Beautiful reading

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 16-Oct-2014

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Title: Beautiful Disaster
Author: Jamie McGuire
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Price: $17.99
ISBN: 9781471115035
Intended Readership: Young Adult / Mature
Title: Walking Disaster
Author: Jamie McGuire
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Price: $17.99
ISBN: 9781476712987
Intended Readership: Young Adult / Mature
Title: A Beautiful Wedding
Author: Jamie McGuire
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Price: $17.99
ISBN: 9781476759548
Intended Readership: Young Adult / Mature

 

“I love you more than I’ve loved anyone or anything, ever. When you’re around, I don’t need booze, or money, or the fighting or the one-night stands – all I need is you. You’re all I think about. You’re all I dream about. You’re all I want” – Travis Maddox


Celebrated novelist Jamie McGuire captivates and shines, in her recently written series of romantic fiction, collectively titled - Beautiful. Teamed with publishing house Simon & Schuster, McGuire delivers a collection of cleverly crafted books, defined by a storyline and characters that weave themselves into the soul of readers, challenging, affirming and thoroughly entertaining – page after page.

A landscape of rugged settings and contexts, shape the possibility of a forever between lead stars, Travis and Abby. Their relationship is one born and tested amid friendship, family violence and death. They are bound by passionate depth - nurtured by the ghostly, but touching presence of Travis’s mother. Her dying words resonating with Travis in his quest for a future with Abby.

“One of these days you’re going to fall in love, son. Don’t settle for just anyone. Choose the girl that isn’t easy, the one you have to fight for, and never stop fighting. Never” – she took a deep breath – “stop fighting for what you want”.

While Abby is given her story-telling voice in the 2012 series opener, Beautiful Disaster, its companion Walking Disaster (2013) breaks open the soul of Travis, for whom character and spirit endear. The concluding volume, A Beautiful Wedding (2013) weaves the voices of Travis and Abby into a compact novella – bringing the series to a refreshing and breathtaking finale, bound by respect, trust and love.

Whether purchased in print format, or electronically, the collection will not disappoint. Ms McGuire’s work is sensational – a gift of definitive, poetic prose.

Jacqueline Perryman

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