Monday, July 3, 2017

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

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Synopsis (from Amazon): In this entrancing novel “that speaks to the Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor in us all” (Kirkus Reviews), a legendary film actress reflects on her relentless rise to the top and the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon 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 is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

“Heartbreaking, yet beautiful” (Jamie Blynn, Us Weekly), The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is “Tinseltown drama at its finest” (Redbook): a mesmerizing 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 costs—to face the truth.

One (or more) Sentence Summary:  What a great book!  The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo reminds me of a book Jackie Collins could have written (all the hollywood inside secrets).  I was expecting a book that mirrored Elizabeth Taylor....but Evelyn had a lot more than seven husbands.  There was more than one twist in the book.  The twists had my head spinning.  I didn't see the big one, which is reveled at the end.  I won't give it away, but I will say, wow....never saw that coming.  I really didn't want the book to end, I thought it was that good!

Also, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo has been deemed one of the best books this summer.  I have seen it featured in Real Simple, Wall Street Journal, Us Weekly and People.  

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: I would love to read another book by Taylor Jenkins Reid.  In fact I have read, Maybe In Another Life (review to come, but I loved it).  I would also like to Forever Interrupted, After I Do, One True Loves.

Taylor Jenkins Reid lives in Los Angeles and is the author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo as well as One True Loves, Maybe in Another Life, and more. Her novels have been named best books of summer by People, US Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, InStyle, PopSugar, BuzzFeed, Goodreads, and others.

You can follow her on Twitter @tjenkinsreid.

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