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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Joy Ross-Davis’ Peaches and Lace plunges the reader into a world of glitz and fashion modeling and explores the intricate nature of jealousy and hatred. Thirty-nine-year-old Peaches Malone is a first-class wedding gown designer who experiences greater fame and success as she moves from Atlanta to Portugal. She caters to the needs of a unique and rich clientele. But her success attracts the jealousy and hatred of one of her models, who forms a group with the sole purpose of murdering her. She just happens to have a mole among her staff. A mysterious man has always been there for her, protecting her like a guardian angel, but on the day she is utterly vulnerable, exposed to the vicious schemes of her enemy, can she find the protection she needs or will it be too late?
I enjoyed the world Joy Ross-Davis creates for her characters. Peaches is portrayed as someone who loves perfection and this is evident in the beauty of her work. The prose is beautiful and the author uses apt and vivid descriptions to portray the world of a famous designer. The conflict is very strong and it moves at different levels — emotional, psychological, and physical — and the use of irony as well as humor makes the narrative enjoyable. Readers know the enemies of the protagonist and she is oblivious of who is poised to bring her down. The author makes readers guess and want to know what will happen next, and this unpredictability in the plot had me turning the pages. Peaches and Lace is a tightly plotted, entertaining novel with colorful characters and a vivid setting.