The heroine, Del, was a young girl (16) who seemed to have the world by the tail--great looks, wonderful friends, wealthy family, to-die-for boyfriend--and in one summer her world was shattered. Some really sad and typical stuff happens, which was hard to read, and it takes years for our heroine to turn her life around. Some pretty good material there, but for some reason I kept thinking "Wow, this would have made a great TV movie".:) You had your beautiful heroine and her sexy lawman boyfriend, a couple of good friends thrown in the mix, the southern setting, the diabolical villain(s), and a sexy, dark lawyer who introduces an interesting twist to the story (and who definitely needs a book of his own). I was a bit surprised how the author sort of glossed over Blake's own somewhat tragic past--I thought we'd at least get a long conversation between him and Del about what all that he went through, but really there wasn't much.
After twelve years away, Deliah Prescott has come home. Del was known as the pampered princess of Pike County and was the one true love of Blake Mitchell. Del is Blakes BEAUTIFUL GIRL, the one woman that completes him. If there is one hero you must read about this year, his name is Blake Mitchell. Shiloh Walker has written a very difficult story, and the tragedies that have struck Blake and Del may be a bit over the top, but the conclusion I came to is that horrible things happen to good people. But there are also some very well rounded characters that bring some nice flavor to the story, such as Dels friend Manda, and former bad boy and lawyer Sam Beaumont who has quite a shocking truth to reveal. BEAUTIFUL GIRL packs quite a punch, and I can say that this author and this story is one of the best I have read so far this year.
I love books about going back home after many years of estrangement. Many authors have a way of making 'back home' a character in a story. So it kinda felt like there were only the books characters living in this town.
I absolutely loved this book. She comes home, though she doesn't want to, but after running into her cousin Vance, he passes her address on to Del's best friend from high school, Manda, who basically forces her back to Prescott, Tennessee. After 12 years away, Blake still pines for Del, not really knowing the depth of that emotion until he sees her. But instead of doing that, he's there for Del, supporting her, helping her work through her issues, and giving her the one thing she needs: Love. Beautiful Girl is Shiloh Walker at her best. This book is packed with emotional intensity that is so vivid, so real you can't help but want to protect Del and hug her, and fall in love with the amazing man that is Blake. God, what Del has had to deal with.
Characters Del Prescott The girl who had everything, the home, the friends, the lifestyle and the boyfriend she is also the girl who grew up into a woman who had lost so much and had not now only come home, she come home to collect on a past that she has never forgotten. The Plot Del Prescott has come home for her high school reunion, having never returned home since she left twelve years earlier she has come back a changed woman and the town had just better be prepared because Del has also come home to fight some demons. There is however an evil undercurrent to Prescott and only Del holds the key and she is better prepared than twelve years ago to deal with any consequences. Predictability From the blurb you know something evil had happened to Del, for her to leave town. Positive I love the long lost love returning home theme, it grab me every time and when an author gets the mix right as Ms. Walker does with BEAUTIFUL GIRL, its a winner. The emotional aspect of this book cannot be described, it kept pace, it kept on coming and it literally torn you apart and comes full circle to end in a way that was everything i could have wished for, for Del and Blake...
Del Prescott ran away from home twelve years ago without saying goodbye to anyone in her life. Beautiful Girl deals with some pretty heavy issues, and rather than keep the reader in suspense, waiting to find out what caused Del to leave home, the reveal of what happened to Del comes pretty early in the book. It added another layer to the story that went beyond Del just coming home to confront the past.
Del ran away, got into drugs, and lived on the streets until a social worker straightened her out. Twelve years later, she's working as a social worker, but she's coaxed into returning to her hometown for a reunion where she is reunited with her old flame Blake. Neither Blake nor Del was a good character. I don't recommend this unless, like me, you LOVE the abused heroine plot-line.
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. 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.
What a lovely story. In the meantime she runs in to the love of her life, Blake. Sizzling, romantic love scenes along with an intriguing story made for a very satisfying book.
She loves reading and writing anything paranormal, anything fantasy, and nearly every kind of romance. Once upon a time she worked as a nurse, but now she writes full time and lives with her family in the Midwest.