Shattered Image

Stacy Monson. His Image, $12.99 (325p) ISBN 978-0-98612-451-8
Monson’s self-publishing debut is a sweet romance that shines light on the nonglamorous side of modeling and details the challenges Christians face in the entertainment industry. Kiera Simmons’s modeling career comes to an abrupt end when she loses her job due to poor relationship choices; her ex-boyfriend humiliated her, cost her a job, and almost landed her in jail. No longer sure of herself as a model, Kiera decides to leave Manhattan and return home to Minnesota in order to care for her ailing father as she figures out her next career move. Concurrently, Peter Theisen’s music career is set to take off after a chance meeting with producer Mark Simmons on a cruise ship. On a trip to Minnesota to record his album, Peter meets Kiera at Mark’s studio and, despite warnings from his manager, decides he must pursue her. Kiera, in addition to working at her cousin Mark’s studio, has plans to develop a program for teens to help overcome social pressures so they can view themselves through God’s eyes. As her father’s health declines and Peter’s career soars, Kiera finds herself struggling to find her identity and value. To keep her facade of perfection intact, she begins to keep secrets from everyone—even her father and best friend. Monson crafts an inspiring, grace-filled tome with complex, authentic characters. Real conflicts with no simple answers will keep readers thinking about Monson’s book long after the last page. (BookLife)
Reviewed on: 09/12/2016
Release date: 04/01/2015
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