Blog Tour: Beautiful Facade by Kathryn S. Rose
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Publication date: February 2021
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
On the day that 16-year-old Winter Starling had her life and dreams shattered by a sexual assault, she meets Kai, a boy from her high school obsessed with music. They develop a deep friendship, which comes to an abrupt end when Kai unexpectedly has to leave. Winter has no idea why he went or any way to contact him.
Ten years pass, and Winter has constructed a new reality for herself. Now living in Melbourne, she has a successful career in advertising and is engaged to Liam King, a star player in Australian Rules Football. Winter has a perfect life.
During a night out, Winter runs into Kai, now the lead singer of ‘The Stonevilles.’ Winter and Kai rekindle their friendship, and to everyone around them, their attraction is evident. With Kai back in her life, Winter’s past threatens to ruin her relationship with Liam and everything she has worked to achieve. But can she risk losing Kai a second time?
Emotional and edgy, Beautiful Facade is about love, loss, healing, self-discovery, and the messy battle between one’s head and one’s heart.
Taking place in Melbourne, in Beautiful Facade we follow an engaged young woman named Winter through her journey as she reconnects with Kai, a boy she hasn’t seen in 10 years.
I don’t typically read romances, but I very much enjoyed this book as a whole. It touches on aspects of trauma and mental health as well (TW for sexual assault) which isn’t something you normally see in romance based plots. I wish the author had maybe expanded on what happened to Winter a bit more but having that subject highlighted in the book at all earns brownie points for me. Reading about Winter’s issues, both past and new present ones that she faces, felt very personal and really fleshed her out as a character with layers, which was really nice.
My favorite thing about this entire book is most definitely the relationship between Winter and Kai. The author does a fantastic job at showing you just how much those two care for each other. While Kai was a bit wishy washy at times and I wanted to shake some sense into him, he was still a character I really liked and rooted for from the start. I do wish we learned a little more about him leaving as a teenager but it’s not something that I got stuck on because I simply really enjoyed reading about his character throughout the rest of the book.
The main reason I’m giving this 3.5 stars and not a full 4 is mostly due to the secondary characters such as Winter’s friends and sadly, even Liam. The friends felt a bit flat to me and it was hard to read those parts. As for Liam, I’m pretty sure we’re meant to be on his side (or at least feel empathetic towards him?) but I found his character to be somewhat forgettable. As soon as Kai shows up in the story, I sort of went “lol bye Liam” and couldn’t really care about him all that much. He certainly plays an important role in theory, I just wasn’t on his team.
Overall, if sensitive issues such a sexual assault, mental health, drugs, and some light violence don’t bother you, I’d highly recommend giving this book a read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and for being a debut novel, I think Kathryn did a very good job with this book. It’s definitely one of the better debuts I’ve read to date!
About The Author
Kathryn S Rose is a mum, wife, reader, writer, traveler, and food enthusiast. Writing a book was always on her bucket list, and finally, with Beautiful Facade, it has come into fruition.
Kathryn is interested in the study of human behavior and obtained a Bachelor of Social Science, with a focus on Community studies and Welfare Work.Since completing her studies, she has worked in several jobs, which have enhanced her understanding of social issues, human development, relationships, and lifestyle. Some of these insights are reflected in her writing and give her inspiration.
Besides books, Kathryn has many other loves. She enjoys listening to live music, relaxing at the beach, embarking on random hiking adventures, and indulging in too much food and wine with family and friends.
When Kathryn and her family aren’t traipsing around the world, they can be found residing in Perth, Western Australia.