Love and Ruin

Love and Ruin

The bestselling author ofThe Paris Wifereturns to the subject of Ernest Hemingway in a novel about his passionate, stormy marriage to Martha Gellhorn?a fiercely independent, ambitious young woman who would become one of the greatest war correspondents of the twentieth century In 1937, twenty-eight-year-old Martha travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of t The bestselling author ofThe Paris Wifereturns to the subject of Ernest Hemingway in a novel about his passi...

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Title:Love and Ruin
Author:Paula McLain
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:B076Z127Y2
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:389 pages pages

Love and Ruin Reviews

  • JanB
    May 01, 2018

    4+ stars. A good work of historical fiction for me is one in which the author perfectly sets the stage of what is happening around the characters not just with what is specifically happening with them. Starting with the prologue and continuing throughout, Paula McLain does a fabulous...

    I confess that I wasn?t a fan of the Paris Wife and I liked Circling the Sun even less but Love and Ruin was a success for me. Historical fiction, this novel chronicles the relationship between Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn whom he met while still married to his second wife, Pauline ...

    When I first started this, although I enjoyed the history of the Spanish Civil War, I wasn't all too sure I would like this. The writing seemed somewhat emotionless, matter of fact, pragmatic,but then something changed. I found Martha fascinating, and the descriptions of Cuba were gorg...

    5 this is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into stars to Love and Ruin! ? ? ? ? ? Happy Publication Day to Love and Ruin! Love and Ruin is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into because of the time period, the ch...

    Love and Ruin by Paula McClain is a 2018 Ballantine Books publication. Vivid and pulsing with atmosphere- but a very challenging read. Wow, Paula McClain can really draw a person into a specific time zone and leave them mesmerized by the political climate, the danger, the romance...

    4 stars Thanks to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for sending me this e ARC. This book is a fictionalized story of the relationship/marriage/divorce between Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway. Martha was Hemingway's 3rd wife. They started an affair while Hemingway was still married ...

    This novel chronicles the journalistic rise of Martha Gellhorn and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. Maybe I?ve just read too many books about Hemingway and those that he loved, hurt, destroyed, etc. but this book was just an average read for me. Ms. Gellhorn was still stru...

    Paula McLain is an outstanding historical fiction writer, and her three most recent novels have transported me to a vividly recreated time and place with very real and well-drawn characters. ?Circling The Sun? was one of my favorite books of 2015. However, because ?Love and Ruin?...

    4.5 stars This book focuses on Ernest Hemingway?s third wife, Martha Gellhorn. Martha was a respected and celebrated person with many accomplishments. She was a war correspondent for 60 years, and an author in her own right, but the times were such that Ernest Hemingway often over...

  • Chrissie
    Apr 26, 2018

    4+ stars. A good work of historical fiction for me is one in which the author perfectly sets the stage of what is happening around the characters not just with what is specifically happening with them. Starting with the prologue and continuing throughout, Paula McLain does a fabulous...

    I confess that I wasn?t a fan of the Paris Wife and I liked Circling the Sun even less but Love and Ruin was a success for me. Historical fiction, this novel chronicles the relationship between Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn whom he met while still married to his second wife, Pauline ...

    When I first started this, although I enjoyed the history of the Spanish Civil War, I wasn't all too sure I would like this. The writing seemed somewhat emotionless, matter of fact, pragmatic,but then something changed. I found Martha fascinating, and the descriptions of Cuba were gorg...

    5 this is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into stars to Love and Ruin! ? ? ? ? ? Happy Publication Day to Love and Ruin! Love and Ruin is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into because of the time period, the ch...

    Love and Ruin by Paula McClain is a 2018 Ballantine Books publication. Vivid and pulsing with atmosphere- but a very challenging read. Wow, Paula McClain can really draw a person into a specific time zone and leave them mesmerized by the political climate, the danger, the romance...

    4 stars Thanks to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for sending me this e ARC. This book is a fictionalized story of the relationship/marriage/divorce between Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway. Martha was Hemingway's 3rd wife. They started an affair while Hemingway was still married ...

    This novel chronicles the journalistic rise of Martha Gellhorn and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. Maybe I?ve just read too many books about Hemingway and those that he loved, hurt, destroyed, etc. but this book was just an average read for me. Ms. Gellhorn was still stru...

    Paula McLain is an outstanding historical fiction writer, and her three most recent novels have transported me to a vividly recreated time and place with very real and well-drawn characters. ?Circling The Sun? was one of my favorite books of 2015. However, because ?Love and Ruin?...

    4.5 stars This book focuses on Ernest Hemingway?s third wife, Martha Gellhorn. Martha was a respected and celebrated person with many accomplishments. She was a war correspondent for 60 years, and an author in her own right, but the times were such that Ernest Hemingway often over...

    I only moderately enjoyed Paula McLain?s last two books, but I had seen other reviews which said this book was better. But I can?t say I found it to be much of an improvement. In the beginning, Martha Gelhorn comes off as the stereotypical socialite rebelling against her background...

    3.5 stars I don?t usually react to books based on my like or dislike of characters. I can dislike a character but love a book because it is well written. In this case, somehow my dislike for Hemingway ? as a person, not an author ? affected my reaction to Love and Ruin. The...

    Paula McLain's Love and Ruin is a fascinating account of Ernest Hemingway's third wife, Martha Gellhorn. One of the reasons I liked this novel better than The Paris Wife had to do with Martha Gellhorn herself. She seemed a more fully realized person and character than first wife, Hadle...

    This book could easily have been a slam dunk for me - two celebrated and iconic historical characters falling in and out of love against the backdrop of World War II. Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway live huge lives, working and traveling the world in some of the most turbulent tim...

    Genre: Biographical Historical Fiction Publisher: Random House Pub. Date: May 1, 2018 The author, Paula McLain, has made a career writing historical fiction memoirs. Her most popular novel, ?The Paris Wife? is a fictionalized account of Ernest Hemingway?s marriage to Hadley...

    Love and Ruin is historical fiction centered around Martha Gellhorn, her career and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. I knew little of Gellhorn before reading the book, but liked her character quite a bit in the story. Both Gellhorn and Hemingway are writers, meeting in Key a Wes...

    "Why is it that a man can do his work and just get on with it, but a woman has to drop everything for her place at home or else she's selfish?" I actually liked this book more than I expected because it focused on the frequently-faced problem of whether a woman can still have a car...

    4 obsession stars There are some people who are driven. It can become an obsession that ultimately destroys what is good, what is needed, and even love if it is allowed to continue unabated. For Ernest Hemingway, his obsession with life and writing was eventually something that ...

    (3.5) This is the weakest of the three McLain novels that I?ve read, but when we?re talking about a writer of this caliber that isn?t actually so much of a criticism. It?s strange to me that, having written a novel from the perspective of Hadley Richardson, Ernest Hemingway?s...

    This is a book about Martha Gellhorn?s years of marriage to Ernest Hemingway. Her life (1908-1998) has been in many ways eclipsed by his (1899-1961). She became Hemingway?s third wife, the first being Hadley Richardson married to Ernest Hemingway from 1921-1927, the second being Pa...

  • Marialyce
    Apr 23, 2018

    4+ stars. A good work of historical fiction for me is one in which the author perfectly sets the stage of what is happening around the characters not just with what is specifically happening with them. Starting with the prologue and continuing throughout, Paula McLain does a fabulous...

    I confess that I wasn?t a fan of the Paris Wife and I liked Circling the Sun even less but Love and Ruin was a success for me. Historical fiction, this novel chronicles the relationship between Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn whom he met while still married to his second wife, Pauline ...

    When I first started this, although I enjoyed the history of the Spanish Civil War, I wasn't all too sure I would like this. The writing seemed somewhat emotionless, matter of fact, pragmatic,but then something changed. I found Martha fascinating, and the descriptions of Cuba were gorg...

    5 this is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into stars to Love and Ruin! ? ? ? ? ? Happy Publication Day to Love and Ruin! Love and Ruin is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into because of the time period, the ch...

    Love and Ruin by Paula McClain is a 2018 Ballantine Books publication. Vivid and pulsing with atmosphere- but a very challenging read. Wow, Paula McClain can really draw a person into a specific time zone and leave them mesmerized by the political climate, the danger, the romance...

    4 stars Thanks to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for sending me this e ARC. This book is a fictionalized story of the relationship/marriage/divorce between Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway. Martha was Hemingway's 3rd wife. They started an affair while Hemingway was still married ...

    This novel chronicles the journalistic rise of Martha Gellhorn and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. Maybe I?ve just read too many books about Hemingway and those that he loved, hurt, destroyed, etc. but this book was just an average read for me. Ms. Gellhorn was still stru...

    Paula McLain is an outstanding historical fiction writer, and her three most recent novels have transported me to a vividly recreated time and place with very real and well-drawn characters. ?Circling The Sun? was one of my favorite books of 2015. However, because ?Love and Ruin?...

    4.5 stars This book focuses on Ernest Hemingway?s third wife, Martha Gellhorn. Martha was a respected and celebrated person with many accomplishments. She was a war correspondent for 60 years, and an author in her own right, but the times were such that Ernest Hemingway often over...

    I only moderately enjoyed Paula McLain?s last two books, but I had seen other reviews which said this book was better. But I can?t say I found it to be much of an improvement. In the beginning, Martha Gelhorn comes off as the stereotypical socialite rebelling against her background...

    3.5 stars I don?t usually react to books based on my like or dislike of characters. I can dislike a character but love a book because it is well written. In this case, somehow my dislike for Hemingway ? as a person, not an author ? affected my reaction to Love and Ruin. The...

    Paula McLain's Love and Ruin is a fascinating account of Ernest Hemingway's third wife, Martha Gellhorn. One of the reasons I liked this novel better than The Paris Wife had to do with Martha Gellhorn herself. She seemed a more fully realized person and character than first wife, Hadle...

    This book could easily have been a slam dunk for me - two celebrated and iconic historical characters falling in and out of love against the backdrop of World War II. Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway live huge lives, working and traveling the world in some of the most turbulent tim...

    Genre: Biographical Historical Fiction Publisher: Random House Pub. Date: May 1, 2018 The author, Paula McLain, has made a career writing historical fiction memoirs. Her most popular novel, ?The Paris Wife? is a fictionalized account of Ernest Hemingway?s marriage to Hadley...

    Love and Ruin is historical fiction centered around Martha Gellhorn, her career and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. I knew little of Gellhorn before reading the book, but liked her character quite a bit in the story. Both Gellhorn and Hemingway are writers, meeting in Key a Wes...

    "Why is it that a man can do his work and just get on with it, but a woman has to drop everything for her place at home or else she's selfish?" I actually liked this book more than I expected because it focused on the frequently-faced problem of whether a woman can still have a car...

    4 obsession stars There are some people who are driven. It can become an obsession that ultimately destroys what is good, what is needed, and even love if it is allowed to continue unabated. For Ernest Hemingway, his obsession with life and writing was eventually something that ...

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    Mar 06, 2018

    4+ stars. A good work of historical fiction for me is one in which the author perfectly sets the stage of what is happening around the characters not just with what is specifically happening with them. Starting with the prologue and continuing throughout, Paula McLain does a fabulous...

    I confess that I wasn?t a fan of the Paris Wife and I liked Circling the Sun even less but Love and Ruin was a success for me. Historical fiction, this novel chronicles the relationship between Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn whom he met while still married to his second wife, Pauline ...

    When I first started this, although I enjoyed the history of the Spanish Civil War, I wasn't all too sure I would like this. The writing seemed somewhat emotionless, matter of fact, pragmatic,but then something changed. I found Martha fascinating, and the descriptions of Cuba were gorg...

    5 this is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into stars to Love and Ruin! ? ? ? ? ? Happy Publication Day to Love and Ruin! Love and Ruin is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into because of the time period, the ch...

    Love and Ruin by Paula McClain is a 2018 Ballantine Books publication. Vivid and pulsing with atmosphere- but a very challenging read. Wow, Paula McClain can really draw a person into a specific time zone and leave them mesmerized by the political climate, the danger, the romance...

    4 stars Thanks to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for sending me this e ARC. This book is a fictionalized story of the relationship/marriage/divorce between Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway. Martha was Hemingway's 3rd wife. They started an affair while Hemingway was still married ...

    This novel chronicles the journalistic rise of Martha Gellhorn and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. Maybe I?ve just read too many books about Hemingway and those that he loved, hurt, destroyed, etc. but this book was just an average read for me. Ms. Gellhorn was still stru...

    Paula McLain is an outstanding historical fiction writer, and her three most recent novels have transported me to a vividly recreated time and place with very real and well-drawn characters. ?Circling The Sun? was one of my favorite books of 2015. However, because ?Love and Ruin?...

    4.5 stars This book focuses on Ernest Hemingway?s third wife, Martha Gellhorn. Martha was a respected and celebrated person with many accomplishments. She was a war correspondent for 60 years, and an author in her own right, but the times were such that Ernest Hemingway often over...

    I only moderately enjoyed Paula McLain?s last two books, but I had seen other reviews which said this book was better. But I can?t say I found it to be much of an improvement. In the beginning, Martha Gelhorn comes off as the stereotypical socialite rebelling against her background...

