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Painted Faces L H Cosway

Painted Faces L H Cosway

Review of Painted Faces by L. H. Cosway
5 stars

"Painted Faces" is a subtly special book: subtly because the depths of character and life revelations kind of sneak up on the reader, rather than announcing themselves and then knocking the reader upside the head, as some stories do. They're not blatant, but they are wonderful. I truly enjoyed reading it.

Nicholas is a New Zealand native who even as a child memorialized his late mother by dressing as her; now he performs cabaret, an outstanding singer who knows all the cultural icons and recreates them-and by the way, is a transvestite. Dubliner Freda (who prefers "Fred") is a slightly buxom and plumpish girl who conceals her prudishness and inferiority complexes behind a fa�ade of brashness and foul-mouthed sarcasm and humour. Amazingly, the two are "right for each other" (no matter how much one denies it), and what makes their story so special is the kind of honest people they are: realistic, empathetic, with unexpected depths, highs and lows, tensions, and the gamut of emotions humans can fall prey to. They're four-dimensional, really, not just the usual three-dimensional; and certainly not the routine two-dimensional fiction (and life) sometimes prefers. I highly recommend this novel. (18+, of course)

I reviewed an ebook copy provided to me by the author in return for my fair and impartial review.

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  • Marc Harmon says:

    I really welcomed a sense of closure in a standalone book after being left in limbo from an overindulgence of books which were part of a series. I enjoyed "Painted Faces" a lot especially the witty banter and flirtations between the two main characters. I liked Freda who was an emotionally well-balanced, open-book, sweet and nice girl next door. She was a great complement to the tortured, flamboyant Nicholas.

  • Melvin Perkins says:

    Review of Painted Faces by L. H. Cosway
    5 stars

    "Painted Faces" is a subtly special book: subtly because the depths of character and life revelations kind of sneak up on the reader, rather than announcing themselves and then knocking the reader upside the head, as some stories do. They're not blatant, but they are wonderful. I truly enjoyed reading it.

    Nicholas is a New Zealand native who even as a child memorialized his late mother by dressing as her; now he performs cabaret, an outstanding singer who knows all the cultural icons and recreates them-and by the way, is a transvestite. Dubliner Freda (who prefers "Fred") is a slightly buxom and plumpish girl who conceals her prudishness and inferiority complexes behind a fa�ade of brashness and foul-mouthed sarcasm and humour. Amazingly, the two are "right for each other" (no matter how much one denies it), and what makes their story so special is the kind of honest people they are: realistic, empathetic, with unexpected depths, highs and lows, tensions, and the gamut of emotions humans can fall prey to. They're four-dimensional, really, not just the usual three-dimensional; and certainly not the routine two-dimensional fiction (and life) sometimes prefers. I highly recommend this novel. (18+, of course)

    I reviewed an ebook copy provided to me by the author in return for my fair and impartial review.

  • Marla Case says:

    After reading the blurb, I was already hooked. I expected the book to be good. But I didn't expect it to be so emotional. I absolutely loved the story, and Nicholas. I truly identified with Freda, and I'm so glad they got their happy ending.

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  • Fanny Bridges says:

    Seldom do I find a book that holds my attention through out,but this one did and I found it a pleasure to read.Many of the books I read lately have become a chore to finish honestly.This book made me smile and laugh and ponder many things.The book was very funny throughout but,also very sad in parts too.I found the characters and story line to be well though out and cover sad issues/emotions without making it depressing.I would love to see this book made into a movie,it would be fantastic.

  • Chris Dalton says:

    Often I go into a book with certain expectations of what the book will be like and how it will make me feel. I am often wrong in my expectations. Boy, was I wrong in this one. Based on the synopsis, I expected this book to be kind of dark and angsty. Not being in the mood for dark and angsty, I put off the reading for a while. Now I regret that.

    So, yeah, it had a bit of a dark element, but mostly it was...funny. A little dark, a lot funny. I laughed all the way through it.

    Fred, the girl, and Vivica, the boy (AKA Freda and Nicholas) meet when Nicholas moves in next door. She has no idea that he's a totally straight guy who just happens to enjoy performing on stage while dressed in women's clothing. She only sees an amazingly hot guy with a quick smile and flirtatious manner who she hopes she can be friends with. Nicholas sees an attractive, sarcastic and funny girl who makes him laugh - and who he tries to charm into his bed right away.

    Fred and Viv are both great characters and I immediately fell in love with both of them. The building of their relationship and the changes it goes through as they debate the advisability of moving from friends to lovers is totally believable. And so fun!

    I don't really know what else to say about this book except that I loved everything about it. Everything. It probably won't be what you expect it to be - unless you expect it to be a great story that will keep you riveted from beginning to end.

    Adult language and sexual content.

    Highly recommended.

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