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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Review - Eye of the Beholder by Marilyn Lee

Title: Eye of the Beholder
Author: Marilyn Lee
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing

Rating: You Gotta Read

Reviewed by: Mickey

What is a beleaguered father to do when his precocious daughter is determined to see him happy no matter how resistant he is to her efforts? Not as much as he would like in Marilyn Lee’s Eye of the Beholder. David Jordan’s wife died over a year ago in a car crash, and while his daughter Carolyn misses her, at five she is still young enough to just know she simply misses having a mother, and to want another in her place. Carolyn has found an ideal replacement in Diana Stuart, her daycare provider; she just needs to convince her father of Diana’s qualifications. Having been raised to appreciate people for themselves and not the color of their skin Carolyn only notices that Diana’s complexion is a darker shade and pretty. As Carolyn see it, her grandmother seems to like Diana too, so why is Daddy so slow? Carolyn sets out to make her dreams a reality, and a little adult resistance is not going to stop her determination. Luckily, Diana seems to like Daddy, so things should work out just fine…

This is a wonderful book! I found myself experiencing emotional highs laughing at Carolyn’s antics in throwing her prospective parents together to extreme lows, as Diana felt her own doubts take over causing her personal angst. The characters are so multi dimensional, you can’t help but love Carolyn, feel true empathy for David as he struggles with his doubts and warmth for Diana as she kept her faith. Christianity is a central theme of the story and is seamlessly interwoven into the fabric of the storyline. I do want to stress that while the book’s genre is inspirational, Ms. Lee does not “preach” to her readers or force any point of view. Eye of the Beholder is above all else a romance in the true sense of the word, beautifully written, expressively told with love and happiness the ultimately result. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves romance; you will be as charmed as I was when you are finished.

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