Ideal Image is about Stacie Gustafson and Nick Flynn. Stacie is a single mother of a nine-year-old named Mak. She is a lawyer by trade, but is currently working from home, doing research for other lawyers. Nick Flynn is a corporate lawyer who lives in the small town that the Gustafson’s live in.
This is considered the second book in the ‘Snapshot novel’ series; however, there is a prequel and book number 1 that go along with Ideal Image. It is highly recommended that you read, Shutter Speed and Freeze Frame first, as each book builds on the previous. There is a different plotline in Ideal Image as they pertain to Nick and Stacie, however, Stacie is still suffering personal and emotional repercussions from the previous books.
This is a wonderfully emotional story that is full of heartwarming and heart wrenching moments. It is full of drama, suspense and mystery, along with romance and love. Freya and KT have written an exquisite book that is a huge paged turner.
Nick knows Stacie from back in college, however, Stacie doesn’t remember who he is. She is very self-conscious of some physical scarring that she had obtained in a previous accident. Through her sister-in-law, Isla, she becomes involved in a local children’s burn foundation. Isla has taken a multitude of portraits of Stacie to be auctioned off. Nick has always admired her from afar, but doesn’t think he has a chance at a beauty like Stacie. So, he continues to admire her from afar, by purchasing one of her portraits at the auction. Through these pictures, she encounters a ghost from her past. She learns that she must rely on those that love her, along with friends and people in her community for support. She doesn’t need to do things on her own.
It has romance, but also has elements of learning self-love and acceptance. Freya and KT have written an exquisite book that is more than a story, but an incredible telling of real life situations and scenarios. Their use of slightly ‘unorthodox’ heroes is great twist on usual take on usual romance books. In reading you realize that not all good things happen in your 20’s; there is a lot of living for other generations as well. I absolutely loved this book and highly recommend it!!