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The best-selling author of The Paris Wife returns to the subject of Ernest Hemingway in a novel about his passionate, stormy marriage to Martha Gellhorn - a fiercely independent, ambitious young woman who would become one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th century

In 1937, 28-year-old Martha Gellhorn travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War and becomes drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in the devastating conflict. It's the adventure she's been looking for and her chance to prove herself a worthy journalist in a field dominated by men. But she also finds herself unexpectedly - and uncontrollably - falling in love with Hemingway, a man on his way to becoming a legend.

In the shadow of the impending Second World War, and set against the turbulent backdrops of Madrid and Cuba, Martha and Ernest's relationship and their professional careers ignite. But when Ernest publishes the biggest literary success of his career, For Whom the Bell Tolls, they are no longer equals, and Martha must make a choice: surrender to the confining demands of being a famous man's wife or risk losing Ernest by forging a path as her own woman and writer. It is a dilemma that could force her to break his heart, and hers.

Heralded by Ann Patchett as "the new star of historical fiction", Paula McLain brings Gellhorn's story richly to life and captures her as a heroine for the ages: a woman who will risk absolutely everything to find her own voice.

©2018 Paula McLain (P)2018 Random House Audio

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Reflection and Immersion

This book showed the strengths of two capable people with amazing accomplishments and self doubts. Hemingway's tale has been told and retold. This portrayal of Martha Gellhorn is rich and illuminating. Upon reflection, I didn't know whether to identify with Martha or Ernest. But by the end, it was Martha the brave and capable women. I was so grateful to have learned about her in this special book, by Paula McLain. The first person narratives brought her and the others to life. I would recommend this book to the strongest woman in my life. I think it would give her more strength and a greater ability to love life.
I will now seek Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn books on Audible to immerse further.

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Doomed Romance

This couple's (Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn) relationship seemed doomed from the beginning. Martha should have followed her original instincts and not married Ernest. Both parties were at fault for the failure of this marriage, but in this book, Gellhorn appeared to be quite self-centered. I didn't care for her constant, "but what about me and my career" attitude. It is hard for me to like a book, if I do not like the personality of the main characters. I listened to the audible version of this book and enjoyed the narrator's "Hemingway voice."

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A version of the Hemingway/Gelhorn relationship

Got a little slow about halfway through. Glad they began to focus on Gelhorn's incredible work as a female war correspondent in Europe during WWII. Shows Hemingway as the irrascible character he was: brilliant writer, perhaps incredible lover, but not a particularly good human being. Interesting that their torrid love affair while he was still married that lasted several years, dried up after he divorced wife #2 and married Gelhorn. Apparently he made a better lover than a husband.

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Loved this book!

I loved this book. Great writing and story.
It is interesting to follow history as well.

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Outstanding narration

Outstanding narration of an excellent and passionate novel. Gellhorn’s life and work should be better known

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Wonderful read

I loved this book - well written, insightful and absorbing. The reader was terrific too b

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View into history and Martha Gellhorns life

This book gives an intimate view of what led up to World War II and the war itself. Martha Gellhorn deserves this book. She was a remarkable war correspondent who really is known for being Hemingway’s third wife. She was an amazing journalist and writer. This book does her proud. Well worth reading.

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Full Immersion

Once Paula's books have you hooked you cannot put them down. it's as if you become the character experiencing their emotional journey every step of the way. all of her books should be on your "must-read" list.

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Over-dramatic lamenting

I read The Paris Wife and thought this would be of the same quality, its not. The over-dramatic lamenting of this character is tedious, much like the lamenting of Bella at the loss of Edward in New Moon. It dragged on the pace of the story and you got lost in her mind vomit. The history happening around her was rarely brought into the book and it really made getting through what should have been a steady stroll in the time and relationship little more than a day-time drama. I wish my library had had this and I hadn't spent a credit on it. The upside to it is that January Lavoy was great as the reader, the writing just wasn't that good.

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Amazing woman!

I really enjoy Paula McLain’s writing! I appreciate the research she does and her ability to make these women come alive.