How could I not give this one a try?? With its shining 5 star reviews on Goodreads and Amazon, and almost every single one of my friends rating it 5 stars, I had to see what all the fuss was about! I have so many books to read in paper/kindle at the moment, but REALLY wanted to read this one. So I decided to bump it up the list and get it read faster by listening to the audio version. So glad that I did. I think this is the most moving and captivating historical fiction book I have ever had the pleasure to read/listen to! I absolutely adored it!
When Monique is contacted to write a biography of the elusive, academy award winning Hollywood icon, Evelyn Hugo - she is shocked! Why has this starlet picked her? She is a seemingly unknown writer. Of course she is excited and jumps at the opportunity, but what scandalous secrets does this iconic celebrity have? Why has she hidden from the public for so long? And why exactly did she choose Monique for this job?
Oh my heart!!! What a beautiful story! When I first started reading I assumed it was just going to be a story about seven husbands. And it was, but it was so much more than that. There was so much depth to it.
I LOVED the writing! Evelyn gave her secrets away so slowly, and Monique's teasers throughout really made you wonder what on earth was really going on! And although the twist was fairly obvious, or at least partially obvious, you still got swept up in the emotion of it.
The story was made up of Evelyn and Monique's perspectives and also made up of snippets of newspaper and magazine articles through the decades. It made the whole thing incredibly entertaining and superbly additive! I found it so hard to pause the audio when I had to!
The 50's to 80's Hollywood glamour was so fascinating to read about! The drama behind the spotlight is obviously appealing to so many people, and Evelyn's story pulls at the heart strings and does not let go! It didn't go in the direction I was expecting it to go, and I am so glad. Because I was BLOWN AWAY by this book! By the exquisite story. By Evelyn, her life, the romance/s, friendships and anguish she lived through.
Would I recommend The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo? Absolutely! Do yourself a favour and read it!
*I purchased The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo at my own expense at audible.com