Well, ok, I can officially say that I am a fan of Melody Carlson’s books. I have read a few now and I have not been disappointed, especially after reading Limelight. This book was different in story and in characters. There are not many, actually I cannot think of any other book about an elderly woman who has lost it all and must start over again. The originality of the story makes it very appealing from the start, but the writing and the characters keep the story going. Melody took some risks with this book, especially with the character Michael, who happened to be my favorite character. I admire an author who takes risks, but still manages to maintain a Christian standard.
Claudette Fiore is a woman who is not easy to like, but I found myself pulling for her all along. She has many lessons to learn about real life, and she finds learning these lessons difficult at her age after living most of her adult life as a pampered Hollywood actress and wife. This book really made me appreciate what I have. It may not be much, but I’m thankful for God’s blessings. This book shows us that earthly possessions can vanish in the blink of an eye, but the things that truly matter are eternal.
Overall, Limelight is a wonderful story that reads quickly and has plenty of humor and quirky characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful story.