page_1_thumb_largeReviewed by Amanda S.

Claudette Fiore used to be one of those in the limelight, but now she’s an older version of that person who was forced from her home by the IRS. She had it all: a mansion in Beverly Hills, a famous and wealthy husband, maids and servants to do things for her, invitations to parties and friends to shop with. Now, there’s nothing left and Claudette would love to just end it all. However, her situation gets even worse. Her accountant has given her a budget that she must live within each month! How ever will she do it!? Thankfully, her stepson, Michael, arrives from Hawaii to help her out and give her a jump start towards a more ‘normal’ lifestyle.
When Claudette remembers that she is the heir to her mother’s house in northern California, Michael insists that she can make it there and is willing to help her. Over the course of a few days, Michael transforms her childhood home into one that is “more to her liking.” But can she keep it up when she knows nothing about housekeeping and all those menial daily tasks?
Claudette is forced to begin relying on “normal people” in order to get through the first couple of weeks in which she runs out of money, has no heat, and practically burns down her house. What is it like to live like she is being forced to live? Claudette will soon find out…
Limelight by Melody Carlson is not quite the typical book from the author. The book seems to be more “worldly” and speaks very little about God or a Christian lifestyle. Normally, Carlson’s books have at least one or two characters that are Christian and attempt to share their faith with the primary character, who is hardened toward all things “religion.” Then as the book progresses, we see a slow, but steady, shift in the heart of the character and an acceptance of Christ. In Limelight, we see Claudette only become slightly less haughty and self-righteous, rather than experience a complete transformation. There is very little “religion” spoken of throughout the book, but plenty of examples of how one can live a selfish and stuck-up life to the point of closing off herself from the rest of the world.
I personally did not care for this book by Carlson. I realize her books are considered “edgy Christian Fiction”, but Limelight goes beyond being edgy and takes it almost completely out of the realm of “Christian Fiction.” I have enjoyed many of her other books (A Mile in My Flip-Flops, These Boots Weren’t Made for Walking, and the Bloomberg series), but Limelight was really hard for me to finish and left me very frustrated as a reader.
Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband and two boys. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.