Feature book: A Pretty Mess
It takes lots of effort to be with the in-crowd and appear to have it all look as though it were easy.
Celeste Pretty has a new career. She is a professional organiser, and she has just scored a big client, Natalia. Celeste is a fanatical neat freak and is always clearing up after people, particularly in her own home. She needs to make this career change work so that she can develop her company. She then finds that people from her past are hanging on to her coat-tails because of her new client—the latest fitness guru. She has just moved into the Astonvale area. Okay, so it is the fringe of the prestigious suburb, but it will add to her image and hopefully her client list. After the initial test run, she is given the okay to work on the rest of the house for this big client.
Celeste has a possible boyfriend, and while it may not have crossed her mind, he has standing within the community. Celeste’s mother died when she was young, and she has struggled with the loss of her mother but probably not as much as her father did. Of course, when she catches her father with another woman, someone she considers odd and weird, it turns her world upside down.
While working on organising the house, she meets Lenny. He is the builder working on improving Natalia’s house. As Celeste and he have to spend time together due to the house issues, they become closer and discover that all things are not right with Natalia and her business. It is just the little things like Natalia’s past. Together they try and find what is happening and discover that Natalia is being blackmailed. They feel that it is up to them to find out who it is.
Some of the characters in this book are certainly different. They include Cousin Doris, Betty Lou and Imogen. These characters could certainly appear in anyone’s life. There are many instances where the situations are very comical, and this leads to comedic comments and scenes. And we won’t talk about Celeste’s father being caught with Cousin Doris in a rather compromising position. It is enough to leave someone scarred for life!
Reviewed by Heather
A review copy of this book was provided by the author.