Tiny Little Thing by Beatriz Williams
Publisher: Penguin Audio | June 2015
Format: Audio Download | 11½ hours | Rating: 3 stars
Audio Listening Level: Easy – Intermediate
In the summer of 1966, Christina Hardcastle—“Tiny” to her illustrious family—stands on the brink of a breathtaking future. Of the three Schuyler sisters, she’s the one raised to marry a man destined for leadership, and with her elegance and impeccable style, she presents a perfect camera-ready image in the dawning age of television politics. Together she and her husband, Frank, make the ultimate power couple. It seems nothing can stop Frank from rising to national office, and he’s got his sights set on a senate seat in November. But as the season gets underway at the family estate on Cape Cod, three unwelcome visitors appear in Tiny’s perfect life.
Tiny’s world is filled with family secrets and personal agendas reminiscent of the Kennedy clan. Even though Tiny’s character was not one that I could relate to or found very believable, the 60s setting and stereotypical characters that could have walked straight out of Mad Men made an interesting group. For those who have read the previous novel, The Secret Life of Violet Grant, Tiny is one of the three Schuyler sisters.
While the story has a historical setting, it’s a little too light on historical detail to be more than Chick-lit. And this wasn’t as substantive a story as Violet’s, in the previous book, but there was a nice twist – not entirely expected – at the end, which gave Tiny some redemption. Overall, it was enjoyable and good escape reading, especially for those that like a soap-opera-ish plot.
As in previous novels, the audio production was performed by Kathleen McInerney. With even pacing and smooth, pleasant tones, she kept the story moving, making the audio easy to listen to. [Audio Sample on SoundCloud.]
Source: Review copy provided by PRH Audio.
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