It begins with a television show in 1996...
Lance Denton knows what he wants, and it isn’t his co-star Maggie Smiley. She’s too timid, too nice, too innocent—too everything. She sees past his exterior and into his heart. Maggie expects him to be good, and he only knows bad. He tells himself this, and yet he can’t stay away from her. Her eyes, her heart, her spirit. He falls for her, and then he keeps falling.
It ends with a knock on the door in 2010...
Maggie Smiley has spent the last decade pretending a piece of her childhood never happened, namely the part that involved Lance Denton. When she receives an invitation in the mail to a fundraiser, she decides to stop hiding—from her past, from herself, and ultimately, from Lance. He makes this easy when he shows up on her doorstep, his blue, blue eyes promising more than she wants to see.
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Lindy Zart is the USA Today bestselling author of Roomies. She has been writing since she was a child. Luckily for readers, her writing has improved since then. She lives in Wisconsin with her family. Lindy loves hearing from people who enjoy her work. She also has a completely healthy obsession with the following: coffee, wine, bloody marys, peanut butter, and pizza.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I absolutely loved this book! Complex storyline that keeps its hooks in you from the very first page. Lindy Zart is a master story Teller with a true gift. I highly recommend her books. She never ceases to amaze me with her writing skills. I'm always left with wonder.
Within this Frame by Lindy Zart is an adult contemporary novel. Lindy is a go to author for me, I know I won't be disappointed when I pick up a book she's written. This is no exception, honestly this one is in my top three now. The main character, Maggie, is a former child star turned recluse with body issues. Her former co-star, Lance, is also her ex-boyfriend and saying their past is complicated would be a massive understatement. The story unfolds in two timelines, in 1996, when their tv show was in it's heyday and 'current' time of 2010. I really enjoyed getting to see how they came together and fell apart while getting the current story. I could read about these characters forever. I think it would have been easy for Lindy to make this into two books, one focusing on them as teens and then the other picking up their story later on in life. The waiting would have killed me, though, I think, so thank you Lindy for not going that route. The characters, as always, are richly developed and engaging. The writing is absolutely flawless and the plot moves right along keeping your emotions fully engaged from beginning to end. I ran the emotional gamut while reading it; crying, laughing, gasping--it was a very auditory experience. Lindy tackles a subject that we all deal with from time to time. The way we look at ourselves, that voice in our heads telling us we're not good enough for whatever reason, we have all heard it at one time or another. As someone who has struggled with my weight most of my life, it was very easy for me to relate to Maggie's struggle to love herself. Within this Frame is a beautiful story of forgiveness, second chances and acceptance and I highly recommend it.
***I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*** I think this is Lindy's best novel to date. I could relate so much to this particular novel because of the eating disorders that the protagonist, Maggie, struggles with. Society tells us we have to look a certain way to be considered attractive, successful, or just good to look at. Maggie feels that pressure with the fame she gets from being a child actress. It doesn't help that her feelings are toyed with as a teenager, and as a result she suffers physically, mentally, and emotionally. The thing with Lindy's stories is that there are always two sides to every story. Lance's story is just as emotionally gut-wrenching as Maggie's, and I'm glad we get to see his side in flashbacks. This is a story about forgiveness and redemption. Most of all, it is about accepting and loving who we are, regardless of what society and the media tells us is acceptable. I think everyone will be able to relate to Maggie and Lance and the internal demons they both face. I won't lie; I cried. This is a book I needed to read at this point in my life and I'll always be thankful to Lindy for writing it. 5 Platypires to Within this Frame.