Title: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Description from Goodreads: “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.”
Review: An enchanting and mesmerizing novel, this is a book you won’t want to miss. This is the kind of story you can easily get lost in, the kind that you look up from confused because you are not actually in the story like you thought, and hours have passed that felt like minutes. The writing is so vivid; you can’t help but be sucked in.
The characters were so interesting and I couldn’t help but fall in love with them. This story truly proves that we never really know the people we think we do; there is almost always more than meets the eye. The fight Evelyn put up through her entire life was both inspiring and intimidating. I have never been the ruthless person who goes after what she wants without the thought of consequences, but it was fascinating to read about someone who was. Someone who would do anything to get what she wants.
This book flew by, I read most of this in one day without meaning to. This is fast paced and suspenseful. I loved every minute of it!
*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*