Since Valentines is just around the corner and all things sweet and lovely are in the air, I simply had to give a review on a love story. For those of you who know me, personally, know I’m not a romance reader, never have been, never will be. When I sit down to read, I do like to enjoy myself but I also want to enrich my brain at the same time. That being said, the so called “love story” I’m recommending is ‘The Paris Wife” by Paula Mclain. It’s actually been a few years since I first read this novel but its one you don’t forgot.
Truth be told, its more of a historical fiction than a love story, but its set in Paris and that to me is reason enough to call it a love story. The novel is about Ernest Hemmingway and his first wife, Hadley Richardson. In my opinion the ‘love story’ occurs in the book from seeing, feeling, and hurting with Hadley as we see her genuine love towards this man. She loved him long before he had wriiten one book. She was his encouragement, his helpmate, and his backbone through the years of being a struggling new writer.
Paula McLain has not doubt researched Hemmingway extensively. What a brillaint idea to teach us about Hemmingway through the mind of Hadley, a woman who was quiet, reserved, and yet the reason he became who he did. You will grow to love this woman as well as Hemmingway and his talent. I learned that Hemmingway’s talent as a writer was much greater than a husband and human being. I’ll admit, after I finished, I read three Hemmingway novels in a row, which I have never had the desire to do before.
Now the reason it can be called a “Love Story” in the end McLain allows us to see into the heart of Hemmingway when she shares this thought from Hemmingway “I wish I had died before I loved anyone but her.”
If you’re really in the mood for Valentines and Love you can always grab one of the great classics and have an excellent afternoon. My favorites would be: “The Age of Innocence”, “Sense and Sensibilty”, or Pride and Prejudice”
What are some of your favorite?