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Within This Frame

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  254 ratings  ·  55 reviews
It begins with a television show in 1996...

Lance Denton knows what he wants, and it isn’t his co-star Maggie Smiley. She’s too timid, too nice, too innocent—too everything. She sees past his exterior and into his heart. Maggie expects him to be good, and he only knows bad. He tells himself this, and yet he can’t stay away from her. Her eyes, her heart, her spirit. He fall
Kindle Edition, 297 pages
Published December 11th 2015
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Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
A beautiful and emotional 4 star read...

An amazingly written honest, funny, emotional and inspiring story...

Maggie who is a former child celebrity is now an over weight recluse. She decides to make changes in her lifestyle and decides to hire a fitnes trainer. Her trainer is none other than her former co-star and ex-boyfriend Lance. The story is about how Maggie finds a balanced positive way of living and how they both get their much deserved second chance..

This book is very honest and real in
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Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you have never read a Lindy Zart book, you are sadly missing out; every time I open a book from this talented woman I am blown away. She writes her characters with so much heart and emotion that they take on a force of their own and pull you into the story. One of my favorite things about Lindy is, you never know what you are going to get with her, and what I mean by that is she is a master magician of writing. She can write love stories that leave you yearning for more, heart-breaking traged ...more
Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the story of two teen television co-stars who fall in love, engage in a whirlwind romance, closely mimicked on their hit show. One can't handle the limelight and one can't handle being open to the hurt that love could bring. Their young love can't handle the pressure and they fail epically and publicly. Over a decade later, Maggie is now an over weight recluse and Lance is now a fitness coach. With an invitation to see many of her old co-stars at a reunion/fundraiser silently mocking her ...more
Nov 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, contemporary, actor
I am marking this DNF because there's a good 60% of it that I can't get through. More than half of this book is flashbacks to 1996 and they are so boring, unoriginal, and cheesy that I can't even make myself skim them.

The parts that take place in present day are interesting, but not enough so that I give a crap about what happened in 1996 to make them so weird around each other.
Lenore Kosinski
Oct 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: preorder, kindle

3.5 stars -- It's official folks, I'm in a slump. The synopsis above is actually not the one I read (I read the one you'll see on Goodreads), but I feel like this one (from Amazon) better represents the story. I had a completely different story in my head when I started this, and it totally affected my initial enjoyment of the story. I was expecting Lance to have been some bully from her past who's back to make amends. And I guess in a way that is still tr
Riley K.
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Within This Frame by Lindy Zart is definitely one of my favorite stories by her so far. I know I say this with every one of her books but it’s like she gets in my head and sees the darkness and in her extraordinary way, she brings it to life with her words. This book hits close to home with me because of the main character Maggie Smiley. Maggie suffers from self-doubt and has a negative image of herself due to her time being a star on a television show when she was younger. This is what makes Ma ...more
Maribel Platypire Reviews
***I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.***

I think this is Lindy's best novel to date. I could relate so much to this particular novel because of the eating disorders that the protagonist, Maggie, struggles with. Society tells us we have to look a certain way to be considered attractive, successful, or just good to look at. Maggie feels that pressure with the fame she gets from being a child actress.

It doesn't help that her feelings are toyed with as a teenager, and a
Sue M. Van
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
For those who have trouble viewing themselves as a person who deserves to be loved and cherished, one who can look in the mirror and see the beauty they possess, this is the story for you. Lance and Maggie's story starts when they are young and not in full control of their emotions. Mistakes are made and both are hurt enough that they don't know how they will ever get over that pain. Then one day a letter arrives and it scares this couple. The love they once felt so strongly still exists but so ...more
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Emotional story

This book crushed me and made me happy all throughout reading it. I love Maggie and sometimes Lance lol. It is a beautiful story about learning to love and accept yourself the way you are.
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Inspiring, beautiful, tense, passionate, emotional, real. Powerful message intertwined within a stormy love story. Will write full review closer to release date.
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He’d felt compelled, spellbound, as if kissing her was the only thing he knew how to do, and not doing so would be detrimental.

First off, this book was very confusing. They both had psychological issues but instead of getting help from a professional, they both decided to cope with them in a physical way. That totally through me for a loop. Like how can you deal with an eating disorder or body dysmorphic disorder by getting a personal train
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Everyone needs to read this book!


Withim This Frame is the first book I've read by Lindy Zart and WOW! WOW! WOW!

Every girl - both teenagers and adults need to read this book! It isn't often I read a book where every girl could connect to the heroine on such a basic level.

The way woman feel about there bodies and how far they go to achieve what today's society says is perfect was the backdrop for our hero and heroine's second chance romance.

I couldn't put this book down - I so wa
Cori Mcgowen
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it

I Really enjoyed the love story between Lance and Maggie, even with all the pain and suffering the went through it was obvious from the beginning that they were it for each other.
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good story

I loved the storyline, the ups and downs of this story , going back and forth from 10 years ago to the present . Lindy Zart spins a wonderful story !

Renata SG
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: desiree
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Rating: Top Shelf, next to the secret stash of peanut butter cups.

Within This Frame (WTF) is an amalgamation of everything needed to make a great humorous, inspirational, romantic story.  Even though the main characters were former teen television sensations, the plot is not unrealistic because their dilemmas stem from very real circumstances.  You may even connect to the  characters through shared growing pains.  Within This Frame is fun and motivational.
Lindy Lu Reviews
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Maggie tries to stay to herself and she does not want or have time for a boyfriend especially Lance Denton. Maggie just another actress with image problems but she fails to see her beauty. Lance was just another child actor who thinks he owns the world but deep hidden inside there’s more to him. Together they are a raging fire that burns too hot to handle and they quickly burn out. When they meet later in life so much has changed and with so many past hurts can they rekindle what they once had?

