June 13, 2017

Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

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 by April

ARC provided by publisher.

4.5 'A star is always and forever a star.' Stars

Poignant, uplifting and spirited, Taylor Jenkins Reid delivers a spellbinding story within The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. With story line that is uniquely rich, intricately woven with  complexities, and brimming with scandalous twists and turns of events, it will sweep your off your feet and leave your heart and mind reeling for days. Simply unforgettable. THIS is what women's fiction is all about!!

At 79, it's time to face and reveal the truth of who Evelyn Hugo is, to her very core. This salacious, vibrant Hollywood star of the Golden Era has lived a breathtaking and heartbreaking life from start to finish and now its time the world knows who she really is. From her desperation to leave the pits of Hell's Kitchen, throughout her reigning years of movie-star royalty, tumultuous ups and down to save face and her true love; soul mate and kindred spirit. Her life's cycle has been through hell and back several times. Over and over again. And again.

Through guilt, shame, fear, and marriage after marriage, Evelyn Hugo has come to terms and acceptance about, and with her life. It's time to tell her story, her life's truths. She seeks out Monique Grant, a journalist with Vivant Magazine in NYC to recount her life's story by form of biography... discovering secrets, hidden truths, earth and soul shattering demons will set Monique's life in a tale-spin. The twists and turns in this book are a booknerd's kryptonite!!

Intimidating and self assured Evelyn is a women of her own accord. Through the meetings between Evelyn and Monique, this young and up coming journalist becomes a self assured woman who is learning who she is, how strong she is, and essentially who she is.

I loved the vibrant uniqueness about this book. Delivered unlike any book I've ever read and chronicled in sections that focused on each husband. Entailing from start to finish, the good, bad, ugly, and ups and downs of each relationship all while being woven and tied into the main story. It's kind of like a story within a story of a story. The more complicated and complex the story line progressed into, the harder I fell. There's so much to this story!!! Taylor Jenkins Reid possesses major writing skills! I'm in a state of awe right now. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a literary masterpiece.

A top read of 2017! 

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