Beautiful RuinsBeautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This month I am going with Jess Walter and The Beautiful Ruins. This may be the best book I have read all year. It is about so many things I can hardly begin to provide you with a coherent plotline. It is about a young Italian innkeeper living on the coast of Italy and running the family hotel in a tiny village in the early 1960s. An actress fled from the production site of the movie Cleopatra arrives, waiting for someone to arrive. All sorts of strange and wonderful things happen because of this. Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor are involved. Typically shady Italian gangsters and a Hollywood producer show up. This is a love story and a story about life and death and acceptance of fate. I absolutely loved it, but then I love all of Jess’s books. If you need a break from all that fantasy, try this.

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Written by Terry Brooks
I am the author of the Shannara, Landover, and Word/Void series, as well as Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and Street Freaks. I love to write, read, and travel. For more information about me, you can read my writing guide/memoir, Sometimes the Magic Works.