A girl’s father is her first love and in The Magnificent Esme Wells we find out what happens when that man continuously breaks his daughter’s heart. Told between pre-war Los Angeles/Hollywood and post-war Las Vegas through the eyes of feral Esme.
The Las Vegas timeline popped. You could see the glitz and glam of those early days. I wanted to take a shower after being exposed to the mafia grime. Perhaps it was because that timeline was so vivid that I felt the Los Angeles/Hollywood just didn’t have the same pull. The storyline of the failing actress wasn’t enough to make me as invested as I should have been.
Though it has it’s slow points, the book is great for someone who has an interest in Hollywood and Las Vegas history.
As a reader, you not only gain sympathy for Esme but also her parents. A wanna-be starlet and a gambling dreamer who rarely comes out on top. Two people who should not have been parents but you love them and hope that they can finally get their acts together.