    3.5 stars I don?t usually react to books based on my like or dislike of characters. I can dislike a character but love a book because it is well written. In this case, somehow my dislike for Hemingway ? as a person, not an author ? affected my reaction to Love and Ruin. The...

    Paula McLain's Love and Ruin is a fascinating account of Ernest Hemingway's third wife, Martha Gellhorn. One of the reasons I liked this novel better than The Paris Wife had to do with Martha Gellhorn herself. She seemed a more fully realized person and character than first wife, Hadle...

    This book could easily have been a slam dunk for me - two celebrated and iconic historical characters falling in and out of love against the backdrop of World War II. Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway live huge lives, working and traveling the world in some of the most turbulent tim...

    Genre: Biographical Historical Fiction Publisher: Random House Pub. Date: May 1, 2018 The author, Paula McLain, has made a career writing historical fiction memoirs. Her most popular novel, ?The Paris Wife? is a fictionalized account of Ernest Hemingway?s marriage to Hadley...

    Love and Ruin is historical fiction centered around Martha Gellhorn, her career and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. I knew little of Gellhorn before reading the book, but liked her character quite a bit in the story. Both Gellhorn and Hemingway are writers, meeting in Key a Wes...

    "Why is it that a man can do his work and just get on with it, but a woman has to drop everything for her place at home or else she's selfish?" I actually liked this book more than I expected because it focused on the frequently-faced problem of whether a woman can still have a car...

    4 obsession stars There are some people who are driven. It can become an obsession that ultimately destroys what is good, what is needed, and even love if it is allowed to continue unabated. For Ernest Hemingway, his obsession with life and writing was eventually something that ...

    (3.5) This is the weakest of the three McLain novels that I?ve read, but when we?re talking about a writer of this caliber that isn?t actually so much of a criticism. It?s strange to me that, having written a novel from the perspective of Hadley Richardson, Ernest Hemingway?s...

    This is a book about Martha Gellhorn?s years of marriage to Ernest Hemingway. Her life (1908-1998) has been in many ways eclipsed by his (1899-1961). She became Hemingway?s third wife, the first being Hadley Richardson married to Ernest Hemingway from 1921-1927, the second being Pa...

    I received an advanced review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Legendary twentieth century journalist Martha Gellhorn did not wish to be remembered as ?Mrs. Ernest Hemingway....

    4+ stars ...

    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com If I?m perfectly honest I had never heard of Martha Gellhorn until I started reading this book. I also knew little about Ernest Hemingway beyond his home in Key West Florida, the six-toed cats he kept or his boat, Pilar. Of cour...

    I just want to say before I review LOVE AND RUIN by Paula McLain that I read CIRCLING THE SUN by the author a couple of years ago and it's one of those books that I fell in love with and I still remember how great the reading experience was. I have yet to read THE PARIS WIFE (it stands...

  • Dianne
    May 28, 2018

    4+ stars. A good work of historical fiction for me is one in which the author perfectly sets the stage of what is happening around the characters not just with what is specifically happening with them. Starting with the prologue and continuing throughout, Paula McLain does a fabulous...

    I confess that I wasn?t a fan of the Paris Wife and I liked Circling the Sun even less but Love and Ruin was a success for me. Historical fiction, this novel chronicles the relationship between Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn whom he met while still married to his second wife, Pauline ...

    When I first started this, although I enjoyed the history of the Spanish Civil War, I wasn't all too sure I would like this. The writing seemed somewhat emotionless, matter of fact, pragmatic,but then something changed. I found Martha fascinating, and the descriptions of Cuba were gorg...

    5 this is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into stars to Love and Ruin! ? ? ? ? ? Happy Publication Day to Love and Ruin! Love and Ruin is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into because of the time period, the ch...

    Love and Ruin by Paula McClain is a 2018 Ballantine Books publication. Vivid and pulsing with atmosphere- but a very challenging read. Wow, Paula McClain can really draw a person into a specific time zone and leave them mesmerized by the political climate, the danger, the romance...

    4 stars Thanks to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for sending me this e ARC. This book is a fictionalized story of the relationship/marriage/divorce between Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway. Martha was Hemingway's 3rd wife. They started an affair while Hemingway was still married ...

    This novel chronicles the journalistic rise of Martha Gellhorn and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. Maybe I?ve just read too many books about Hemingway and those that he loved, hurt, destroyed, etc. but this book was just an average read for me. Ms. Gellhorn was still stru...

    Paula McLain is an outstanding historical fiction writer, and her three most recent novels have transported me to a vividly recreated time and place with very real and well-drawn characters. ?Circling The Sun? was one of my favorite books of 2015. However, because ?Love and Ruin?...

    4.5 stars This book focuses on Ernest Hemingway?s third wife, Martha Gellhorn. Martha was a respected and celebrated person with many accomplishments. She was a war correspondent for 60 years, and an author in her own right, but the times were such that Ernest Hemingway often over...

    I only moderately enjoyed Paula McLain?s last two books, but I had seen other reviews which said this book was better. But I can?t say I found it to be much of an improvement. In the beginning, Martha Gelhorn comes off as the stereotypical socialite rebelling against her background...

    3.5 stars I don?t usually react to books based on my like or dislike of characters. I can dislike a character but love a book because it is well written. In this case, somehow my dislike for Hemingway ? as a person, not an author ? affected my reaction to Love and Ruin. The...

    Paula McLain's Love and Ruin is a fascinating account of Ernest Hemingway's third wife, Martha Gellhorn. One of the reasons I liked this novel better than The Paris Wife had to do with Martha Gellhorn herself. She seemed a more fully realized person and character than first wife, Hadle...

    This book could easily have been a slam dunk for me - two celebrated and iconic historical characters falling in and out of love against the backdrop of World War II. Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway live huge lives, working and traveling the world in some of the most turbulent tim...

  • Esil
    May 05, 2018

    4+ stars. A good work of historical fiction for me is one in which the author perfectly sets the stage of what is happening around the characters not just with what is specifically happening with them. Starting with the prologue and continuing throughout, Paula McLain does a fabulous...

    I confess that I wasn?t a fan of the Paris Wife and I liked Circling the Sun even less but Love and Ruin was a success for me. Historical fiction, this novel chronicles the relationship between Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn whom he met while still married to his second wife, Pauline ...

    When I first started this, although I enjoyed the history of the Spanish Civil War, I wasn't all too sure I would like this. The writing seemed somewhat emotionless, matter of fact, pragmatic,but then something changed. I found Martha fascinating, and the descriptions of Cuba were gorg...

    5 this is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into stars to Love and Ruin! ? ? ? ? ? Happy Publication Day to Love and Ruin! Love and Ruin is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into because of the time period, the ch...

    Love and Ruin by Paula McClain is a 2018 Ballantine Books publication. Vivid and pulsing with atmosphere- but a very challenging read. Wow, Paula McClain can really draw a person into a specific time zone and leave them mesmerized by the political climate, the danger, the romance...

    4 stars Thanks to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for sending me this e ARC. This book is a fictionalized story of the relationship/marriage/divorce between Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway. Martha was Hemingway's 3rd wife. They started an affair while Hemingway was still married ...

    This novel chronicles the journalistic rise of Martha Gellhorn and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. Maybe I?ve just read too many books about Hemingway and those that he loved, hurt, destroyed, etc. but this book was just an average read for me. Ms. Gellhorn was still stru...

    Paula McLain is an outstanding historical fiction writer, and her three most recent novels have transported me to a vividly recreated time and place with very real and well-drawn characters. ?Circling The Sun? was one of my favorite books of 2015. However, because ?Love and Ruin?...

    4.5 stars This book focuses on Ernest Hemingway?s third wife, Martha Gellhorn. Martha was a respected and celebrated person with many accomplishments. She was a war correspondent for 60 years, and an author in her own right, but the times were such that Ernest Hemingway often over...

    I only moderately enjoyed Paula McLain?s last two books, but I had seen other reviews which said this book was better. But I can?t say I found it to be much of an improvement. In the beginning, Martha Gelhorn comes off as the stereotypical socialite rebelling against her background...

    3.5 stars I don?t usually react to books based on my like or dislike of characters. I can dislike a character but love a book because it is well written. In this case, somehow my dislike for Hemingway ? as a person, not an author ? affected my reaction to Love and Ruin. The...

  • J.L.   Sutton
    Sep 16, 2018

    4+ stars. A good work of historical fiction for me is one in which the author perfectly sets the stage of what is happening around the characters not just with what is specifically happening with them. Starting with the prologue and continuing throughout, Paula McLain does a fabulous...

    I confess that I wasn?t a fan of the Paris Wife and I liked Circling the Sun even less but Love and Ruin was a success for me. Historical fiction, this novel chronicles the relationship between Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn whom he met while still married to his second wife, Pauline ...

    When I first started this, although I enjoyed the history of the Spanish Civil War, I wasn't all too sure I would like this. The writing seemed somewhat emotionless, matter of fact, pragmatic,but then something changed. I found Martha fascinating, and the descriptions of Cuba were gorg...

    5 this is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into stars to Love and Ruin! ? ? ? ? ? Happy Publication Day to Love and Ruin! Love and Ruin is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into because of the time period, the ch...

    Love and Ruin by Paula McClain is a 2018 Ballantine Books publication. Vivid and pulsing with atmosphere- but a very challenging read. Wow, Paula McClain can really draw a person into a specific time zone and leave them mesmerized by the political climate, the danger, the romance...

    4 stars Thanks to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for sending me this e ARC. This book is a fictionalized story of the relationship/marriage/divorce between Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway. Martha was Hemingway's 3rd wife. They started an affair while Hemingway was still married ...

    This novel chronicles the journalistic rise of Martha Gellhorn and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. Maybe I?ve just read too many books about Hemingway and those that he loved, hurt, destroyed, etc. but this book was just an average read for me. Ms. Gellhorn was still stru...

    Paula McLain is an outstanding historical fiction writer, and her three most recent novels have transported me to a vividly recreated time and place with very real and well-drawn characters. ?Circling The Sun? was one of my favorite books of 2015. However, because ?Love and Ruin?...

    4.5 stars This book focuses on Ernest Hemingway?s third wife, Martha Gellhorn. Martha was a respected and celebrated person with many accomplishments. She was a war correspondent for 60 years, and an author in her own right, but the times were such that Ernest Hemingway often over...

    I only moderately enjoyed Paula McLain?s last two books, but I had seen other reviews which said this book was better. But I can?t say I found it to be much of an improvement. In the beginning, Martha Gelhorn comes off as the stereotypical socialite rebelling against her background...

    3.5 stars I don?t usually react to books based on my like or dislike of characters. I can dislike a character but love a book because it is well written. In this case, somehow my dislike for Hemingway ? as a person, not an author ? affected my reaction to Love and Ruin. The...

    Paula McLain's Love and Ruin is a fascinating account of Ernest Hemingway's third wife, Martha Gellhorn. One of the reasons I liked this novel better than The Paris Wife had to do with Martha Gellhorn herself. She seemed a more fully realized person and character than first wife, Hadle...

  • Liz
    Apr 23, 2018

    4+ stars. A good work of historical fiction for me is one in which the author perfectly sets the stage of what is happening around the characters not just with what is specifically happening with them. Starting with the prologue and continuing throughout, Paula McLain does a fabulous...

    I confess that I wasn?t a fan of the Paris Wife and I liked Circling the Sun even less but Love and Ruin was a success for me. Historical fiction, this novel chronicles the relationship between Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn whom he met while still married to his second wife, Pauline ...

    When I first started this, although I enjoyed the history of the Spanish Civil War, I wasn't all too sure I would like this. The writing seemed somewhat emotionless, matter of fact, pragmatic,but then something changed. I found Martha fascinating, and the descriptions of Cuba were gorg...

    5 this is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into stars to Love and Ruin! ? ? ? ? ? Happy Publication Day to Love and Ruin! Love and Ruin is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into because of the time period, the ch...

    Love and Ruin by Paula McClain is a 2018 Ballantine Books publication. Vivid and pulsing with atmosphere- but a very challenging read. Wow, Paula McClain can really draw a person into a specific time zone and leave them mesmerized by the political climate, the danger, the romance...

    4 stars Thanks to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for sending me this e ARC. This book is a fictionalized story of the relationship/marriage/divorce between Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway. Martha was Hemingway's 3rd wife. They started an affair while Hemingway was still married ...

    This novel chronicles the journalistic rise of Martha Gellhorn and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. Maybe I?ve just read too many books about Hemingway and those that he loved, hurt, destroyed, etc. but this book was just an average read for me. Ms. Gellhorn was still stru...

    Paula McLain is an outstanding historical fiction writer, and her three most recent novels have transported me to a vividly recreated time and place with very real and well-drawn characters. ?Circling The Sun? was one of my favorite books of 2015. However, because ?Love and Ruin?...

    4.5 stars This book focuses on Ernest Hemingway?s third wife, Martha Gellhorn. Martha was a respected and celebrated person with many accomplishments. She was a war correspondent for 60 years, and an author in her own right, but the times were such that Ernest Hemingway often over...

    I only moderately enjoyed Paula McLain?s last two books, but I had seen other reviews which said this book was better. But I can?t say I found it to be much of an improvement. In the beginning, Martha Gelhorn comes off as the stereotypical socialite rebelling against her background...

