“Pretty is as Pretty Does” Class Reunion #1 by Debby Mayne, book review

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Pretty is as Pretty Does (bk 1)
Bless Her Heart (bk 2)
Tickled Pink (bk 3)

(Bethany House March 1, 2007)


Debby Mayne


Debby Mayne is a best-selling author who has published more than 25 books and novellas, 400 short stories and articles, and devotions for women. She has also worked as managing editor of a national health magazine, product information writer for HSN, a creative writing instructor, and a copy editor and proofreader. Her novel, Love Finds You in Treasure Island, Florida received 4-1/2 stars from RT Book Review, and was named a Top Pick for the month of July. She and her husband Wally have two grown daughters, and live in Palm Harbor, Florida.


Priscilla Slater goes to her ten-year high school reunion with equal parts dread and eager anticipation. Even though she’s a successful owner of a chain of hair salons and no longer has the mousy brown hair, crooked teeth, and discount-store wardrobe, she still feels like the ugly duckling. But when she arrives at the reunion, Priscilla soon realizes that her old classmates aren’t exactly as she remembers them. With humor and a just a touch of sassiness, Priscilla finds herself facing her own truth—and she may be surprised at what she discovers.

As Priscilla Slater’s 15-year class reunion approaches, she decides to attend out of curiosity… and to flaunt her latest achievement—taking her business to a national level with the possibility of a TV show. As if getting ready for the event and putting up with the pranks of her former classmates isn’t enough, Priscilla’s hometown visit is further complicated by her parents’ separation. With the once-solid sanctuary of her home broken at the foundation, there’s only one thing Priscilla’s parents can agree on: no matter what sort of accolades their daughter receives as a hair stylist, she’s not living up to her potential. Eager to escape the painful reality of her childhood home, Priscilla bolts as soon as a call from New York brings good news: her offer to purchase one of the best salons in the country is likely to come through. But returning to New York means returning to Tim, Priscilla’s best friend and business pal who has been impatiently suggesting their relationship should be more than a friendship. Despite her recent achievements, will Priscilla learn that success doesn’t always result in popularity—or love?

Priscilla Slater shows up at her 20-year reunion as a national celebrity. Her hair salon dynasty has skyrocketed, and to top it off, she has her own line of hair products. She has become a huge success with the “Ms. Prissy Big Hair” line that lets women with the thinnest of locks get the coveted “big hair” look so popular in the South. Her classmates have finally come to terms with adulthood, but they’re handling it with the grace of a Southern woman wearing white after Labor Day. It’s just downright awkward! Asserting the maturity that her classmates have often lacked, Priscilla holds her head high. But she can’t ignore everything. When she catches her mother in the arms of her former high school principal, Priscilla can’t get out of town fast enough. Eager to get back to her more comfortable life, Priscilla runs head on into an ultimatum: Tim tells her they’re not getting any younger—as if she has to be reminded.

I think every woman, and maybe some of the guys too, really have a love/ hate relationship with class reunions. We want to see how everyone is doing, those people that we spent at least 4 years of our lives with, if not more. But at the same time, most of us have moved on from those days, to bigger and better things. But just receiving the invitation is enough to bring back all the old insecurities. What is a girl to do?

Well, Priscilla really wants to see her old friends and just have a good time. But her parents still, after 10 years, see her as a failure, even though she has a chain of 3 successful hair salons. Daily, she helps other ladies, and a few guys, feel better about themselves by giving them a good hair style and make up. But how will the class reunions turn out?

Pretty is as Pretty Does is book #1 of a 3 book series each visiting a class reunion. The book is easy to read, and moves quickly. The type style and print is actually large, so it is really easy to read at night when my eyes are tired. This book would make a great one to take on vacation or read in the quiet of the evening.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher ,Abingdon Press, as a member of the CFBA. All opinions expressed are my own.


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One Response to “Pretty is as Pretty Does” Class Reunion #1 by Debby Mayne, book review

  1. Debby Mayne says:

    Thank you so much for the review! I had a blast writing this series and getting to know the characters.

    I would like to invite you and your readers to join us at the Online Class Reunion where we’ll have trivia questions, fun facts, and prizes. All you have to do is go here: https://www.facebook.com/events/382132345222740/ and click “join.”

    See y’all soon!

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