Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Book Review - Fallen Beauty by Erika Robuck


In 1928 in upstate New York, two seemingly different women cross paths with each other and both of their worlds change.  Laura Kelley and her lover sneak away at night to attend a performance of the Ziegfeld Follies. As their night comes to a close, they make a decision that might have a dark consequence on their future.

Edna St. Vincent Millay and her husband are hosting a party on the same evening. They have a wild party in hopes of providing inspiration to Millay. She wishes for a new lover but, the young man is the first person who isn't willing to bend to her will.

Two years later has passed and Laura is an unwed seamstress with a young daughter and struggling to support her family. Millay is dealing with emotional and mental turmoil. Laura and Millay work together to create Millay's costumes for her next reading tour. However, they have to keep their complex friendship a secret otherwise, it would hurt the ones closest to them. As their friendship grows, the town condemns them as fallen women and they have to decide the price they are willing to pay to live a full life.

This book was an utter bore. I  didn't care for any of the characters. Laura was so passive and let people treat her like a doormat. She was protecting someone and her own heart from getting what she deserves. I found the Millay character quite annoying. She was so needy and doesn't seem to really care about other people but, her own needs. It took a while before their friendship started blooming and by then, I could care less. 

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