Except for her tragic demise, the main character of this novel, Mamah Borthwick Cheney is fairly uninteresting to read about. While she was an early advocate for women's rights, her portrayal was not nearly as engaging as were the parts that dealt with Frank Lloyd Wright. To the credit of the story, I enjoyed learning more about these years of his life and how much he loved and sacrificed for her. I know, I should have gotten a book about FLW. One more critism, the verbal exchanges between Mamah and her children are so trite! My opinion: Sorry, not worth the time.
Fantastic story but don't cheat yourself by googling the story. WAIT until you listen to the entire book. Fantastic story for Frank Lloyd Wright lovers or those who want to learn more about his life. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Love To Read
Loving Frank is heart wrenching story of love and loss in many different ways. I'd heard of the architect before I read the story, but not knowing anything about him or this story. It is better not too, I feel... The main reason I purchased this book is because of the title; my husband is also named Frank. I listened to it on audible mostly because the font is so small that I found it difficult to read. The writing is very descriptive and I enjoyed the world they lived in, although not approving of the circumstances. But the heart does not always listen to the head.
Really enjoyable historical fiction. The author uses Mamah Borthwick's love for Frank Lloyd Wright to draw in her audience -- note the title Loving Frank -- and then proceeds to focus on the interesting and unconventional life of Mamah. Prior to reading this book, I didn't even know who she was. By the end, I was captivated.
Not all historical fiction is entertaining enough to listen to in audiobook form while working out, but this is. Great story, great characters, satisfies the human need for gossip and gaping at the lives of others, while also attempting to be fair to all involved.
While I view Mamah Borthwick Cheney as a selfish person who, almost laughably, becomes the moral compass for Frank Lloyd Wright, it is annoying that she rarely even gets a mention in stories of his life. She was probably the most significant love of his life, despite being married three times, once before and twice after his relationship with her. This is such an interesting novel based on their initial meeting and subsequent love affair and definitely worth the listen. It is not my usual choice of books to listen to and I still don't understand what compelled me to get it, but I'm so glad I did! I recommend it highly!
Say something about yourself!
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Having been a fan of the great Frank Lloyd Wrights work i was surprised by the revelations of his personal life and descriptions of his personality.
I recommend this book it is well written and narrated.
As another reviewer mentioned, DO NOT GOOGLE the characters in this books until you've finished it. Superbly written, beautiful and almost unbelievable in the unfortunately history of the end.
The self-exploration of mamah throughout
I would have liked more info on how the people and family left behind coped
Might be factual evidence about them. This version of the story leans heavily on their bravery and self suffering. Not much said of the results for those left behind.