Cassie has long been fascinated by Beaufont Hall, the house her family once lived in but no longer speak about. When the chance comes to explore the beautiful but crumbling mansion, Cassie jumps at the opportunity – little realising she’s about to shine a light on a long-buried family secret.
For Eliza, decades before, the heady pull of Soho at its most electric is a difficult thing to ignore, full of glamour, parties and indulgence. With the world at her feet, Eliza finds everything comes at a price…
Separated by a generation, but linked by a forgotten diary, these two women have more in common than they will ever know.
The Glittering Art of Falling Apart by Ilana Fox – Review
I bought this book on Amazon a month or so ago and I was intrigued by the blurb. I love books that have an element of mystery and stories about family secrets, so this one was perfect. I’m so glad I bought it because I loved it!
The Glittering Art of Falling Apart tells the story of Cassie and her fascination with her family history. She is a relative of the Tempests, a family who, in their time, were of fairly high status. They lived in a beautiful home in Buckinghamshire called Beaufont Hall. When her mother announces the house is to be sold, Cassie is given free reign to clean it up. What she discovers will change how she views the family that she has idolised for years. More importantly, it will literally change her life.
“[A] harrowing tale of a family hidden beneath a blanket of dark secrets… I couldn’t stop reading until I turned the last page.”
To begin with, I didn’t know what to expect from the story at all. I knew from the blurb that it was about Beaufont Hall, and Cassie’s mission to explore it. At the beginning of the book I thought it was going to be a pretty and perfect tale about the reconstruction of the old house, but it became a lot more than that. It told the harrowing tale of a family hidden beneath a blanket of dark secrets, drug abuse and loss, and I couldn’t stop reading until I turned the last page.
I’ve never read a book with so many twists and turns. It was a rollercoaster of happiness, sadness and shock. In the last five chapters there were so many revelations that I had to sit down and think about what I had just read! I read the final chapters sitting next to my sister and she kept laughing at my gasps. I couldn’t believe how many things came to light in just a few pages. This is the kind of story that I love to read: one that keeps you on the edge of your seat.
It’s likely that I’ll be picking up this book again in a couple of months to re-read and I can’t wait. It’s going to be easy to rate this one…
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