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Imperfect Beauty [Kindle Edition]

E.A. West
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A visit to the Highland games goes awry for Alasdair Buchanan when his cousin abandons him in the crowd. His guide dog is terrible at describing the sights, but he does a great job of finding the river. Too bad Alasdair has no clue where that river is in relation to his cousin’s apartment.

When Trisha Wright stops to speak with him in her angelic voice, Alasdair is certain his cousin did him a favor by abandoning him. Trisha loves the Scot’s flirtatious ways and basks in his compliments, but she can’t shake the fear that he’ll hate her when he learns the truth about her—a truth everyone can see but him.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 209 KB
  • Print Length: 70 pages
  • Publisher: Astraea Press (April 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007VPVAP6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,790 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Read! October 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
PDF version via author for honest review

To add much more to the summary above would be to spoil the book due to it being a shorter story, so in contrast to my usual summary and then thoughts, I will go straight to my thoughts.

I thought this was a wonderfully sweet and romantic story. It shows the reader that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and not everyone has the same views on what beauty is. Alasdair is a wonderful character who doesn't let being blind stop him from doing things he enjoyed when he had his sight. He has also learned to view things in new ways and with an open mind. Trisha is a woman who was beautiful in every way, until an accident changed that. Now she thinks she is just an ugly woman who people shy away from. When she meets Alasdair it is magical because he sees her for who she is, instead of judging her by her looks first. I think this book gives off a wonderful message. I loved the flow of the book and it was very well written. Sometimes shorter books tend to be choppy or missing detail, but this one was neither of those things. It was very detailed and flowed very easily along.

If you are in the mood for a short, but heartwarming story, this is your read!

5/5 Stars!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute Read October 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
What can a blind man do when his unreliable cousin abandons him in the middle of a Highland Games festival? Should he follow a woman who has a beautiful voice?

Alasdair Buchanan was blinded in an accident a few years ago and has acquired a helpful guide dog, Foster. However, attending a festival requires more than a guide dog to help him find where he needs to go, especially since it's only his third day in America. Trisha Wright happened to find him and Foster in front of a river and decided to help him out. She is actually glad that he can't see because she doesn't want him to view what has scared everyone else off. Trisha, a graphic designer, has the ability to describe with wonderful detail what is going on around them. However, she does so without being overly verbose, intrusive, or condescending, making Alastair enjoy himself immensely in her company.

I enjoyed this little story so much that I wanted to be the one who got to try the food at the festival! I loved the descriptions of surroundings much more than in most stories since I was trying to get what Alasdair was experiencing. One of the things that really intrigued me was finding out the reason Trisha was worried about Alasdair finding out about her face. The words of wisdom that came out of this story definitely made me contemplate about things in life. Ms. West has a wonderful way with words, spinning a tale so interesting that I couldn't believe I was already done with the story when it ended.

If your senses are in need of a treat, grab hold of your copy of Imperfect Beauty for this ride as Alasdair and Trisha navigate their way through the beginning of their relationship.

Originally posted at LAS romance Reviews.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Sometimes I'm just in the mood for something sweet and short and this one met my need perfectly. Some author's have trouble with plotting or pace when it comes to the shorter books, but that was not the case with this one.

The book is about a young man, Alasdair, who is from Scotland and visiting his cousin who has moved to the States. Trevor takes Alasdair to the local Ft. Wayne (IN) Highland Games for an afternoon of fun and then ditches him. Trouble is, Alasdair is blind and is in a strange location. He and his guide dog make it out of the crowd, but he is lost as to how to get back to Trevor's home from there.

And into his life walks, Trisha who sees his dilemma and comes to help. Trisha doesn't pity him or treat him as helpless, but she does spend the day with him and acts as a perfect guide because of her fun loving nature and ability to describe in such a way that he 'sees' what she is describing. They really hit it off and agree to see each other again.

The only fly in the ointment is that Trisha is keeping a secret. She is not the beauty that Alasdair keeps complimenting her to be. She loves that he thinks she is beautiful and hates not telling him the truth of what others see when they look at her. Her biggest fear is that once he knows the truth that he will only see her imperfection and not her.

The author uses Trisha's secret to build a little suspense by not allowing the readers to find out exactly what Trisha's 'ugliness' is until Alasdair finds out. I also enjoyed the theme of this romance- Two people that are constantly judged by others because of a physical flaw do not judge each other that way and find happiness as a result.

I highly recommend this short story to anyone who loves a sweet clean romance particularly if you are partial to highlanders in kilts. ;D
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great buy March 25, 2013
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Fun, clean read. Loveable characters. Quick and very enjoyable. Being blind has its advantages, because Alasdair can see the perfect beauty of Trisha when everyone else can only see her scars.
All read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love is blind February 3, 2013
By Karen
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A touching short story about how a person with disabilities can find love. A definite must read for a lazy day.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Short but Sweet October 9, 2012
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I would have rated this book higher if it was longer. It was a cute little story, but it had the potential to go further and more deeper. I still liked it, but next time a longer book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars very short story
Very sweet short story. Not much depth to it. Plot is a bit obvious. Maybe get it when it's free.
Published 10 months ago by Ali
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sight for Sore Eyes
If people don't look just below the surface, if they judge a book by its cover, they may never have a chance to see true beauty underneath. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Scott R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story - a keeper
I like romances where one of the leading characters is less than perfect - a character that has to overcome a disability or serious obstacle. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Jennie
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
This book caused me to want to visit Scotland and go to a highland game. I really liked Alasdair and I could understand the different emotions Trisha went threw. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Alyssa
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read
A blind man and a scarred woman find happiness together. In this charming short story, E.A. West brings together two people whose love for each other enables them to see beyond... Read more
Published on June 21, 2012 by Diane
5.0 out of 5 stars Overall a delightful read
Imperfect Beauty is a compelling story that will warm your heart and inspire you. There is a definite spark between Alasdair and Trisha. Ms. Read more
Published on May 8, 2012 by Tifferz
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Story
This was a really quick read! I was entranced immediately from the first page. Miss West did an incredible job making you feel what the characters were feeling. Read more
Published on May 2, 2012 by Rachel Jacobsen
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More About the Author

E.A. West, award-winning author of sweet and inspirational romance, is a lifelong lover of books and storytelling. In high school, she discovered the wonders of sharing her stories with others through writing. She picked up her pen in a creative writing class and hasn't laid it down yet. Her love of writing encompasses not only the romance genre but also a variety fiction and non-fiction styles.

Born and raised in Indiana, she still resides there today with her family and a small zoo of pets that includes the typical dogs and cats, and the more unusual African water frogs and a ribbon snake. Her interests are as varied as her critters. She has been known to carry on conversations about everything from politics and current events to gardening and theology. When she's not writing, you can usually find her working on her latest knitting or crochet project.

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