Monday, March 7, 2011

Maybelline Story - what people are saying about it today!

I will continue to bring you more exciting excerpts from my book, as well as vintage Maybelline ads, family pictures throughout the decades, car stories and videos from future Concourse d'Elegance, "Nana's beauty secrets,"  excerpts from letters - and family history going back to the 16th century. 

My blog is not just to sell my book, which of course I hope to do, but, it is also for entertainment.  I plan to publish it after a year of posting and offer it as a coffee table book - since it can be opened at any point - and fascinate the reader with fun trivia and beautiful pictures.  But for now, here are some of the reviews over the last six months.  So far everyone, including book clubs, love it.  I hope you read my book and if you have any questions about the characters or the story, please email me at or leave a comment under my post for the day.  Thank you to the 11,267 people who have checked into blog to date.    Sharrie Williams

This story is fascinating from beginning to end. It covers multiple generations of a family that came to Hollywood to share a beauty discovery that changed the industry, and offers the reader a first-hand glimpse into the ups and downs of a world based on appearance, ambition and competition to reach and stay on top. The photos provide unique shots of some of the lead characters. The book concludes with valuable insight on how to live with fame and fortune and still retain individual spirit and character. Definitely worth the read.

This is the most interesting book I've read in a long time. It's all about the Maybelline family along with it's founder Tom Lyle. You come to know the Maybelline family and fall in love with some of them, despise some of them, and just feel for others. I couldn't put the book down once I started it. It's a love story and a mystery. You don't want to miss this one. I feel there will definitely be a movie coming soon!!!!!

Sharrie Williams tells it all in this efficient, fast paced ride through the 20 century. The reader feels like they're getting an inside view of her life within the Maybelline Family. This is a never before been told story about a private man, Tom Lyle Williams the founder of the Maybelline company and his wild and crazy family. The Maybelline Company provides a powerful background as the characters play out their drama center stage. My only complaint is I wanted more more more and was bumbed it ended. I hope Sharrie Williams comes out with part two and brings us up to date with her unbelievable family. If she never told her story it would have been lost for ever, an American institution now owned by L'Oreal Paris. You will be shocked by the ending.

...This is amazing for your first, and I hope not your last, memoir. I've read this book a couple of times and enjoyed it more with each read. It is a peek at a way of life many of us can only imagine. The book was written so well, so descriptive, that I could picture Tom Lyle and the rest of his devoted family.  I hope Ms Williams writes a sequel...would be interesting to know about the generations that came after. I would also love to see this novel become a movie.  Now that I know this story I feel a deeper connection to my Maybelline mascara!! Great back story for the brand and a fun read!! Great gift book.  Hands down the best memoir I read.

This was a wonderful treat in so many ways...strong characters, romance, mystery, glamour. An inspiring story of 'making it in America' that you just can't put down. I looked forward to curling up with this book and was sad when it ended. I hope the author, Sharrie Williams, fills us in with another book soon! And I can't wait to see this book made into a movie!

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