• Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (September 18, 2012)
“A stirring and seductive novel.”—Economist
London 1887. For Maribel Campbell Lowe, the beautiful bohemian wife of a maverick politician, it is the year to make something of herself. A self-proclaimed Chilean heiress educated in Paris, she is torn between poetry and the new art of photography. But it is soon plain that Maribel’s choices are not so simple. As her husband’s career hangs by a thread, her real past, and the family she abandoned, come back to haunt them both. When the notorious newspaper editor Alfred Webster begins to take an uncommon interest in Maribel, she fears he will not only destroy Edward’s career but both of their reputations.
Inspired by the true story of a politician’s wife who lived a double life for decades, Beautiful Lies is set in a time that, fraught with economic uncertainty and tabloid scandal-mongering, uncannily presages our own.
Secrets, lies, deciet and love swirl throughout the life of a Victorian-era politician's wife in Clare Clark's mesmerizing novel, "Beautiful Lies."
Clark gives her readers a camera-lens view of the life of Maribel Campbell Lowe, who on the surface seems to be proper wife to her English politician husband. She entertains, she dabbles in amateur photography, she writes poetry - all the things a sedate lady would do. But Maribel has secrets, a web of lies and deciet that could possibly tear apart her life as well as her husband's career if they ever were to see the light of day. But as lies and secrets are want to do, a slender crack in the surface begins the unraveling of Maribel's web and it will take a miracle and the love of a good man to save her.
I found "Beautiful Lies" to be a fascinating novel that draws you in and doesn't want to let go. The action is fast-paced and the characters are intriguing. Clare Clark captures the end of the Victorian-era in England brilliantly as the country begins to move into the uncertain new age of industry and commerce.
I highly recommend this novel for anyone who enjoy historical fiction with a suspensful twist to it!
Clare Clark is the author of four novels, including The Great Stink, which was long-listed for the Orange Prize and was named a Washington Post Best Book of the Year, and Savage Lands, which was long-listed for the Orange Prize in 2010. Her work has been translated into five languages. She lives in London.
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My thanks to TLC Book Tours for including me on this tour. I received a copy of the book from the publisher for review and I was not compensated for my opinion.