  • Diane S ☔
    May 04, 2018

    4+ stars. A good work of historical fiction for me is one in which the author perfectly sets the stage of what is happening around the characters not just with what is specifically happening with them. Starting with the prologue and continuing throughout, Paula McLain does a fabulous...

    I confess that I wasn?t a fan of the Paris Wife and I liked Circling the Sun even less but Love and Ruin was a success for me. Historical fiction, this novel chronicles the relationship between Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn whom he met while still married to his second wife, Pauline ...

    When I first started this, although I enjoyed the history of the Spanish Civil War, I wasn't all too sure I would like this. The writing seemed somewhat emotionless, matter of fact, pragmatic,but then something changed. I found Martha fascinating, and the descriptions of Cuba were gorg...

  • Angela M
    May 03, 2018

    4+ stars. A good work of historical fiction for me is one in which the author perfectly sets the stage of what is happening around the characters not just with what is specifically happening with them. Starting with the prologue and continuing throughout, Paula McLain does a fabulous...

  • Martie Nees Record
    Apr 06, 2018

    4+ stars. A good work of historical fiction for me is one in which the author perfectly sets the stage of what is happening around the characters not just with what is specifically happening with them. Starting with the prologue and continuing throughout, Paula McLain does a fabulous...

    I confess that I wasn?t a fan of the Paris Wife and I liked Circling the Sun even less but Love and Ruin was a success for me. Historical fiction, this novel chronicles the relationship between Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn whom he met while still married to his second wife, Pauline ...

    When I first started this, although I enjoyed the history of the Spanish Civil War, I wasn't all too sure I would like this. The writing seemed somewhat emotionless, matter of fact, pragmatic,but then something changed. I found Martha fascinating, and the descriptions of Cuba were gorg...

    5 this is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into stars to Love and Ruin! ? ? ? ? ? Happy Publication Day to Love and Ruin! Love and Ruin is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into because of the time period, the ch...

    Love and Ruin by Paula McClain is a 2018 Ballantine Books publication. Vivid and pulsing with atmosphere- but a very challenging read. Wow, Paula McClain can really draw a person into a specific time zone and leave them mesmerized by the political climate, the danger, the romance...

    4 stars Thanks to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for sending me this e ARC. This book is a fictionalized story of the relationship/marriage/divorce between Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway. Martha was Hemingway's 3rd wife. They started an affair while Hemingway was still married ...

    This novel chronicles the journalistic rise of Martha Gellhorn and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. Maybe I?ve just read too many books about Hemingway and those that he loved, hurt, destroyed, etc. but this book was just an average read for me. Ms. Gellhorn was still stru...

    Paula McLain is an outstanding historical fiction writer, and her three most recent novels have transported me to a vividly recreated time and place with very real and well-drawn characters. ?Circling The Sun? was one of my favorite books of 2015. However, because ?Love and Ruin?...

    4.5 stars This book focuses on Ernest Hemingway?s third wife, Martha Gellhorn. Martha was a respected and celebrated person with many accomplishments. She was a war correspondent for 60 years, and an author in her own right, but the times were such that Ernest Hemingway often over...

    I only moderately enjoyed Paula McLain?s last two books, but I had seen other reviews which said this book was better. But I can?t say I found it to be much of an improvement. In the beginning, Martha Gelhorn comes off as the stereotypical socialite rebelling against her background...

    3.5 stars I don?t usually react to books based on my like or dislike of characters. I can dislike a character but love a book because it is well written. In this case, somehow my dislike for Hemingway ? as a person, not an author ? affected my reaction to Love and Ruin. The...

    Paula McLain's Love and Ruin is a fascinating account of Ernest Hemingway's third wife, Martha Gellhorn. One of the reasons I liked this novel better than The Paris Wife had to do with Martha Gellhorn herself. She seemed a more fully realized person and character than first wife, Hadle...

    This book could easily have been a slam dunk for me - two celebrated and iconic historical characters falling in and out of love against the backdrop of World War II. Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway live huge lives, working and traveling the world in some of the most turbulent tim...

    Genre: Biographical Historical Fiction Publisher: Random House Pub. Date: May 1, 2018 The author, Paula McLain, has made a career writing historical fiction memoirs. Her most popular novel, ?The Paris Wife? is a fictionalized account of Ernest Hemingway?s marriage to Hadley...

  • Susan Johnson
    May 02, 2018

    4+ stars. A good work of historical fiction for me is one in which the author perfectly sets the stage of what is happening around the characters not just with what is specifically happening with them. Starting with the prologue and continuing throughout, Paula McLain does a fabulous...

    I confess that I wasn?t a fan of the Paris Wife and I liked Circling the Sun even less but Love and Ruin was a success for me. Historical fiction, this novel chronicles the relationship between Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn whom he met while still married to his second wife, Pauline ...

    When I first started this, although I enjoyed the history of the Spanish Civil War, I wasn't all too sure I would like this. The writing seemed somewhat emotionless, matter of fact, pragmatic,but then something changed. I found Martha fascinating, and the descriptions of Cuba were gorg...

    5 this is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into stars to Love and Ruin! ? ? ? ? ? Happy Publication Day to Love and Ruin! Love and Ruin is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into because of the time period, the ch...

    Love and Ruin by Paula McClain is a 2018 Ballantine Books publication. Vivid and pulsing with atmosphere- but a very challenging read. Wow, Paula McClain can really draw a person into a specific time zone and leave them mesmerized by the political climate, the danger, the romance...

    4 stars Thanks to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for sending me this e ARC. This book is a fictionalized story of the relationship/marriage/divorce between Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway. Martha was Hemingway's 3rd wife. They started an affair while Hemingway was still married ...

    This novel chronicles the journalistic rise of Martha Gellhorn and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. Maybe I?ve just read too many books about Hemingway and those that he loved, hurt, destroyed, etc. but this book was just an average read for me. Ms. Gellhorn was still stru...

    Paula McLain is an outstanding historical fiction writer, and her three most recent novels have transported me to a vividly recreated time and place with very real and well-drawn characters. ?Circling The Sun? was one of my favorite books of 2015. However, because ?Love and Ruin?...

    4.5 stars This book focuses on Ernest Hemingway?s third wife, Martha Gellhorn. Martha was a respected and celebrated person with many accomplishments. She was a war correspondent for 60 years, and an author in her own right, but the times were such that Ernest Hemingway often over...

    I only moderately enjoyed Paula McLain?s last two books, but I had seen other reviews which said this book was better. But I can?t say I found it to be much of an improvement. In the beginning, Martha Gelhorn comes off as the stereotypical socialite rebelling against her background...

    3.5 stars I don?t usually react to books based on my like or dislike of characters. I can dislike a character but love a book because it is well written. In this case, somehow my dislike for Hemingway ? as a person, not an author ? affected my reaction to Love and Ruin. The...

    Paula McLain's Love and Ruin is a fascinating account of Ernest Hemingway's third wife, Martha Gellhorn. One of the reasons I liked this novel better than The Paris Wife had to do with Martha Gellhorn herself. She seemed a more fully realized person and character than first wife, Hadle...

    This book could easily have been a slam dunk for me - two celebrated and iconic historical characters falling in and out of love against the backdrop of World War II. Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway live huge lives, working and traveling the world in some of the most turbulent tim...

    Genre: Biographical Historical Fiction Publisher: Random House Pub. Date: May 1, 2018 The author, Paula McLain, has made a career writing historical fiction memoirs. Her most popular novel, ?The Paris Wife? is a fictionalized account of Ernest Hemingway?s marriage to Hadley...

    Love and Ruin is historical fiction centered around Martha Gellhorn, her career and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. I knew little of Gellhorn before reading the book, but liked her character quite a bit in the story. Both Gellhorn and Hemingway are writers, meeting in Key a Wes...

    "Why is it that a man can do his work and just get on with it, but a woman has to drop everything for her place at home or else she's selfish?" I actually liked this book more than I expected because it focused on the frequently-faced problem of whether a woman can still have a car...

    4 obsession stars There are some people who are driven. It can become an obsession that ultimately destroys what is good, what is needed, and even love if it is allowed to continue unabated. For Ernest Hemingway, his obsession with life and writing was eventually something that ...

    (3.5) This is the weakest of the three McLain novels that I?ve read, but when we?re talking about a writer of this caliber that isn?t actually so much of a criticism. It?s strange to me that, having written a novel from the perspective of Hadley Richardson, Ernest Hemingway?s...

    This is a book about Martha Gellhorn?s years of marriage to Ernest Hemingway. Her life (1908-1998) has been in many ways eclipsed by his (1899-1961). She became Hemingway?s third wife, the first being Hadley Richardson married to Ernest Hemingway from 1921-1927, the second being Pa...

    I received an advanced review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Legendary twentieth century journalist Martha Gellhorn did not wish to be remembered as ?Mrs. Ernest Hemingway....

    4+ stars ...

    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com If I?m perfectly honest I had never heard of Martha Gellhorn until I started reading this book. I also knew little about Ernest Hemingway beyond his home in Key West Florida, the six-toed cats he kept or his boat, Pilar. Of cour...

    I just want to say before I review LOVE AND RUIN by Paula McLain that I read CIRCLING THE SUN by the author a couple of years ago and it's one of those books that I fell in love with and I still remember how great the reading experience was. I have yet to read THE PARIS WIFE (it stands...

    Martha Gellhorn was an accomplished war correspondent and writer, as well as the third wife of Ernest Hemingway. Paula McLain's "The Paris Wife" introduced us to Hadley Richardson and Pauline Pfeiffer, Hemingway's first and second wives. "Love and Ruin" is a novel covering the years wh...

    I am weary of reading about characters that I don't care about and this book has no one I really enjoyed with the exception of Martha Gellhorn's mother. I have long thought of Ernest Hemingway as the Harvey Weinstein of his generation and this book did not change my mind at all. He has...

  • Julie
    Aug 08, 2018

    4+ stars. A good work of historical fiction for me is one in which the author perfectly sets the stage of what is happening around the characters not just with what is specifically happening with them. Starting with the prologue and continuing throughout, Paula McLain does a fabulous...

    I confess that I wasn?t a fan of the Paris Wife and I liked Circling the Sun even less but Love and Ruin was a success for me. Historical fiction, this novel chronicles the relationship between Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn whom he met while still married to his second wife, Pauline ...

    When I first started this, although I enjoyed the history of the Spanish Civil War, I wasn't all too sure I would like this. The writing seemed somewhat emotionless, matter of fact, pragmatic,but then something changed. I found Martha fascinating, and the descriptions of Cuba were gorg...

    5 this is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into stars to Love and Ruin! ? ? ? ? ? Happy Publication Day to Love and Ruin! Love and Ruin is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into because of the time period, the ch...

    Love and Ruin by Paula McClain is a 2018 Ballantine Books publication. Vivid and pulsing with atmosphere- but a very challenging read. Wow, Paula McClain can really draw a person into a specific time zone and leave them mesmerized by the political climate, the danger, the romance...

  • Connie
    May 29, 2018

    4+ stars. A good work of historical fiction for me is one in which the author perfectly sets the stage of what is happening around the characters not just with what is specifically happening with them. Starting with the prologue and continuing throughout, Paula McLain does a fabulous...

    I confess that I wasn?t a fan of the Paris Wife and I liked Circling the Sun even less but Love and Ruin was a success for me. Historical fiction, this novel chronicles the relationship between Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn whom he met while still married to his second wife, Pauline ...

    When I first started this, although I enjoyed the history of the Spanish Civil War, I wasn't all too sure I would like this. The writing seemed somewhat emotionless, matter of fact, pragmatic,but then something changed. I found Martha fascinating, and the descriptions of Cuba were gorg...

    5 this is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into stars to Love and Ruin! ? ? ? ? ? Happy Publication Day to Love and Ruin! Love and Ruin is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into because of the time period, the ch...

    Love and Ruin by Paula McClain is a 2018 Ballantine Books publication. Vivid and pulsing with atmosphere- but a very challenging read. Wow, Paula McClain can really draw a person into a specific time zone and leave them mesmerized by the political climate, the danger, the romance...

    4 stars Thanks to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for sending me this e ARC. This book is a fictionalized story of the relationship/marriage/divorce between Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway. Martha was Hemingway's 3rd wife. They started an affair while Hemingway was still married ...

    This novel chronicles the journalistic rise of Martha Gellhorn and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. Maybe I?ve just read too many books about Hemingway and those that he loved, hurt, destroyed, etc. but this book was just an average read for me. Ms. Gellhorn was still stru...

    Paula McLain is an outstanding historical fiction writer, and her three most recent novels have transported me to a vividly recreated time and place with very real and well-drawn characters. ?Circling The Sun? was one of my favorite books of 2015. However, because ?Love and Ruin?...

    4.5 stars This book focuses on Ernest Hemingway?s third wife, Martha Gellhorn. Martha was a respected and celebrated person with many accomplishments. She was a war correspondent for 60 years, and an author in her own right, but the times were such that Ernest Hemingway often over...

    I only moderately enjoyed Paula McLain?s last two books, but I had seen other reviews which said this book was better. But I can?t say I found it to be much of an improvement. In the beginning, Martha Gelhorn comes off as the stereotypical socialite rebelling against her background...

