I started this book on the plane to California last week. And I almost finished it on just the ride there.
It is a beautiful story of Paris in the 1920s and Ernest Hemingway's love and relationship with his first wife Hadley. It has all the glitz and romanticism I would expect in Paris in general but even more so in the 1920s.
I found myself totally engrossed in the writing of this book. The way author Paula McLain weaved words and made the reader feel like they were right there was amazing. I found myself falling for Hem right along with Hadley. I even found myself googling more about him, her and all of there famous writer friends throughout the week.
It is the kind of story that you hope is all true, that this historical fiction all happened just like it is written! I had a hard time getting the story out of my head when I wasn't reading the book. And I LOVE stories like that.
I didn't like the end, in all honesty, but I don't really know how you could. I was true to biography from what I can tell, and I'm glad the author left it how it was. It was a bit unsettling, but in the best kind of way.
This romantic story was engrossing, beautiful, brutal and real. I can see how it was named one of the best book of 2013, and I wish McLain would write more about Hadley and what happened later in life! For now I am left wanting to read all of these authors and wanting to go to Paris to go to the places described in the book and meet the young Hemingway and Hadley so much in love.