Date Read - Sept, 2012
Since the death of her father, Mariella Bennet struggles during the Depression-era of 1935 in Key West, FL. With a family to feed, Mariella gambles hoping for a lucky break until she meets the two men whom will change her life: one of them is Ernest Hemingway. Hired as a maid for the Hemingway household by his wife Pauline, Mariella is thrust into a glamorous world filled with parties, drinking binges, flying fists, and dangerous temptations. Even as Mariella falls deeply in love with Gavin, a boxer and WWI veteran, Mariella has to weather the volatile Hemingway, his crumbling marriage, and one of the worst hurricanes of the twentieth-century. Erika Robuck has written a thrilling, heartbreaking, and beautifully written novel of one of the most legendary writers of all time and the brave woman who inspired him.
A special thank you goes out to Penguin Press for graciously sending me a copy of this book!