    3.5 stars I don?t usually react to books based on my like or dislike of characters. I can dislike a character but love a book because it is well written. In this case, somehow my dislike for Hemingway ? as a person, not an author ? affected my reaction to Love and Ruin. The...

    Paula McLain's Love and Ruin is a fascinating account of Ernest Hemingway's third wife, Martha Gellhorn. One of the reasons I liked this novel better than The Paris Wife had to do with Martha Gellhorn herself. She seemed a more fully realized person and character than first wife, Hadle...

    This book could easily have been a slam dunk for me - two celebrated and iconic historical characters falling in and out of love against the backdrop of World War II. Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway live huge lives, working and traveling the world in some of the most turbulent tim...

    Genre: Biographical Historical Fiction Publisher: Random House Pub. Date: May 1, 2018 The author, Paula McLain, has made a career writing historical fiction memoirs. Her most popular novel, ?The Paris Wife? is a fictionalized account of Ernest Hemingway?s marriage to Hadley...

    Love and Ruin is historical fiction centered around Martha Gellhorn, her career and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. I knew little of Gellhorn before reading the book, but liked her character quite a bit in the story. Both Gellhorn and Hemingway are writers, meeting in Key a Wes...

    "Why is it that a man can do his work and just get on with it, but a woman has to drop everything for her place at home or else she's selfish?" I actually liked this book more than I expected because it focused on the frequently-faced problem of whether a woman can still have a car...

    4 obsession stars There are some people who are driven. It can become an obsession that ultimately destroys what is good, what is needed, and even love if it is allowed to continue unabated. For Ernest Hemingway, his obsession with life and writing was eventually something that ...

    (3.5) This is the weakest of the three McLain novels that I?ve read, but when we?re talking about a writer of this caliber that isn?t actually so much of a criticism. It?s strange to me that, having written a novel from the perspective of Hadley Richardson, Ernest Hemingway?s...

    This is a book about Martha Gellhorn?s years of marriage to Ernest Hemingway. Her life (1908-1998) has been in many ways eclipsed by his (1899-1961). She became Hemingway?s third wife, the first being Hadley Richardson married to Ernest Hemingway from 1921-1927, the second being Pa...

    I received an advanced review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Legendary twentieth century journalist Martha Gellhorn did not wish to be remembered as ?Mrs. Ernest Hemingway....

    4+ stars ...

    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com If I?m perfectly honest I had never heard of Martha Gellhorn until I started reading this book. I also knew little about Ernest Hemingway beyond his home in Key West Florida, the six-toed cats he kept or his boat, Pilar. Of cour...

    I just want to say before I review LOVE AND RUIN by Paula McLain that I read CIRCLING THE SUN by the author a couple of years ago and it's one of those books that I fell in love with and I still remember how great the reading experience was. I have yet to read THE PARIS WIFE (it stands...

    Martha Gellhorn was an accomplished war correspondent and writer, as well as the third wife of Ernest Hemingway. Paula McLain's "The Paris Wife" introduced us to Hadley Richardson and Pauline Pfeiffer, Hemingway's first and second wives. "Love and Ruin" is a novel covering the years wh...

  • Rebecca Foster
    Apr 18, 2018

    4+ stars. A good work of historical fiction for me is one in which the author perfectly sets the stage of what is happening around the characters not just with what is specifically happening with them. Starting with the prologue and continuing throughout, Paula McLain does a fabulous...

    I confess that I wasn?t a fan of the Paris Wife and I liked Circling the Sun even less but Love and Ruin was a success for me. Historical fiction, this novel chronicles the relationship between Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn whom he met while still married to his second wife, Pauline ...

    When I first started this, although I enjoyed the history of the Spanish Civil War, I wasn't all too sure I would like this. The writing seemed somewhat emotionless, matter of fact, pragmatic,but then something changed. I found Martha fascinating, and the descriptions of Cuba were gorg...

    5 this is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into stars to Love and Ruin! ? ? ? ? ? Happy Publication Day to Love and Ruin! Love and Ruin is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into because of the time period, the ch...

    Love and Ruin by Paula McClain is a 2018 Ballantine Books publication. Vivid and pulsing with atmosphere- but a very challenging read. Wow, Paula McClain can really draw a person into a specific time zone and leave them mesmerized by the political climate, the danger, the romance...

    4 stars Thanks to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for sending me this e ARC. This book is a fictionalized story of the relationship/marriage/divorce between Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway. Martha was Hemingway's 3rd wife. They started an affair while Hemingway was still married ...

    This novel chronicles the journalistic rise of Martha Gellhorn and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. Maybe I?ve just read too many books about Hemingway and those that he loved, hurt, destroyed, etc. but this book was just an average read for me. Ms. Gellhorn was still stru...

    Paula McLain is an outstanding historical fiction writer, and her three most recent novels have transported me to a vividly recreated time and place with very real and well-drawn characters. ?Circling The Sun? was one of my favorite books of 2015. However, because ?Love and Ruin?...

    4.5 stars This book focuses on Ernest Hemingway?s third wife, Martha Gellhorn. Martha was a respected and celebrated person with many accomplishments. She was a war correspondent for 60 years, and an author in her own right, but the times were such that Ernest Hemingway often over...

    I only moderately enjoyed Paula McLain?s last two books, but I had seen other reviews which said this book was better. But I can?t say I found it to be much of an improvement. In the beginning, Martha Gelhorn comes off as the stereotypical socialite rebelling against her background...

    3.5 stars I don?t usually react to books based on my like or dislike of characters. I can dislike a character but love a book because it is well written. In this case, somehow my dislike for Hemingway ? as a person, not an author ? affected my reaction to Love and Ruin. The...

    Paula McLain's Love and Ruin is a fascinating account of Ernest Hemingway's third wife, Martha Gellhorn. One of the reasons I liked this novel better than The Paris Wife had to do with Martha Gellhorn herself. She seemed a more fully realized person and character than first wife, Hadle...

    This book could easily have been a slam dunk for me - two celebrated and iconic historical characters falling in and out of love against the backdrop of World War II. Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway live huge lives, working and traveling the world in some of the most turbulent tim...

    Genre: Biographical Historical Fiction Publisher: Random House Pub. Date: May 1, 2018 The author, Paula McLain, has made a career writing historical fiction memoirs. Her most popular novel, ?The Paris Wife? is a fictionalized account of Ernest Hemingway?s marriage to Hadley...

    Love and Ruin is historical fiction centered around Martha Gellhorn, her career and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. I knew little of Gellhorn before reading the book, but liked her character quite a bit in the story. Both Gellhorn and Hemingway are writers, meeting in Key a Wes...

    "Why is it that a man can do his work and just get on with it, but a woman has to drop everything for her place at home or else she's selfish?" I actually liked this book more than I expected because it focused on the frequently-faced problem of whether a woman can still have a car...

    4 obsession stars There are some people who are driven. It can become an obsession that ultimately destroys what is good, what is needed, and even love if it is allowed to continue unabated. For Ernest Hemingway, his obsession with life and writing was eventually something that ...

    (3.5) This is the weakest of the three McLain novels that I?ve read, but when we?re talking about a writer of this caliber that isn?t actually so much of a criticism. It?s strange to me that, having written a novel from the perspective of Hadley Richardson, Ernest Hemingway?s...

  • Bam
    Jan 22, 2018

    4+ stars. A good work of historical fiction for me is one in which the author perfectly sets the stage of what is happening around the characters not just with what is specifically happening with them. Starting with the prologue and continuing throughout, Paula McLain does a fabulous...

    I confess that I wasn?t a fan of the Paris Wife and I liked Circling the Sun even less but Love and Ruin was a success for me. Historical fiction, this novel chronicles the relationship between Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn whom he met while still married to his second wife, Pauline ...

    When I first started this, although I enjoyed the history of the Spanish Civil War, I wasn't all too sure I would like this. The writing seemed somewhat emotionless, matter of fact, pragmatic,but then something changed. I found Martha fascinating, and the descriptions of Cuba were gorg...

    5 this is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into stars to Love and Ruin! ? ? ? ? ? Happy Publication Day to Love and Ruin! Love and Ruin is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into because of the time period, the ch...

    Love and Ruin by Paula McClain is a 2018 Ballantine Books publication. Vivid and pulsing with atmosphere- but a very challenging read. Wow, Paula McClain can really draw a person into a specific time zone and leave them mesmerized by the political climate, the danger, the romance...

    4 stars Thanks to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for sending me this e ARC. This book is a fictionalized story of the relationship/marriage/divorce between Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway. Martha was Hemingway's 3rd wife. They started an affair while Hemingway was still married ...

    This novel chronicles the journalistic rise of Martha Gellhorn and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. Maybe I?ve just read too many books about Hemingway and those that he loved, hurt, destroyed, etc. but this book was just an average read for me. Ms. Gellhorn was still stru...

    Paula McLain is an outstanding historical fiction writer, and her three most recent novels have transported me to a vividly recreated time and place with very real and well-drawn characters. ?Circling The Sun? was one of my favorite books of 2015. However, because ?Love and Ruin?...

    4.5 stars This book focuses on Ernest Hemingway?s third wife, Martha Gellhorn. Martha was a respected and celebrated person with many accomplishments. She was a war correspondent for 60 years, and an author in her own right, but the times were such that Ernest Hemingway often over...

    I only moderately enjoyed Paula McLain?s last two books, but I had seen other reviews which said this book was better. But I can?t say I found it to be much of an improvement. In the beginning, Martha Gelhorn comes off as the stereotypical socialite rebelling against her background...

    3.5 stars I don?t usually react to books based on my like or dislike of characters. I can dislike a character but love a book because it is well written. In this case, somehow my dislike for Hemingway ? as a person, not an author ? affected my reaction to Love and Ruin. The...

    Paula McLain's Love and Ruin is a fascinating account of Ernest Hemingway's third wife, Martha Gellhorn. One of the reasons I liked this novel better than The Paris Wife had to do with Martha Gellhorn herself. She seemed a more fully realized person and character than first wife, Hadle...

    This book could easily have been a slam dunk for me - two celebrated and iconic historical characters falling in and out of love against the backdrop of World War II. Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway live huge lives, working and traveling the world in some of the most turbulent tim...

    Genre: Biographical Historical Fiction Publisher: Random House Pub. Date: May 1, 2018 The author, Paula McLain, has made a career writing historical fiction memoirs. Her most popular novel, ?The Paris Wife? is a fictionalized account of Ernest Hemingway?s marriage to Hadley...

    Love and Ruin is historical fiction centered around Martha Gellhorn, her career and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. I knew little of Gellhorn before reading the book, but liked her character quite a bit in the story. Both Gellhorn and Hemingway are writers, meeting in Key a Wes...

    "Why is it that a man can do his work and just get on with it, but a woman has to drop everything for her place at home or else she's selfish?" I actually liked this book more than I expected because it focused on the frequently-faced problem of whether a woman can still have a car...

  • Jennifer
    May 31, 2018

    4+ stars. A good work of historical fiction for me is one in which the author perfectly sets the stage of what is happening around the characters not just with what is specifically happening with them. Starting with the prologue and continuing throughout, Paula McLain does a fabulous...

    I confess that I wasn?t a fan of the Paris Wife and I liked Circling the Sun even less but Love and Ruin was a success for me. Historical fiction, this novel chronicles the relationship between Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn whom he met while still married to his second wife, Pauline ...

    When I first started this, although I enjoyed the history of the Spanish Civil War, I wasn't all too sure I would like this. The writing seemed somewhat emotionless, matter of fact, pragmatic,but then something changed. I found Martha fascinating, and the descriptions of Cuba were gorg...

    5 this is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into stars to Love and Ruin! ? ? ? ? ? Happy Publication Day to Love and Ruin! Love and Ruin is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into because of the time period, the ch...

    Love and Ruin by Paula McClain is a 2018 Ballantine Books publication. Vivid and pulsing with atmosphere- but a very challenging read. Wow, Paula McClain can really draw a person into a specific time zone and leave them mesmerized by the political climate, the danger, the romance...

    4 stars Thanks to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for sending me this e ARC. This book is a fictionalized story of the relationship/marriage/divorce between Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway. Martha was Hemingway's 3rd wife. They started an affair while Hemingway was still married ...

    This novel chronicles the journalistic rise of Martha Gellhorn and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. Maybe I?ve just read too many books about Hemingway and those that he loved, hurt, destroyed, etc. but this book was just an average read for me. Ms. Gellhorn was still stru...

    Paula McLain is an outstanding historical fiction writer, and her three most recent novels have transported me to a vividly recreated time and place with very real and well-drawn characters. ?Circling The Sun? was one of my favorite books of 2015. However, because ?Love and Ruin?...

    4.5 stars This book focuses on Ernest Hemingway?s third wife, Martha Gellhorn. Martha was a respected and celebrated person with many accomplishments. She was a war correspondent for 60 years, and an author in her own right, but the times were such that Ernest Hemingway often over...

    I only moderately enjoyed Paula McLain?s last two books, but I had seen other reviews which said this book was better. But I can?t say I found it to be much of an improvement. In the beginning, Martha Gelhorn comes off as the stereotypical socialite rebelling against her background...

