The Advent of Lena by Neil M. Campbell
Author: Neil M. Campbell
Publication Date: Nov. 5, 2010
paperback, 333 pages
Can Beauty rescue Beast from the tyranny of image and his flawed perceptions of reality . . .
Beauty: Chloe Lambert is used to men looking at her twice, but for all the wrong reasons - they cannot believe how ugly she is. Her first encounter with Park Delafield leaves her with no reason to suspect he is any different; his first words in her presence constitute a slur on her appearance.
Beast: For Park, spiritual bankrupt with the perfect looks, only beautiful women count until he insults a stranger in a pub and is at once struck down by one of her companions. On his knees, Park perceives in an epiphany, that solely with the help of the woman he has offended can he find deliverance from the bonds of nihilism and self-regard.
The chase: He sets out to involve her in his spiritual rebirth but she, bewildered by his attentions and repelled by his egotism, wants no part in his quest; until his persistence and her own curiosity about his motives lessen her distrust of his sincerity.
The reckoning: Warily, all too conscious of the risks incurred in getting involved with a man whose vulnerability and isolation echo her own - and whose looks and nature render him so liable to stray - she allows him into her life. Thereby initiating trajectories of self-discovery, commitment and betrayal along which both hazard toward nemesis . . . or mutual redemption.
This book looked really interesting to me. I love the story of beauty and the beast. This book has an interesting twist on the story. In appearance, the male protagonist, Park is the physical beauty while the female protagonist, Chloe is the physical beast. If you've ready the summary you get the concept of this book. Park thinks Chloe is the only one that can save him from his downward spiral. He sets out to win her trust and love. Park was a hard character to get behind. He kept making bad decision after bad decision. It drove me up the wall. However I know people in life that do the same thing. So I think it's safe to say that Park is a realistic character. Chloe has come to terms with her physical appearance. While she has no outer beauty, her inner beauty seems to shine through. She has lots friends who love and respect her. She puts Park off his quest many times because she doesn't think him sincere. I liked Chloe because she didn't have any false illusions. She is realistic about her life, she's upfront and honest. However Park being in her life causes all sorts of problems. From the beginning of their relationship things are a bit crazy and then the story gets jumbled up many times but in a good way. There are several different subplots in this story. Most of the characters in this book have major issues going on. The story line was good but frustrating at times. I did like the way Neil Campbell wrote the ending. It fit the story so well. Although I try not to include spoilers in my review I will say that by the end of the story, I liked Park a lot more than at the beginning. I liked seeing his transformation throughout the story. This was definitely not a fluffy Disney story but a raw and gritty tale.
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*picture and summary taken from Good Reads
* A copy of this book was provided by the author for review purposes only. This in no way influenced my review.