Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Kristin Billerbeck's Split Ends ~ Reviewed

Split Ends: Sometimes the End is Really the Beginning
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 17, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1591455081
ISBN-13: 978-1591455080

She's armed--with hot irons, sharp shears, and a flair for color.

She's dangerous--truly bad news for bad hair.

And she's going to do whatever it takes to make a place for herself in the exclusive Beverly Hills salon.

Even if that means sweeping hair, emptying trash, scrubbing dummy heads, and making soy lattes for the stars that come to Yoshi's salon.

Even if it means hiding the fact that she's not really an up-and-comer from New York, but a drunk's daughter from small-town Wyoming.
Even if it means igoring her attraction to a tall, dark stranger in a fedora who just stepped off the elevator...and into her heart.

But can a talented hairdresser from the sticks really make it in image-obsessed L.A.? And can she ever find true love and real success in a town that wrote the book on fake?

My Review:
Kristin Billerbeck writes charming men and sassy, angsty women with such warmth and creativity that I can't help but sigh when closing one of her books.

Split Ends is well told and with seeds of truth that push the reader to ponder the things that hold them captive to messed-up thinking or burdens from the past.

Each chapter begins with a quote from a movie star from "back in the day." The day when all men were gentle yet tough and women felt protected enough to be vulnerable.

Those who are old movie fans, Hollywood hounds, into hair and/or fashion, or just love a sweet story will find much to like.

I discovered a time conundrum or two within the story. But since this is Chick-Lit and those of us who enjoy it do so for the escapism and the fun and subtle errors are easily overlooked.

For the more sensitive readers -- a wee bit of language and slightly indelicate mention of natural beauty enhancements occasionally pop up along the story line. However, anyone who watches television won't be put off unless they think that Christians don't know slang, or that it's a sin to use it.

Reviewed by Kelly Klepfer

1 comment:

Lisa Jordan said...

Kristin writes with a style all her own. Her books are among my favorites. Can't wait to read this one too! Thanks for the review, Kelly. :-)