    3.5 stars I don?t usually react to books based on my like or dislike of characters. I can dislike a character but love a book because it is well written. In this case, somehow my dislike for Hemingway ? as a person, not an author ? affected my reaction to Love and Ruin. The...

    Paula McLain's Love and Ruin is a fascinating account of Ernest Hemingway's third wife, Martha Gellhorn. One of the reasons I liked this novel better than The Paris Wife had to do with Martha Gellhorn herself. She seemed a more fully realized person and character than first wife, Hadle...

    This book could easily have been a slam dunk for me - two celebrated and iconic historical characters falling in and out of love against the backdrop of World War II. Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway live huge lives, working and traveling the world in some of the most turbulent tim...

    Genre: Biographical Historical Fiction Publisher: Random House Pub. Date: May 1, 2018 The author, Paula McLain, has made a career writing historical fiction memoirs. Her most popular novel, ?The Paris Wife? is a fictionalized account of Ernest Hemingway?s marriage to Hadley...

    Love and Ruin is historical fiction centered around Martha Gellhorn, her career and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. I knew little of Gellhorn before reading the book, but liked her character quite a bit in the story. Both Gellhorn and Hemingway are writers, meeting in Key a Wes...

    "Why is it that a man can do his work and just get on with it, but a woman has to drop everything for her place at home or else she's selfish?" I actually liked this book more than I expected because it focused on the frequently-faced problem of whether a woman can still have a car...

    4 obsession stars There are some people who are driven. It can become an obsession that ultimately destroys what is good, what is needed, and even love if it is allowed to continue unabated. For Ernest Hemingway, his obsession with life and writing was eventually something that ...

    (3.5) This is the weakest of the three McLain novels that I?ve read, but when we?re talking about a writer of this caliber that isn?t actually so much of a criticism. It?s strange to me that, having written a novel from the perspective of Hadley Richardson, Ernest Hemingway?s...

    This is a book about Martha Gellhorn?s years of marriage to Ernest Hemingway. Her life (1908-1998) has been in many ways eclipsed by his (1899-1961). She became Hemingway?s third wife, the first being Hadley Richardson married to Ernest Hemingway from 1921-1927, the second being Pa...

    I received an advanced review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Legendary twentieth century journalist Martha Gellhorn did not wish to be remembered as ?Mrs. Ernest Hemingway....

    4+ stars ...

    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com If I?m perfectly honest I had never heard of Martha Gellhorn until I started reading this book. I also knew little about Ernest Hemingway beyond his home in Key West Florida, the six-toed cats he kept or his boat, Pilar. Of cour...

    I just want to say before I review LOVE AND RUIN by Paula McLain that I read CIRCLING THE SUN by the author a couple of years ago and it's one of those books that I fell in love with and I still remember how great the reading experience was. I have yet to read THE PARIS WIFE (it stands...

    Martha Gellhorn was an accomplished war correspondent and writer, as well as the third wife of Ernest Hemingway. Paula McLain's "The Paris Wife" introduced us to Hadley Richardson and Pauline Pfeiffer, Hemingway's first and second wives. "Love and Ruin" is a novel covering the years wh...

    I am weary of reading about characters that I don't care about and this book has no one I really enjoyed with the exception of Martha Gellhorn's mother. I have long thought of Ernest Hemingway as the Harvey Weinstein of his generation and this book did not change my mind at all. He has...

    Thank you to #paulamclain, #randomhouse, and #netgalley for my advanced ecopy of Love and Ruin. Love and Ruin is categorized as historical fiction, but it is that genre of historical fiction becoming so popular lately, historical fiction based on real lives. In this case, it is the ...

    4.5 STARS. Caution: there are spoilers if you don't know the story of Gellhorn and Hemingway. Paula McLain is one of my favorite authors. Writing is like channeling. Scratch that. Writing is channeling. Paula M has done this with her new book Love and Ruin. I loved The Paris Wife and C...

    This story has such an interesting premise, one of the first female war journalists on the front lines of WWII in several countries such as Spain, China, and Finland. Additionally, the women's rights issue of the struggle between career and marriage to a successful professional writer....

    3.5 stars This was my first book by Paula McLain and it will not be my last. I have seen other reviews stating that Love and Ruin don?t compare to Paris Wife or Circling the Sun, so I am more than anxious to set my eyes upon those books. I waffled a bit with my rating because w...

  • Aura
    Feb 20, 2018

    4+ stars. A good work of historical fiction for me is one in which the author perfectly sets the stage of what is happening around the characters not just with what is specifically happening with them. Starting with the prologue and continuing throughout, Paula McLain does a fabulous...

    I confess that I wasn?t a fan of the Paris Wife and I liked Circling the Sun even less but Love and Ruin was a success for me. Historical fiction, this novel chronicles the relationship between Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn whom he met while still married to his second wife, Pauline ...

    When I first started this, although I enjoyed the history of the Spanish Civil War, I wasn't all too sure I would like this. The writing seemed somewhat emotionless, matter of fact, pragmatic,but then something changed. I found Martha fascinating, and the descriptions of Cuba were gorg...

    5 this is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into stars to Love and Ruin! ? ? ? ? ? Happy Publication Day to Love and Ruin! Love and Ruin is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into because of the time period, the ch...

    Love and Ruin by Paula McClain is a 2018 Ballantine Books publication. Vivid and pulsing with atmosphere- but a very challenging read. Wow, Paula McClain can really draw a person into a specific time zone and leave them mesmerized by the political climate, the danger, the romance...

    4 stars Thanks to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for sending me this e ARC. This book is a fictionalized story of the relationship/marriage/divorce between Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway. Martha was Hemingway's 3rd wife. They started an affair while Hemingway was still married ...

    This novel chronicles the journalistic rise of Martha Gellhorn and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. Maybe I?ve just read too many books about Hemingway and those that he loved, hurt, destroyed, etc. but this book was just an average read for me. Ms. Gellhorn was still stru...

    Paula McLain is an outstanding historical fiction writer, and her three most recent novels have transported me to a vividly recreated time and place with very real and well-drawn characters. ?Circling The Sun? was one of my favorite books of 2015. However, because ?Love and Ruin?...

    4.5 stars This book focuses on Ernest Hemingway?s third wife, Martha Gellhorn. Martha was a respected and celebrated person with many accomplishments. She was a war correspondent for 60 years, and an author in her own right, but the times were such that Ernest Hemingway often over...

    I only moderately enjoyed Paula McLain?s last two books, but I had seen other reviews which said this book was better. But I can?t say I found it to be much of an improvement. In the beginning, Martha Gelhorn comes off as the stereotypical socialite rebelling against her background...

    3.5 stars I don?t usually react to books based on my like or dislike of characters. I can dislike a character but love a book because it is well written. In this case, somehow my dislike for Hemingway ? as a person, not an author ? affected my reaction to Love and Ruin. The...

    Paula McLain's Love and Ruin is a fascinating account of Ernest Hemingway's third wife, Martha Gellhorn. One of the reasons I liked this novel better than The Paris Wife had to do with Martha Gellhorn herself. She seemed a more fully realized person and character than first wife, Hadle...

    This book could easily have been a slam dunk for me - two celebrated and iconic historical characters falling in and out of love against the backdrop of World War II. Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway live huge lives, working and traveling the world in some of the most turbulent tim...

    Genre: Biographical Historical Fiction Publisher: Random House Pub. Date: May 1, 2018 The author, Paula McLain, has made a career writing historical fiction memoirs. Her most popular novel, ?The Paris Wife? is a fictionalized account of Ernest Hemingway?s marriage to Hadley...

    Love and Ruin is historical fiction centered around Martha Gellhorn, her career and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. I knew little of Gellhorn before reading the book, but liked her character quite a bit in the story. Both Gellhorn and Hemingway are writers, meeting in Key a Wes...

    "Why is it that a man can do his work and just get on with it, but a woman has to drop everything for her place at home or else she's selfish?" I actually liked this book more than I expected because it focused on the frequently-faced problem of whether a woman can still have a car...

    4 obsession stars There are some people who are driven. It can become an obsession that ultimately destroys what is good, what is needed, and even love if it is allowed to continue unabated. For Ernest Hemingway, his obsession with life and writing was eventually something that ...

    (3.5) This is the weakest of the three McLain novels that I?ve read, but when we?re talking about a writer of this caliber that isn?t actually so much of a criticism. It?s strange to me that, having written a novel from the perspective of Hadley Richardson, Ernest Hemingway?s...

    This is a book about Martha Gellhorn?s years of marriage to Ernest Hemingway. Her life (1908-1998) has been in many ways eclipsed by his (1899-1961). She became Hemingway?s third wife, the first being Hadley Richardson married to Ernest Hemingway from 1921-1927, the second being Pa...

    I received an advanced review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Legendary twentieth century journalist Martha Gellhorn did not wish to be remembered as ?Mrs. Ernest Hemingway....

    4+ stars ...

    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com If I?m perfectly honest I had never heard of Martha Gellhorn until I started reading this book. I also knew little about Ernest Hemingway beyond his home in Key West Florida, the six-toed cats he kept or his boat, Pilar. Of cour...

    I just want to say before I review LOVE AND RUIN by Paula McLain that I read CIRCLING THE SUN by the author a couple of years ago and it's one of those books that I fell in love with and I still remember how great the reading experience was. I have yet to read THE PARIS WIFE (it stands...

    Martha Gellhorn was an accomplished war correspondent and writer, as well as the third wife of Ernest Hemingway. Paula McLain's "The Paris Wife" introduced us to Hadley Richardson and Pauline Pfeiffer, Hemingway's first and second wives. "Love and Ruin" is a novel covering the years wh...

    I am weary of reading about characters that I don't care about and this book has no one I really enjoyed with the exception of Martha Gellhorn's mother. I have long thought of Ernest Hemingway as the Harvey Weinstein of his generation and this book did not change my mind at all. He has...

    Thank you to #paulamclain, #randomhouse, and #netgalley for my advanced ecopy of Love and Ruin. Love and Ruin is categorized as historical fiction, but it is that genre of historical fiction becoming so popular lately, historical fiction based on real lives. In this case, it is the ...

    4.5 STARS. Caution: there are spoilers if you don't know the story of Gellhorn and Hemingway. Paula McLain is one of my favorite authors. Writing is like channeling. Scratch that. Writing is channeling. Paula M has done this with her new book Love and Ruin. I loved The Paris Wife and C...

    This story has such an interesting premise, one of the first female war journalists on the front lines of WWII in several countries such as Spain, China, and Finland. Additionally, the women's rights issue of the struggle between career and marriage to a successful professional writer....

    3.5 stars This was my first book by Paula McLain and it will not be my last. I have seen other reviews stating that Love and Ruin don?t compare to Paris Wife or Circling the Sun, so I am more than anxious to set my eyes upon those books. I waffled a bit with my rating because w...

    Martha Gellhorn was Hemingway third wife and the only wife to leave him first, sort of. She was a great writer in her own right and a spunky war correspondent in a time when women didnt go to hot zones. She wrote great books and yet her work was constantly compared to that of her famou...

  • Dana
    Jun 23, 2018

    4+ stars. A good work of historical fiction for me is one in which the author perfectly sets the stage of what is happening around the characters not just with what is specifically happening with them. Starting with the prologue and continuing throughout, Paula McLain does a fabulous...

    I confess that I wasn?t a fan of the Paris Wife and I liked Circling the Sun even less but Love and Ruin was a success for me. Historical fiction, this novel chronicles the relationship between Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn whom he met while still married to his second wife, Pauline ...

    When I first started this, although I enjoyed the history of the Spanish Civil War, I wasn't all too sure I would like this. The writing seemed somewhat emotionless, matter of fact, pragmatic,but then something changed. I found Martha fascinating, and the descriptions of Cuba were gorg...

    5 this is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into stars to Love and Ruin! ? ? ? ? ? Happy Publication Day to Love and Ruin! Love and Ruin is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into because of the time period, the ch...

    Love and Ruin by Paula McClain is a 2018 Ballantine Books publication. Vivid and pulsing with atmosphere- but a very challenging read. Wow, Paula McClain can really draw a person into a specific time zone and leave them mesmerized by the political climate, the danger, the romance...

    4 stars Thanks to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for sending me this e ARC. This book is a fictionalized story of the relationship/marriage/divorce between Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway. Martha was Hemingway's 3rd wife. They started an affair while Hemingway was still married ...

    This novel chronicles the journalistic rise of Martha Gellhorn and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. Maybe I?ve just read too many books about Hemingway and those that he loved, hurt, destroyed, etc. but this book was just an average read for me. Ms. Gellhorn was still stru...

    Paula McLain is an outstanding historical fiction writer, and her three most recent novels have transported me to a vividly recreated time and place with very real and well-drawn characters. ?Circling The Sun? was one of my favorite books of 2015. However, because ?Love and Ruin?...

    4.5 stars This book focuses on Ernest Hemingway?s third wife, Martha Gellhorn. Martha was a respected and celebrated person with many accomplishments. She was a war correspondent for 60 years, and an author in her own right, but the times were such that Ernest Hemingway often over...

