Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

This downright amazing read by Jess Walter combines the lure of Italy and the world of
filmmaking with its accompanying celebrity “dramas” in a breathtaking tale I could not put down!

I have always been lured into glimpses into the world of movies and exotic settings and this book definitely did not disappoint.

Set in the early sixties, a dying film beauty from the cast of the movie Cleopatra arrives by mistake on the shore of an isolated island in Italy and meets a young would-be innkeeper struggling to build a stunning hotel to lure tourists.

Especially intriguing to me was the behind-the-scenes glimpses of the drama involved with the production of Cleopatra-both with the production itself and the turbulent relationship of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.

Their lives are forever changed as thugs from a nearby island try to shanghai the young beauty to their hotel and the innkeepergoes to the set of the movie to right a wrong and find answers to questions surrounding the girl he has fallen in love with.

Spanning fifty years, the private dramas of superbly memorable characters combine to create an epic read never to be forgotten.

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One Response to “Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter”

  1. Jackie Cangro Says:

    This sounds like such an intriguing story! I’m going to add it to my reading list.

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