Joood Hooligan
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it

I'm a big fan of Lindy's, so I pre-ordered this one. I needed it to be on my kindle the day it released, because obviously.

One thing reading a book by Lindy is good at is it always guaranteed to give me feels and relive parts of my past that I've blocked out or don't think of much anymore. This was no exception. Reading her books is like therapy that you didn't know you needed.

Anyway, it took me a wee bit to get into the switch between the times. There's t
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it

4 / 5 stars

Within This Frame was the second book by Lindy Zart I’ve ever read, with Unlit Star being the first. This is a second-chance romance, told in third person, and following the lives of Maggie Smiley and Lance Denton. While Maggie’s scenes focused on the “present”, Lance’s timeline focused on the “past.”

Both Maggie and Lance were costars for a television show that Maggie was the star of. They both ended up on-screen
Sara Miller
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a honest review.
I have been a hardcore fan of Lindy's books ever since I read Unlit Star a year ago and since I have devoured everything she has written. Each of her stories have these characters who are flawed in some way but we fall in love with them anyway and root for them to find the happiness they deserve. But with the characters in Within This Frame she gives us something different. This book is a love story yes much like her other books but
Oct 15, 2015 rated it liked it
**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review**

All of the books I have read from Lindy Zart, I have loved. Her writing is fantastic and she is very good at developing her characters and the story line.

Unfortunately, this one wasn't my favorite. The story goes back and forth between 1996 and 2010 (which is present time). I loved hearing about Maggie and Lance's past and I would love to read a book that is 100% about their past. I also loved their story in 2010 and would also love to read a
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was given an ARC of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

I have come to expect a different type of storyline with each Lindy Zart book. Within This Frame totally delivers...everything! Lindy tells a story that bounces back and forth between the past and the present. This story hooked me immediately and I found myself in love with their past! I love reading about first loves and first good! It had some angsty - ugh moments as well as some sweet and tender moments
Melissa Simmons
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Within this Frame by Lindy Zart is an adult contemporary novel. Lindy is a go to author for me, I know I won't be disappointed when I pick up a book she's written. This is no exception, honestly this one is in my top three now. The main character, Maggie, is a former child star turned recluse with body issues. Her former co-star, Lance, is also her ex-boyfriend and saying their past is complicated would be a massive understatement.

The story unfolds in two timelines, in 1996, when their tv show
Diane plourde
Nov 18, 2015 rated it liked it

ARC of Within This Frame by Lindy Zart received in exchange for an honest and spoiler free review. This will be the toughest review I've had to write so far.

It's safe to say we all have preferences of kinds of books we like to read. Liking a book is subjective and based around personal preferences. What I'm in the mood for at the moment before starting a book. Taste is un disputable. I love to read and to write reviews in order to promote an author and I would never deliberately put them down
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, blogged
Within This Frame did not disappoint. This novel goes between past and present alternatively each chapter, sharing the stories of Maggie Smiley and Lance Denton. I was a little nervous at first because there are few stories that successfully utilize this time flip-flopping technique. I'm happy to report that Zart does it without issue and quite a bit of success. I found myself wondering what the next chapter would bring, in a way a regularly-timed story does not. What would be the next piece in ...more
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: inspirational
Maggie's Timeline dated from 2010 and Lance's Timeline dated from 1996-2000 then jumped to 2013.
Maggie was an actress. Maggie was casted the the lead role of a popular tv show. Her character played the love interest of Lance.
Maggie was the only member of her family with weight issues. Maggie had insecurities about her appearance since becoming an actress. With being in the publics eye came heavy criticism regarding her weight and looks.
The story focused on Maggie's insecurities regarding her
Jan 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks
*Sigh* 2016 has been a rough reading year for me so far. Originally I had this rated as 3.5, but I decided to drop the 1/2 star and leave it as 3 stars. Why?? Well, let me explain.

It started off great. The premise--child stars that fell in love young and then pushed each other away, only to find themselves back together again--sounded unique and fun with just the right amount of angst. And it was, and I adored it. Lance was the broken jackass that we were rooting for until he f*cked up big time,
Caroline F
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Top Read 2015!

Maggie Smiley, ex-teen actress of a successful TV show, receives an invitation to a charity benefit where she’ll see some old co-stars from ten years ago. She’s now a frumpy and overweight, virtual recluse. She asks her sister to recommend a personal trainer and the next day, she opens the door to the answer to her prayers. Or not. More like the object of her nightmares. Lance Denton.

Lance was her co-star and love interest on the show. He was also her first kiss, her first love. He
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this ARC for an honest review.....I love Lindy! I'm even honored enough to have meet her and have a couple of her books signed.

I thing Lindy out did herself!! I loved this storyline between the present and the past!!
I was hooked the minute I started reading it. I didn't put it down until I finished it. The past I fell in love with right away with the way it was present with first loves and kisses. This story
had a lot of everything I laughter, was stirred by tender moments, I loved a
S.M. Lowry
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*Disclaimer: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review (although I did purchase the book today!).

Within This Frame by Lindy Zart is a fantastic story. Zart seamlessly weaves Lance and Maggie’s past and present relationship into the story. As teenagers, Lance and Maggie fell deeply in love, but their personal demons destroyed their relationship. Years later, they throw themselves together again as Maggie works diligently to become healthy and fit. I loved how both their past and their pr
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Lindy Zart is a USA TODAY bestselling author that has been writing since she was a child. Luckily for readers, her writing has improved since then. She lives in Wisconsin with her family. Lindy loves hearing from people who enjoy her work. She also has a completely natural obsession with wine, coffee, peanut butter, bloody marys, and pizza.