Book Review: “The Cutting Edge” by Ace Collins

October 30, 2013 at 11:25 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Ace Collins in his new book, “The Cutting Edge book coverThe Cutting Edge” published by Abingdon Press takes us into the life of Leslie Rhoads.

From the back cover:  When your entire future is destroyed, why would you bother to rebuild?

Leslie Rhoads may have grown up in a small town, but is on the verge of becoming a supermodel in the Big Apple, when the 24-year-old is chosen to grace the cover of Style magazine and star in the controversial Passion Nights perfume ads. But before she can step into the spotlight, Leslie is assaulted by a drug gang and disfigured with a broken scotch bottle. Without her perfect face, she is lost and no amount of surgery can ever make her what she once was.
Now trying to hide her face from the world, Leslie encounters more trouble as she seeks to rebuild her life: unrequited love, thoughts of suicide, and her assailant out to finish the job. Little does she know that a young girl named Angel will turn it all around, showing Leslie the joy and potential in life and the fact that love truly is blind.

Ace Collins understands that what we judge others by is the face.  If the face looks good then we say the person is good, whether that is the case or not.  Leslie is about to take over a prime perfume account and become what she always dreamed about:  a supermodel.  That dream is shattered by a gang attack and a beer bottle.  Her face is badly scarred and irreparable.  Now what does she do?  And on top of everything her attacker wants to finish the job he started.  I think this is a brilliant character study with the focus on beauty.  Mr. Collins throws in all kinds of sub-plots that keep the story moving briskly As Leslie begins to move on with her life.  Through Mr. Collins’ excellent writing skills we come to understand Leslie and want her to be healed from her almost crushing pain.  Mr. Collins has given us themes of devastating loss, and forgiveness and how we can deal with them.  This is a fun read that gives us a lot to think about.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Abingdon Press.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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