Author: Jennifer King.
Synopsis: The Ugly Face of Beauty.
This is a crushing story of secrecy, deception, jealousy, vanity, mystery and tragedy. Linda and Jane, teenage sisters are at odds with each other. Linda is vain, beautiful, flaunts herself and is a show-off. She’s also heart less, arrogant, merciless and out of control, almost evil.
While Jane is the total opposite and Linda makes Jane’s life a living hell, toying with her emotions. The hate Linda feels and inflicts on Jane is extreme leaving Jane shattered to the point where Jane leaves to seek and orphanage home, where she lands a job helping out when Linda spoils things for her. She even destroys Jane’s paintings.
Linda feels that busy lawyer mother has no time for her and pays Jane more attention, which isn’t true. Linda is lazy, untidy and neglects her schoolwork and only has time for her spoilt brat boyfriend David, who is as arrogant and malicious as her. David is a flirt and is unfaithful and Linda finds out, which later in the story through jealousy leads to devastating tragic consequences between Linda and David’s other girlfriend, Cathy. However Jane uncovers a well-kept family secret and is totally crushed when she discovers the fact that she was adopted at birth. Jane finds this secret as a way of escaping from her dreadful life. And their mother Nancy hires a detective to track down her long lost friend, Doris, who is Jane’s mother. Then to Jane’s great disappointment, her biological mother, who has moved on with her life and has a family of her own, rejects her. Jane is disappointed and feels trapped. And Linda wants Jane out of the house and makes her know it. Later Jane’s biological mother accepts her after talking to her husband Phil, about her past and the daughter she had given up for adoption. And it was decided that Jane would go and live with them after school examinations. Then Linda meets with tragedy through her own carelessness and she id handicapped, needing assistance getting around, when suddenly she realizes that she needs Jane’s help. And Jane without question, willingly helps, while Linda complains and constantly gives Jane more difficulties. Linda had just recovered from her ordeal when David accuses her of murder and dumped her for Cathy. Then for the second time tragedy strikes leaving Linda with permanent damage which ruins her beauty and totally destroys her. And again Linda needs Jane, who doesn’t fall for it. But when Jane hears Linda’s cries and pleads, she knew it came from the heart, but she wasn’t convinced. Jane’s mind was made up.
She was leaving for a new life with her biological mother, half brother and stepfather. Linda has lost all her friends and she had no idea that Tessa her best friend had been secretly working against her to win David over. Tessa and her aunt Mavis practiced witch-craft, conjuring up all sorts of magic spells and curses that nobody knew about, until Jane and Pamela uncovered their little ghost house and Linda gets in on the action and Tessa gets a surprise dose of her own medicine. And then when Jane’s biological father surfaces, everything changes. Jane finds herself in a dilemma. All three families are fighting over her. What do you think Jane’s decision was?