Friday, May 16, 2014

On the Set of Cleopatra

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walters
: June 4, 2012 by Harper Perennial
I didn't really know what I was getting into when I started this book, but I think that's the way to do it. Yes, you could try to summarize it, but there's so much happening that's it's not really going to capture it. I will say it does have a bit of a dual timeline with parts in Italy in 1962, and the other today in Hollywood. But there's also scenes bridge the two sections in various times and locations.

The story isn't really told linearly, and knowing that and how much happens I'm surprised how easily it read and made sense. I do think the first half read slower, but slow like a long lazy day at the beach. But once I got to the last 100 pages or so I really didn't want to put it down.

I loved how every story line was wrapped up so neatly at the end. Normally with a book like this you really only get closure on the main characters. But here every character, no matter how small their part, got their nice pretty bow as well.

This was a book that's easy to fall in love with and perfect for a warm summer day. In fact reading it I can't help but dream of escaping to a small little town on the coast of Italy.


Today I'm linking up with Blonde Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday!


  1. I read and enjoyed this book as well. I didn't know what to expect going into it but ended up really liking it. It is really hard to summarize and I was also surprised that I wasn't confused along the way. It also makes me want to visit Italy!!

  2. This sounds like the perfect book to take on our beach vacation this summer!