauty is power, her rise is meteoric. Suddenly she has everything she could want: acceptance, a future and a love she believes can see to the true beauty within.

Charlotte Godowski and Charlotte Godfrey are two sides of the same woman—a woman who can trust no one with her secret. But when fate forces Charlotte to deal with the truth—about her past, about the man she loves, about herself—she discovers that only love has the power to transform a scarred soul.

Editorial Reviews

Ms. Monroe has written an absorbing story with excellent characterizations. A strong heroine, who must come to grips with her past before she can have a future. A novel of a woman's self discovery. I recommend this book from an extremely talented new Mira author. I believe she will flourish.
Mary Alice Monroe has written a multifaceted romance with realistic protagonists who need to cope with unique challenges to their relationships. Girl in the Mirror has numerous secondary characters and a story line that twists and turns, delivering several surprises along the way. I highly recommend it to readers who are looking for a romance with an unusual theme.
Romance Reader
The 400 page novel flew by quickly for me and I enjoyed the experience. Fans of high drama will likely feel the say way.
Michelle Johnson
Very few books can capture a reader's heart, Girl In The Mirror is one of them. The imagery is so vivid, that one is immediately transported into a world created by Ms. Monroe.

Plot: A young girl's quest for acceptance, and love, and the price she must pay to achieve it.

Characters: Charlotte Godowski has the reader's pity. From the beginning, one can understand why she made the choices that she did. Charlotte Godfrey is a woman that has it all. The readers are the only one that can see the person beneath the face. Michael Mondragon is a wonderful character. His reactions to situations seem very natural. The secondary characters play a major role in the story. Some have a few secrets of their own.

Writer's Craft: With Girl In The Mirror, her second novel, Mary Alice Monroe flawlessly seals her entrance into the world of romance writing. A natural at creating emotion between the pages, Ms. Monroe will steal the hearts of readers everywhere. Girl In The Mirror is a must read, especially for those that love contemporary romance.

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Born with a horribly disfigured face, Charlotte Godowski spends her first 20 years shunned by her peers and controlled by her mother until a settlement from a sexual harassment suit permits her to change her life forever. A jaw transplant and reconstructive surgery transforms Charlotte into a ravishing beauty, which leads her to Hollywood and instant stardom. There, she trades her controlling mother for a controlling agent, but finds romance with a handsome Mexican landscape designer, Michael Mondragon. When Charlotte's body begins to reject the implants, she learns that she will die if they are not removed. But Charlotte prefers death to losing her looks, her career and the man she loves. A contrived ending involving Charlotte and her long-lost father adds an unsavory note to the climax of this rambling novel.

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She was touching the smooth, chubby leaves of a begonia when she saw him.

He was standing surrounded by a trio of women, each with a potted flower in her hand, each with eyes fixed on his long handsome face. He was being kind, it was obvious by the fixed smile and the way he tilted his head while he listened, as though he couldnÆt bear to miss a word. His black hair was the color of a ravenÆs wing, his shirt as white as the clouds above. Beneath it was the smooth, terra-cotta colored skin she remembered so well.

From somewhere a bird called. She thought it was her sigh.

He glanced up and briefly looked her way, then turned back again to the ladies. She held her breath. Slowly, as though he saw something he wasnÆt quite sure of, he turned his head again in her direction. His brows furrowed, as though he was trying to place her.

Charlotte couldnÆt move; not her feet, nor her hands, not even her mouth or eyes. It was him. The stranger she met in the elevator, on a cold, fateful night in Chicago. It was as though all sheÆd experienced, all her decisions, all the roads sheÆd traveled since that night led her to this moment.

He didnÆt seem to recognize her, yet she felt certain that he sensed some connection too, because he straightened and returned her study with the same open eyed wonder she was sure she wore.

He cocked his head and squinted. Who are you?

She smiled. Yes, itÆs me.

The trio of women around him, realizing that theyÆd lost his attention, silenced and turned curious gazes her way. She saw them as scenery, mere backdrop to the action between her and him. He apologized to the ladies, oblivious that their faces dropped in disappointment, and signaled for an assistant to come over. Then he walked toward her, eyes on her face.

She didnÆt move, couldnÆt move, but gauged his progress toward her with her breaths. His hair was longer now, tied back at the nape of his neck. Thick dark brows formed a serious line over eyes shining with intent. He seemed a formidable mass, all black and white, rolling toward her like thunder. She was powerless to stop it now.

"Do I know you?" he asked, stopping before her.

It was the same voice, the same dark undercurrent she remembered as if it was yesterday. They both knew the question sounded too much like a pick-up line. Charlotte stared at the gravel, wildly wondering whether to answer `yes,Æ and explain all her history. Or to simply say `no,Æ and start anew.

"No," she replied, then smiled tentatively.

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Nora Roberts
What price beauty? Mary Alice Monroe's Girl In The Mirror reflects the shadows and shapes of a woman's painful and illuminating journey of self-discovery, of choices, of loves.

Meet the Author

Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of thirteen novels. Her books received numerous awards, including the Award for Writing from the South Carolina Center for the Book and the International Fiction Award for Green Fiction. An active conservationist, she lives in the lowcountry of South Carolina where she is at work on her next novel. Visit her at and on Facebook.

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Girl in the Mirror 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am very impressed with the level of research Mary Alice put into this work. For me, it bumped a 3-star read to four stars. The depth at which she portrayed Michael's family and their Mexican heritage was enlightening for me as a non-Latina. The way the familia deals with issues from Michael's choice to work half a continent away, to homosexuality, to the place of women in the family (and how said women dealt with it), felt authentic. It was neither sugar-coated nor denigrated. It was as it was. Charlotte's deformity and surgery seemed to be fairly well researched, too. Although I couldn't quite picture her before the surgery, I certainly felt the impact on her life. Then, issues related to the surgery seemed legitimate, even though I am not knowledgeable in the field. Two points kept this from being a 5-star read. The meteoric rise in fame was difficult to believe, especially in combination with her slavish devotion to her agent. While she appeared to be tempered by her experiences growing up, she pretty much handed her career over to a near-has-been agent. This surprised me, given the amount of strength I thought she possessed. The other point was the inexplicable jealousy her agent felt toward Michael Mondragon. Prejudice and status explained the problem just enough for me to buy it, but for not wanting to get her into bed, the agent was extremely possessive. Overall, I highly recommend this novel. -C.W.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my first book I have read written by Mary Alice Monroe and I was very impressed. A hard book to put down. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading other books she has written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really love this book. It really touches my heart. So good they should make a movie of it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting descriptions of Hispanic customs. Held my interest all the way
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you have made it this far, I personally congratulate you. I will be posting a very difficult puzzle by the 17th of January so keep checking in! ~PuzzleSolver
VirtuousWomanKF More than 1 year ago
I loved this book.  Great story of love for oneself and the ability it gives you to love others.  The characters are dynamic.  Can't wait to read more of MAM's work.
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I'm sure I'd love it, since Mary Alice Monroe writes so well, but haven't been able to pick it up on my Nook! Plan on getting to the store for help soon.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in just a few days, it was very hard to put down. The theme was a twist on a Beauty and the Beast just so happens that the main caracter is both. Although the ending is a little is worth reading.