This review is for the novel "Mixed Bags" by Melody Carlson.
It is the first book in the "Carter House Girls" series.
I will admit to being a big Melody Carlson fan! I read the entire "On The Runway" series which featured some of the girls from Carter House Girls. As much as I loved the last series I knew I had to give this one a try as well. It was well worth it even though I breezed through the first book, I loved every minute of it!
I think some of Melody's books are geared toward a younger set than myself but I love them non-the-less and think you would too.
Desiree or DJ as she would rather be known, is the first occupant of Carter House. Her mother passed away and her dad didn't seem to want her around after his new wife had twins. Finding herself shipped away to her grandmother, DJ feels out of place already as she is somewhat of a tomboy and her grandmother is a retired famous fashion model.
Somehow having DJ staying with her leads Mrs. Carter to get the great idea to take in girls as borders in her home and teach them refinement and possibly make them famous models.
As one after another beautiful and mostly wealthy girls come through the doors of Carter House, DJ only starts to feel more inadequate and boyish.
Nothing she does makes her Grandmother fully approve of her and she worries she is losing herself in the process of conforming to someone elses standards. Is looking nice and having her hair done something she wants for herself or is she just doing it to finally fit in?
Will anything help fill the void she feels in her life?
Can six teenage girls, who are vastly different, manage to get along and have a peaceful time?
Come along on DJ's journey from self recrimination to self discovery and possibly a faith filled life and find out!
Once again I have to give kudos to Melody!
Loving this series already,
*Note* I received a free copy of this book from Zondervan in exchange for a review. I am not required to post a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own and they are sincere.