Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Book Review: Beautiful Ruins

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walters

This read like a movie script. It flashes between present day and past, during the making of Elizabeth Taylor's Cleopatra. It was about a young actress from said movie, who was sent away from the set to a small Italian village along the Cinque Terre due to a love triangle during filming. In the present day, it's a search to find out what happened to the young woman. I'll be honest--the first few chapters bored me a little bit, so I had a hard time getting into it. I felt like only one of the characters had any redeeming qualities. However, the author did a great job of weaving together everyone's story.

Ultimately, it's about a mother's love and sacrifice, and I think a lot of ladies who read here can appreciate that!

I read Beautiful Ruins through our public library's e-reading system. I was able to easily download the book directly to my Kindle library. It gave me a certain amount of days to read it before it expired, which was great--it kept me on track to finish even when I was bored in the beginning. The service was genius, and I can't wait to use it again.

Have you read this one? Do you think I'm off in my "boredom" assessment? What are you reading these days?

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