When it comes to summer reading, I am on the lookout for unforgettable and scandalous titles, appropriate for beaches or lounging on the patio. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid did not disappoint. Seven husbands, you may be thinking! Or if you are like me, you are envisioning an Elizabeth Taylor-like figure, a beautiful, glamorous movie star, whose life was filled with Hollywood parties, fashion, beauty and mystery.
Enter Evelyn Hugo. 1950’s movie star. Aging legend, living in the Upper East Side of New York City. Evelyn has led a tumultuous life, filled with scandal and secrets. And until now, the details of her story have remained untold. However, Evelyn has decided that she is now ready to reveal all, and Monique Grant (and only Monique) would do. But why Monique? — there are more experienced writers capable of unveiling Evelyn’s story, but, upon Evelyn’s request, her veil of secrecy could only lifted by Monique.
Evelyn’s story is one of desperation, ambition, great love…and loss. Evelyn shares her life story with Monique over a short period of time and it becomes clear to Monique that all that glitters is not gold, and that she is being pulled into to Evelyn’s story… whether she likes it or not.
A gripping tale of a film legend, and the lengths that she went to in order to get what she wanted. Evelyn’s story is mesmerizing, and refuses to let the reader go, right from the beginning. If you want a thrilling, summer read, filled with passion, and scandal, request The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, and prepare for the ride!