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Beautiful Ugly (Urban Christian) Paperback – July 28, 2009
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Author: Shelia E. Lipsey [Bell]
Publisher: S. E.L.
Series: Book 1
Reviewed By Arlena Dean
"Beautiful Ugly" by Sheila E. Lipsey [Bell]
This was quite a interesting well written story about three friends...Envy, Layla and Kacie. Each one of these ladies have a different story that was well told in their own unique way. One of these ladies let's say had a lots of 'bedtime friends, another one with a wonderful voice but suffered from self esteem issues and a little on the heavy side and the last one who was born with cerebral palsy however, that didn't stop her...she had six children with another one on the way with no hubby! All three friends were battling some insecurities in one way or another. These three ladies argued and fussed a lot however they were always their for each other when the time was needed. This read was rather entertaining, as well as engaging being so full of its drama and twist and turns. I liked the Christian aspect of the read which was well done by this author. If you are looking for a story full about 'friendship, family drama and secrets then you have come to the right place. Why was it that it seems like every time these friends would get together or even talk on the phone they often got into such heated arguments? Was it because they did not seem to know the meaning of true love? However, Envy, Layla and Kacie always seemed to stick together in the good times and also the bad times. That was one of the reasons I loved about the novel.
The other characters in this story really helped make this read so very interesting...from Nikkei, Leonard, Deacon, Mrs. Rawlings and Dennis to name a few. To get the rest of this wonderfully believable told story you will have to pick up book 2 'True Beauty' to see what happens next for Layla, Kacie and Envy.
Beautiful Ugly is a story about 3 ladies of whom have been friends for years. Layla who Is overweight and has a beautiful singing with self-esteem issues. Kacie was born with cerebral palsy and has so many children and will continue to have children thinking she will find the right man to stay with her. Envy is the strongest of the friends.
Each friend has a number of issues that they are dealing with. The story line flows very good and the characters are well built.
I highly recommend this book. This book would be a great book club discussion.
Envy, Layla and Kacie are definitely true friends and sisters. The way they sometimes spoke so harshly to each other but was always able to be there for each other in spite of the harsh words was a beautiful thing to see. True friends are hard to find but I think these ladies have a super strong bond.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who needs to forgive themselves and the ones who hurt them. God is able. Bless you Shelia E. Lipsey !!!