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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
The Broken Canvas: Good Woman Gone Bad by Tai Barnett opens with the thoughts of the protagonist and they represent a powerful internal conflict: “This is the part that I dread the most, pretending like I think I belong on the Red Carpet. Tirelessly writing the script for that ‘established shot’, and even the exasperating junket—that I can deal with.” Natasha Bishop lives the dream of every writer. She has transitioned from doing painting into a successful Hollywood screenwriter, and while she wants to watch the awards show from her own private screen theater, relaxing with her nine-year-old daughter, she is pulled into a world she never thought she belonged to — the world of glitz. Now she questions how much she loves Andrew Kingston, her boyfriend, as the playboy actor Brody Banister begins to ignite a new fire in her heart. Follow her as she seeks to find herself through powerful challenges. Is it ever easy to be successful? Her greatest challenge is yet to come.
Tai Barnett’s writing is fluid and the author has a unique gift for exploring the Hollywood style of life. The characters are fascinating and written with emotional and psychological depth. I enjoyed the theme of success and how it is developed in the life of the female protagonist. Success comes with its challenges and Natasha is about to discover it. Love and show business are themes that are ingeniously handled and the author’s gift for prose allows the writing to come out in a way that is cinematic. I felt as though I was watching a movie as I read this novel and the first person narrative voice makes it even more engrossing. The Broken Canvas: Good Woman Gone Bad is intelligently plotted and masterfully written.