Review: A Thing of Beauty by Lisa Samson

Title: A Thing of Beauty

Author: Lisa Samson

Published: Thomas Nelson January 2015

Status: Read from January 10 to 11, 2015 — I own a copy {Courtesy the publisher/Netgalley}

My Thoughts:

A Thing of Beauty is the story of Fiona ‘Fia’ Hume, a former child/teen film star who deserted the industry and its lifestyle after a stint in rehab. Escaping to the relative anonymity of the Boston suburbs she bought a lovely but dilapidated old home and had plans to become an artist but more than a decade later, nearly a recluse, she has done little else but accumulate rooms full of colour coordinated junk. With her savings nearly gone, Fiona is forced to rent out a room and meets Josia Yeu, a blacksmith who agrees to her strange terms. Initially Fia is uncomfortable with Josia’s presence but as he quietly transforms the small room he is renting, she is surprised to find herself motivated by the changes he has made to not only clear the clutter from her home but also the baggage of her past.

I am surprised to learn that A Thing of Beauty is categorised as Christian fiction, had I known I probably wouldn’t have picked it up. As it stands there is no mention of God or religion in the story, but there is a spiritual message about forgiveness, acceptance, the healing power of love and finding the beauty within oneself, and others.

The plot is a bit weak, several aspects of the story are underdeveloped and in the end it feels a little bit unfinished. Fiona is an interesting, if slightly odd, character though and I was surprisingly intrigued by her internal conflict. She struggles with a number of issues, including a history of sexual abuse, the loss of her best friend, and her mother’s narcissism.

A Thing of Beauty isn’t a particularly memorable read, but I enjoyed it.

Available to Purchase From

Thomas Nelson I Amazon US I BookDepository

in Australia: via Booko


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. joyweesemoll
    Feb 26, 2015 @ 13:42:54

    Hopping over from the What’s in a Name Challenge…

    Fia sounds like a good character but I would probably want a stronger plot to go with it. Thing is a good word for this challenge!



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