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Posted September 29, 2013
"We are thrilled to announce
Piney Point High School's
on June 7, 2003, at 7:30 PM
in Piney Point High's
newly renovated gymnasium.
Attire: Sunday best
RSVP: Laura Moss 601-555-1515
PS: There will be a preparty
at Shenanigan's in Hattiesburg
starting at about 5:00 PM
WOW. Ten years. As I read my high school reunion invitation a second time. I can't help smiling. Although I own one of the most successful businesses in my hometown of Piney Point, Mississippi, I've lost track of most of the people I graduated with.
Knowing the people I went to high school with, this is going to be one crazy event - that is, if everyone attends. I'm not surprised Laura added a preparty to the invitation. Her husband has never attended any social event before prepartying his face off - even in high school. Pete Moss graduated with the dishonor of high school lush, and as far as I know, he continues to hold that honor, which is ironic since I don't remember seeing Laura touching a drop of anything stronger than her mama's two-day-old sweet tea." (pg 11).
As Priscilla Slater anticipates her upcoming high school reunion, she also hopes that she will run into an old high school crush as well, Marcus whom she hopes might just cause a spark to ignite between them. As owner of three beauty salons in the area, Priscilla sees herself as a success while her overbearing mother still believes she has sold herself short of what she could have become. Now armed with hope that she can hold her head high, she takes up invitation of her local beauty supply sales, Tim Puckett, to serve as her "date" for the event. Only Tim has hopes that he might just convince Priscilla that they would make a great couple together and he vows to do whatever it takes to make her see him as more than just a convenient date.
I received Pretty is as Pretty Does by author Debby Mayne compliments of Abingdon Press and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review. This is the first novel in the Class Reunion Series and anyone who has ever attended their high school reunion can probably relate to at least one of the characters in this book. The book is based around Priscilla Slater who can never be good enough in her mother's eyes no matter what she does, and the chapters alternate with each of the main players attending the class reunion.
Laura Moss who is the reunion chairperson who chases away all the other classmates who have volunteered to help her in the past due to her ability to expect things to be perfect. She is overworked and deals with the drinking of her high school sweetheart, Pete and their four children. There is also Trudy Baynard, the former Miss Piney Point who believes she still needs to uphold her good looks despite the fact that ten years have passed. She has recently divorced her high school sweetheart and husband, Michael who is living another life with his latest girlfriend who is much too young for him. What transpires over the book is sheer genius and I was captivated til the very end. I am also fortunate to have the additional sequels which I will be reviewing shortly, Bless Her Heart and Tickled Pink each showcasing a 15 and 20 year reunion respectively. I rate this one easily a 4.5 out of 5 stars and look forward to adding Debby Mayne to my author watch list.
Posted July 31, 2013
This is the first of Debby Mayne's books I have read, and the first in her newest series, Class Reunion.
Ah, class reunions. What a wonderful time to reminisce with old friends and to see how everyone has turned out, for better or worse.
The main character is Priscilla Slater, sometimes known as Prissy depending on who's talking. Priscilla has come a long way since high school. She's a very successful businesswoman, although she still lacks confidence.
Laura Moss plays a big part in the story as well. She was the vice president of the senior class and is the head of the committee organizing the reunion. Or maybe I should say she IS the committee since she's practically ran everyone off with her overbearing and bossy ways.
Trudy Baynard is one half of the beautiful couple. Unfortunately, the other half hasn't lasted. Michael decided to trade her in for a newer model and has her on an emotional rollercoaster that's barreling downhill fast.
From her negative attitude to her unibrow, Celeste Boudreaux is the social outcast. Or at least she was until Priscilla gave her a complete makeover. Now she's turning heads, including Pete's, Laura's husband.
The reunion brings all of these ladies back together. Although none were close, growth and maturity, and a string of humorous predicaments, have caused them to form an unusual bond.
Mayne develops a story full of laughs and a little heartache. She touches your heart with this inspiring tale of friendship, losses and the past you thought you left behind.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of women's contemporary fiction. Although not overly spoken about, there is talk about faith so I would also recommend to those who like Christian fiction.
