Title: Within This Frame
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Inspirational
Date Published: December 11, 2015
Read: November 23, 2015
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
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I think this is Lindy's best novel to date. I could relate so much to this particular novel because of the eating disorders that the protagonist, Maggie, struggles with. Society tells us we have to look a certain way to be considered attractive, successful, or just good to look at. Maggie feels that pressure with the fame she gets from being a child actress.
It doesn't help that her feelings are toyed with as a teenager, and as a result she suffers physically, mentally, and emotionally. The thing with Lindy's stories is that there are always two sides to every story. Lance's story is just as emotionally gut-wrenching as Maggie's, and I'm glad we get to see his side in flashbacks.
This is a story about forgiveness and redemption. Most of all, it is about accepting and loving who we are, regardless of what society and the media tells us is acceptable. I think everyone will be able to relate to Maggie and Lance and the internal demons they both face. I won't lie; I cried. This is a book I needed to read at this point in my life and I'll always be thankful to Lindy for writing it.
5 Platypires to Within this Frame.