29 Jun 2017


Today I'm proud to be participating in the Book Tour of ...


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?

SOURCE: Received from Karen Bultiauw, Marketing & Publicity Coordinator. Accent Press.

READ FOR?: Not applicable.

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.






Laura Wilkinson

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.


Twitter: @ScorpioScribble

Pinterest: laura1765
Goodreads: Laura_ Wilkinson


Kelly said...

This is a book I'm not sure I would ever have picked up on my own, but your review is quite compelling and I think I would enjoy very much. I'll certainly keep it in mind.

Thanks for being part of the book tour and sharing this story with us.

Laura Wilkinson said...

Thank you so much for being part of the tour, Tracy and I am SO pleased that you enjoyed Skin Deep. Huge thanks for your perceptive and kind review. Laura x

Brian Joseph said...

This sounds interesting. Diana seems like she is a flawed character. I think that this is a good thing.

I like the fact that it sounds like there is a bit of irony in the beauty and the beast/inside and outside theme.

Suko said...

This sounds captivating,Tracy. Wonderful review!

Anonymous said...

I think I would enjoy this
book very much, and I will
add it to my list. And thank
you for your excellent and
enthusiastic review.

Barbara Fisher said...

Hi Tracy, this sounds like one for me. Thanks for such an excellent review.

Alexia561 said...

Sounds like a lovely story!

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Tracy,

Another new to me author and not one whose books I would probably have been pulled towards by myself.

However following your feature, I did check Laura out over at Goodreads and found myself a little divided over her books. There were a couple of titles which really appealed to me and a couple which were definite "I'll leave those on the shelf, thanks".

I wonder if the books I chose for myself were the ones you have previously read and enjoyed?

Thanks for sharing and have a good weekend :)


Karen Alderman said...

I love the sound of this one! From the cover - I thought it was a thriller.

For What It's Worth

The Bookworm said...

The premise of this one sounds very good. Great review ;)

Melliane said...

it is nice to see you had a great time again

Sherry Ellis said...

Sounds like a lovely story! I like the premise that it's what's on the inside that counts.

Natasha Hill said...

Definitely adding this to my TBR list, it sounds like just my kind of thing and from your review it sounds really good too so I definitely take that into account! Love the look of the cover too - very striking. - Tasha

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

You had me at modern day B&B retelling. This really sounds interesting to me and I'm going to have to see if my library has it.

Melliane said...

Oh it looks like an interesting one there!

ClaudineGueh@CarryUsOffBooks said...

Sounds good. I haven't read any of Laura's books but this sounds like a nice one to start.

Hope you're doing well, Tracy!