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Looking Glass Lies Paperback – May 2, 2017
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"Denman's latest is powerful and a novel that should be required reading for adults. Every woman, regardless of outward appearance, struggles with body image or self-esteem issues. This book reaches the heart and dares to go beneath the surface to explore the reasons why, yet doesn't offer trite platitude answers."—Melissa Parcel, RT Book Reviews, Top Pick
“A brave and heartrending portrait of a woman searching to find her worth in a culture built on lies. Honest, relatable, and deeply moving.” —Nicole Deese, author of The Promise of Rayne and the Love in Lenox series
“With her signature style—straightforward, poignant, powerful—Denman’s Looking Glass Lies reflects painful truths…and healing hope.” —Candace Calvert, bestselling author of Maybe It’s You
“Looking Glass Lies is the essence of a good book. Varina Denman creates an abundant depth of character, and I closed the pages feeling like I had a newfound set of friends and was better having known them.” —Jami Amerine, Sacred Ground, Sticky Floors
About the Author
Varina Denman is the award-winning author of the Mended Hearts series, a compelling blend of women’s fiction and romance. A native Texan, Varina lives near Fort Worth with her husband and children, where she has taught creative writing and literature at her local home-school cooperative. To connect with Varina, find her on the web at www.VarinaDenman.com.
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Fortunately, Chapter Two started with Cecily newly divorced and returning to her home town where she meets up with the new town hero, football star Michael Devins (who owns a coffee shop), and an old friend Graham Harper (who is now a therapist). It’s a book full of broken characters, and there are no easy answers in the journey to healing.
Looking Glass Lies isn’t Christian fiction, and there were a few times where I just wanted to shout at the characters and tell them to get to a church, or to start praying (especially given Varina Denman’s earlier books, which were based around a church community).
But I can see why it’s been written from a general market point of view, because the book touches on several issues that affect many people: pornography (although this was understated in comparison to, say, One Last Thing by Nancy Rue), and a range of mental health issues including self-harm. And these are issues that touch many women, Christian and non-Christian.
The main issue was around body image and body shaming—especially the way we judge others based on their looks at the same time as feeling bad about the way we look. It’s an intensely personal book, both in the way it was written and in the way different people will read it.
This makes it a difficult book to read, and to review. I didn’t connect with any of the characters (in this case, that’s probably a good thing), and there were some writing glitches which caught my attention once too often. It’s definitely worth reading, but it’s a long way from light and entertaining.
Thanks to ARCBA and Waterfall Press for providing a free ebook for review.
This book is for every girl, everywhere, that has ever felt less than enough. Not smart enough. Not talented enough. Not popular enough. Not fit enough. Not pretty enough. Or even... not pretty at all.
Oh, that we could wear a sign around our neck that says, "Fragile spirit: proceed with caution." No one knows what's going on in the recesses of our mind; not everyone wears their inner demons on their sleeve for all to see. What kind of world would it be if we did?
One year post-divorce (the circumstances surrounding it revealed in brief snippets throughout the story), Cecily finds herself back home, living with her father in the town where she grew up. Unfortunately, her demons have followed her and if it weren't for the quirky, steadfast leader of her support group and an old acquaintance turned loved interest, her battle would be hard won.
Looking Glass Lies deals with the war between one's inner voice and the voices inside one's head that merely echo the world's distorted expectations of beauty. In it, our heroine is forced to ask herself, over and over and over again, "Is it my own voice I hear when I look in the mirror?" The answer, more often than not, is a resounding 'no'. So we are privy to the emotional workings of her journey as she struggles to discern between what is truth and what is a lie, the battle both inward and outward, discouraging and inspiring.
There are lots of areas where I would have loved to have had more of the story to chew through & digest. (view spoiler) And yet, to dwell on any of these points of the story would have been to detract from Cecily's story and the inner dialogue that has the power to speak to every reader on a deeply emotional, authentic level.
While it's a tough subject to read, the message within makes it worth every word. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't happy to finally be able to set the book down, but it's only a matter of time before I pick it up again. We could all stand to be reminded from time to time that things aren't always what they seem.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
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Very moving and thought provoking.
A must read