Books of the week of June 14
Evelyn Hugo, born Evelyn Herrera, is a Hollywood legend. Starting in the 1950s, Evelyn had her own share of box office hits, awards and scandals. During her rise to fame, she reinvented herself. She changed her name, abandoned her Cuban culture and dyed her hair her signature blonde. However, her seven marriages are her real claim to fame. Each husband comes with its own story of how it began and its tumultuous end. Now in her 80s, she is ready to tell the real story of life. Which husband was her one true love? What was the truth of her friendship with Celia St. James? How did she bear losing her only child? Why would she handpick an unknown journalist to tell her story to and publish it after her death?
In this must-read historical fiction novel from Taylor Jenkins Reid, the reality of Hollywood, issues with fame and the complexities of love are explored. The characters are complex with faults that you are asked to never ignore. Ignoring the faults gives the reader a false sense of who each of these characters are. As Evelyn says, she was never a good person, and she never will be.
Alexis Montgomery is an ER doctor with a family legacy of world-renowned surgeons. She is a city girl through and through. Accustomed to the finer things in life, Alexis is thrown off kilter by Daniel Grant. Daniel is from a small town. He owns a B&B, where he grew up and works with his hands. He is far off from the white-collar life that Alexis is used to. And Daniel is ten years younger than her. Despite the age difference and the completely different worlds they come from, Alexis and Daniel are drawn to each other with a great magnetic force.
Can they co-exist in each other’s worlds? What will it mean for Alexis and her family’s empire of doctors? “Part of Your World” is a fun, light read. It’s a perfect beach read that allows you to get lost in a book and not think so much. Stop by the library to check it out.