Thursday, April 25, 2013

Mini ReView of BEAUTIFUL LIES by Clare Clark





Genre: Historical Fiction
Format: Paperback
Length: 384 pages
Publisher: HARVILLE SECKER
First Published: 2012




The cover of this book immediately set the tone for me.  I knew that I wanted to read this book from just seeing the cover of the book.  It looks sophisticated, and deeply complex. Here is what the book is about.

" London 1887. For Maribel Campbell Lowe, the beautiful bohemian wife of a maverick politician, it is the year to make something of herself. A self-proclaimed Chilean heiress educated in Paris, she is torn between poetry and the new art of photography. But it is soon plain that Maribel’s choices are not so simple. As her husband’s career hangs by a thread, her real past, and the family she abandoned, come back to haunt them both. When the notorious newspaper editor Alfred Webster begins to take an uncommon interest in Maribel, she fears he will not only destroy Edward’s career but both of their reputations.

Inspired by the true story of a politician’s wife who lived a double life for decades, Beautiful Lies is set in a time that, fraught with economic uncertainty and tabloid scandal-mongering, uncannily presages our own.
" (GoodReads)

I'm not even sure where to go next with this mini review.  The writing of this book is somewhat convoluted.  I didn't much care for it.  But because I was drawn out by the cover of the book, I wanted to really find out what it was all about - so I managed somehow to get through it. 

Once I did finish it, it was a bit of a disappointment.   I didn't much care for the characters, or the plot for that matter.  It's a true historical fiction book.  Something I haven't not really gotten a hang of but I'm hoping one day I will find a historical fiction book that will grab me to the end of the novel.

What could possibly keep me into this novel?  The "bohemian wife of a maverick politician?"  Not likely.  The "self-proclaimed Chilean mistress educated in Paris?"  Even more unlikely.  So I don't know.  I felt so much disappointment with this book, but I'm glad I read it.  Now I'll never wonder what it's like when I look at the cover, which won me over so much.





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