Reviewed by Kat Crawford
Fiction Addict Blog Tours
Publisher: Howard Books
Pub Date: October 29, 2013
Karen Kingsbury’s new book asks the question: What Would You Sacrifice For Fame?
(Synopsis from Amazon.com) Zack Dylan made a promise to God and his college sweetheart as he left his family’s horse farm in Kentucky to compete on the popular reality television show Fifteen Minutes: If he makes it, the fame won’t change him.
Overnight, Zack is the nation’s most popular contestant, a country singer with the looks and voice of a young Elvis. As his star rises, Zack is asked to compromise and quiet his beliefs, and also something more. Something Zack could never have imagined. Just as America is falling in love with Zack, just as he’s on the verge of winning it all, his choices lead him to the brink of personal disaster.
At the same time, Reese Weatherly, a therapeutic horse instructor, is no longer sure about her relationship with Zack, or the wedding they had dreamed about. While Zack advances from one round of the competition to the next, an offer comes to Reese—one that will take her to a home halfway around the world.
Then Chandra Olson—reigning diva pop star and one of the Fifteen Minutes judges—intervenes. Chandra has suffered so much public pain and private agony since her days as a Fifteen Minutes contestant. Now she wants just one thing: meaning.
Can Chandra’s private losses help Zack find his way, or will his fifteen minutes of fame cause him to lose the life he once loved? Fifteen Minutes is a story of character, compromise, and the cost of having it all. A story that raises the question: Who are the real winners?
Kat Crawford Review:
Karen Kingsbury has a way of choosing subject the world can relate to. If anyone has ever watched American Idol, we know the “Fifteen Minutes” story. Those young and even older who audition arrive on stage to share their faith—at least before their first song. I’ve personally wondered what happened to the preformaters faith, especially when the show has finished. Whether they are the chosen winner or not, a performance on nationwide TV gives exposure and the possibility of fame—is a celebrity able to stay close to the Lord?
Does Kingsbury predict that every talented performer will give up Christ for fame? No, but she shows the possibilities. How easy to be sidetracked by others and a high-geared schedule. She also shares the importance of faith and family—the blessings of parents and grandparents continuing to pray and believe in their children.
In some ways Kingsbury books are too pat. They begin with more than one complicated problem. By the end, almost every difficulty is tied up with a nice neat bow. However, she chooses real life circumstances. And every book is filled with well-developed characters. The many Kingsbury fans I know have used her wisdom to figure out their own personal problems and have passed these ideas on to others.
Kingsbury is in the know of what will grab the reader’s attention. She addresses difficult subjects the world can relate to. Once more, the author gives us a good read in her latest book, “Fifteen Minutes.”
Fifteen Minutes is available to purchase from Amazon.com.
Note: I received this book as part of the Fifteen Minutes blog tour from Fiction Addict. I received no compensation for this review and only received a copy of the book for review purposes. Review copy provided by the publisher.