Release Date: November 15th
Series: Once Upon a Time Today Collection
Genre: Adult Contemporary Fairy Tale novella
Publisher: Half-Faerie Publishing
Movie director Kerrin Mayham has an eye for beauty. Now her years of struggling on the indie film circuit are about to pay off. She’s the frontrunner to win Golden Pinnacle’s Director of the Year. Winning will mean generous financial backing for her next project, and the most bankable actors in the industry are already signaling interest in the leading role. How will she decide which Adonis is right for the part of Demion Glass?In this contemporary retelling of the eponymous Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, Kerrin’s journey leads her to discover a deeper meaning of beauty.
Who doesn’t love a good fairy tale? What about two? Heidi Garrett’s Beautiful Beautiful reminds me of the film The Princess Bride, with main character Kerrin’s fairy tale to her daughter interspersed with her own story as Kerrin takes over for Peter Falk as storyteller. She tells her daughter the fairytale version of how she and her father met and married. Kerrin is an award winning director, known for finding the beauty in a film but is unable to find that true beauty in a mate. I appreciated the fact the Kerrin isn’t looking to feel “whole.” Kerrin is proud of her ability to showcase strong female characters on the screen and Heidi has done just that with her character; Kerrin is a successful and accomplished woman on her own. I also enjoyed the balance of the narrative. It isn’t easy to craft one story, let alone three. There’s Kerrin’s real life tale, the fairytale told to Mibi, her daughter and the subject for the film, Demion Glass. As Kerrin tells the tale to her daughter, she notes that, “Apparently, when it came to seven-year-olds, a warm heart didn’t beat magic shoes.” Not only is that funny and probably true, it mirrors Kerrin’s actions as she blindly goes after those “magic shoes” in the form of a stunning actor. It is only after she utilizes her eye for film that she discovers the superficial quality of those “shoes” and finds the “warm heart” she’s yearned for.
I invite you to find the beauty in this quick and lovely read.
I give Beautiful Beautiful 4/5 stars.
” Her eye sought asymmetry and dissonance, as much as order and balance, measuring light and angles, to frame the perfect shot in her mind.”
“‘It’s good isn’t it?’ he asked, oblivious to the deep chasms on either side of the inner wall she balanced upon.”
“You can’t always see inner beauty on the first take.” “Thanks Confucius.”
“Apparently, when it came to seven-year-olds, a warm heart didn’t beat magic shoes.”
Heidi Garrett is the author of the contemporary fairytale novella collection, Once Upon a Time Today. In these stand-alone retellings of popular and obscure fairy tales, adult characters navigate the deep woods of the modern landscape to find their Happily Ever Afters. The Original Fairy Tale short stories: The Girl Who Watched For Elves, The Girl Who Dreamed of Red Shoes, and The Girl Who Couldn’t Sing are a prelude to that collection.She is also the author of The Queen of the Realm of Faerie series, a fairy tale/high fantasy mashup about a young half-faerie, half mortal woman who must save both the Enchanted and Mortal Worlds.Heidi was born in Texas, and in an attempt to reside in as many cities in that state as she could, made it to Houston, Lubbock, Austin, and El Paso. Heidi now lives in Eastern Washington state with her husband, their two cats, her laptop, and her Kindle.
Being from the South, she often contemplates the magic of snow and hopes to remind readers that: Once upon a time, you lived in an enchanted world…
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