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Beautiful Facade

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Beautiful Facade is a contemporary romance novel with an edge. Kathryn Rose has a flow in her writing which gets you hooked from page one.

Beautiful Facade is about 27-year-old Winter living in Melbourne. She has a picture-perfect life. Fancy advertising job, hot athlete boyfriend, and a sassy and supportive best friend. But Winter's past is haunted by an unresolved relationship with Kai and a deeply buried trauma. When Kai and Winter bump into each other at a bar what happens when Winter's past and present lives collide?


This is the kind of book I would call romance with an edge, think Colleen Hoover. With all the glitz and drama it also has a vibe of gossip girl with an Aussie twang. 


On a more serious note, as I described above, this book has an edge. It involves mentions of sexual abuse and domestic abuse. These things are important to know going into this book in case you might be sensitive towards those topics.


I absolutely blitzed through this book over 2 days. The plot and characters catch you from the start and you can not let them go. Winter and her friends are all realistic, flawed and a little bit lost - just as they should be as 20-somethings. I think we have all encountered people like these characters in real life which grounds Beautiful Facade in reality.


Kathryn Rose's writing style is easy to read and flows well. Her descriptions of Melbourne culture are accurate, from the brands and organic foods to the unique hipsters and the footy. As someone who lives in Melbourne she did a great job at really capturing the essence of the city.


On the whole, I enjoyed this book but I don't think it will stay with me for a long time. Kathryn Rose is very talented and has huge potential for her future work. 


I think 2020 of all years has shown us the importance of supporting small businesses and artists. I challenge you to read a book by a local author and if you are Australian I recommend Beautiful Facade.


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Hey, I am Laura - full-time post-grad student and future health professional. I hate that I love cheesy romance novels. Also coming from a genetics background I often read non-fiction with a critical eye.
I have a unique perspective because of my background and am a lover of diverse lit.

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About the author

Kathryn S Rose is a mum, wife, reader, writer, traveller, and food enthusiast. Writing a book was always on her bucket list, and finally, with Beautiful Façade, it has come into fruition. view profile

Published on February 02, 2021

80000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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