Schooling Carmen by Kathleen Cross
Blurb (from the product description on Amazon):
Desperate to stand out in a family of overachievers, beautiful, bigoted, and bitchy Carmen DuPrè will do anything to leave the “hellhole” high school she works in—even if it means getting groped by a geezer who’s promised her a promotion. She’s not worried about things getting out of hand though—if there’s one thing Carmen knows, it’s how use her looks to get what she wants—including courtside Lakers seats and diamond jewelry—from attentive men she cares nothing about.
But when a devastating medical diagnosis threatens to permanently knock her off her pedestal, Carmen might have to trade her looks for her life—and she’s not sure a life without beauty is worth living—which is why she’s risking hers by ignoring her doctor’s advice.
Is it coincidence or divine intervention when a sexy stranger walks into her world insisting there’s a whole lot more to Carmen DuPrè than what’s on the surface? If it’s not too late for her to turn things around, her mysterious guardian angel wants to dish out some serious schooling in a few subjects Carmen knows little about—like faith, hope…and love.
While somewhat predictable, Schooling Carmen was an interesting, compelling, and ultimately heart-warming story. The characters, dialog, and storyline were believable, and Cross managed to get the theme across without being heavy-handed or preachy. This was a very enjoyable book, a relatively light read that actually packed a good bit of an emotional wallop.
Rating: 4 stars