The God of Good Looks

Morrow. May 2023. 384p. ISBN 9780063278813. $30. F
DEBUT Award-winning short-story author Mc Ivor’s (Where There Are Monsters) first novel is an entertaining story with vivid depictions of the history, culture, and current social challenges of Trinidad and Tobago. Trinidadian Bianca Bridge’s life fell apart after a scandalous photo of her with a married politician appeared on the front page of the local newspaper. She was fired from her position at a lifestyle magazine and turned to modeling to survive. When the arrogant owner of a professional makeup school, Obadiah Cortland, offers Bianca a chance to work on his fashion magazine, she reluctantly accepts. Obadiah has worked hard to escape poverty and to turn his passion into reality but needs Bianca’s expert editorial skills to launch his business further into the fashion world. He soon learns to see past her beauty to value the true Bianca. Then Bianca’s past relationship begins to threaten any future success, and Bianca and Obadiah must work together to save their dreams.
VERDICT For readers who enjoy allusions to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, blended with Lauren Weisberger’s The Devil Wears Prada.
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