Movie star Maggie Malone has a glamorous lifestyle with everything money can buy—except privacy. Hounded by the paparazzi and ridiculed for her faith, Maggie secretly struggles with severe anxiety and loneliness. All she desires is to be herself—southern girl by birth, ranch lover by heart.
When an anonymous benefactor invites Maggie to participate in a secret project, will her hopelessness find a new direction? Or will she become another celebrity travesty? What if she discovers Hollywood is not Home? Her faith, family, love, and future hang in the balance.
Hollywood is Not Home by Annmarie Roberts is an easy-to-read book that immediately grabs your attention. The author starts off by inviting you into the life of the main character, Maggie, a famous actress who is talented, beautiful, and wealthy. Despite her fame and fortune, Maggie experiences anxiety and loneliness due to the pressures of Hollywood and the lifestyle she has created. Paparazzi follow her, tabloids write about her, and Maggie just wants some privacy. She misses the days when her life was simpler, filled with friends, laughter, and good times.
The author did such a fantastic job of storytelling that I sometimes felt I was part of the story. I even found myself wondering if I would trade privacy for fame and fortune. Of course, I have kids, which tends to quickly snap me back into reality. Truthfully, I just want to be able to use the bathroom without someone barging in for once so, my initial response is, “no, I would not trade my privacy for anything.” The actual cost of fame is something I don’t think I could bear. Peace and quiet are priceless.
I love how the author shows us different sides of Maggie. She is strong and talented but also kind and generous. She really does care about people and wants to make a difference. I also appreciated how the author demonstrated that true happiness is more than a lifestyle. Sometimes we get lost in what society claims will make us happy, causing us to lose sight of what indeed does. The author did a fantastic job including God in the story, which I always treasure when I read Christian books.
If you are interested in reading books that fall under Christian Fiction Romance, you will want to check out Hollywood is Not Home. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
Note: I reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received through Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated for sharing my thoughts. I am disclosing this per FTC regulations.
About the Author
Annmarie M. Roberts is an author, copywriter, and scriptwriter. She is a wife and mother of two. Her soul grew to love writing at a young age. In grade school, she could hardly wait to receive her first writing assignment, “What I did over summer break.” She just loved to impress her teacher with a detailed descriptive read of a summer filled with wonder and fascinating adventures, some of which were true. Writing has been her passion in one form or another ever since. “There is nothing like the power of expression through words to create a moment in time or an imaginative place to magically transport your reader,” Annmarie mused when asked about why she loves to write. When she is not working on commercial scriptwriting, she spends time with her family and volunteers with her church in the community.
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Fall in love with a faithfully blessed story and characters that grew from my heart and surely bound to find a place in yours!
This has been a long-time coming friend. It all started about fifteen years ago from a very old desktop computer and a rickety put-together desk that you buy in a box.
In the beginning, it had highlights of Hollywood but no traces of the southern influence yet. We hadn’t moved to the south when I started my novel, so the blessings that were about to bestow upon me were still in store. Maybe it came from the handwritten letter from my new pastor in my mailbox the first day I arrived, or the first time I heard a shopping cart called “a buggy”, either way, I knew I was home when I landed in South Carolina. So much of my story is influenced by good Christian women I met in church, delicious southern food that will knock your socks off, and the abundance of faith that runs here like the rivers.
If you are reading this, know I appreciate you. If you read my book, I know you will feel the love, friendship, family, laughs, and tears that I belted out as I wrote it.
Find a special place like I have on the covered deck near my kitchen whereas I write now I hear the inviting sound of wind chimes tickling in the soft Southern hot-humid breeze accompanied by a greyed over cloud pending the usual afternoon downpour. Southern afternoon rains are fast and furious, but they kiss the grass and the trees and delight our eyes with forever green tapestry.
Sit in this place soon with a cool glass of fresh-made lemonade and some homemade lemon butter cookies, just like Maggie Malone would.
Alternate cookie and lemonade in one hand and my new novel, Hollywood is Not Home, in the other.
Fall in love with my characters and get to know me as a writer through them. Share your thoughts with me about my book but never share those homemade lemon butter cookies…those are for you. You deserve them! Enjoy!
To celebrate her tour, Annmarie is giving away the grand prize package of a themed gift basket with various items that have inspirational sayings on them like a mug, bookmark, an autographed copy of the book, and a copy of The Ultimate Gift by Jim Stovall!!
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