Friday, October 4, 2013

Class Reunion Series by Debby Mayne

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Abingdon Press (June 1, 2013)



Debby Mayne is a best-selling author who has published more than 25 books and novellas, 400 short stories and articles, and devotions for women. She has also worked as managing editor of a national health magazine, product information writer for HSN, a creative writing instructor, and a copy editor and proofreader. Her novel, Love Finds You in Treasure Island, Florida received 4-1/2 stars from RT Book Review, and was named a Top Pick for the month of July. She and her husband Wally have two grown daughters, and live in Palm Harbor, Florida.


Priscilla Slater goes to her ten-year high school reunion with equal parts dread and eager anticipation. Even though she’s a successful owner of a chain of hair salons and no longer has the mousy brown hair, crooked teeth, and discount-store wardrobe, she still feels like the ugly duckling. But when she arrives at the reunion, Priscilla soon realizes that her old classmates aren’t exactly as she remembers them. With humor and a just a touch of sassiness, Priscilla finds herself facing her own truth—and she may be surprised at what she discovers.

Margie's Comments: While I received all three books in the series as part of reviewing for the CFBA blog tour, I only was required to review one. So I decided to read the books in order. One reason I chose to review this series is that my own high school class reunion was this past weekend—yes, it has been almost 40 years. My high school does their reunions at homecoming of our senior year, so yes, it's a little early. It's the first time I've been in contact with anyone from my class since the reunions started piling up, but thanks to Facebook (and my purposely putting my maiden name there) I was a found "bulldog." Fun! Like many other classes, we have our own FB page, too. While I didn't get to go this year, it's been great catching up with many of my classmates (we have a very large class!) and seeing all the pictures and videos from the various activities last weekend. 

So I was ready to read a fun book about another class reunion. And reading Priscilla's story of her 10th class reunion reminds me a lot of the high school angst that actually still lingered for me that many years out of high school. And thanking the Lord that I was protected in that I'd lost all contact with my classmates by then. Too soon for me to have enjoyed it. But Priscilla's story in Pretty Is as Pretty Does still brings back both the good and the bad memories of high school. The author does a very good job of showing, through several points of view, that we are all still works of progress, hopefully moving forward in life rather than dwelling in the past. I loved the cast of characters that make up Priscilla's class. I'm glad I get to revisit them again in the next two books. 

Be sure to check out the Facebook party that starts on Monday and runs through the week. Details are below. Join in, and win some prizes as you reminisce about your high school days!

As Priscilla Slater’s 15-year class reunion approaches, she decides to attend out of curiosity… and to flaunt her latest achievement—taking her business to a national level with the possibility of a TV show. As if getting ready for the event and putting up with the pranks of her former classmates isn’t enough, Priscilla’s hometown visit is further complicated by her parents’ separation. With the once-solid sanctuary of her home broken at the foundation, there’s only one thing Priscilla’s parents can agree on: no matter what sort of accolades their daughter receives as a hair stylist, she’s not living up to her potential. Eager to escape the painful reality of her childhood home, Priscilla bolts as soon as a call from New York brings good news: her offer to purchase one of the best salons in the country is likely to come through. But returning to New York means returning to Tim, Priscilla’s best friend and business pal who has been impatiently suggesting their relationship should be more than a friendship. Despite her recent achievements, will Priscilla learn that success doesn’t always result in popularity—or love?

Priscilla Slater shows up at her 20-year reunion as a national celebrity. Her hair salon dynasty has skyrocketed, and to top it off, she has her own line of hair products. She has become a huge success with the “Ms. Prissy Big Hair” line that lets women with the thinnest of locks get the coveted “big hair” look so popular in the South. Her classmates have finally come to terms with adulthood, but they’re handling it with the grace of a Southern woman wearing white after Labor Day. It’s just downright awkward! Asserting the maturity that her classmates have often lacked, Priscilla holds her head high. But she can’t ignore everything. When she catches her mother in the arms of her former high school principal, Priscilla can’t get out of town fast enough. Eager to get back to her more comfortable life, Priscilla runs head on into an ultimatum: Tim tells her they’re not getting any younger—as if she has to be reminded.

If you would like to read an excerpt from Pretty is as Pretty Does (bk 1), go HERE

Now that all three books have released, let’s party! (Yes, really!) Join our online class reunion the week of October 7, 2013 on Debby Mayne’s Facebook Page: Stop by to answer questions about the books, respond to fun polls, join in fun activities to help you reminisce your high school days, and win great prizes. Tell your friends and meet us there!

1 comment:

Debby Mayne said...

Marjorie, thank you for posting this and the wonderful review! I would love for you and your readers to join us at the online reunion.