Pages: 254 pgs
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: September 17th 2013
Review Source: Omnific
When Kelly Reynolds’s husband died, he left her—the awkward, cautious one—to raise their two young boys. She’s pieced herself back together, barely. Now she takes refuge in her routine: running her kids around and running the trails near her Idaho home.
Two years after her husband’s death, a chance encounter on a run brings Andrew into her life. But Andrew is Andy Pettigrew, the Andy Pettigrew, famous actor. Kelly hates risk, and a love affair with Andrew is certainly tempting fate. She doesn’t fit into his Hollywood world. She doesn’t own a pair of Louboutins, and she couldn’t walk five paces in them if she did. Andrew oozes cool. She reeks of dork.
But despite this, they click. It may be inexplicable, but it works. However, it’s also becoming clear that Andrew struggles with the pressures of his fame. Kelly’s hold on a so-called normal life is already tenuous, and as much as she might want to indulge the fantasy, she doesn’t know how either of them is supposed to cope with stalkerazzi and tweet-happy fans with camera phones. She and Andrew both have secrets that seem impossible to keep.
Beck Anderson’s witty, engaging writing yields an emotional tale of love, loss, and all the little things that make up a life. In the end, what is it that really holds us together? Kelly must decide if love can fix two people who might be broken beyond repair.
Beck's debut novel is a beautifully written work that I truly enjoyed. She offers a different insight into the glamorous world that I think we all, at one point or another, want to know more about.
One thing you learn right off the bat is that this story has some difficult situations that the characters have to deal with. They aren't glossed over or expressed into graphic detail, but are presented in way so that you know what they've had to deal with. I really liked how Beck did that. She didn't make anybody immune to heartache or just life.
That also leads me to how real her two main characters were, Andrew and Kelly. That's what I loved and appreciated about this book more than anything. Yes, Andrew was a movie star, but he wasn't presented as perfect, he was just a man. And Kelly was adorably awkward and shy, learning how to date again, or even just to deal with people in general. Beck did a brilliant job with that.
And all of that, in my opinion at least, makes the romance between Andrew and Kelly even better. It was real and awkward and difficult. It took time to build and was sweet. There was just the right blend of everything to keep you intrigued and rooting for the characters to find their happy place. I'm definitely crossing my fingers for more from this author.
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About the Author
Beck Anderson believes in the power of perfectly imperfect women and in the healing power of love. Her new novel, Fix You, grew out of those beliefs and the time to write afforded by the worst Thanksgiving blizzard she’s ever witnessed in West Yellowstone.
For Beck, the path to published novelist has taken lots of twists and turns, including a degree in anthropology, a stint as a ticket seller at a ski resort, a much-loved career as a high school English teacher, and a long tenure as a member of the best writing group ever, hands down.
Beck balances (clumsily at best) writing novels and screenplays, working full-time as an educator, mothering two pre-teen males, loving one post-40 husband, and making time to walk the foothills of Boise, Idaho, with Stefano DiMera Delfino Anderson, the suavest Chihuahua north of the border.