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by Varina Denman
From the back cover:
A poignant and relatable novel, Looking Glass Lies captures the war women wage against themselves, and the struggle to see beauty reflected in a mirror not distorted by society’s unrelenting expectations.
For most of her adult life, Cecily Ross has compared herself to other women—and come up short. After a painful divorce from her emotionally abusive husband, Cecily returns to her hometown of Canyon, Texas, looking to heal.
But coming home isn’t what she expects. In a town as small as Canyon, her pain is difficult to escape—especially with her model-perfect ex–sister-in-law working at the town’s popular coffee-shop hangout. With help from her father, a support group, and an old friend who guides her to see her own strengths, Cecily may have a shot at overcoming her insecurities and learning to love again.
The true test comes when tragedy strikes, opening Cecily’s eyes to the harmfulness of her distorted views on beauty—and giving her the perfect opportunity to find peace at last.
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.
It’s probably safe to say that every American woman (and perhaps every woman) has dealt with self-esteem issues and feelings of shame at some point. To some degree each one can relate to the women in Looking Glass Lies.
Addressing such issues as pornography, emotional abuse, extramarital affairs, and cutting, this is not an “easy read,” especially for someone who has gone through similar experiences. However, Graham and Shanty both offer valuable counsel to those who are hurting.
None of the characters are without struggle–either past or present. Isn’t that true of life? Things are rarely what they seem, and so often as we get to really know people, we discover the terrible burdens they bear.
With very realistic problems, emotions, and reactions, Looking Glass Lies holds out hope to those who are hurting, and wisdom to those who seek to love them through the healing process.
(I received a complimentary copy of this novel. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)