Showing posts with label Taylor Jenkins Reid. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Taylor Jenkins Reid. Show all posts

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! 

June 7, 2016

Review: One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

From the author of Maybe in Another Life—named a People Magazine pick and a "Best Book of the Summer" by Glamour and USA TODAY—comes a breathtaking new love story about a woman unexpectedly forced to choose between the husband she has long thought dead and the fiancĂ© who has finally brought her back to life.

In her twenties, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown in Massachusetts. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity for adventure.

On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever.

Emma quits her job and moves home in an effort to put her life back together. Years later, now in her thirties, Emma runs into an old friend, Sam, and finds herself falling in love again. When Emma and Sam get engaged, it feels like Emma’s second chance at happiness.

That is, until Jesse is found. He’s alive, and he’s been trying all these years to come home to her. With a husband and a fiancĂ©, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants, while trying to protect the ones she loves.

Who is her one true love? What does it mean to love truly?

Emma knows she has to listen to her heart. She’s just not sure what it’s saying.

Review by April (ARC provided for an honest review)

5 Emotionally Charged Stars

Your heart will swoon.
Your soul will soar.
Your heart will cry.
Your soul will mourn.

Achingly beautiful, unapologetic and raw. One True Loves will break you then piece you back together- stronger than ever with its emotional ebb and flow. Taylor Jenkins Reid delivers a poignant story narrated unlike any I have read before. Heart wrenching and thought provoking with it's beautiful messages and lessons of love within and characters you just want to squish and hug. A journey of soul searching to find your life's purpose again. To find YOU again.

I'm simply in awe.
Slightly overwhelmed at times with emotion.

As a first time reader of TJR's works, it's clear to see from early in that she writes from her heart and soul. Her words are deep, emotional and thought provoking. They speak to you, absorb you and spit you out an emotional wreck. I had to take several breaks while reading, to just step away and collect my thoughts, catch my breath and muster up the courage to dig back in. One line you are teary, then by the next you have a goofy grin on your face and/or giggling. I loved every word of this book! I'm pretty sure I highlighted at least 80% of the book.

I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!! Love, love, love it!

"You can't capture love in a bottle.
You can't hold onto it with both
hands and force it to stay with you."

I hope to never be in Emma, Sam and Jessie's shoes. I'm not sure I could survive THAT.

"You don't tie yourself to something unless you're scared you might float away."

This book...just wow. Unbelievably magical and heartbreaking. Just. GAH! My heart! I'm still trying to digest everything that is One True Loves. A top read of 2016!

Review by Jennifer (ARC provided for an honest review via NetGalley)

Nothing I write in this review will be able to convey how extraordinary this story was and how flawlessly it was written but hopefully what I write will be able to express to other readers how much I completely and whole heartedly loved this book.

Have you ever read a book where the writing just spoke to you? A story that you just felt deep in your heart and soul. A story that took you beyond anything you have read before. One True Loves was that book for me.

Taylor Jenkins Reid’s writing completely spoke straight to my heart. To the point where I could feel every sentence I was reading. There is just no other way to explain it.  I felt this story with all of my being. From beginning to end the story takes on you an emotional roller coaster like no other.

The feeling of the butterflies in your stomach when you find your first love.
The happiness you feel falling deep in love with that someone.
The soul crushing, change who you are grief when you lose the person.
And last but not least
The learning to live and love again feeling.

I stayed up through most of the night reading this book with tears in my eyes. The characters went through so much together and apart. There was no right or wrong answers to this story, it was just life and the love that is felt throughout this story is simply breathtaking and astonishing.

One True Loves made me think about what I would do if I were in the same situation. This is a story that I know will stay with me forever. Even writing this review days later I still get teary eyed just thinking about it. This is a MUST READ book! I am not going to sugar coat it though, it will be a very raw and emotional read for any reader. It will touch every part of your heart and soul. Have a whole box of kleenex nearby.

But when all is said and done it’s so worth every emotion you will go through! One True Loves is most definitely one of my top favorite reads of 2016!!