    I only moderately enjoyed Paula McLain?s last two books, but I had seen other reviews which said this book was better. But I can?t say I found it to be much of an improvement. In the beginning, Martha Gelhorn comes off as the stereotypical socialite rebelling against her background...

    3.5 stars I don?t usually react to books based on my like or dislike of characters. I can dislike a character but love a book because it is well written. In this case, somehow my dislike for Hemingway ? as a person, not an author ? affected my reaction to Love and Ruin. The...

    Paula McLain's Love and Ruin is a fascinating account of Ernest Hemingway's third wife, Martha Gellhorn. One of the reasons I liked this novel better than The Paris Wife had to do with Martha Gellhorn herself. She seemed a more fully realized person and character than first wife, Hadle...

    This book could easily have been a slam dunk for me - two celebrated and iconic historical characters falling in and out of love against the backdrop of World War II. Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway live huge lives, working and traveling the world in some of the most turbulent tim...

    Genre: Biographical Historical Fiction Publisher: Random House Pub. Date: May 1, 2018 The author, Paula McLain, has made a career writing historical fiction memoirs. Her most popular novel, ?The Paris Wife? is a fictionalized account of Ernest Hemingway?s marriage to Hadley...

    Love and Ruin is historical fiction centered around Martha Gellhorn, her career and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. I knew little of Gellhorn before reading the book, but liked her character quite a bit in the story. Both Gellhorn and Hemingway are writers, meeting in Key a Wes...

    "Why is it that a man can do his work and just get on with it, but a woman has to drop everything for her place at home or else she's selfish?" I actually liked this book more than I expected because it focused on the frequently-faced problem of whether a woman can still have a car...

    4 obsession stars There are some people who are driven. It can become an obsession that ultimately destroys what is good, what is needed, and even love if it is allowed to continue unabated. For Ernest Hemingway, his obsession with life and writing was eventually something that ...

    (3.5) This is the weakest of the three McLain novels that I?ve read, but when we?re talking about a writer of this caliber that isn?t actually so much of a criticism. It?s strange to me that, having written a novel from the perspective of Hadley Richardson, Ernest Hemingway?s...

    This is a book about Martha Gellhorn?s years of marriage to Ernest Hemingway. Her life (1908-1998) has been in many ways eclipsed by his (1899-1961). She became Hemingway?s third wife, the first being Hadley Richardson married to Ernest Hemingway from 1921-1927, the second being Pa...

    I received an advanced review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Legendary twentieth century journalist Martha Gellhorn did not wish to be remembered as ?Mrs. Ernest Hemingway....

    4+ stars ...

  • Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)
    Feb 25, 2018

    4+ stars. A good work of historical fiction for me is one in which the author perfectly sets the stage of what is happening around the characters not just with what is specifically happening with them. Starting with the prologue and continuing throughout, Paula McLain does a fabulous...

    I confess that I wasn?t a fan of the Paris Wife and I liked Circling the Sun even less but Love and Ruin was a success for me. Historical fiction, this novel chronicles the relationship between Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn whom he met while still married to his second wife, Pauline ...

    When I first started this, although I enjoyed the history of the Spanish Civil War, I wasn't all too sure I would like this. The writing seemed somewhat emotionless, matter of fact, pragmatic,but then something changed. I found Martha fascinating, and the descriptions of Cuba were gorg...

    5 this is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into stars to Love and Ruin! ? ? ? ? ? Happy Publication Day to Love and Ruin! Love and Ruin is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into because of the time period, the ch...

    Love and Ruin by Paula McClain is a 2018 Ballantine Books publication. Vivid and pulsing with atmosphere- but a very challenging read. Wow, Paula McClain can really draw a person into a specific time zone and leave them mesmerized by the political climate, the danger, the romance...

    4 stars Thanks to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for sending me this e ARC. This book is a fictionalized story of the relationship/marriage/divorce between Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway. Martha was Hemingway's 3rd wife. They started an affair while Hemingway was still married ...

    This novel chronicles the journalistic rise of Martha Gellhorn and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. Maybe I?ve just read too many books about Hemingway and those that he loved, hurt, destroyed, etc. but this book was just an average read for me. Ms. Gellhorn was still stru...

  • Natalie [genreneutralreader]
    Mar 23, 2018

    4+ stars. A good work of historical fiction for me is one in which the author perfectly sets the stage of what is happening around the characters not just with what is specifically happening with them. Starting with the prologue and continuing throughout, Paula McLain does a fabulous...

    I confess that I wasn?t a fan of the Paris Wife and I liked Circling the Sun even less but Love and Ruin was a success for me. Historical fiction, this novel chronicles the relationship between Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn whom he met while still married to his second wife, Pauline ...

    When I first started this, although I enjoyed the history of the Spanish Civil War, I wasn't all too sure I would like this. The writing seemed somewhat emotionless, matter of fact, pragmatic,but then something changed. I found Martha fascinating, and the descriptions of Cuba were gorg...

    5 this is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into stars to Love and Ruin! ? ? ? ? ? Happy Publication Day to Love and Ruin! Love and Ruin is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into because of the time period, the ch...

    Love and Ruin by Paula McClain is a 2018 Ballantine Books publication. Vivid and pulsing with atmosphere- but a very challenging read. Wow, Paula McClain can really draw a person into a specific time zone and leave them mesmerized by the political climate, the danger, the romance...

    4 stars Thanks to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for sending me this e ARC. This book is a fictionalized story of the relationship/marriage/divorce between Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway. Martha was Hemingway's 3rd wife. They started an affair while Hemingway was still married ...

    This novel chronicles the journalistic rise of Martha Gellhorn and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. Maybe I?ve just read too many books about Hemingway and those that he loved, hurt, destroyed, etc. but this book was just an average read for me. Ms. Gellhorn was still stru...

    Paula McLain is an outstanding historical fiction writer, and her three most recent novels have transported me to a vividly recreated time and place with very real and well-drawn characters. ?Circling The Sun? was one of my favorite books of 2015. However, because ?Love and Ruin?...

    4.5 stars This book focuses on Ernest Hemingway?s third wife, Martha Gellhorn. Martha was a respected and celebrated person with many accomplishments. She was a war correspondent for 60 years, and an author in her own right, but the times were such that Ernest Hemingway often over...

    I only moderately enjoyed Paula McLain?s last two books, but I had seen other reviews which said this book was better. But I can?t say I found it to be much of an improvement. In the beginning, Martha Gelhorn comes off as the stereotypical socialite rebelling against her background...

    3.5 stars I don?t usually react to books based on my like or dislike of characters. I can dislike a character but love a book because it is well written. In this case, somehow my dislike for Hemingway ? as a person, not an author ? affected my reaction to Love and Ruin. The...

    Paula McLain's Love and Ruin is a fascinating account of Ernest Hemingway's third wife, Martha Gellhorn. One of the reasons I liked this novel better than The Paris Wife had to do with Martha Gellhorn herself. She seemed a more fully realized person and character than first wife, Hadle...

    This book could easily have been a slam dunk for me - two celebrated and iconic historical characters falling in and out of love against the backdrop of World War II. Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway live huge lives, working and traveling the world in some of the most turbulent tim...

    Genre: Biographical Historical Fiction Publisher: Random House Pub. Date: May 1, 2018 The author, Paula McLain, has made a career writing historical fiction memoirs. Her most popular novel, ?The Paris Wife? is a fictionalized account of Ernest Hemingway?s marriage to Hadley...

    Love and Ruin is historical fiction centered around Martha Gellhorn, her career and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. I knew little of Gellhorn before reading the book, but liked her character quite a bit in the story. Both Gellhorn and Hemingway are writers, meeting in Key a Wes...

    "Why is it that a man can do his work and just get on with it, but a woman has to drop everything for her place at home or else she's selfish?" I actually liked this book more than I expected because it focused on the frequently-faced problem of whether a woman can still have a car...

    4 obsession stars There are some people who are driven. It can become an obsession that ultimately destroys what is good, what is needed, and even love if it is allowed to continue unabated. For Ernest Hemingway, his obsession with life and writing was eventually something that ...

    (3.5) This is the weakest of the three McLain novels that I?ve read, but when we?re talking about a writer of this caliber that isn?t actually so much of a criticism. It?s strange to me that, having written a novel from the perspective of Hadley Richardson, Ernest Hemingway?s...

    This is a book about Martha Gellhorn?s years of marriage to Ernest Hemingway. Her life (1908-1998) has been in many ways eclipsed by his (1899-1961). She became Hemingway?s third wife, the first being Hadley Richardson married to Ernest Hemingway from 1921-1927, the second being Pa...

    I received an advanced review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Legendary twentieth century journalist Martha Gellhorn did not wish to be remembered as ?Mrs. Ernest Hemingway....

    4+ stars ...

    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com If I?m perfectly honest I had never heard of Martha Gellhorn until I started reading this book. I also knew little about Ernest Hemingway beyond his home in Key West Florida, the six-toed cats he kept or his boat, Pilar. Of cour...

    I just want to say before I review LOVE AND RUIN by Paula McLain that I read CIRCLING THE SUN by the author a couple of years ago and it's one of those books that I fell in love with and I still remember how great the reading experience was. I have yet to read THE PARIS WIFE (it stands...

    Martha Gellhorn was an accomplished war correspondent and writer, as well as the third wife of Ernest Hemingway. Paula McLain's "The Paris Wife" introduced us to Hadley Richardson and Pauline Pfeiffer, Hemingway's first and second wives. "Love and Ruin" is a novel covering the years wh...

    I am weary of reading about characters that I don't care about and this book has no one I really enjoyed with the exception of Martha Gellhorn's mother. I have long thought of Ernest Hemingway as the Harvey Weinstein of his generation and this book did not change my mind at all. He has...

    Thank you to #paulamclain, #randomhouse, and #netgalley for my advanced ecopy of Love and Ruin. Love and Ruin is categorized as historical fiction, but it is that genre of historical fiction becoming so popular lately, historical fiction based on real lives. In this case, it is the ...

  • Lynne
    Apr 26, 2018

    4+ stars. A good work of historical fiction for me is one in which the author perfectly sets the stage of what is happening around the characters not just with what is specifically happening with them. Starting with the prologue and continuing throughout, Paula McLain does a fabulous...

    I confess that I wasn?t a fan of the Paris Wife and I liked Circling the Sun even less but Love and Ruin was a success for me. Historical fiction, this novel chronicles the relationship between Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn whom he met while still married to his second wife, Pauline ...

    When I first started this, although I enjoyed the history of the Spanish Civil War, I wasn't all too sure I would like this. The writing seemed somewhat emotionless, matter of fact, pragmatic,but then something changed. I found Martha fascinating, and the descriptions of Cuba were gorg...

    5 this is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into stars to Love and Ruin! ? ? ? ? ? Happy Publication Day to Love and Ruin! Love and Ruin is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into because of the time period, the ch...

    Love and Ruin by Paula McClain is a 2018 Ballantine Books publication. Vivid and pulsing with atmosphere- but a very challenging read. Wow, Paula McClain can really draw a person into a specific time zone and leave them mesmerized by the political climate, the danger, the romance...

    4 stars Thanks to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for sending me this e ARC. This book is a fictionalized story of the relationship/marriage/divorce between Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway. Martha was Hemingway's 3rd wife. They started an affair while Hemingway was still married ...

    This novel chronicles the journalistic rise of Martha Gellhorn and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. Maybe I?ve just read too many books about Hemingway and those that he loved, hurt, destroyed, etc. but this book was just an average read for me. Ms. Gellhorn was still stru...

    Paula McLain is an outstanding historical fiction writer, and her three most recent novels have transported me to a vividly recreated time and place with very real and well-drawn characters. ?Circling The Sun? was one of my favorite books of 2015. However, because ?Love and Ruin?...

    4.5 stars This book focuses on Ernest Hemingway?s third wife, Martha Gellhorn. Martha was a respected and celebrated person with many accomplishments. She was a war correspondent for 60 years, and an author in her own right, but the times were such that Ernest Hemingway often over...

    I only moderately enjoyed Paula McLain?s last two books, but I had seen other reviews which said this book was better. But I can?t say I found it to be much of an improvement. In the beginning, Martha Gelhorn comes off as the stereotypical socialite rebelling against her background...

    3.5 stars I don?t usually react to books based on my like or dislike of characters. I can dislike a character but love a book because it is well written. In this case, somehow my dislike for Hemingway ? as a person, not an author ? affected my reaction to Love and Ruin. The...

    Paula McLain's Love and Ruin is a fascinating account of Ernest Hemingway's third wife, Martha Gellhorn. One of the reasons I liked this novel better than The Paris Wife had to do with Martha Gellhorn herself. She seemed a more fully realized person and character than first wife, Hadle...

    This book could easily have been a slam dunk for me - two celebrated and iconic historical characters falling in and out of love against the backdrop of World War II. Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway live huge lives, working and traveling the world in some of the most turbulent tim...

    Genre: Biographical Historical Fiction Publisher: Random House Pub. Date: May 1, 2018 The author, Paula McLain, has made a career writing historical fiction memoirs. Her most popular novel, ?The Paris Wife? is a fictionalized account of Ernest Hemingway?s marriage to Hadley...

    Love and Ruin is historical fiction centered around Martha Gellhorn, her career and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. I knew little of Gellhorn before reading the book, but liked her character quite a bit in the story. Both Gellhorn and Hemingway are writers, meeting in Key a Wes...

