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Booklife / Publisher's Weekly
Monson's self-publishing debut is a sweet romance that shines light on thenonglamorous side of modeling and details the challenges Christians face in the entertainment industry.
Kiera Simmons's modeling career comes to an abrupt end when she loses her job due to poor relationship choices; her ex-boyfriend humiliated her, cost her a job, and almostlanded her in jail. No longer sure of herself as a model, Kiera decides to leave Manhattan and return home to Minnesota in order to care forher ailing father as she figures out her next career move.
Concurrently, Peter Theisen's music career is set to take off after a chance meeting with producer Mark Simmons on a cruise ship. On a trip to Minnesota to record his album, Peter meets Kiera at Mark's studio and, despitewarnings from his manager, decides he must pursue her. Kiera, inaddition to working at her cousin Mark's studio, has plans to develop a program for teens to help overcome social pressures so they can viewthemselves through God's eyes.
As her father's health declinesand Peter's career soars, Kiera finds herself struggling to find heridentity and value. To keep her facade of perfection intact, she begins to keep secrets from everyone--even her father and best friend.
Monson crafts an inspiring, grace-filled tome with complex, authenticcharacters. Real conflicts with no simple answers will keep readersthinking about Monson's book long after the last page. -BookLife /Publisher's Weekly
From the Author
We do not need to compare ourselves to others (and come upsubstandard), nor do we need to achieve greatness in the world's eyes.Fame, celebrity, wealth, and sex appeal are fleeting images, not tomention hollow accomplishments that in no way define who we really are.Only when we look within do we find our value and our true selves. Nomatter what bad choices we've made or how we've lived our lives, thereis Someone who waits patiently for us to look to Him for our real worth. It's immeasurable.
- File size : 4025 KB
- Publisher : His Image Publications (March 20, 2015)
- Publication date : March 20, 2015
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 346 pages
- ASIN : B00V1QALRE
- Lending : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Best Sellers Rank: #418,953 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Peter Theisen is on the fast track to everything the celebrity life promises with every step of his meteoric rise in the music world orchestrated by his ambitious manager.
Their sweet, unexpected romance is threatened by her past and his future, a life-changing diagnosis, and financial devastation. As they struggle to find their way back to each other, and to the One who matters most, the allure of wealth and fame may jeopardize everything.
"Shattered Image" is a light romance that shines the beam on the non-glamorous side of being in the spot light with all its challenges and its choices to be made. It is a well-written story of two people thrust into the world of glitz and glamor - one just leaving the shallow world of fame; one eager to enter it. Both struggle to find identity and value in who they are.
Kiera leaves New York and returns to Minnesota. She accepts a receptionist position at her cousin's recording studio where she meets Peter Theisen. While Kiera focuses on helping teens discover the difference between who God says they are, and who society says they should be. The sweet and unexpected romance between Kiera and Peter is threatened by her past and his future, a life-changing diagnosis, and financial devastation.
As they struggle to find their way back to each other, and to the One who matters most, the allure of wealth and fame may jeopardize everything. Peter faces added pressure when his agent puts the the heat on to not get involved with Kiera, but to concentrate on his music career and to become rich and famous.
Author Stacy Monson portrays the subtle, but real, ways Satan tempts even those who have a strong faith and Biblical convictions showing the vulnerability each one of us has. Stacy says, "Fame, celebrity, wealth, and sex appeal are fleeting images. They are hollow accomplishments that in no way define who we really are."
I give Shattered Image a 5-star review. It is well-written and gives a great moral lesson without being the least bit preachy.
Review by: Rita Kroon, author of "Letters from the Past" and "Kiss Your Mommy Goodbye"
Peter has always thought of himself as a nerd, the one no one thought would ever make it. He’s got a lot to prove. When he meets a record producer (who happens to be a relative of Keira) it seems like he finally situated to make it big. He is rushing pell-mell to success and leaves Keira far behind.
This book was sweet and emotional, parts cut so deep I had to stop reading to collect myself. Stacy has written the emotion in this book so expertly that I think it would be difficult not to get drawn in. Though we understand what the ending will be (because, this is, in fact, a romance) there is a point when you wonder if it is even possible for these two to repair the damage.
I won’t rehash the back cover text. It’s available everywhere the book is for sale. For the sake of those who might not have seen those blurbs, it’s about a former fashion model who wants nothing more to do with the celebrity life, a singing star on the rise, and a relationship that’s…well, complicated, to say the least.
The author does not make life easy for her characters. She puts them through trial by fire, and she does it with grace, finesse, and tremendous talent. Well-developed characters. A riveting storyline. Writing that truly shines. And, of course, a satisfying conclusion that feels right, but comes only after a realistic, sometimes heartbreaking struggle, and a believable, touching journey.
Shattered Image warms the heart and soul and won’t be easily forgotten. Very highly recommended.