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I vividly remember being extremely against e-readers and book apps and I’m pretty sure I said that I would never be one of those people who reads her books online because real books are just so much better. Well never say never because I am almost ashamed to tell you how long it takes me to read a real book these days because that only happens in the few minutes that I read before going to sleep. It’s shameful I tell you!!
I honestly thought that I would never stray from true flesh and blood books. I love the feel of them, the smell of them, the sound of the pages turning. In fact when I was a kid I begged my Mom to let me change my name to Page so I could open a bookstore and call it Pages when I grew up. Genius, right? I still think so!
I say all of that to preface the fact that I have literally been holding on to this book and trying to read it since July. Like I said earlier, that is just shameful!!! The wonderful people at Blogging for Books let me pick it out and I was super pumped to read it and then it got sidelined because of all the truly amazing Kindle and Audiobooks I have been reading lately. Ugh. So let’s get to the review shall we?
A Fine Imitation is Amber Brock’s debut novel and it immediately grabbed my attention with the cover page. I love anything to do with the 20’s and the description sort of reminded me of Gatsby! Here’s the full description for you…
“Set in the glamorous 1920s, A Fine Imitation is an intoxicating debut that sweeps readers into a privileged Manhattan socialite’s restless life and the affair with a mysterious painter that upends her world, flashing back to her years at Vassar and the friendship that brought her to the brink of ruin.
Vera Bellington has beauty, pedigree, and a penthouse at The Angelus–the most coveted address on Park Avenue. But behind the sparkling social whirl, Vera is living a life of quiet desperation. Her days are an unbroken loop of empty, champagne-soaked socializing, while her nights are silent and cold, spent waiting alone in her cavernous apartment for a husband who seldom comes home.
Then Emil Hallan arrives at The Angelus to paint a mural above its glittering subterranean pool. The handsome French artist moves into the building, shrouds his work in secrecy, and piques Vera’s curiosity, especially when the painter keeps dodging questions about his past. Is he the man he claims to be? Even as she finds herself increasingly drawn to Hallan’s warmth and passion, Vera can’t suppress her suspicions. After all, she has plenty of secrets, too–and some of them involve art forgers like her bold, artistically talented former friend, Bea, who years ago, at Vassar, brought Vera to the brink of catastrophe and social exile.
When the dangerous mysteries of Emil’s past are revealed, Vera faces an impossible choice–whether to cling to her familiar world of privilege and propriety or to risk her future with the enigmatic man who has taken her heart. A Fine Imitation explores what happens when we realize that the life we’ve always led is not the life we want to have.”
This book truly has it all…set in the 20’s, partially based in NYC, partially based at Vassar, a steamy affair, secrets galore, and art!! It’s truly a glamorous book and one I stayed up to finish one night because the ending was so damn good!!
I think Amber Brock’s A Fine Imitation was just fabulous and now I can’t wait to read more of her books!!
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