    "Why is it that a man can do his work and just get on with it, but a woman has to drop everything for her place at home or else she's selfish?" I actually liked this book more than I expected because it focused on the frequently-faced problem of whether a woman can still have a car...

    4 obsession stars There are some people who are driven. It can become an obsession that ultimately destroys what is good, what is needed, and even love if it is allowed to continue unabated. For Ernest Hemingway, his obsession with life and writing was eventually something that ...

    (3.5) This is the weakest of the three McLain novels that I?ve read, but when we?re talking about a writer of this caliber that isn?t actually so much of a criticism. It?s strange to me that, having written a novel from the perspective of Hadley Richardson, Ernest Hemingway?s...

    This is a book about Martha Gellhorn?s years of marriage to Ernest Hemingway. Her life (1908-1998) has been in many ways eclipsed by his (1899-1961). She became Hemingway?s third wife, the first being Hadley Richardson married to Ernest Hemingway from 1921-1927, the second being Pa...

    I received an advanced review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Legendary twentieth century journalist Martha Gellhorn did not wish to be remembered as ?Mrs. Ernest Hemingway....

    4+ stars ...

    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com If I?m perfectly honest I had never heard of Martha Gellhorn until I started reading this book. I also knew little about Ernest Hemingway beyond his home in Key West Florida, the six-toed cats he kept or his boat, Pilar. Of cour...

    I just want to say before I review LOVE AND RUIN by Paula McLain that I read CIRCLING THE SUN by the author a couple of years ago and it's one of those books that I fell in love with and I still remember how great the reading experience was. I have yet to read THE PARIS WIFE (it stands...

    Martha Gellhorn was an accomplished war correspondent and writer, as well as the third wife of Ernest Hemingway. Paula McLain's "The Paris Wife" introduced us to Hadley Richardson and Pauline Pfeiffer, Hemingway's first and second wives. "Love and Ruin" is a novel covering the years wh...

    I am weary of reading about characters that I don't care about and this book has no one I really enjoyed with the exception of Martha Gellhorn's mother. I have long thought of Ernest Hemingway as the Harvey Weinstein of his generation and this book did not change my mind at all. He has...

    Thank you to #paulamclain, #randomhouse, and #netgalley for my advanced ecopy of Love and Ruin. Love and Ruin is categorized as historical fiction, but it is that genre of historical fiction becoming so popular lately, historical fiction based on real lives. In this case, it is the ...

    4.5 STARS. Caution: there are spoilers if you don't know the story of Gellhorn and Hemingway. Paula McLain is one of my favorite authors. Writing is like channeling. Scratch that. Writing is channeling. Paula M has done this with her new book Love and Ruin. I loved The Paris Wife and C...

    This story has such an interesting premise, one of the first female war journalists on the front lines of WWII in several countries such as Spain, China, and Finland. Additionally, the women's rights issue of the struggle between career and marriage to a successful professional writer....

  • Whispering Stories
    Jun 08, 2018

    4+ stars. A good work of historical fiction for me is one in which the author perfectly sets the stage of what is happening around the characters not just with what is specifically happening with them. Starting with the prologue and continuing throughout, Paula McLain does a fabulous...

    I confess that I wasn?t a fan of the Paris Wife and I liked Circling the Sun even less but Love and Ruin was a success for me. Historical fiction, this novel chronicles the relationship between Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn whom he met while still married to his second wife, Pauline ...

    When I first started this, although I enjoyed the history of the Spanish Civil War, I wasn't all too sure I would like this. The writing seemed somewhat emotionless, matter of fact, pragmatic,but then something changed. I found Martha fascinating, and the descriptions of Cuba were gorg...

    5 this is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into stars to Love and Ruin! ? ? ? ? ? Happy Publication Day to Love and Ruin! Love and Ruin is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into because of the time period, the ch...

    Love and Ruin by Paula McClain is a 2018 Ballantine Books publication. Vivid and pulsing with atmosphere- but a very challenging read. Wow, Paula McClain can really draw a person into a specific time zone and leave them mesmerized by the political climate, the danger, the romance...

    4 stars Thanks to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for sending me this e ARC. This book is a fictionalized story of the relationship/marriage/divorce between Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway. Martha was Hemingway's 3rd wife. They started an affair while Hemingway was still married ...

    This novel chronicles the journalistic rise of Martha Gellhorn and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. Maybe I?ve just read too many books about Hemingway and those that he loved, hurt, destroyed, etc. but this book was just an average read for me. Ms. Gellhorn was still stru...

    Paula McLain is an outstanding historical fiction writer, and her three most recent novels have transported me to a vividly recreated time and place with very real and well-drawn characters. ?Circling The Sun? was one of my favorite books of 2015. However, because ?Love and Ruin?...

    4.5 stars This book focuses on Ernest Hemingway?s third wife, Martha Gellhorn. Martha was a respected and celebrated person with many accomplishments. She was a war correspondent for 60 years, and an author in her own right, but the times were such that Ernest Hemingway often over...

    I only moderately enjoyed Paula McLain?s last two books, but I had seen other reviews which said this book was better. But I can?t say I found it to be much of an improvement. In the beginning, Martha Gelhorn comes off as the stereotypical socialite rebelling against her background...

    3.5 stars I don?t usually react to books based on my like or dislike of characters. I can dislike a character but love a book because it is well written. In this case, somehow my dislike for Hemingway ? as a person, not an author ? affected my reaction to Love and Ruin. The...

    Paula McLain's Love and Ruin is a fascinating account of Ernest Hemingway's third wife, Martha Gellhorn. One of the reasons I liked this novel better than The Paris Wife had to do with Martha Gellhorn herself. She seemed a more fully realized person and character than first wife, Hadle...

    This book could easily have been a slam dunk for me - two celebrated and iconic historical characters falling in and out of love against the backdrop of World War II. Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway live huge lives, working and traveling the world in some of the most turbulent tim...

    Genre: Biographical Historical Fiction Publisher: Random House Pub. Date: May 1, 2018 The author, Paula McLain, has made a career writing historical fiction memoirs. Her most popular novel, ?The Paris Wife? is a fictionalized account of Ernest Hemingway?s marriage to Hadley...

    Love and Ruin is historical fiction centered around Martha Gellhorn, her career and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. I knew little of Gellhorn before reading the book, but liked her character quite a bit in the story. Both Gellhorn and Hemingway are writers, meeting in Key a Wes...

    "Why is it that a man can do his work and just get on with it, but a woman has to drop everything for her place at home or else she's selfish?" I actually liked this book more than I expected because it focused on the frequently-faced problem of whether a woman can still have a car...

    4 obsession stars There are some people who are driven. It can become an obsession that ultimately destroys what is good, what is needed, and even love if it is allowed to continue unabated. For Ernest Hemingway, his obsession with life and writing was eventually something that ...

    (3.5) This is the weakest of the three McLain novels that I?ve read, but when we?re talking about a writer of this caliber that isn?t actually so much of a criticism. It?s strange to me that, having written a novel from the perspective of Hadley Richardson, Ernest Hemingway?s...

    This is a book about Martha Gellhorn?s years of marriage to Ernest Hemingway. Her life (1908-1998) has been in many ways eclipsed by his (1899-1961). She became Hemingway?s third wife, the first being Hadley Richardson married to Ernest Hemingway from 1921-1927, the second being Pa...

    I received an advanced review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Legendary twentieth century journalist Martha Gellhorn did not wish to be remembered as ?Mrs. Ernest Hemingway....

    4+ stars ...

    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com If I?m perfectly honest I had never heard of Martha Gellhorn until I started reading this book. I also knew little about Ernest Hemingway beyond his home in Key West Florida, the six-toed cats he kept or his boat, Pilar. Of cour...

  • Thomas
    May 12, 2018

    4+ stars. A good work of historical fiction for me is one in which the author perfectly sets the stage of what is happening around the characters not just with what is specifically happening with them. Starting with the prologue and continuing throughout, Paula McLain does a fabulous...

    I confess that I wasn?t a fan of the Paris Wife and I liked Circling the Sun even less but Love and Ruin was a success for me. Historical fiction, this novel chronicles the relationship between Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn whom he met while still married to his second wife, Pauline ...

    When I first started this, although I enjoyed the history of the Spanish Civil War, I wasn't all too sure I would like this. The writing seemed somewhat emotionless, matter of fact, pragmatic,but then something changed. I found Martha fascinating, and the descriptions of Cuba were gorg...

    5 this is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into stars to Love and Ruin! ? ? ? ? ? Happy Publication Day to Love and Ruin! Love and Ruin is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into because of the time period, the ch...

    Love and Ruin by Paula McClain is a 2018 Ballantine Books publication. Vivid and pulsing with atmosphere- but a very challenging read. Wow, Paula McClain can really draw a person into a specific time zone and leave them mesmerized by the political climate, the danger, the romance...

    4 stars Thanks to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for sending me this e ARC. This book is a fictionalized story of the relationship/marriage/divorce between Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway. Martha was Hemingway's 3rd wife. They started an affair while Hemingway was still married ...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    May 01, 2018

    4+ stars. A good work of historical fiction for me is one in which the author perfectly sets the stage of what is happening around the characters not just with what is specifically happening with them. Starting with the prologue and continuing throughout, Paula McLain does a fabulous...

    I confess that I wasn?t a fan of the Paris Wife and I liked Circling the Sun even less but Love and Ruin was a success for me. Historical fiction, this novel chronicles the relationship between Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn whom he met while still married to his second wife, Pauline ...

    When I first started this, although I enjoyed the history of the Spanish Civil War, I wasn't all too sure I would like this. The writing seemed somewhat emotionless, matter of fact, pragmatic,but then something changed. I found Martha fascinating, and the descriptions of Cuba were gorg...

    5 this is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into stars to Love and Ruin! ? ? ? ? ? Happy Publication Day to Love and Ruin! Love and Ruin is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into because of the time period, the ch...

  • Brandice
    Sep 20, 2018

    4+ stars. A good work of historical fiction for me is one in which the author perfectly sets the stage of what is happening around the characters not just with what is specifically happening with them. Starting with the prologue and continuing throughout, Paula McLain does a fabulous...

    I confess that I wasn?t a fan of the Paris Wife and I liked Circling the Sun even less but Love and Ruin was a success for me. Historical fiction, this novel chronicles the relationship between Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn whom he met while still married to his second wife, Pauline ...

    When I first started this, although I enjoyed the history of the Spanish Civil War, I wasn't all too sure I would like this. The writing seemed somewhat emotionless, matter of fact, pragmatic,but then something changed. I found Martha fascinating, and the descriptions of Cuba were gorg...

    5 this is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into stars to Love and Ruin! ? ? ? ? ? Happy Publication Day to Love and Ruin! Love and Ruin is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into because of the time period, the ch...

    Love and Ruin by Paula McClain is a 2018 Ballantine Books publication. Vivid and pulsing with atmosphere- but a very challenging read. Wow, Paula McClain can really draw a person into a specific time zone and leave them mesmerized by the political climate, the danger, the romance...

    4 stars Thanks to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for sending me this e ARC. This book is a fictionalized story of the relationship/marriage/divorce between Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway. Martha was Hemingway's 3rd wife. They started an affair while Hemingway was still married ...

    This novel chronicles the journalistic rise of Martha Gellhorn and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. Maybe I?ve just read too many books about Hemingway and those that he loved, hurt, destroyed, etc. but this book was just an average read for me. Ms. Gellhorn was still stru...

    Paula McLain is an outstanding historical fiction writer, and her three most recent novels have transported me to a vividly recreated time and place with very real and well-drawn characters. ?Circling The Sun? was one of my favorite books of 2015. However, because ?Love and Ruin?...

    4.5 stars This book focuses on Ernest Hemingway?s third wife, Martha Gellhorn. Martha was a respected and celebrated person with many accomplishments. She was a war correspondent for 60 years, and an author in her own right, but the times were such that Ernest Hemingway often over...

    I only moderately enjoyed Paula McLain?s last two books, but I had seen other reviews which said this book was better. But I can?t say I found it to be much of an improvement. In the beginning, Martha Gelhorn comes off as the stereotypical socialite rebelling against her background...

    3.5 stars I don?t usually react to books based on my like or dislike of characters. I can dislike a character but love a book because it is well written. In this case, somehow my dislike for Hemingway ? as a person, not an author ? affected my reaction to Love and Ruin. The...

    Paula McLain's Love and Ruin is a fascinating account of Ernest Hemingway's third wife, Martha Gellhorn. One of the reasons I liked this novel better than The Paris Wife had to do with Martha Gellhorn herself. She seemed a more fully realized person and character than first wife, Hadle...

    This book could easily have been a slam dunk for me - two celebrated and iconic historical characters falling in and out of love against the backdrop of World War II. Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway live huge lives, working and traveling the world in some of the most turbulent tim...

    Genre: Biographical Historical Fiction Publisher: Random House Pub. Date: May 1, 2018 The author, Paula McLain, has made a career writing historical fiction memoirs. Her most popular novel, ?The Paris Wife? is a fictionalized account of Ernest Hemingway?s marriage to Hadley...

