Monday, June 13, 2011

BOOK REVIEW : ALL THAT IS BEAUTIFUL by ROXANE TEPFER SANFORD - ARRINGTON # 2

By : Roxane Tepfer Sanford
Published By : Llumina Press
Released : Available Now
Details : Paperback 320 Pages

RATING : 4.5 Tragic STARS!

BOOK REVIEW
BY GUEST REVIEWER
CAROLYN ROLFE



BOOK REVIEW:

Wow!  I couldn’t have imagined Lillian could get into so much trouble in a short period of time. Although the story starts off slowly it does pick up and becomes a real saga through the years.


After escaping from her grandmother and then getting away from Warren Stone she meets up with Richard Parker and his strange wife Judith. Richard promises to help her get back to her beloved Jasper Island but first she must hide out from the law with him in New York City. In return for living in his house, and being showered with gifts, clothes, dinners at fancy restaurants and going to shows, Richard asks Lillian to be a model that he can sketch for a magazine cover. Seriously that girl is so naïve it is almost frustrating.


Richard has a ploy to keep Lillian under his control. Maybe I am as naïve as Lillian, but I didn’t realise cocaine was around in the 1870’s. Poor Lillian, she really didn’t stand a chance. She is so trusting ...... he wants to draw her picture and thinks she should star in a Burlesque show.

After a couple of years Lillian finds herself alone and looking for a way to get back to her beloved Jasper Island. Enter Ned Griffin , yet another man who bestows what Lillian believes to be love on her , and again she gets hurt.

After finally making it back to Jasper Island and appearing to be happy, more dramas and problems arise for Lillian when she has to return to New York City. Everything seems to be working out until her life is thrown into turmoil and she has to make the hardest choice of her lifetime. Whatever she decides is going to hurt somebody she loves dearly.


Honestly this poor girl goes through so much in the first 30 years of her life that I couldn’t possibly imagine how she survived it all. I was crying like a baby by the end of this book and I generally don’t cry when reading books but this one just got to me. It really is a beautiful story and like the first one is very reminiscent of Petals in the Wind, the second in the Flowers in the Attic series by V.C. Andrews.

CAROLYN

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