Within This Frame
By: Lindy Zart
Publication Date: December 11, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
It comes in the mail—a beautiful invitation that promises humiliation and horror. Unless Maggie Smiley, former child celebrity and now overweight recluse, gets her courage and motivation in check, along with her health.
The phone call offering fitness expert Lance Denton a chance to work with Maggie Smiley promises retribution. He messed up a lot as a punk kid on the too-fast road to stardom, and how he treated his co-star never left him. It is that—and a long list of secrets she doesn’t need to know—that has him show up at Maggie’s doorstep.
My regular followers are probably aware by now that I review everything Lindy Zart releases. You can call it an addiction if you’d like, but I prefer to think of it as dedication. I always become very excited when she lets loose another new release. Probably more excited than a normal human being should… but it’s that dedication thing.
Here I am – reviewing the latest. Within This Frame did not disappoint. This novel goes between past and present alternatively each chapter, sharing the stories of Maggie Smiley and Lance Denton. I was a little nervous at first because there are few stories that successfully utilize this time flip-flopping technique. I’m happy to report that Zart does it without issue and quite a bit of success. I found myself wondering what the next chapter would bring, in a way a regularly-timed story does not. What would be the next piece in the puzzle? Each chapter became another story as I was reading, building on the previous.
The characters in this book were amazingly well-developed. Maggie and Lance each have their demons and secrets run rampant. There is something to be said about the structure of this story as it plays into the development of the characters within.
The plot is a challenging one, as we have all battled something internal or external. We all have something that makes us second guess ourselves, feel self-conscious, or be fearful of a new day. Our inner demons don’t just affect us, they trickle down to those around us. This story was personal and relatable. Maggie and Lance let us in to their struggles, even when they closed off.
Perhaps this is the editor in me, but I love Zart’s writing style. The sentence structure is varied and there are no overused phrases. I often find myself picking out the repetitive sentences and cliched statements in contemporary lit. Not in this story. This was a welcome relief from those books I’ve read lately.
Another winner for Lindy Zart. And yet another one I need to have on my physical shelf. Maybe I should make my way down to one of those book fests this coming year?
The Final Countdown
Characterization – 5/5 Stars
Dialogue– 4/5 Stars
Plot – 5/5 Stars
Visual Imagery – 4/5 Stars
Ending 5/5 Stars
Total: 4.6 Stars
About the author:
Lindy Zart is the USA Today bestselling author of Roomies. She has been writing since she was a child. Luckily for readers, her writing has improved since then. She lives in Wisconsin with her family. Lindy loves hearing from people who enjoy her work. She also has a completely healthy obsession with the following: coffee, wine, bloody marys, peanut butter, and pizza.
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