Belle of the Ball

“Is justice, like beauty, ever more than skin deep?”

Mary Weeks Millard

ISBN: 9781909728691

192 Pages

Published Sep 2017

Young Adult

Paperback £7.99 Kindle £1.99
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When sixteen-year-old Lydia is voted Belle of the Ball, it is the best day of her life – but it soon becomes the worst!

Left for dead by a hit-and-run driver, she awakes to scarring facial injuries and sinister questions about the accident.

Discovering her father to be more than he seems and seeking to complete her recovery, Lydia escapes to a paradise island where breath-taking adventures and romance await.

Thrown into the midst of a refugee crisis and a terrible storm, her faith in God is stirred when she meets a Ugandan girl fleeing trauma of her own. Danger threatens and Lydia’s family soon find themselves indebted to the man who might just be the love of her life!

  • This charming, tense and gripping teen novel, covers a number of interesting themes – growing up and the challenges of maturing into an adult world; the sensitivity of different faiths; the impact of trauma and challenge on friendships and parental relationships.

    Interesting to me, as a psychologist and Founder and Executive Director of 28 Too Many, a charity passionate to end FGM across Africa and the diaspora, it accurately and informatively handles this important topic in an educational, yet sensitive way.

    I highly recommend this book – which moved me to tears a number of times.

    Dr Ann-Marie Wilson,
  • This is a very readable, contemporary tale which would certainly captivate young adults of my acquaintance. As the story unfolds and the reader is taken through the changing scenes of a school prom, a road accident, hospital wards, a Greek island holiday and a people-smuggling incident, there is an impressive authenticity about the details described. The underlying activity of a secret agent and the moving account from a rescued migrant are both arresting and informative.

    Teenage emotions and a growing recognition of the power of prayer and the relevance of a personal faith are sensitively introduced into the narrative. There is an honesty in this, as indeed there is throughout the text, which makes the book one which I would be happy to recommend widely.

    Jean Howell, former headmistress

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