Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: June 13th 2017 by Atria Books
From Taylor Jenkins Reid comes an unforgettable and sweeping novel about one classic film actress’s relentless rise to the top—the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.

Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

Filled with emotional insight and written with Reid’s signature talent, this is a fascinating journey through the splendor of Old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means—and what it takes—to face the truth.

My Thoughts…

This is such a unique book.   I don’t know that I have ever read a book like this before.    When I picked it up I thought oh boy… here we go a woman who married 7 men.   What kind of story could this be?   Oh my, I was wrong.   This is amazing.    I could not read it fast enough.   This is not just a romance, a love em and leave em story there is so much more.    
Taylor Jenkins Reid wrote a story set around a young girl from a poor family in the 1950’s heading to Hollywood to make it as an actress.    The hoops she had to jump through, the people she had to be friends with, and the things she had to do to become an A+++ lister.   There was scandal and love, friendship and fake friends, family and foes that all came together for the perfect story.    

The tie between Monique and Evelyn was interesting.   I feel like Evelyn had secrets that I wasn’t sure she would be able to share yet Monique seemed to know what questions to ask, where to push, and when to back off while getting the story of  her lifetime.    I had no idea what would tie them together or how their lives intersected and was intrigued to find out.  

Taylor Jenkins Reid has once again written a book full of emotion.    She is a must read author for me.  

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