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Diva Nashvegas by Rachel Hauck

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Diva Nashvegas
by Rachel Hauck

Reviewed by Lori Fox

"Rachel takes an unlikely protagonist and makes her come alive."

Aubrey James' star shot to the top of the country music charts after her parents' tragic deaths. The media swarmed her, and she gave out interview after interview. Too many burned her, so Aubrey took her private life private.

She worked hard and expected no less from everyone involved in her shows, earning her the title of Diva. She also earned an enemy. Betrayed from within, Aubrey has a choice---either take her story public, or let the past ruin her career and reputation. She chooses taking it public, but only as an exclusive with Inside NashVegas since their reporter, Beth Rose, has always handled Aubrey fairly.

On top of this, her health is questionable, her relationship is… well… questionable, and she won't let her past go. When Inside NashVegas suddenly replaces Beth with someone Aubrey never thought she'd see again, and didn't want to, she's tempted to call the whole thing off. Can she let go of the past to have a future?

Diva NashVegas takes a realistic look at how easily you can lose your faith, even yourself. Often we hear "all have fallen short of the glory of God" and how it plays into Christian fiction, but Rachel Hauck addresses it in a way that I've never seen before. Yes, Aubrey regrets what she's done, but she keeps doing it until she can figure out a way to dig herself out. Knowing that it only takes a step isn't the same as actually taking that step.

Aubrey's fiancée, Car, isn't really the center of this, but he seems to be the embodiment of it. He moves in without asking---why should he when he stays over most nights? And he strikes just the right note between sweet and narcissistic. I really think that's one of my favorite things about this book. It's so easy to settle with the typical he's-a-jerk kind of boyfriend, but Rachel makes him much more human than that. He's sweet, he's romantic, but he's completely in love with himself.

While Aubrey wrestles with "falling short", she has to deal with outside criticism from the "Frozen Chosen". It's another thing that I really loved about this book, and another instance of reality in fiction. As Aubrey makes her way back with the help of old friends, and a new one, I can see in my mind multitudes of people nodding their heads in agreement.

Rachel takes an unlikely protagonist and makes her come alive. While most of us don't have crowds of people chanting our names at concerts and hunting us down for autographs, we can all relate to Aubrey's personal struggles. But as great as her friends are, it's God that gets her through it. And that's all any of us can hope for.

Lori Fox is a freelance writer who is working on her first novel as well as writing reviews for TitleTrakk.com. In addition to writing, she enjoys reading, making jewelry, and taking as many trips to Walt Disney World as possible with her wonderful husband Kyle. Visit her online at her website.