May Reviews

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Love and Ruin by Paula McLain is an historical fiction novel about Martha Gellhorn.  I love historical fiction and had heard good things about Paula McLain’s books, so I decided to give it a try.  I have to admit, I was feeling some trepidation about the book for about the first 20 pages and then I was drawn into the story completely.  I knew little about Martha Gelhorn prior to reading, however I found myself looking up information about her life as the book progressed. Paula McLain has written a book of such quality and passion that you are totally enthralled with “Marty”, always wanting to know what is next.  


I admired the writing of Paula McLain.  I enjoyed reading about Ernest Hemingway and how he was such an integral part of her life. Mostly I admired the strength of character and the audacity to conquer a male dominated world that Marty had. The story followed the rough outline of her life, however the conversations, letters and connections were fiction. The fiction and the nonfiction rolled so smoothly together that it was hard to remember what was known and what was imagined.


Love and Ruin by Paula McLain was a fabulous read.  I enjoyed the book tremendously. I admired the subject matter, the writing, and the weaving of fiction and nonfiction.  I will add Paula McLain to my authors I like. I will continue to revisit the strength of the story and the portrayal of the main character in the future as well.  Love and Ruin is a five star read!


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26.03 | 16:01

At first I thought it said spa season. Either way it is a sign of rejuvenation! On a Kristin Hannah kick, loved Winter Garden. Happy reading!

19.03 | 14:10

Cities are fun but exhausting. Like you the quiet is needed.

30.08 | 21:25

Have loved reading every one of Lisa Scottoline's books. Can't wait for the next one to arrive on bookshelves. Thanks for sharing your remarkable talent!

28.08 | 06:12

August snow days! What a fantastic idea! I've been reading Martin Walker's Bruno series set in rural France full or recipes. Yum