Title: Beautiful Little Fools
Author: Jillian Cantor
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Genre: Historical Fiction
Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for honoring my request to read and review this title. I apologize for being behind on my reviews, but sometimes I find that the hardest reviews for me to write, are for the books I really love. And was one of them.
You.guys. I devoured this book! And thus far, it’s been one of my favorite reads this month. Author, Jillian Cantor, was bold & brave to tackle the famous Great Gatsby and do a retelling from the three female characters prospective, but she absolutely nailed it! This book was sexy and mysterious, but above all had strong female characters to root for and love.
“And I hope she’ll be a fool—that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.”
Beautiful Little Fools opens up with Jay Gatsby shot dead in his swimming pool. The case appears to be an open and shut murder-suicide when the body of a vengeful man is also at the scene. However, Detective Frank Charles is not so convinced. Especially after he finds a diamond hair clip at the scene. He believes there is more to the story. So he begins interviewing the three woman tangled up in Gatsby life - Daisy, Jordan, and Catherine.
“He loved me; he needed me. And that made me more than a fool, didn’t it? That in itself, gave me all the power.”
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I loved this book! The 1920s and the Jazz Age is always fun to read about. I love multiple timelines and prospectives, so this was right up my alley. This one was extra fun with prospectives of three females, plus the detective.
I had to pair the book with a Gin Rickey. I read on my kindle and was able to highlight the word when I noticed it mentioned often. It was mentioned 38 times! They liked to drink in the 20s!!!
A Classic Gin Rickey
2 oz. gin
1/2 freshly squeezed lime juice
club soda to top glass
garnish with lime wheel
A prefer a gin & tonic like the Queen, but my husband enjoyed it!