I don’t even know where to begin. Evelyn was a Book of the Month choice back in June, and after reading the synopsis I was not interested so I passed on the book. Described as a story about an aging Hollywood actress ready to spill all about her seven husbands and her “glamourous and scandalous life” in a new biography, it was an easy no for me. I rarely watch TV or movies and I can honestly say that I am 100% uninterested in celebrities and their lives. Why would I want to read about the life of a fictional celebrity? So a few weeks go by, and the people who have been reading Evelyn are loving it and raving about it so. Some of my bookish friends, whom I usually like the same books as, were loving it too so I took the plunge and bought a back title from Book of the Month in October.
When it was nominated as one of the best books of the year, I scooted it up my TBR list and I finally got to it at the end of December and I am so glad I squeezed it in. I’m still thinking about it, but I might say that it was my favorite book of 2017. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is like it is described in that she is ready to tell all her secrets about her life in Hollywood, the movies and her seven husbands. However, there is so much more depth to this character and her story than originally meets the eye. Every character in this story was realistic and believable. And while Evelyn went through seven husbands, each one was for a reason that you wouldn’t originally think. There is a lot of sadness and pain in her life but Evelyn is a strong female who I couldn’t help but love. Even though she made many mistakes in her life, the main message she wants people to know is that she regrets none of it because she trusts the decisions she made to get her through a life in the public eye. This book is so dynamic it is hard to describe without giving everything away, but let me just say that the writing in this book is so beautiful yet so easy to read and I just could not put this one down. Surprise of the year, five stars!!