Norma’s Review and Rating: 4 of 5 stars
I have never read a book by Camille Di Maio before and when I saw the beautiful cover of this book I just knew that I had to read this one! I am happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this beauty of a book! The story is just as beautiful as that cover!
THE WAY OF BEAUTY by CAMILLE DI MAIO was a fantastic, informative, interesting, and heartfelt historical fiction novel that pulled me in immediately. I absolutely love the title of this book and it was extremely fitting to this story. The way that the title came into play within this story was absolutely beautiful and will stay with me for a very long time! I will let you experience that feeling for yourself as it really explained a lot to me and brought the whole story together for me!
CAMILLE DI MAIO delivers a well-paced and beautifully written story here with interesting, compelling, likable and believable characters that I absolutely fell in love with. This multi-generational story was told in two perspectives with the first half from Vera and the last half from Alice’s perspective, Vera’s daughter. I enjoyed both perspectives equally.
In the end, I thought this was such a touching and wonderful story which was vividly descriptive and I really loved following along the lives of these two women and reading about the women’s suffrage movement! Would recommend!
Norma, Lindsay and I were lost in the heartwarming feel-good lush coulee reading The Way of Beauty soaking up the warm sun and this fascinating story of two strong women and their lives.
The Way of Beauty is a charming, sweet and heartwarming historical women’s fiction novel that touches on many topics while bringing a piece of history to life here with Penn Station and blending the lives of two very strong women and the people connected to them.
Camille Di Mario does such a great job balancing the topics well that allowed us to feel for the characters and their situations. At times maybe a little too much of that feel good feeling which came close to too much drama for me however it was really nice to read a very heartwarming story that left us feeling good after reading it.
This was an intriguing, charming and heartfelt story that spans from 1900 – 1963. We experience the perspectives of two strong, loving and determined women – Vera and Alice. Along the way, we meet many unforgettable characters connected to each of these women.
One of the themes explored throughout this book is the suffragette movement which I often find myself drawn to. I find the courage and resilience of women during these challenging times astounding and awe-inspiring. I enjoyed the dual perspectives from Vera and Alice, however, my connection was much stronger with Vera. I was glued to the pages of her story, hanging on every word. While I enjoyed Alice’s perspective, it lacked that special spark I felt with Vera.
The writing was wonderful. This is my first novel by Camille Di Maio and I was highly impressed. The vivid descriptions really pulled me in and had me connecting with the setting and characters. I enjoyed the way the story unfolded and came together in the end.
Thank you so much from all of us to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and Camille Di Maio for the opportunity to read and review an advanced copy of this book.