Friday, July 3, 2015

Tiny Little Things by Beatriz Williams

The reigning queen of the beach read is back this summer with a new book-Tiny Little Thing. I find myself with overlapping themes in recent books I have read. The Balance Project, and this book both include themes of the struggle for perfection. No matter the time period, many women feel compelled to uphold a false image of perfection. In this day and age, it comes in the form of social media and the unavoidable social web. In the past it was photographs, physical evidence of betrayals and secrets that are kept at close bay. The perfect life is an image, a mirage of something that is unattainable. When Tiny is confronted with the reality that her marriage and her life may not be as perfect as she maintains, her life threatens to unravel. 

In the summer of 1966, Christina Hardcastle—“Tiny” to her illustrious family—stands on the brink of a breathtaking future. Of the three Schuyler sisters, she’s the one raised to marry a man destined for leadership, and with her elegance and impeccable style, she presents a perfect camera-ready image in the dawning age of television politics. Together she and her husband, Frank, make the ultimate power couple: intelligent, rich, and impossibly attractive. It seems nothing can stop Frank from rising to national office, and he’s got his sights set on a senate seat in November.

But as the season gets underway at the family estate on Cape Cod, three unwelcome visitors appear in Tiny’s perfect life: her volatile sister Pepper, an envelope containing incriminating photograph, and the intimidating figure of Frank’s cousin Vietnam-war hero Caspian, who knows more about Tiny’s rich inner life than anyone else. As she struggles to maintain the glossy fa├žade on which the Hardcastle family’s ambitions are built, Tiny begins to suspect that Frank is hiding a reckless entanglement of his own…one that may unravel both her own ordered life and her husband’s promising career.

If you are looking for an engaging summer read, Beatriz Williams is your go-to author. Her other titles OverseasThe Secret Life of Violet Grant, and A Hundred Summers make great reads as well. A special thank you goes out to Andrea, founder of the Facebook group Great Thoughts, Great Readers for an early copy of the book! You can find her blog here.

Happy Reading!

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