Rosie Nixon comes to the blog today with her debut offering in the Amber Green contemporary woman’s fiction series, splitting time between London and LA with this up and coming stylist. Please read on for my review of
A fun and often light-hearted story about Amber Green, a simple shop girl in a London boutique, with her chance at grabbing for the stars. Celebrity stylist Mona Armstrong is needing an ‘assistant’ to style her stable full of stars ahead of the Golden Globes, Oscars and BAFTAs. What Mona doesn’t realize is that Amber is a ‘newbie’ to the styling gig, and perhaps isn’t quite the person she was expecting. But like much of Mona’s behavior – she jumps in and drags the ever-willing, if not so experienced Amber, along for the ride. Well – sort of. Amber is actually the ‘face’ of Mona during this story – there’s plenty of ‘other items’ that require Mona’s focus, and being on hand with stroppy stars, navigating the cutthroat worlds of the bridge between fashion, customer happiness and exposure, the pitfalls are frequent, usually funny in that ‘OMG I can’t believe it” way, and Amber is quickly learning where NOT to step.
It’s not just having an eye for what suits whom: Amber also has to wrangle a tiny pig, survive on champagne and M & M’s with little sleep and barely time to breathe, cover for the missing Mona at nearly every turn, and for bonus points pose as a publicist when a star gets into hot water and the scandal could ruin everything. It’s clear and evident that much of the scenes are influenced by the author’s career – from huge temper-tantruming starlets to the more subtle ‘I will kill your career’ demands and requirements all seem plausible – if utterly ridiculous to the ‘normals’ of the world. And Amber does a pretty solid job of navigating all of the challenges, and finding a bit of life and possibly love, for herself.
There’s a ton of solidly clever moments here – and the rise from shopgirl to stylist, despite Amber’s eye for fashion, is probably something every fashionista hopes for – that instant recognition and opportunity to mix in the ‘world’. And Mona’s often MIA-moments with her always seeming to be around to take credit for both the looks and the successes does feel possible – if frustrating. There were some hitches and moments that could have used a bit more editing to tighten up the flow and keep the moments moving forward, but this was a promising story with a MC in Amber with her good-intentions and eye for a statement fashion moment that keeps the story fresh and clever.
Title: The Stylist
Author: Rosie Nixon
Series: Amber Green #1
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Humor elements
Published by: William Morrow
Published on: 4 September, 2018
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 11 Hours: 17 minutes
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In the tradition of The Devil Wears Prada comes Rosie Nixon's debut novel, which follows a young woman who is thrown into the fast-paced world of fashion and glamour as she’s forced to navigate the treacherous Hollywood red carpets…while finding a fairytale love of her own.
Amber Green loves working at Smith’s, London’s ultra-exclusive boutique frequented by everyone who’s anyone, including Mona Armstrong, the stylist to the stars. She is fierce, demanding, and can make or break a career with a snap of her manicured nails.
When Mona’s latest assistant walks out and with awards season arriving faster than you can say “Rodeo Drive”, Amber finds herself agreeing to work for one of the most infamous—and volatile—women in Hollywood. And the stars aren’t much better. Amber’s life is turned inside out as she becomes familiar with all Hollywood has to offer, on and off the red carpet.
As she begins to enjoy life in the dressing rooms of the hottest stars, Amber discovers she’s the one in the spotlight when she catches the attention of two very different men. But Mona’s behavior is growing increasingly erratic and unless Amber can out-style everyone in Hollywood, she’s in danger of being Mona’s latest fashion victim.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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