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Book Review: Catch a Rising Star by Tracey Bateman

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Tabby Brockman is washed up. Well, that is until she learns that there may be a chance of reviving her daytime soap opera role. The thing is, she’s become a Christian and her friends aren’t sure she can withstand the temptations of the celebrity lifestyle. In the midst of her confusion she encounters an annoying wanna-be boyfriend, crazy co-stars, and even family trauma.

Catch a Rising Star is a fun read that captures the reader's attention and keeps you turning pages. Readers will laugh out loud at some of the characters' antics and yet there is a serious side to the story that tugs at the heartstrings.

It’s not often (maybe even never) that you find a Christian fiction novel about a soap star. Most Christians disdain soap operas and yet they are a long-standing part of our culture. Readers will find Bateman’s treatment of the topic realistic. The main character struggles to be a light for Christ in a world that mocks her faith. Readers will find this book hilarious and inspiring.

I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I personally do not watch soaps, mostly because as a child I was forced to watch them with my grandmother. It was fun to revisit the world of soaps and to see it through the eyes of a Christian struggling to be a light in the darkness.

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