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- Publication Date: February 6, 2015
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- Language: English
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At first glance, Eleanor may seem cultured and posh, but her true temper leaks out when things don’t go her way, just like in her early life. She is ambitious, snobbish and now she cares what other socialites have to say about her or her daughter's reputation. Eleanor is a morally grey and complex character and the way she acts reminds me of another unlikable yet well-built character, Kathy Brogan from Black Widow. Eleanor is also in charge of Jayne’s transformation into a cultured young lady to make her adapt much easier to the new lifestyle and challenges she has to face.
"And what was acting, anyway? Nothing more than being a good liar, and she was very accomplished at that. She had been “acting” ever since she could remember." (Loc. 591)
But how Eleanor became a filthy rich widow who has so many connections in socialite circles? Dark secrets should always be buried in the past and Eleanor guards them well because no one should find out how her life was like before becoming Lady Sotheby. She had to take many risks that suited her rebellious nature, but Celeste and Jayne don’t need to know that because the truth would shatter the picture perfect image of this rich widow and she can’t allow that to happen. Therefore, lies are a useful tool to paint the truth in brighter colours.
The rest of the characters are not complex as Lady Sotheby, but we can easily recognise who is Jayne and who is Celeste because Jayne is sweet, caring, introverted and a girl who works hard to support her loved ones despite her frequent asthma attacks, while Celeste is stubborn, spoiled, posh, self-absorbed, loves parties and speed. And talking about the two girls, one of my favourite scenes is when Jayne and Celeste meet, shock, curiosity and emotions overwhelm each other; it was a truly touching moment.
"This wasn’t her exact reflection she was looking at—this was a version of Jayne dressed in expensive designer clothes, with a fashionably short haircut, and decked out in expensive jewelry." (Loc. 392)
To be honest, I wasn't too thrilled with the beginning of the book, but the hook came along with Jayne's journey to Nice to meet Celeste. Though Jayne is a sweetheart and I liked her as a character, I wouldn’t want to be in her shoes because I couldn’t be that selfless to help Celeste, whom I’ve recently met just because she did a mistake that threatens her reputation and Lady Sotheby’s ambitions. However, the book is interesting because you get a glimpse of how the lives of rich people really are, besides the glamour and the influence they have in their exclusive circles.
The writing is beautiful in the main story with an overall steady pace and realistic in Eleanor’s shady story building the suspense. I enjoyed most of the novel and the characters though I would have liked this first book to be longer because it ended a bit abruptly for my taste. I might pick up the second book someday, just to see how Jayne and Robert’s relationship develops, but only time will tell if I will still be interested in reading it.
A Novel of Love and Betrayal…
By Mike Wells
Reviewed by Author Roy Murry
Love and Betrayal comes in many forms. In Mr. Wells’ novel, paternal and sibling love comes to the front; and betrayal is just around the corner.
A young lady’s life is turned into a confused state, after an elderly woman reveals her true identity. The woman tells a fantastic story, but the young lady believes her, because of something her mother had told her when she sixteenth.
Without informing anyone, she travels with the women to Europe. There she is surprised again with something that confirms the woman’s story to the one hundredth percent degree.
Here more twists are put in place, where betrayal of a loved one, who will be uninformed as to the events surrounding his betrothed. He will be played.
This is where Mr. Wells leaves you standing at the altar, so to speak. You won’t find out until you read on.
Mike Well’s book ones are always hooks that leave you wanting for more. It is an enjoyable time for those who like a classy read.
You’ll want to go on to the next book. So…
Book #1 is free http://amzn.to/1muyXN0
But I recommend buying #1, 2, 3 at once
Some of the subject matter is not suitable for younger readers.