Happy Thursday! I can’t believe it’s actually Thursday already! But I’m very excited for the weekend! I would love to know what you have got planned this weekend? It’s been so nice out yesterday and today and really warm too, so I’m hoping the weekend stays the same too! I’ve decided I’m going to give IGTV a go! I’ve got a couple of ideas for a couple of videos, so I’m hoping to get them done real soon. I would love to know if you have been doing some IGTV videos?
I’ve actually got a couple of book tours that I am taking part in today! They ended up falling on the same day, but I’m just super excited to share them with you. This post is all about The Beloveds by Maureen Lindley. I also got the cute little bottle with it too that you can see in the photos. I was very kindly sent this book to read and review for today’s post. This week is actually kind of a book week on my blog, as on Tuesday you may have seen my review on The Very White Of Love. You can never have too many book posts or books! I’ve also added the blog tour banner at the bottom of this post with all of the other blogger who are taking part, so you can check out all of their posts too.
“Oh, to be a Beloved—one of those lucky people for whom nothing ever goes wrong. Everything falls into their laps without effort: happiness, beauty, good fortune, allure.
Betty Stash is not a Beloved—but her younger sister, the delightful Gloria, is. She’s the one with the golden curls, sunny disposition and captivating smile, the one whose best friend used to be Betty’s, the one whose husband should have been Betty’s. And then, to everyone’s surprise, Gloria inherits the family home—a vast, gorgeous pile of ancient stone, imposing timbers, and lush gardens—that was never meant to be hers.
Losing what Betty considers her rightful inheritance is the final indignity. As she single-mindedly pursues her plan to see the estate returned to her in all its glory, her determined and increasingly unhinged behaviour—aided by poisonous mushrooms, talking walls, and a phantom dog—escalates to the point of no return. The Beloveds will have you wondering if there’s a length to which an envious sister won’t go.”
I want to first start by saying how much I love how this book is written. The words just flow and are a joy to read. The book is written from Betty’s point of view. Betty has a sister called Gloria, but Gloria is the one who Betty feels is loved the most, who is the golden girl. The book first starts off with Betty telling the story of when she was younger and what the relationship between Betty and her sister Gloria was like. To Betty, her sister Gloria has everything. Betty moves away but comes back after some sudden news. It’s because of what happens next that really gets to Betty. Betty’s sister Gloria has been left the thing that Betty thought was hers. After all of what Betty (in Betty’s eyes) has put up with over the years with her sister, Betty is not going to take it lightly. Gloria gets left the family home. But Betty wants revenge, to take what is rightfully hers. Betty loves her childhood house so much and will do what she can to get it.
This book is definitely very different from anything I have read before. Reading what is happening and what is going on through Betty’s eyes, makes a very interesting but slightly disturbing and unsettling read. But it is very brilliantly written. It’s definitely a book I recommend checking out. We get to see how far Betty really is going to go to get her revenge, consumed full of rage, following the story from Betty’s point of view. Betty may not be the most likeable character, but the way in which this book is written just leaves wanting to read that little bit more, and then some more!