"Beyond Orange County" by Lydia McLaughlin is the telling of life lessons by a former reality show star. Lydia has been on a previous season of Housewives of Orange County. She brought to the show a Christian aspect; which is unusual for reality TV. She tells of past life-lessons, quotes scripture, and gives a behind the scenes view of the show. Let me say that first of all, I had never heard of McLaughlin, have never seen the show, and am not a fan of reality TV. I picked this book for the reason that my husband was raised and lived in Orange County until he was in his mid-twenties. Judging from his family, friends, and neighbors, I would have to say that McLaughlin's Orange County must be a little more affluent. She is also much more religious than average Orange Countian as well. So that being said, I really didn't have any type of back story going into this book. A lot more would have been taken from it if the reader where a reality watcher, or at least seen any of the Housewives shows.
Judging the book as an independent thing, McLaughlin is one heck of a writer. Removing the subject matter; she can string words together very well. There is no helper-writer mentioned, so I am assuming she did this entirely by herself. She incorporated the scripture into the writing so that one didn't especially notice when it was happening. This is a short book and a quick read. I would definitely recommend this to someone interested in her or into reality television. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Worthy Publishing.