    Love and Ruin is historical fiction centered around Martha Gellhorn, her career and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. I knew little of Gellhorn before reading the book, but liked her character quite a bit in the story. Both Gellhorn and Hemingway are writers, meeting in Key a Wes...

  • Tucker
    Apr 25, 2018

    4+ stars. A good work of historical fiction for me is one in which the author perfectly sets the stage of what is happening around the characters not just with what is specifically happening with them. Starting with the prologue and continuing throughout, Paula McLain does a fabulous...

    I confess that I wasn?t a fan of the Paris Wife and I liked Circling the Sun even less but Love and Ruin was a success for me. Historical fiction, this novel chronicles the relationship between Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn whom he met while still married to his second wife, Pauline ...

    When I first started this, although I enjoyed the history of the Spanish Civil War, I wasn't all too sure I would like this. The writing seemed somewhat emotionless, matter of fact, pragmatic,but then something changed. I found Martha fascinating, and the descriptions of Cuba were gorg...

    5 this is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into stars to Love and Ruin! ? ? ? ? ? Happy Publication Day to Love and Ruin! Love and Ruin is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into because of the time period, the ch...

    Love and Ruin by Paula McClain is a 2018 Ballantine Books publication. Vivid and pulsing with atmosphere- but a very challenging read. Wow, Paula McClain can really draw a person into a specific time zone and leave them mesmerized by the political climate, the danger, the romance...

    4 stars Thanks to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for sending me this e ARC. This book is a fictionalized story of the relationship/marriage/divorce between Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway. Martha was Hemingway's 3rd wife. They started an affair while Hemingway was still married ...

    This novel chronicles the journalistic rise of Martha Gellhorn and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. Maybe I?ve just read too many books about Hemingway and those that he loved, hurt, destroyed, etc. but this book was just an average read for me. Ms. Gellhorn was still stru...

    Paula McLain is an outstanding historical fiction writer, and her three most recent novels have transported me to a vividly recreated time and place with very real and well-drawn characters. ?Circling The Sun? was one of my favorite books of 2015. However, because ?Love and Ruin?...

  • Tammy
    Dec 28, 2017

    4+ stars. A good work of historical fiction for me is one in which the author perfectly sets the stage of what is happening around the characters not just with what is specifically happening with them. Starting with the prologue and continuing throughout, Paula McLain does a fabulous...

    I confess that I wasn?t a fan of the Paris Wife and I liked Circling the Sun even less but Love and Ruin was a success for me. Historical fiction, this novel chronicles the relationship between Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn whom he met while still married to his second wife, Pauline ...

  • David Dennington
    May 04, 2018

    4+ stars. A good work of historical fiction for me is one in which the author perfectly sets the stage of what is happening around the characters not just with what is specifically happening with them. Starting with the prologue and continuing throughout, Paula McLain does a fabulous...

    I confess that I wasn?t a fan of the Paris Wife and I liked Circling the Sun even less but Love and Ruin was a success for me. Historical fiction, this novel chronicles the relationship between Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn whom he met while still married to his second wife, Pauline ...

    When I first started this, although I enjoyed the history of the Spanish Civil War, I wasn't all too sure I would like this. The writing seemed somewhat emotionless, matter of fact, pragmatic,but then something changed. I found Martha fascinating, and the descriptions of Cuba were gorg...

    5 this is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into stars to Love and Ruin! ? ? ? ? ? Happy Publication Day to Love and Ruin! Love and Ruin is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into because of the time period, the ch...

    Love and Ruin by Paula McClain is a 2018 Ballantine Books publication. Vivid and pulsing with atmosphere- but a very challenging read. Wow, Paula McClain can really draw a person into a specific time zone and leave them mesmerized by the political climate, the danger, the romance...

    4 stars Thanks to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for sending me this e ARC. This book is a fictionalized story of the relationship/marriage/divorce between Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway. Martha was Hemingway's 3rd wife. They started an affair while Hemingway was still married ...

    This novel chronicles the journalistic rise of Martha Gellhorn and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. Maybe I?ve just read too many books about Hemingway and those that he loved, hurt, destroyed, etc. but this book was just an average read for me. Ms. Gellhorn was still stru...

    Paula McLain is an outstanding historical fiction writer, and her three most recent novels have transported me to a vividly recreated time and place with very real and well-drawn characters. ?Circling The Sun? was one of my favorite books of 2015. However, because ?Love and Ruin?...

    4.5 stars This book focuses on Ernest Hemingway?s third wife, Martha Gellhorn. Martha was a respected and celebrated person with many accomplishments. She was a war correspondent for 60 years, and an author in her own right, but the times were such that Ernest Hemingway often over...

    I only moderately enjoyed Paula McLain?s last two books, but I had seen other reviews which said this book was better. But I can?t say I found it to be much of an improvement. In the beginning, Martha Gelhorn comes off as the stereotypical socialite rebelling against her background...

    3.5 stars I don?t usually react to books based on my like or dislike of characters. I can dislike a character but love a book because it is well written. In this case, somehow my dislike for Hemingway ? as a person, not an author ? affected my reaction to Love and Ruin. The...

    Paula McLain's Love and Ruin is a fascinating account of Ernest Hemingway's third wife, Martha Gellhorn. One of the reasons I liked this novel better than The Paris Wife had to do with Martha Gellhorn herself. She seemed a more fully realized person and character than first wife, Hadle...

    This book could easily have been a slam dunk for me - two celebrated and iconic historical characters falling in and out of love against the backdrop of World War II. Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway live huge lives, working and traveling the world in some of the most turbulent tim...

    Genre: Biographical Historical Fiction Publisher: Random House Pub. Date: May 1, 2018 The author, Paula McLain, has made a career writing historical fiction memoirs. Her most popular novel, ?The Paris Wife? is a fictionalized account of Ernest Hemingway?s marriage to Hadley...

    Love and Ruin is historical fiction centered around Martha Gellhorn, her career and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. I knew little of Gellhorn before reading the book, but liked her character quite a bit in the story. Both Gellhorn and Hemingway are writers, meeting in Key a Wes...

    "Why is it that a man can do his work and just get on with it, but a woman has to drop everything for her place at home or else she's selfish?" I actually liked this book more than I expected because it focused on the frequently-faced problem of whether a woman can still have a car...

    4 obsession stars There are some people who are driven. It can become an obsession that ultimately destroys what is good, what is needed, and even love if it is allowed to continue unabated. For Ernest Hemingway, his obsession with life and writing was eventually something that ...

    (3.5) This is the weakest of the three McLain novels that I?ve read, but when we?re talking about a writer of this caliber that isn?t actually so much of a criticism. It?s strange to me that, having written a novel from the perspective of Hadley Richardson, Ernest Hemingway?s...

    This is a book about Martha Gellhorn?s years of marriage to Ernest Hemingway. Her life (1908-1998) has been in many ways eclipsed by his (1899-1961). She became Hemingway?s third wife, the first being Hadley Richardson married to Ernest Hemingway from 1921-1927, the second being Pa...

    I received an advanced review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Legendary twentieth century journalist Martha Gellhorn did not wish to be remembered as ?Mrs. Ernest Hemingway....

    4+ stars ...

    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com If I?m perfectly honest I had never heard of Martha Gellhorn until I started reading this book. I also knew little about Ernest Hemingway beyond his home in Key West Florida, the six-toed cats he kept or his boat, Pilar. Of cour...

    I just want to say before I review LOVE AND RUIN by Paula McLain that I read CIRCLING THE SUN by the author a couple of years ago and it's one of those books that I fell in love with and I still remember how great the reading experience was. I have yet to read THE PARIS WIFE (it stands...

    Martha Gellhorn was an accomplished war correspondent and writer, as well as the third wife of Ernest Hemingway. Paula McLain's "The Paris Wife" introduced us to Hadley Richardson and Pauline Pfeiffer, Hemingway's first and second wives. "Love and Ruin" is a novel covering the years wh...

    I am weary of reading about characters that I don't care about and this book has no one I really enjoyed with the exception of Martha Gellhorn's mother. I have long thought of Ernest Hemingway as the Harvey Weinstein of his generation and this book did not change my mind at all. He has...

    Thank you to #paulamclain, #randomhouse, and #netgalley for my advanced ecopy of Love and Ruin. Love and Ruin is categorized as historical fiction, but it is that genre of historical fiction becoming so popular lately, historical fiction based on real lives. In this case, it is the ...

    4.5 STARS. Caution: there are spoilers if you don't know the story of Gellhorn and Hemingway. Paula McLain is one of my favorite authors. Writing is like channeling. Scratch that. Writing is channeling. Paula M has done this with her new book Love and Ruin. I loved The Paris Wife and C...

  • Jordana Landsman
    Mar 09, 2018

    4+ stars. A good work of historical fiction for me is one in which the author perfectly sets the stage of what is happening around the characters not just with what is specifically happening with them. Starting with the prologue and continuing throughout, Paula McLain does a fabulous...

    I confess that I wasn?t a fan of the Paris Wife and I liked Circling the Sun even less but Love and Ruin was a success for me. Historical fiction, this novel chronicles the relationship between Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn whom he met while still married to his second wife, Pauline ...

    When I first started this, although I enjoyed the history of the Spanish Civil War, I wasn't all too sure I would like this. The writing seemed somewhat emotionless, matter of fact, pragmatic,but then something changed. I found Martha fascinating, and the descriptions of Cuba were gorg...

    5 this is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into stars to Love and Ruin! ? ? ? ? ? Happy Publication Day to Love and Ruin! Love and Ruin is exactly the kind of historical fiction I can sink my teeth into because of the time period, the ch...

    Love and Ruin by Paula McClain is a 2018 Ballantine Books publication. Vivid and pulsing with atmosphere- but a very challenging read. Wow, Paula McClain can really draw a person into a specific time zone and leave them mesmerized by the political climate, the danger, the romance...

    4 stars Thanks to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for sending me this e ARC. This book is a fictionalized story of the relationship/marriage/divorce between Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway. Martha was Hemingway's 3rd wife. They started an affair while Hemingway was still married ...

    This novel chronicles the journalistic rise of Martha Gellhorn and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. Maybe I?ve just read too many books about Hemingway and those that he loved, hurt, destroyed, etc. but this book was just an average read for me. Ms. Gellhorn was still stru...

    Paula McLain is an outstanding historical fiction writer, and her three most recent novels have transported me to a vividly recreated time and place with very real and well-drawn characters. ?Circling The Sun? was one of my favorite books of 2015. However, because ?Love and Ruin?...

    4.5 stars This book focuses on Ernest Hemingway?s third wife, Martha Gellhorn. Martha was a respected and celebrated person with many accomplishments. She was a war correspondent for 60 years, and an author in her own right, but the times were such that Ernest Hemingway often over...

    I only moderately enjoyed Paula McLain?s last two books, but I had seen other reviews which said this book was better. But I can?t say I found it to be much of an improvement. In the beginning, Martha Gelhorn comes off as the stereotypical socialite rebelling against her background...

    3.5 stars I don?t usually react to books based on my like or dislike of characters. I can dislike a character but love a book because it is well written. In this case, somehow my dislike for Hemingway ? as a person, not an author ? affected my reaction to Love and Ruin. The...

    Paula McLain's Love and Ruin is a fascinating account of Ernest Hemingway's third wife, Martha Gellhorn. One of the reasons I liked this novel better than The Paris Wife had to do with Martha Gellhorn herself. She seemed a more fully realized person and character than first wife, Hadle...

    This book could easily have been a slam dunk for me - two celebrated and iconic historical characters falling in and out of love against the backdrop of World War II. Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway live huge lives, working and traveling the world in some of the most turbulent tim...

    Genre: Biographical Historical Fiction Publisher: Random House Pub. Date: May 1, 2018 The author, Paula McLain, has made a career writing historical fiction memoirs. Her most popular novel, ?The Paris Wife? is a fictionalized account of Ernest Hemingway?s marriage to Hadley...

    Love and Ruin is historical fiction centered around Martha Gellhorn, her career and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. I knew little of Gellhorn before reading the book, but liked her character quite a bit in the story. Both Gellhorn and Hemingway are writers, meeting in Key a Wes...

    "Why is it that a man can do his work and just get on with it, but a woman has to drop everything for her place at home or else she's selfish?" I actually liked this book more than I expected because it focused on the frequently-faced problem of whether a woman can still have a car...

    4 obsession stars There are some people who are driven. It can become an obsession that ultimately destroys what is good, what is needed, and even love if it is allowed to continue unabated. For Ernest Hemingway, his obsession with life and writing was eventually something that ...

    (3.5) This is the weakest of the three McLain novels that I?ve read, but when we?re talking about a writer of this caliber that isn?t actually so much of a criticism. It?s strange to me that, having written a novel from the perspective of Hadley Richardson, Ernest Hemingway?s...

    This is a book about Martha Gellhorn?s years of marriage to Ernest Hemingway. Her life (1908-1998) has been in many ways eclipsed by his (1899-1961). She became Hemingway?s third wife, the first being Hadley Richardson married to Ernest Hemingway from 1921-1927, the second being Pa...

    I received an advanced review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Legendary twentieth century journalist Martha Gellhorn did not wish to be remembered as ?Mrs. Ernest Hemingway....