Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Review & Giveaway: Tiny Little Thing by Beatriz Williams (GIVEAWAY CLOSED)

Title: Tiny Little Thing   
Author: Beatriz Williams         
Published: June 2015, G.P. Putnam's Sons   
Format: Hardcover, 368 pages   
Source: Publisher   


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 façade 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.

My thoughts: Beatriz Williams is back with another engrossing read and I found myself once again glued to the pages of this book. I just love her writing and the characters she creates. This book continues with another of the Schuyler sisters' stories - the first sister's story told in last year's best-selling book, The Secret Life of Violet Grant. (I finally got a chance to read that and loved it!!! Review will be up soon.) Here, we get Tiny's story, though Pepper does play a slight role.

My immediate thought upon finishing this book is that it sort of felt a bit Kennedy-esque, in that I could almost imagine Tiny as Jackie Bouvier Kennedy. She gets pulled into this family that is all about the politics - putting that image before everything else, and making sure that the image lands him his coveted political position.

Of course, it's not quite as simple as that. There are secrets and affairs and Tiny's sister coming to spend the summer with her and suddenly nothing is as it seems. I loved how the chapters alternated between the present, set in 1966, and just prior to Tiny getting married, in 1964. There are a lot of unanswered questions as you start reading, but very slowly things start to unravel and the picture comes together.

I admit that I found this book to be a bit slower at first than The Secret Life of Violet Grant, but then about a third of the way in, it picks up and I had a hard time putting it down. I ended up loving Tiny just as much as I loved Vivian in the prior book and cannot wait to read more about Pepper in her book (out later this year)! I just love these Schuyler sisters and love the way Beatriz Williams is telling their stories...so far the two books have been so different, yet so enjoyable.


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GIVEAWAY DETAILS - (US only)  
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the publisher, one reader can win a copy of Tiny Little Thing by Beatriz Williams.  To enter the giveaway, please fill out the form by June 30th.


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5 comments:

  1. Even as I was reading the synopsis, I was getting the Kennedy feel. Sounds like an engaging summer read :)

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  2. It does sound like a great read, I still need to pick up Violet Grant too, I think both would be great for summer!

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  3. Whoever is designing Beatriz's book covers is fabulous! They are always so darn gorgeous. The dress on this one is to die for!

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  4. I still have A Hundred Summers sitting in my Audible library, I think I will make it my next listen as it has been there for a long time! And it will give me a taste of her writing. This one sounds good too.

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  5. Great review! I am so excited for this book. I really enjoy Williams' writing style and I like that this one has a Kennedy vibe to it. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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