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Meet the Piney Point High School Graduates
Although Piney Point, Mississippi, is a fictional town near the real city of Hattiesburg, you may feel that you have been to this small town populated by characters with big personalities. I mix real places with fictional ones to add depth to the stories and the lives of Priscilla, Laura, Tim, Trudy, and Celeste.
Voted "Most Likely to Succeed" back in high school, Priscilla has to battle living up to the expectations of her classmates and her mother. She is smart, but her desire isn't to pursue a career in anything academic. She has always enjoyed fashion and beauty, much to her mother's dismay. And her mother likes to constantly remind her of her disappointment.
Laura is one of those girls who does all the hard work and wants everyone to notice. She complains that no one else does anything (most of us know this girl, right?), so she continues to volunteer. Back in high school, she managed to work things out, but now, as an adult, she has an alcoholic husband who acts like a teenager and four young'uns who need her more than her classmates do. What she was once able to accomplish now turns into a huge mess, and it really gets her goat to have to ask other people for help.
Sweet country boy Tim, who was raised by his mama and granny after his daddy abandoned them when he was little, knows how to take advantage of good situations when they arise. Fortunately, his daddy's brother took some responsibility by sending Tim to college and setting him up in a career…complete with company car. Although Tim isn't someone who always dreamed of being a beauty supply salesman, he's not about to look a gift horse in the mouth. His biggest reward is meeting Priscilla, the only girl who has ever made his heart go pitty-pat. The only problem is that she doesn't feel the same. What's a guy to do?
Wallflower Celeste doesn't have any expectations when she agrees to help with the reunion committee. Laura has made it perfectly clear that calling her was a last resort. However, for the first time in her life, Celeste feels that she's part of something, so she grabs the opportunity and runs with it. She has never felt anything but disdain for people who actually fit in and won awards, but her heart melts a little when Priscilla manages to make Celeste look more beautiful than she ever dreamed she could.
Most people who attend reunions have a goal, even when they don't realize it. They may want to show off their success or appearance so others will look at them with respect. They might be curious about how others turned out. Or they may simply want to get in touch with people they haven't seen in a long time. Have you been to a class reunion? If so, what was your goal?
About The Author
Pretty Is As Pretty Does by Debby Mayne ~ Virtual Book Tour Page: Pump Up Your Book! Virtual Book Publicity Tours
Pretty Is As Pretty Does by Debby Mayne
Book 1: Class Reunion series
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: June 1, 2013
Format: Paperback - 304 pages / Kindle - 792 KB / Nook - 2 MB
Genre: Christian Fiction / Women's Fiction
BUY THE BOOK: Pretty Is As Pretty Does
BUY THE SERIES: Class Reunion
Prequel: Before the Class Reunion
read it for free on Debby's website: http://www.debbymayne.com/docs/before_the_class_reunion.pdf
Book 1: Pretty is as Pretty Does
Book 2: Bless Her Heart (Publication Date: August 6, 2013)
Book 3: Tickled Pink (Publication Date: October 15, 2013)
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Pump Up Your Book! Virtual Book Publicity Tours.
During the reunion, one woman passes out after starving herself for the event. The class beauty queen appears to have more self-confidence than ever until her ex shows up with his new wife. The reunion organizer has taken her responsibilities to a whole new level that makes the Marines look like Boy Scouts, while her husband drinks too much and makes a fool of himself. The man she always dreamed about being with finally gives her some attention, but when she finds out more about him, she realizes he’s not worth her time. These realizations boost her self-confidence, but now she has to deal with her best friend Tim’s new feelings for her.
My Book Review:
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!
RATING: 4 STARS ****
Class Reunion Series - Trailer
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