Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid: Blog Tour Review


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 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—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.

Written with Reid’s signature talent for “creating complex, likable characters” (Real Simple), 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.

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About the Author:

Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author and essayist from Acton, Massachusetts. She is the author of Forever, Interrupted and After I Do. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and her dog, Rabbit. You can follow her on Twitter @TJenkinsReid.

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Review by Michelle:

Ever wonder what's the real deal behind this or that celebrity marriage? Do you ever try to figure out what is real news, what's speculation, and what is planted news in every source of media you come across on a daily basis from gossip sites to even the most reputable of magazines to news articles? Wish you knew the "real" celebrity behind the on-screen persona? Then The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is the perfect book for you. An engrossing and utterly enthralling look into stardom, the press, the people behind the silver screen and beyond the red carpet, and all the lying, cheating, betrayal, and exploitation that goes along with it. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is an unexpected and unique love story with more than a few great twists. An exposé of sorts that will keep you glued to the pages of this book and totally consumed by this story.

The simultaneous stories of two women. One manipulative and borderline unscrupulous, willing to do whatever it takes to get what she wants. The other a bit naive, a whole lot complacent, and just learning how to take control of her own life and destiny in order to do what is best for her. Both intriguing in their own ways and both powerfully evocative in the best and worst of ways.

Reliving the life and numerous marriages of Evelyn Hugo was something very different from Taylor Jenkins Reid and yet exactly what we've come to know and love from this author. Love her or hate her, Evelyn Hugo is absolutely fascinating and to say I was bewitched by her would be an incredible understatement. The story itself was unbelievably compelling, so much so that I still find myself getting caught up in thinking about it long after I've finished, the connection between Evelyn and Monique is delightfully shocking, and the direction of the story and the secrets revealed along the way are completely unexpected and wonderfully absorbing. It was everything you could hope for and have come to expect from a story penned by this author. Just as exquisitely told as we've experienced time and again with a Taylor Jenkins Reid book, but also something new, something fresh, and something daring.

Addictive, provocative, shocking, and gripping, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is more than just a story about an eccentric lady with many husbands. It is more than strength and determination, deception and control at all costs. It is more than the story of a woman finding herself with the help of another. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a story about truth, acceptance, seeing life in shades of gray instead of merely black and white, rights, responsibilities, image, family, true love, intimacy, and forgiveness and you are bound to love every minute of it.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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