The Beautiful Strangers (by Camille di Maio) … historical fiction that covers many facets of life

What an amazing historical fiction novel. This story touches on many facets of life … dementia, family relationships, new love, self discovery, coming of age, courage to seek more from life, and deep sense of loss. The inside view of Hollywood, the making of a film, and the movie star personalities was interesting and entertaining. The setting of the Hotel del Coronado was informative and had me doing my own research about the “Hollywood playground.”

Though there is a ghost as part of the story, the character only adds to the intrigue and made the dual time line flow smoothly.

This is the second book I’ve read by this author and I have invested money in purchasing every book she has written. Her writing style and ability to bring history to life has made her one of my favorite authors.

Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

Before I end this review, though, I have to point out that the end of the book … and last page in particular … are excellent! They were the perfect ending to a wonderful book!

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