Saturday, November 23, 2013

Fifteen Minutes

Author: Karen Kingsbury
Publisher: Howard Books
October 2013
ISBN: 978-1451647051
Genre: Contemporary

About the book:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes a dramatic story about fame, true love, and the cost of having it all. 

Zack Dylan made a promise to God and his college sweetheart as he left his family’s horse farm in Kentucky to compete on the popular reality television show Fifteen Minutes: If he makes it, the fame won’t change him.

Overnight, Zack is the nation’s most popular contestant, a country singer with the looks and voice of a young Elvis. As his star rises, Zack is asked to compromise and quiet his beliefs, and also some­thing more. Something Zack could never have imagined. Just as America is falling in love with Zack, just as he’s on the verge of winning it all, his choices lead him to the brink of personal disaster.

At the same time, Reese Weatherly, a thera­peutic horse instructor, is no longer sure about her relationship with Zack, or the wedding they had dreamed about. While Zack advances from one round of the competition to the next, an offer comes to Reese—one that will take her to a home halfway around the world.

Then Chandra Olson—reigning diva pop star and one of the Fifteen Minutes judges—intervenes. Chandra has suffered so much public pain and pri­vate agony since her days as a Fifteen Minutes contestant. Now she wants just one thing: meaning.

Can Chandra’s private losses help Zack find his way, or will his fifteen minutes of fame cause him to lose the life he once loved? Fifteen Minutes is a story of character, compromise, and the cost of having it all. A story that raises the question: Who are the real winners?

My Thoughts: 

I have one word for FIFTEEN MINUTES. Wow! That’s all I can say. I loved this story, I love Karen Kingsbury’s books, and I loved the characters. Even the ones that have clearly lost their way became real to me on the pages of this book and I felt their pain. I wanted Zach to stand up for his beliefs, for his love for Reece, for his convictions. I wanted Chandra’s life to have meaning again. She gave up so much for her career.

I thoroughly enjoyed FIFTEEN MINUTES. If you like contemporary stories, love Karen Kingsbury, or wondered about the reality behind a reality talent show, then FIFTEEN MINUTES is the book for you. 5 stars. 384 pages. $22.99 hardcover, $15.99 paperback, $9.99 kindle. Also available in audio. 

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