Hey friend! Are you participating in the Goodreads challenge this year? If so, let me know in the comments how you are progressing.
Personally, I’m behind schedule by one book at this time if I want to hit my goal. But I’ve got to catch up on some more reviews this weekend so I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to get back on track.
I have been struggling to read just for leisure, which has contributed to my slower pace.
Anyways – today I’ll be reviewing the book “The Margot Affair” by Sanaë Lemoine. Below you’ll find the description of the book provided by NetGalley, followed by my personal review and star rating.
*Disclaimer – I received a copy of this ebook for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
Margot Louve is a secret: the child of a longstanding affair between an influential French politician with presidential ambitions and a prominent stage actress. This hidden family exists in stolen moments in a small Parisian apartment on the Left Bank.
It is a house of cards that Margot—fueled by a longing to be seen and heard—decides to tumble. The summer of her seventeenth birthday, she meets the man who will set her plan in motion: a well-regarded journalist whose trust seems surprisingly easy to gain. But as Margot is drawn into an adult world she struggles to comprehend, she learns how one impulsive decision can threaten a family’s love with ruin, shattering the lives of those around her in ways she could never have imagined.
Exposing the seams between private lives and public faces, The Margot Affair is a novel of deceit, desire, and transgression—and the exhilarating knife-edge upon which the danger of telling the truth outweighs the cost of keeping secrets.
My Review :
I struggled with this book, to be honest, especially in the beginning. I am glad that I ended up finishing it, but it didn’t grab my attention at first like I was expecting.
Margot is a teen girl desperate for the love and affection of her father, it because she is a secret love child, she unable to get that fulfillment in any real way. This causes her to rebel against her mother, and divulge all the details of her father to a journalist.
Through the process of her telling her story, she also indulges in some relationships that, as a reader I can see are going to blow up spectacularly, but because she is so drawn in that she can’t see that happening.
When she is betrayed by those that she trusted the most, she finally realizes that her mother does love her, and that her best friend had her best interests at heart from the start.
Sometimes we are so obsessed with what we need, or think we need, that it makes us oblivious to those around us. Such is the case for Margot, she ends up pushing away those same people that could have helped her in a real, and tangible way…if only she had asked, or spoken up.
(That wouldn’t have had the same effects as a novel though, right? 😂)
Overall, while this book took me a while to get into, the storyline was interesting and kept me going after a bit. The suspense definitely had me turning pages until it was way past my bedtime. I’d recommend this if you are into all things French, and in learning different mother/daughter dynamics.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Rounded up from 3.5)