*I received a copy of this book, at no charge to me, in exchange for my honest review.*
Posted July 23, 2013
Debby Mayne pens "Pretty is as Pretty Does" in different and entertaining story lines peeking into the different lives and drama of the characters attending their high school reunion. This is the first book I've read by Debby Mayne and fell in love with her writing as it was crisp and fresh. Her characters were realistic and I could see some of my own classmates within them. I honestly can say I look forward to the next book in the series. A must read for all.
This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Posted July 14, 2013
Talk of class reunions always brings a vast array of images and thoughts to mind - some good, some not so good. For Priscilla Slater her 10-year high school reunion will be a chance to show her classmates she’s no longer an ugly duckling. She’s traded her discount wardrobe for designer clothes, she has perfectly straight teeth, gone is her mousy brown hair, and she has a successful chain of hair salons. But her parents’ disapproval of her career doesn’t help her self-esteem. Once at the reunion, Priscilla discovers her classmates aren’t as she remembered nor have they changed in the ways she imaged. Receiving attention from the boy of her high school dreams, Priscilla realizes he’s not what she thought after all. The reunion organizer has overdone herself, while her husband does his self in by drinking too much and making a fool of himself. Having starved herself for the event, one woman passes out. The class beauty queen seems unshakable until her ex-husband arrives with his latest fling. Author Debby Mayne has created realistic and likable characters that will remind you of people you know. The characters are well-developed and a good blend of the typical high school class. PRETTY IS AS PRETTY DOES moves at a steady pace and story flows smoothly. The story is told from a number of view points giving more insight into the members of the class. Mayne also includes the viewpoint of Tim, a rep for a beauty supply company, who is enamored with Priscilla and is her date for the reunion. Mayne touches on the various aspects of attending a class reunion and does an excellent job showcasing how expectations drive people. The story is plausible and pulls you in from the first page. There’s a good mix of humor throughout the book that will have you smiling and even laughing out loud at times. Anyone thinking of attending a class reunion should be sure to read PRETTY IS AS PRETTY DOES first. It will make you see things in a whole new light. FTC Full Disclosure - I requested this book as part of the author’s virtual book tour and it was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 8, 2013
Who hasn't had angst over attending their high school class reunion?
In Pretty Is As Pretty Does, author Debby Maynes weaves a realistic tale that follows five high school classmates' angst and anticipation of attending their ten year class reunion. Written in the first person narrative with alternating perspectives, the reader follows Priscilla Slater, Tim Puckett, Laura Moss, Trudy Baynard and Celeste Boudreaux as they prepare to attend their ten year high school reunion in Piney Point, Mississippi.
Priscilla was voted "Most Likely To Succeed" in high school, but she battles self-confidence issues even though she has lived up to the expectation and has succeeded in her life.
Tim has been in love with Priscilla since high school, but she hasn't felt the same way about him.
Laura is the class reunion's organizer, she has always been the one to volunteer and control everything, but one thing she can't control is her marriage to the class drunk.
Trudy was the prom queen and beauty pageant winner "Miss Piney Point", whose life is falling apart after her divorce from her husband Michael.
Celeste was the ugly duckling and wall flower in high school. She has always had disdain for people who fit in and had won awards. But now she gets a chance to fit in and feel like she's part of something when she helps Laura with the reunion committee.
Small town drama and personal issues abound when these classmates get together for their ten year reunion. Every person has their own goal for attending the class reunion: show off their success and appearance; curiosity of how their classmates' lives turned out; and reconnect with their classmates. After all the years have past, the angst builds of what they will discover at the class reunion: old classmates aren't the same as they were in high school.
This entertaining story will take you back to your own angst, expectations and memories of your high school class reunion. As the reader glimpses into each of the characters' lives, you will be able to relate to their struggles, successes, failures, mixed with laughter, tears, romance and heartbreak. Author Debby Mayne hits the nail on the head with her accurate depiction of the dynamics of a high school class reunion. The author easily draws the reader into the characters' lives, the events leading up to the class reunion, and the class reunion itself.
Pretty Is As Pretty Does is the first book in the Class Reunion series. The reader will get a chance to catch up with these classmates in the next two books in the series: Bless Her Heart and Tickled Pink, when they attend their fifteen and twenty year class reunions!
Posted October 18, 2013
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