Love and Ruin

By Paula McLain
  • Fiction
  • Historical fiction

This book is told from the perspective of Martha Gelhorn who is the second wife of Ernest Hemingway. The narrator is witty, fearless and fiercely independent. McLain captures a true perception of living with the ever charming but notorious Ernest Hemingway. Gelhorn is determined to make it as a writer in her own right, and she applies for a journalist position. She falls deeply in love with Ernest and they both travel together to write about the Spanish Civil War. There are some wonderful poignant moments as Gelhorn witnesses a war torn Spain. Overall an excellent read and real page turner.

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