By Robert Elmer
(WaterBrook Press, Paperback, 9781578567416, 304pp.)
Publication Date: January 11, 2005
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Caught Between a Charade and the Truth.
Jamie D. Lane is many things: multi-talented, handsome–and the most sought-after pop star in the world. But there’s one thing he isn’t–happy. At the height of his singing career, a family tragedy stops him in his tracks. And in an effort to settle a private matter and put the past behind him, Jamie cuts his trademark blonde curls, assumes a new identity, and secretly slips away from his celebrity lifestyle and heads to the Pacific Northwest in cognito. But what he finds in small town Washington could open up Jamie’s future–and change him forever.
A teacher to inner city kids and former high school track star, Anne Stewart had once believed she could change the world. Then a near-fatal accident left her grappling with both the devastating effects of head injury and deep bitterness toward the drunk driver who crippled her. When a man she knows as “Joe Bradley” hits town, however, he unexpectedly helps to restore her self-confidence and passion for life. But when the scope of The Celebrity’s deception becomes clear to Anne, will it be too much to forgive?
Can The Celebrity Reveal His True Identity–
Without Losing Everything?
Robert Elmer’s debut novel is The Duet. He has also written five popular youth series, including HyperLinkz, with combined sales of over 650,000 copies. He formerly served as editor for a small weekly newspaper in Washington state, in a town much like the setting for The Celebrity.
Praise for The Celebrity:
“I loved this book. I loved it, I loved it, I loved it. A beautiful story, built around characters that take up residence in your heart. Robert Elmer has become one of my favorite authors.”
–Patricia H. Rushford, author of The Angel Delaney Mysteries and The McAllister Files
“Robert Elmer invades the secret places of his characters’ public lives. He turns them inside out enough for us to find our own longings, questions, anger–selves–among the pages. And in doing so, he makes one thing blissfully clear in The Celebrity: we can try to run away from our circumstances, but we cannot run away from a God who loves us. It is God’s desire to make us whole.”
–Charlene Ann Baumbich, author of the Dearest Dorothy series
“As charming and delightful as a beloved black and white movie, The Celebrity will make you yearn for simpler times and quieter days, and for those small towns that still hold true to the values so many of us adore. A lovely romantic story with a fun premise!”
–Rene Gutteridge, author of The Splitting Storm, BOO, and BOO WHO
“The Celebrity is a tale of two lost souls who find connection and meaning in a small town. It is a story of hope, of looking beyond yourself for purpose. Here cynicism melts in the face of kindness. Anger fades in the act of giving. A worthy read. I highly recommend it.”
–Traci DePree, best-selling author of A Can of Peas and Dandelions in a Jelly Jar
“Robert Elmer gives us what we love—a story with small town flavor brimming with characters we cheer for and a plot that doesn’t quit. Readers of The Celebrity will have just one thing to say—‘More, please!’”
–Lois Richer, author of Forgotten Justice
“Robert Elmer’s new book, The Celebrity, reminds us of the important things: that life isn’t always fair, that even Christians struggle, that God is in the second chance business, and above all, that grace comes from unexpected places. This is one sweetheart of a story. Way to go, Bob.”
–Thom Lemmons, author of Jabez: A Novel, Sunday Clothes, and King’s Ransom (with Jan Beazely)
“Prepare to burn the midnight oil! The Celebrity has it all–characters so real I laughed, cried, and rejoiced with them; a storyline so honest it could have been taken straight out of today’s headlines; a small town so charming I want to move there. Anne and Jamie will live on in your heart long after the last page is turned.”
–Diane Noble, author of The Last Storyteller and Phoebe
“Bob Elmer’s The Celebrity tackles difficult questions: What is success? How does one find it? Is it worth the trouble? Jamie becomes Everyman as he seeks the answers. But watch out for the twist at the end!”
–Lyn Cote, author of The Women of Ivy Manor Series
“Robert Elmer hits a home run with The Celebrity. Like The Duet, this is a ‘close the cover, give a contented sigh, and think about the characters for the rest of the day’ kind of book. I loved it!”
–Deborah Raney, author of A Nest of Sparrows and Playing by Heart
“I jumped on this book, knowing Robert Elmer had never disappointed me with any of his previous work. The unusual heroine invaded my heart from the start. I rooted for The Celebrity living incognito as he deals with his mother’s death. Add the monks who make fruitcake and the delightful quotes at the start of each chapter, and you have another winner from a gifted storyteller.”
–Donita K. Paul, award-winning author of Dragonspell
“Robert Elmer has penned an enthralling tale of two people struggling to be ‘normal.’ One is fighting her way back from devastating personal loss, and the other simply wants to reclaim himself from the demands of fame and publicity. Elmer mixes in a monastery, a thief, and a donut-making machine to create a world you’ll hate to leave.”
–Janelle Clare Schneider, author
“A celebration of life when two strangers–flawed and hurting–discover the welcoming embrace of a small town. Hope. Laughter. A second chance.”
–Doris Elaine Fell, author of Betrayal in Paris and The Trumpet at Twisp