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Beautiful Girl [Kindle Edition]

Shiloh Walker
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Book Description

Sometimes getting to heaven requires a trip through hell.

Twelve years ago, it looked like Del Prescott had it all. The wealthy family, the car, the looks and charm, and the perfect boyfriend. Then, mysteriously, she disappeared to “study abroad.” Now she’s back, and it’s not merely to attend a high school reunion. She’s here to face her demons—and Blake, the man she has never stopped loving.

Blake Mitchell is a changed man, thanks to surviving twelve long years of difficulties that began after Del dropped out of his life. Now she’s back, and she’s nothing like the polished, stylish world traveler he imagined she’d be. There’s a darkness about her, and a grim expression in her eyes that says she’s prepared for fight or flight.

Blake’s concern for her breaks down the walls Del has built around her heart and she finally begins to heal from the abuse she suffered at the hands of her own family. But the betrayal goes deeper than either of them ever imagined—and it’s about to come back to haunt them.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 201 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (29 Jan. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002HJV4D4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #256,334 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Shiloh Walker has been writing since she was a kid... she fell in love with vampires with the book Bunnicula and has worked her way up to the more...ah... serious vampire stories. She loves reading and writing anything paranormal, anything fantasy, but most all anything romantic. Once upon a time, she worked as a nurse, but now she writes full time and lives with her family in the Midwest.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I used to have Shiloh Walker on autobuy, but in recent years, since she stopped writing as much for Ellora's Cave, her works have become...tamer and a touch boring.

This book was on offer at my library, and was an ok read. Just that - not hot, sexy, passionate like her old books, but an ok read. I am not going to go into it in great detail but Delilah/DeeDee, now know as Del, used to be the Beautiful Girl of Preston, a town founded by her ancestors, but just before her senior prom, she left town without telling anyone, including Blake, the guy she was seeing. 12 years on, she is in town for a school reunion that she has reluctantly agreed to attend, meeting up with a friend from old, Blake and her estranged mother and stepfather.

This book was meant to be a mystery, but the author let on that Del now dresses down, in baggy dull clothes, had died her hair a boring brown (she was previously blonde) and never wore makeup, so it did not take long to clock that she'd suffered a very personal and intimate trauma. So, she ran away, did drugs, tried to kill herself, nearly got assaulted, but in the end was saved by an angel of a woman and became a rehab counsellor.

Back in town, Del confronts her evil Southern-Belle mother, for whom appearances and 'being a Preston' are all that matter, she reconciles with her friend and with Blake and he 'fights' the baddy for her, before the 'baddy' is taken care of (very much a scenario that fellow author Beverly Barton has perfected).

It was an ok tale, but there was no mystery, no real passion between the leads - maybe 2 scenes, but that was possibly due to the very nature of Del's trauma.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me 8 Jun. 2010
By melina zora - Published on
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This is not an easy book for me to review so I have been putting it off for a while now. My main reason for this procrastination was whether I could review the book without giving much of the story away and I realized that this was not possible. First of all, the story is very brief (210 large print, short paragraphed pages). Secondly, I found the plot repetitive, lacking a real story, and thirdly, the characters were very sketchily developed. I must also add that the dialogues were unimaginative and lack lustre.

Well, let me take this from the top, but inevitably I will have to reveal parts of the plot not referred to on the back cover. However, had I known these facts I would not have ordered the book, as reading romance is, for me, my little escape cove where I immerse myself in the fantasy. Our two heroes in this story have been deeply traumatised. Del Prescot ran away from her extremely wealthy and seemingly privileged home because her stepfather had been sexually abusing her and there are some disturbing descriptions of his methods. I feel I have to warn people about that as I was horrified to read this as I was totally unprepared for it. I have read other literature describing in graphic detail rape or murder scenes but those books belong to a completely different category. Del returns years later as she has to face her past and confront her mother and stepfather. I must admit that the author has done some work here and describes Del's steps to come to grips with her past life in an honest, realistic manner. However, she rushed to finish the book and made everything appear haphazard, without giving time for the characters to develop and become more than "paper" thin.

