Hello, book club members! I know you’ve waited so long for this review, and I’m sorry for that. I’m excited to be able to share the December book club review with you though, because it was an incredible book. Did you love it? Do you sometimes wish you could be more like Beryl? I know I do in some ways. She sure was willing to take a lot of risks. She had guts. I for one am constantly worried and fairly unwilling to take risks. I’m working toward changing that in 2016.
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I didn’t know I was a HUGE fan of historical fiction until I met a Paula McClain book. She wrote The Paris Wife for the uninitiated. I won’t lie and say that this book was perfect, because it isn’t. It’s a book set in Africa with limited characters of color who don’t work for white families. This book isn’t meant to be a true story though. It is a fictionalized account. It’s really a love story, and I loved it. The depth of emotion that was brought out in me throughout the story was intense for me. Did you find it so? Maybe it’s just because I’m a hopeless romantic. Spoiler: It doesn’t work out so well for Beryl.
All-in-all, I’d say that I loved The Paris Wife more than Circling the Sun, but I was still met with the reason I have such an appreciation for Paula McClain’s work. I was met with a story that stuck with me. Much like The Paris Wife, I was left feeling a big dose of girl power on top of loss. In The Paris Wife, I often felt sorry for Hadley, and I think there is a giant dose of that in Circling the Sun. It’s hard not to feel sorry for a woman who was so callously tossed aside and out of the life of her baby, but you also have to admire her resilience. I think that’s part of why I liked Hadley so much as well.
I’d recommend this book to my friends who enjoy reading about women who enjoy adventure. I’d recommend this post to my friends who enjoy historical fiction. I’d also recommend this book to any hopeless romantic. I think there is a little something for everyone.
What were your thoughts? What was missing?