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by Susan Ericksen,Kathleen Flynn-Hui


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Kathleen Flynn-Hui, Susan Ericksen (Narrator). Beyond the Blonde: A Novel (Audio CD). Published August 28th 2006 by Brilliance Audio.

Kathleen Flynn-Hui, Susan Ericksen (Narrator). ISBN: 1597377414 (ISBN13: 9781597377416).

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Beyond the Blonde: A Novel. Written by Kathleen Flynn-Hui. Narrated by Susan Ericksen. Wolves in Chic Clothing: A Novel. You Must Remember This: Life and Style in Hollywood's Golden Age. Scott Eyman. Queen of Babble Gets Hitched. Welcome to Jean-Luc, New York's hottest salon du jour, where high above Madison Avenue, Georgia Watkins-star colorist-tends the hair of socialites, actresses, models, and moguls.

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Written by Kathleen Flynn-Hui, Audiobook narrated by Susan Ericksen. And so, after a stint at Wilfred Academy, she lands a job at Jean-Luc and moves to New York City. Thrust into a glitzy, glittering, over-the-top world, she finds herself highlighting dogs' hair to match that of their owners', making house calls to the Hamptons, and barely batting a well-groomed eyelash at a thousand-dollar tip.

Kathleen Woodiwiss practically invented historical romance as a money-making genre when The Flame and the . I did not read the two short stories, "the Kiss" and "Beyond the Kiss," that preceded this novel, but I could still follow the story

Kathleen Woodiwiss practically invented historical romance as a money-making genre when The Flame and the Flower was published to sales that broke all records. Her backlist titles still sell over 100,000 copies each year, in over a dozen countries. I did not read the two short stories, "the Kiss" and "Beyond the Kiss," that preceded this novel, but I could still follow the story.

Kathleen Flynn-Hui novel is funny, warm, and a page-turning treat. The best to come along since The Nanny Diaries and The Devil Wears Prada, "Beyond the Blonde", points out how ugly the supposed world of beauty can really be.

Georgia wasn't born to the Manhattan elite, but she was born to color hair; back in rural New Hampshire, her single mother struggled to pay rent on her own small-town beauty parlor and keep her family afloat.

Welcome to Jean-Luc, New York’s hottest salon du jour, where high above Madison Avenue, Georgia Watkins—star colorist—tends the hair of socialites, actresses, models, and moguls. Georgia wasn’t born to the Manhattan elite, but she was born to color hair; back in tiny Weepeekeemie, New Hampshire, her single mother struggled to pay rent on her own small-town beauty parlor to keep the family afloat.


Yet Georgia wants more from life. And so, after a stint at Wilfred Academy, she lands a job at Jean-Luc and moves to New York City. Thrust into a glitzy, glittering, over-the-top world, she finds herself highlighting dogs’ hair to match that of their owners’, making house calls to the Hamptons, and barely batting a well-groomed eyelash at a thousand-dollar tip. A rising star in the salon, Georgia is far too busy for romance or even a day off…until she finds that her quiet, handsome colleague Massimo has more to offer than styling pointers.


With a loving boyfriend, a calendar brimming with devoted clients, and unexpected career opportunities at her fingertips, Georgia’s life feels as golden as her customers’ favorite hair color. But when she is betrayed in an unthinkable turn of events, Georgia Watkins from New Hampshire finds her loyalty and love put to the test—and she must depend on the most unlikely people to help her navigate the ugly side of beauty.



Comments: (7)

Kulasius
Listened to this as an abridged audio. Narrator added a lot of color to the story; very well done.
This was a cute story with whisper of romance tossed in for good measure.
Snake Rocking
I thoroughly enjoyed this peak into the NY Salon scene. Kathleen Flynn-Hui kept my interest throughout this book. There was one event I never saw coming and enjoyed every minute of it. I liked all the drama and felt for the characters involved (well some). I did not want this book to end. As someone who lives close to NYC, I started to see many similarities between my Salon and the book. It was an eye-opener. I have a new appreciation for my Stylist. Although, I have yet to be offered a baggie for my purse. Not that I need one, of course. Read it, you'll understand. It's an entertaining read.
JoJoshura
i loved this book. i came across it by accident in the library and devoured it. i bought two of them for my hair-stylist "colorist" friends as gifts.
Cyregaehus
This book inspired me to become a hairdresser.
Rainshaper
I bought this for my daughter who is a hair stylist. She enjoyed it very much
Clonanau
Hey--enough with the chick lit (or chic--it is about style!) label; color me one guy who enjoyed this very much. Kathleen Flynn-Hui novel is funny, warm, and a page-turning treat. Her best writing observes the socio-economic lifestyle of New York's elite, beginning with her much admired categorization of the five types of clients who have her hair colored by the protagonist ("Georgia"), to her descriptions of the frivolous activites of the rich and usually famous (e.g., "Le Chic Chien," a fashion show with designer clothes on pampered dogs) to the cut throat gossip and competition designed to maintain or improve one's already-elevated social status.

