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This review may be a bit premature since I'm still currently reading this book (Kindle edition) and I'm halfway through. I became interested her story since I saw the movie trailer of the same name. I can't stop reading this book. Ms. Bloom pulls you into her story from Prologue to my current location middle of Chapter 19. Her story moves along smoothly with very specific details of her observations of colorful characters she meets and their encounters, of her experiences and of the places she been. It's nice to see Ms. Bloom is the typical Southern California implant that isn't enamoured the Hollywood mystique of celebrities and fame. Ms. Bloom is a smart young lady with a good ambitious head on her shoulders. I can't wait to finish her story.
The author, Molly Bloom, presents a compelling narrative detailing her decade-long ascent to the top of the underground poker world. Starting in Los Angeles, she encounters a hidden wonderland of high-stakes gambling and makes her entrance into and mark upon it. She glides over a lot of details, for the sake of preserving relevant identities, that her wealthy clientele who haven’t yet been exposed are not. I️ thoroughly enjoyed it, even if her vicious shark-like nature leaves much to be desired in the role-model department.
I admit I buy 99 cent books and read free books but I wanted to see this story. Now I want to see the movie. We all make choices n do things because of our families this was a quick and great read made me root for her . I would recommend
I wanted to listen to this prior to seeing the movie that is coming out in 2018. It was an easy listen and learned a few things about underground poker that I didn't know before. Would recommend this book to any female card players that enjoy a good game of Poker.
Interesting insight into the Hollywood life style and how relatively unimportant money is to the elite. The descriptions of the various celebrities and high rollers was fascinating, albeit, not that surprising.
I read this entire book in one sitting and found it interesting and entertaining. This is lifestyles of the rich and famous after hours when nobody is supposed to be watching.
The best historical fiction I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Even with the author using literary licence to further the story, it is a seamless read. I could barely stop myself from reading through the night when my eyes were scratchy and tired. Loved the story, the history and this writer.
The story of the fate of the Russian royal family in the early 20th Century is well known, they were butchered by the Bolsheviks after they were transported from pillar to post during World War I. Whilst war raged, Revolution at home was building. The conspiracy theory persisted that there were indeed survivors of the mass execution, people came forward who later in the 20th century claimed to be Tatiana or Anastasia or Olga… the Romanov children who had somehow survived the massacre. And it is with this tiny percentage of doubt about the fate of the children that Gill weaves a credible and gripping ll was alerted to a snippet on TV about a mooted relationship between Tatiana, one of the daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra, Tsar and Tsarina of Russia, and a cavalry officer and this serves as the foundation for a gripping time slip e Romanovs were the glittering family who were at the height of power as World War I started. Their glamour and wealth were beyond comprehension, they were synonymous with sparkling jewels, opulence and of course Fabergé eggs. As the war took its toll, however, the disparity between their wealth and ruthless rule, and the poverty of the populace lay at the heart of the burgeoning valry officer Dimitri Yakovlevich Malama and Grand Duchess Tatiana forge a close friendship after she nurses him in a makeshift war vel set in russia The world as they know it is unravelling around them. War takes him to several fronts, yet they maintain a close and chaste connection and on the eve of yet another departure, they marry in secret. This gives him the strength to withstand the terrors and onslaughts he is about to face at the front. But as the casualties rise, the revolution grows until finally the Romanov family is herded and all the members, it is reported, are summarily executed. Dimitri naturally becomes distraught and clings to any sign of life, and finally lands in Berlin after the war. There he meets Rosa, but is not really emotionally available to her as he is still in thrall to his Tatiana… and he struggles to extinguish the hope of ever finding his true love alive. Rosa is a tolerant soul and tolerates his ambivalent commitment to her…Forward to early 21st Century and his great granddaughter, grappling with her husband’s infidelity, takes off for a shack set on fictional Lake Akanabee in a remote part of New York state, which was left to her in her great grandfather Dimitri’s will. She knew nothing of his existence until she was alerted to her legacy. It is here that she spends a Summer of reflection and research that unravels a painful, yet interesting family hiis novel bowls along at a very good pace, it is well researched, and the author’s passion for this period in history is palpable. You too will wonder at the fate of the Romanovs and whether indeed any members could have survived their experience and what their story might have been. This is an excellent novel to delve into this country’s troubled past.
It was romantic in that it told of the love lost then found with the male protagonist and two women. It was remorseful as in life when we have moments filled with sorrow. It was enlightening in the historical sense as it covered an important turning point in Russian e characters were real and relative. I felt both happiness and remorse for their varied situations. There was tension, twists and real life situations in the story line. There were times I felt elation and sadness over the story-line drama.Everyone should read this book.
The Secret Wife is an enchanting story told as a great granddaughter discovers her great grandfather's life. It is so interesting with the historical mystery involved. Your heart melts for Rosa and yet you root for the eternal love of Dimitri and Tatiana. It moves easily between today and yesterday and shows us that we all may not know ourselves until we are tested. Fabulous read.
This historic novel deserves great literary merit capturing the lives and loves of 3 special characters. I would entitle this "the seesaw of love", as the storyline unfolds weaving such impecable early explained and concise it its historical facts, it depicts royalty and humble populace stories very well. A great read (if you believe in endless romance) ....
Very well written. I loved how Gill Paul wove the stories of different generations into such an intimate story. This is not a traditional love story but a story propelled by love. I will be reading it again in the near future! We read so much of WW2 but not as much about this time period. Our book club read this last month and ALL of us loved the book! Read it, you won't be sorry!!
I love history and once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. Paul intertwined history with a wonderful love that was so strong that it lasted a lifetime. Out of the most horrendous conditions and acts, a story is told that brings all of us romantic hope. The descriptions of such events make them so real. The love story tears at the heart strings. Well worth the read!
It's takes patience for the first have of the book but the reader is rewarded in the second have as the background finally comes together to make sense of it all. I guess the end does a great job to justify the means.
I love to read this quick moving romance type of novel. War and two lovers that can no longer find each other. This book intertwined with Dimiti's great granddaughter's story very elegantly. The flow of this book is perfectly written. I work full time, but have a part time cleaning job. During this second job I listened to the narration of this book and enjoyed the time spent cleaning so much more. At the end I couldn't help tears falling on my own cheeks. Great read for sure!!!