SKIN DEEP by LAURA WILKINSON.
BACK COVER BLURB: It’s what’s inside that counts…
Art student and former model Diana has always been admired for her beauty but what use are good looks when you want to shine for your talent? Insecure and desperate for inspiration, Diana needs a muse.
Facially disfigured four-year-old Cal lives a life largely hidden from the world. But he was born to be looked at and he needs love too. A chance encounter changes everything; Cal becomes Diana’s muse. But as Diana’s reputation develops and Cal grows up, their relationship implodes.
Both struggle to be accepted for what lies within.
Is it possible to find acceptance in a society where what’s on the outside counts for so much?
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MY THOUGHTS: Well! It would seem Laura Wilkinson has done it again. Honoured to have read and reviewed two of her other books; both of which, like Skin Deep have relationships at their heart. Both of which in their own way, like Skin Deep, proved to be very moving.
A sort of modern day Beauty And The Beast though to be honest I'm not altogether sure just which was which. Whether it was Diana, art student and one time model who, though still able to turn heads, I found myself constantly questioning; doubting whether she was quite as beautiful inside as she was out OR whether it was Cal who, outwardly badly facially disfigured, I found my heart going out to as he struggled to be accepted.
Seen from both their points of view. In many ways both products of their upbringing (to say any more might be to include spoilers, you'll have to read the book for yourselves), suffice to say as their relationship grows so it slowly implodes.
Beautifully written. Diana's and Cal's stories so eloquently told, it is this that is the mainstay of the book, it is through them that we get to meet so many other wonderfully drawn characters as, told both in the past and in flashback, we discover not only them but also ourselves.
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Liverpool born, Laura is a taff at heart. She has published six novels for adults (two under a pseudonym) and numerous short stories, some of which have made the short lists of international competitions. Public Battles, Private Wars, was a Welsh Books Council Book of the month; Redemption Song was a Kindle top twenty. The Family Line is a family drama set in the near future, looking at identity and parenting. Her latest is Skin Deep. Alongside writing, Laura works as an editor & mentor for literary consultancies and runs workshops on aspects of craft. She’s spoken at festivals and events nationwide, including the Frome Festival, Gladfest, University of Kingston, The Women’s Library and Museum in Docklands. She lives in Brighton with her husband and sons.
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