The book follows Georgia's ascent from beauty school in her hometwon of Weekeepmie, New Hampshire--with an earlier education from her mom. Doreen, who operates her own "low-end" salon--to the heights of fame at Jean Luc's salon in Manhattan. Georgia has a "tough broad" voice, the reader learns how she really feels about her generally spoiled and always demanding clientele who come from the most rarified strata of publishing, TV, movies, publicity, and modeling, as well as spouses-of-wealthy-males. Georgia doesn't particularly like them, but she learns the rules of client-colorist engagement, and she emerges as a likeable, funny, and highly observant lens on the New York/Hamptons social scene.

The book relied too much on cliches and some predictable narrative turns: Georgia falls in love with the suave, not gay (as she thought) Italian stylist Massimo; when seemingly crushed by the city she remembers the pithy, homespun sayings of her (sainted) Mom; she develops strong feelings for another Weekeepeemie student(Patrick, who IS gay), and, improbably, they're both hired by the stereotypically imperious and emotional Frenchman, Jean-Luc. Georgia's test of character occurs when the wildly successful Jean Luc plays them, promising she, Patrick, and Massimo their own Jean-Luc franchises, and then reneging bigtime on his offer. Georgia goes on so long about her doubts of starting a new salon with Massimo and Patrick--eventually abandoning them, that the reader just wishes that Flynn-Hui would cut to the inevitable reconciliation. The narrative's delirious, made-for-TV "surprise" is both disappointing and satisfying, as Flynn-Hui successfully leads us to differentiate between the good, hard-working, usually ethical Georgia and friends, and the self-absorbed, sometimes cruel personalities of clients and Jean-Luc himself.

Overall, however, it's a smart and funny take on the habituees of Manhattan, constantly pursueing the trendy, and only rarely showing us some core of integrity. More than chick lit., I'd categorize this as great confection-filled summer reading. It's not too demanding, but it doesn't insult your intelligence either. The author, like Georgia, is a colorist at a top New York salon, lending veracity to the incredibly self-indulgent women seeking physical perfection.
Gelgen
There's nothing like a refreshingly unique "Working Girl Lit" book where the character has a job other than in the publishing or movie industry. In Beyond the "Blonde" by Kathleen Flynn-Hui, our main character Georgia has the job of a stylist.

Georgia grew up in a tiny town in New Hamsphire, working with her mother in the town's beauty salon. Georgia always knew she'd move on at some point. After attending school at Wilfred Academy, she gets hired at Jean-Luc, a famous Fifth Avenue New York City salon. Starting from the bottom she manages to work her way up, make new friends, and enjoy her new and exciting life.

She even manages to fall in love with a coworker, the handsome Massimo. But as always, good things change or come to an end; when the salon is bought out by another company, Georgia, Massimo and their friend know that it's time to take a huge chance: they want to open their own salon. But Jean-Luc has been known in the past to completely destroy the competition, or anyone who goes against him. Georgia must choose between love, her job, and her future.

Will she make the right decision?

I absolutely loved this book. It is one of those books that have glamourous settings and characters, but manages to stay down-to-earth. Georgia was an amazing main character. She was at times uncertain, but mainly strong. The story had a lot of details about the goings-on at a famous salon, which was fascinating. The writing was absorbing and kept me engrossed.

I couldn't find anything about this book that I didn't like, even given the slight "fairy-tale" plot, probably because the character had to work hard and nothing was given to her on a platter.

I highly recommend this great novel and am confident that others will love it too- especially those who enjoy both glamour and books that revolve around a character's career. Don't miss this one!
Beyond the Blonde: A Novel download epub
United States
Author: Susan Ericksen,Kathleen Flynn-Hui
ISBN: 1597377481
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: United States
Language: English
Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Abridged edition (August 28, 2006)