Blake Mitchell is described as being an angel incarnate, too good and too handsome to be true. He is Del's boyfriend who suddenly loses all traces of his teenage girlfriend when she vanishes without a trace. There was another catch for me here as well,but this is more on the personal level. He suffered from cancer and though in the book he appears to have fully recovered and does not display any signs of weakness, it was hard for me to read, having recently lost two dear friends from the same illness, and helping two more fight it. I almost gave up reading the book, but as I said this is very personal, so take it as such. I simply want to let others know, who like me are in the phase of not being able to handle any stressful reading and who resort to romance to take their mind off, to avoid this book. Of course, there are those who might argue that the book is optimistic as it describes two people dealing with and overcoming what may at first seem like insurmountable obstacles. The choice is yours, as now you know some facts about this unconventional romance novel. Blake is the epitome of patience and understanding, a pillar of strength for our seriously disrupted heroine. But even here I would have preferred more interaction and more intimate confidences. You can't deal with such serious topics in an off hand manner, if you want to write a serious book. But I don't find that these topics mix well with this genre of books as the writers can spend neither the time, nor devote themselves to painstakingly shifting through the serious issues they raise.

As I have already mentioned, the story is sketchy with characters making a "guest" appearance and then disappearing. Del's mother is not fit to live according to the writer's brief description. This woman should have been more adequately analyzed when dealing with such sensitive topics, by delving deeper into the characters of both the victims and the victimizers. She was her mother for goodnss sake! In this case we are briefly shown two fiends (stepfather and mother) who perpetrated a crime that should have had them hanged. There are numerous gaps in the story but if I go on to list them I will probably be accused of giving away far too much. Notwithstanding my personal reservations on the plot, I can say that it is a book which was rushed and is neither well written, nor well developed.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't quite make the mark 27 Oct. 2010
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I am normally a very big fan of Shiloh Walker. I was however disappointed in Beautiful Girl. Del was a teenage princess who experienced horrific, repeated sexual assaults by her step father. Blake was Del's high school boyfriend who has held a candle for his lost love ever since she took up and left town without a trace while he was away for summer vacation. Del has come back 12 years later to face her demons (and a high school reunion). Blake and Del try to reconnect and get past the hurt they caused each other, and the trauma both have suffered in the other's absence.

I felt that given the tortured characters and the subject matter surrounding their torture the author should have made me as the reader feel their pain. I did not. I felt Ms. Walker left out detrimental elements that should have pulled harder at my heart strings. There were holes in the development of both Del's and Blake's emotional scars. Del was a sexually abused woman who hasn't let a man so much as kiss her in 12 years, but she's willing to sleep with Blake within a week of seeing him again after 12 years. I just can't buy that. And Blake was a tough, cancer surviving cop whose experience with fighting cancer made him... What? I didn't feel that if Blake's sickness was important enough to mention it should have played a bigger role in who he became as an adult. Besides his never being able to grow his hair back after chemo. This is very rare.

There was just not enough description in the emotions of these two main characters for me.
3.0 out of 5 stars Liked it 23 Feb. 2014
By Tina - Published on
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I liked the story here but it was a little slow to pull me in. It picked up the pace around half way through and that's when I really began to like the book. This is definitely a sensitive topic and I think the author did a really good job with it. I was also pleasantly surprised by the really good character development for a novella. There was defiantly great steam as well but it did not take over the story, there was a good balance.
4.0 out of 5 stars good read 24 Jun. 2013
By Tracy - Published on
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i enjoyed the book threr was a good story to it i like the way shiloh walker writes her books
4.0 out of 5 stars A moving book 31 Mar. 2011
By nyy13girl - Published on
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I thought this book was good.. there are many people who have come into simliar situation and not dealt with them. I think this is a good book on how to try and move on with your life, but you really can't till you have dealt with the past.

I loved the relationship between Blake and Del.. I truely believe that there is 1 person for everyone and that was is the relationship between Blake and Del.. He is the person that she needs to move on with her life..
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