This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.
Summary: What happened on that long-ago summer? In this riveting novel from the author of The Dressmaker’s Dowry, an aspiring Hollywood actress makes a shocking choice in 1940, and seventy years later, a young mother sets out to discover what happened …
Summer, 1940: When Violet Harcourt is crowned Miss Bathing Beauty in her hometown of Santa Cruz, she’s determined to see herself on the silver screen. But Violet’s pageant victory comes with a price—cracks appear in her seemingly perfect marriage…and she quickly discovers Hollywood is not the glittering escape she dreamed of. So she makes a shocking choice, leaving her name in headlines and creating a mystery surrounding her fate.
Summer, 2007: Single mother Marisol Cruz lives in a charming seaside cottage that belonged to her grandfather, Ricardo, once a famed performer on the Beach Boardwalk. Drawn to the local history of her town, Mari discovers her grandfather’s connection to a beauty queen who died too young. She embarks on a journey that uncovers his lifelong secret—Ricardo’s connection to Violet…a story of tragedy and courage that will forever transform her.
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
This book caught my attention basically because of its cover. I was VERY drawn to its cover… Unfortunately, the book was a like, not a LOVE for me.
I’m intrigued by old Hollywood- it’s such an atmospheric setting. So Violet’s story def intrigued me. Marisol’s story was not as intriguing, though.
What I Liked:
The cover. So gorgeous.
Violet and Evie’s friendship.
Bottom line: There was a couple or so things that I think were supposed to be shocking moments or gasp worthy when they were revealed… and they weren’t. Overall, it was a light and fluffy read- one that I enjoyed during the reading process, but I’m not rushing to find someone to discuss this book with.
*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*
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Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T