Book Review | Beautiful Disaster
Title: Beautiful Disaster
Author: Laura Spinella
12 years have gone by since Flynn walked out of Mia’s life. Now married to a wonderful man named Michael and about to close a really good deal that will further her interior design career, Mia discovers her unresolved feelings for Flynn when he reappears in her life. In a coma, Flynn is unable to let Mia know why he has come back and where he has been for the last 12 years. Risking her marriage and her career, Mia keeps vigil at his bedside, waiting for her lost love to reawaken so she can finally get the answers that she never knew she needed.
Beautiful Disaster, Laura Spinella’s debut, is a suspenseful romantic tale of intense love and second chances. When Flynn first appeared in the pages, I was very intrigued by him. Eagerly, I kept turning the pages, wanting to know what the big secret was that he was keeping from Mia. Roxanne, Mia’s overbearing and unlikable best friend, develops a theory about Flynn’s past, but Mia believes in Flynn’s innocence.
Mia is a bit frustrating, though. She’s incredibly beautiful according to Flynn, but is entirely unaware of the effect that she has on men, and not even just on Flynn. Beautiful women usually seem all too aware of it, but Mia is a bit too naive. She was a bit of a weak character, but in the one instance where I really wanted her to be strong (during a scene with Roxanne).
The structure of Beautiful Disaster is a little messy, but I easily grasped when we were in the past as opposed to the present. The only thing I wish that Spinella had done differently was to include a whole narrative for Flynn as well as Mia; Flynn had an even more fascinating back story than Mia, which was revealed in dialogue over the course of quite a few pages.
Though not exactly a perfect book, Beautiful Disaster certainly comes close. I read the majority of it on an airplane, and it kept me entertained and drawn to the characters and the story. Tissues were a must with this book!
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*