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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.No Ordinary Life by Suzanne Redfearn
Published by Grand Central Publishing on February 2, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Women's Fiction
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Faye Martin never expected her husband to abandon her and her three children . . . or that she'd have to struggle every day to make ends meet. So when her four-year-old daughter is discovered through a YouTube video and offered a starring role on a television series, it seems like her prayers have been answered. But when the reality of their new life settles in, Faye realizes that fame and fortune don't come without a price. And in a world where everyone is an actor and every move is scrutinized by millions, it's impossible to know who to trust, and Faye finds herself utterly alone in her struggle to save her family.
Broken marriage, child stars, greedy spouses, naïve Hollywood newcomers. What do all of these have in common? They are all plot points in No Ordinary Life, and they all work so very well together. Suzanne Redfearn has created a moving and thought provoking tale of what happens when you run from one life and leap into another that you are not prepared for. Faye’s husband has done a runner and has left her and their three children with nothing. Seeing no other option, Faye moves them to L.A. and in with her star obsessed mother. Cue the montage of struggling for a job and the angst of her babies. Then, with a seemingly innocuous dance, her family is thrust into fame and the pressures of Hollywood.
Redfearn has a way of writing that sucks you in. She created a delicate balance of internal thought and external action that completely work within the scope of the story. She creates a vivid world, in which you can see the lights and hear the cacophony on the set. Her pacing is spot on and there were only a few lulls in the driving action. The plot was great, it was almost like reading a Where Are They Now special. The characters were spectacular. Their motivation was obvious and understandable. They were people you wanted to root for, people you wanted to see fall from grace and people that you just wanted to go away. Their interactions were powerful and the interplay was what made the book.
I was so happily surprised by No Ordinary Life and with Suzanne Redfearn. I was thinking this would be another mom done her kids wrong or questing for fame novel and it was not. It was nuanced and strong and showed the power of a mother balancing what is best for her life and what is best for her children’s future. Redfearn is an author to watch, as her turn of phrase and vivid world building are top notch.
Favorite lines – A good mom is a lioness who roars, bares her teeth, extends her razor-sharp claws, and bristles to twice her size to defend her cubs. I, on the other hand, buy cheap purple bras and jump into bed with the reaper.
Biggest cliché – “Of course everyone only wants the best for my kids. They would never want to do anything to damage them.”
Have you read No Ordinary Life, or added it to your TBR?