Laura English by Lynn Arias Bornstein

Book Review:

A fictional life story of an ordinary English girl who wants to become an actress beloved and known by many is the premise of this story is the first offering from this author.  Rich in description and glamour juxtaposed with tragedy, the life of Laura is laid out to reveal her life and thoughts in a story that occasionally suffers from pacing issues and lack of focus.

The writing is simple and easy to understand, perhaps too simple in the obvious juxtaposition of living your dream and the tragic events of real life, or the sacrifices you make to keep your dream life viable.  While not exactly set in a wonderful event, tragedy, wonderful event format: there are several moments as I was reading when something good would happen that I was then wondering just what the horrid event would be. 
As this is a life-story and encompasses several years, there are numerous characters introduced, and only a few of these characters are developed with any sense of depth beyond their service to the story and event in which they are included.  It did get confusing in parts with characters moving in and out of the story, which did add to the often meandering connective scenes that serve only to add word count and do not serve the plot or story in any meaningful way.

Still, I was reading on and unwilling to stop: despite the issues with plotting and pacing the story keeps the reader wondering about the next good or bad event, the scenery, and even the underlying question about what Laura could possibly want now: after her biggest dream was realized.  And, does she actually find that getting her dream life was worth the multiple sacrifices she made, caused or even allowed due to her inaction.

I enjoyed the story – a decent read for an afternoon’s diversion.  As a debut offering it shows great promise for the author’s skills which will only improve with more use.

Laura English by Lynn Arias Bornstein

Title: Laura English
Author: Lynn Arias Bornstein
Genre: Literary Fiction
Published by: Stillpoint Digital
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 310
Rated: four-stars
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Driven by a Dream...

Chance brings producer/director Sir James Paxton to the Bournemouth Players, where the performance of an unknown actress fires his imagination and launches her on a dizzying journey from provincial theater to the post- war London sound stages of Briarwood Studios, the glitter of Hollywood — and beyond.

London. Acapulco. Cairo. Hollywood.

Enter the world of superstar Laura English and meet the people who populate her magic circle: unforgettable first love John Keith, whose secret life finally catches up with him. Adoring husband and best friend David Landau, who knows he will always take second place in Laura’s heart. And Robin, the child she cannot love.

Glamour. Heartbreak. Intrigue.

The world of Laura English

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About Lynn Arias Bornstein

Lynn Arias Bornstein is a fifth-generation native San Franciscan. She was educated at the Convent of the Sacred Heart and the Katherine Delmar Burke School. Her interest in the arts led her to pursue a degree in graphic design from the San Francisco Art Institute. She continued her studies in Mexico City in the early 1960’s, at a time when that city was a world center of culture and new ideas. Soon after her return to San Francisco, she met and married her first husband. The couple settled in Marin County, where they raised their two children in the historic town of Mill Valley. A community volunteer for over forty years, one of Bornstein’s main interests is awakening children to an appreciation of literature and the visual arts. In writing Laura English, her goal was to “create a tale in which the characters and settings would provide a pleasurable escape for the reader.”

Lynn lives in Marin County, California. She is currently writing a memoir.

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