- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: Avon; 1 edition (September 9, 2008)
- ISBN-10: 0061451010
- Author: Tatiana Boncompagni
- Cover art: I like the dress.
- Overall rating: **1/2 out of 5 stars
- Obtained: My personal bookshelf
Gilding Lily by Tatiana Boncompagni
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.
In this delicious new novel, Tatiana Boncompagni creates a heroine everyone will love...and no one will ever forget.
As Lily Bartholomew navigates kiddie birthday parties starring chart-topping entertainment, society dinner-dances where any woman larger than a size 2 can barely stand to show her Botoxed face, and vacations to exclusive hideaways with the mother-in-law from hell, she constantly wonders, "On what planet have I landed?"
After all, she's just a down-to-earth gal from suburbia who felt as if she'd landed in the middle of a fairy tale when she married Robert. He's handsome, rich, and--best of all--able to make her laugh, and she happily jumped headfirst into his world. But now Robert's lost his job, Lily hasn't lost her pregnancy weight, and their once-golden existence seems suddenly tarnished.
Desperate to regain her self-esteem, Lily begins writing essays about life among the rich and snobbish, which tosses her into the spotlight and in the path of social disaster. But as Lily navigates her way through the shark-infested waters of Manhattan society, she starts to rediscover her own place in the world--and how to regain what truly matters. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)
I'm not entirely sure what made me read this book or what made me buy the book. I liked the name, and the dress and the fact that is was only $4.00 was good as well. Over all the book was just okay. It wasn't great but it wasn't horrible either.
I liked the main character, but that was all I liked. Her mother-in-law is a bitch, her husband is a chauvinist.
The "issues" that Lily is faced with seemed to be the same over and over and she complains about them all the time. She does take charge of her life and does her best to fix the mess that she made and the mess that others made for her.
My biggest issue was the ending. The ending knocked it down from 3 stars to 2 and a half for me. It felt way to rushed and it felt too neat. I was really upset with how she just accepted everything. Her husband had been a massive dick to her and she just ignored it basically.
I wouldn't recommend this one really. If you do want to read it, by all means do, but maybe get it from the library.
So say we all!