Kathryn Cushman called Fading Starlight. While this is not a romance, it is chick-lit but the story it tells is so compelling in showing how to live a Christian life with the talents God has gifted.
Lauren has completed fashion design school and was the only one in the studio where she work that would do the tedious work and the work with the hard-to-get-along-with divas. When one of the divas stages a "wardrobe malfunction" by tearing a seam and exposing herself and her bikini panties and bra, Lauren is fired. One of her teachers suggested that she take a job costuming a high school play. The job also provided a rent-free cottage undergoing repairs. With nothing to hold her back, she took the job and from there the story just rockets off the page. One of her neighbors is Charlotte Montgomery, once a child star and now a recluse. Lauren works very hard to befriend Charlotte only to be rebuffed at every turn. The fly in Lauren's ointment is Kendall Joiner, a reporter for a rag newspaper, and she promises to expose the young lady who "exposed" herself in Lauren's gown IF Lauren will dish about Charlotte. At first, it seems like a good idea, but some ideas on second thought, are not as wonderful as they seem.
The story takes place in Santa Barbara with a few forays into Los Angeles, there are some pretty catty characters but they only add to the realism of the tale, and the very infancy of a romance is included just for the fun of it. The story is more about Lauren building a relationship with Charlotte and Lauren living out her faith in spite of tough times. I was so interested in this because of the sewing and designing Lauren does, of her fascination with historical fashions, and of her willingness to overlook Charlotte's crabbiness.
Five Stars, Two Thumbs Up, and a Vintage formal for your next evening out.
My thanks to Bethany House Publishers who provided the galley I read in exchange for my honest opinion and review.