ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Debby Mayne is a best-selling author who has published more than 25 books and novellas, 400 short stories and articles, and devotions for women. She has also worked as managing editor of a national health magazine, product information writer for HSN, a creative writing instructor, and a copy editor and proofreader. Her novel, Love Finds You in Treasure Island, Florida received 4-1/2 stars from RT Book Review, and was named a Top Pick for the month of July. She and her husband Wally have two grown daughters, and live in Palm Harbor, Florida.
ABOUT THE BOOKS
Priscilla Slater goes to her ten-year high school reunion with equal parts dread and eager anticipation. Even though she’s a successful owner of a chain of hair salons and no longer has the mousy brown hair, crooked teeth, and discount-store wardrobe, she still feels like the ugly duckling. But when she arrives at the reunion, Priscilla soon realizes that her old classmates aren’t exactly as she remembers them. With humor and a just a touch of sassiness, Priscilla finds herself facing her own truth—and she may be surprised at what she discovers.
As Priscilla Slater’s 15-year class reunion approaches, she decides to attend out of curiosity… and to flaunt her latest achievement—taking her business to a national level with the possibility of a TV show. As if getting ready for the event and putting up with the pranks of her former classmates isn’t enough, Priscilla’s hometown visit is further complicated by her parents’ separation. With the once-solid sanctuary of her home broken at the foundation, there’s only one thing Priscilla’s parents can agree on: no matter what sort of accolades their daughter receives as a hair stylist, she’s not living up to her potential. Eager to escape the painful reality of her childhood home, Priscilla bolts as soon as a call from New York brings good news: her offer to purchase one of the best salons in the country is likely to come through. But returning to New York means returning to Tim, Priscilla’s best friend and business pal who has been impatiently suggesting their relationship should be more than a friendship. Despite her recent achievements, will Priscilla learn that success doesn’t always result in popularity—or love?
Priscilla Slater shows up at her 20-year reunion as a national celebrity. Her hair salon dynasty has skyrocketed, and to top it off, she has her own line of hair products. She has become a huge success with the “Ms. Prissy Big Hair” line that lets women with the thinnest of locks get the coveted “big hair” look so popular in the South. Her classmates have finally come to terms with adulthood, but they’re handling it with the grace of a Southern woman wearing white after Labor Day. It’s just downright awkward! Asserting the maturity that her classmates have often lacked, Priscilla holds her head high. But she can’t ignore everything. When she catches her mother in the arms of her former high school principal, Priscilla can’t get out of town fast enough. Eager to get back to her more comfortable life, Priscilla runs head on into an ultimatum: Tim tells her they’re not getting any younger—as if she has to be reminded.
My thoughts on Pretty is as Pretty Does:
Have ever met someone and instantly connected with them? Conversation flows smoothly, like you have always known each other? You can’t learn enough about the person? I have only a handful of people who I’ve had that instant connection with.
Well, Pretty is as Pretty Does is full of my new best friends. From the first couple of pages I was hooked by Debby’s writing style and the story world she has created.
I might be a bit bias, since the people on the book graduated high school that same year I did. I could totally remember my ten-year class reunion. I just had my daughter a year earlier and wanted to lose some weight and find the perfect outfit.
This book is written in first person present tense and each chapter you are in a different characters head, although it’s clear Priscilla is the main character. The writing has a lot of telling, which goes against everything I have learned about writing a novel, but it works in this book. A bit deeper emotion would have been good but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the book.
I loved the connection I felt with each character and the struggles that each is facing as they prepare for the reunion. Turns out even the pretty, popular doesn’t have it all together, go figure.
I can’t wait to read the other two books, and I have them so I will be reviewing them for you as well 🙂
I recommend this series if you are looking for a fun, honest read.
Visit Debby’s website here.
A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.