“The epic adventures Evelyn creates over the course of a lifetime will leave every reader mesmerised. This wildly addictive journey of a reclusive Hollywood starlet and her tumultuous Tinseltown journey comes with unexpected twists and the most satisfying of drama.” —PopSugar
This book deserves the 4.3/5 on Goodreads.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, it had me completely immersed from start to finish.
The book starts with Monique’s life and how Evelyn musters her way in asking Monique to write her biography. For Monique this is a huge break especially with her career and you’re dying for her to take it so hard that when she does its a relief. That was when I started to get really stuck in.
The book is split up into 7 parts, 7 parts for 7 husbands!
I couldn’t pick a favourite husband as they all had me hooked, each different story and behind each marriage there was always an underlying motive which was expected from a character such as Evelyn but STILL shocked every time. That woman did BITS to get to where she was and it WORKED. She might not have been happy but she got the success she had always wanted from scraping from the bottom of the barrel.
But when you discover her true love it really opens up a new door into the LGBT + Community and her show business career. How in the days when this book was written, she simply couldn’t even be herself.
Celia St James even had my heart. From start to finish there was nothing I wanted more than that happily ever after. Their relationship made me hurt, yearn for it to work and scream the heavens down whenever something wasn’t right.
Evelyn has nothing but my sympathy in this situation. I love them together. I want them to live his acceptable happily ever after and not be headlined under this massive scandal like they will be.
Her whole life had me feeling every single emotion possible, I was living through Monique who was living through Evelyn as Evelyn. It is SO incredibly written that when Monique’s life is discussed every now and then you are like, why is this significant?
And then it happens.
THE CROSSOVER OF ALL CROSSOVERS. THE TWIST THAT HAD ME TWISTIN’. MONIQUE AND EVELYN’S LIFE BECOME ONE AND YOU UNDERSTAND WHY, WHY SHE ASKED MONIQUE OF ALL PEOPLE TO WRITE HER STORY.
I’ll stop shouting now, it just really got me when I was reading. I had to put the book down for a hot 3 minutes to recover.
And then, the ending had me feeling wholesome and sad. Everything I’d wanted had come true, but not in the same way I wanted it too. But, nonetheless, it left me feeling somewhat whole and settled.
T.J. Reid has written what I would call a beautiful masterpiece that demonstrates that if you want something hard enough you’ll go out and get it no matter what the costs. It is emotional, gripping, moving and so utterly immersive.
5/5, GET ON IT NOW.