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Beautiful Little Fools

Author: Jillian Cantor

Started: Nov. 9, 2021

Finished: Nov. 10, 2021

Thank you to Jillian Cantor, Harper Perennial, and Netgalley for the chance to read this advanced copy in return for an honest review.

The Great Gatsby is the story of very rich men who have the world at their fingertips, Beautiful Little Fools is not that story. This is the story of the women who interacted with Jay Gatsby and paid the price.

Jay Gatsby ends up murdered in his pool and a detective has the suspicion that one of the women in his life is responsible.

Daisy Buchanan grew up in Louisville, Kentucky always looking for a way out. On one hot day, she makes the acquaintance of Jay Gatsby when going to visit the Almshouse with her sister, Rose. That day would forever change the course of her life. Jay goes off to war and Daisy deals with the sudden, tragic death of her father and sister Rose. At that moment, she decides the best way to take care of herself and her mother is to marry a rich man who could give her everything.

Daisy's best friend, Jordan Baker, is raised by her father and has a gift for golf. When she goes away for her first tournament she meets Mary Margaret and finds the one thing she has been When their secret is discovered, Jordan is forced off the tour and retreats to Daisy's house.

Catherine McCoy and Myrtle Wilson are sisters who are as different as they can be. Catherine is a feminist who wants to help Myrtle get out of her abusive marriage, Catherine is also an ex-lover of Jay Gatsby who asks for his help in freeing her sister from her husband.

Years later, Daisy's marriage is falling apart, Jay comes back into her life and tells her that he is still in love and will do anything to be with her...including blackmail and breaking up her marriage.

I have been a Jillian Cantor fan since The Lost Letter and I had high hopes for this book. All my hopes were exceeded. The most popular historical fictions tend to be set during World War II or shortly thereafter so this was a wonderful change of pace. I enjoyed seeing Jay Gatsby from the perspective of the women he interacts with during the story. I enjoyed reading this book and purposely made time during my day to read it and will be purchasing it for my personal shelves.

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