We Could Be Beautiful

We Could Be Beautiful

A Novel

eBook - 2016
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A spellbinding psychological debut novel, Swan Huntley's We Could Be Beautiful is the story of a wealthy woman who has everything--and yet can trust no one.

Catherine West has spent her entire life surrounded by beautiful things. She owns an immaculate Manhattan apartment, she collects fine art, she buys exquisite handbags and clothing, and she constantly redecorates her home. And yet, despite all this, she still feels empty. She sees her personal trainer, she gets weekly massages, and occasionally she visits her mother and sister on the Upper East Side, but after two broken engagements and boyfriends who wanted only her money, she is haunted by the fear that she'll never have a family of her own. One night, at an art opening, Catherine meets William Stockton, a handsome man who shares her impeccable taste and love of beauty. He is educated, elegant, and even has a personal connection--his parents and Catherine's parents were friends years ago. But as he and Catherine grow closer, she begins to encounter strange signs, and her mother, Elizabeth (now suffering from Alzheimer's), seems to have only bad memories of William as a boy. In Elizabeth's old diary she finds an unnerving letter from a former nanny that cryptically reads: "We cannot trust anyone . . . " Is William lying about his past? And if so, is Catherine willing to sacrifice their beautiful life in order to find the truth? Featuring a fascinating heroine who longs for answers but is blinded by her own privilege, We Could Be Beautiful is a glittering, seductive, utterly surprising story of love, money, greed, and family.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2016.
ISBN: 9780385540605
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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abcDena
Sep 26, 2016

I didn't realize how much I was enjoying the story of this spoiled rich woman whose trust fund dries up until I wanted to take her into the bathtub with me.

You could read We Could Be Beautiful as deeply as you want to, because it is ultimately a story about love and redemption. But it's also a great weekend read about an relentlessly stupid woman whose materialism is threatened when her trust fund dries up and she has to bend to the "will" of her dead father for more money. Oh, but complications arise...

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pattyloucor67
Aug 22, 2016

This book over promised and under delivered. The protagonist, a trust fund 40-something, meets her dream man. Two months later they are cohabitating and planning a wedding. Poor girl, her $80,000-a-month trust fund dries up. And her Alzheimer's suffering mom (in a suite at a posh nursing home) hates the fiancé. None of the characters are sympathetic. The book is a quick read but probably not worth the effort. The author has some moments of quality writing but she quickly moves away from that to just recounting events in a meaningless life. The kicker : the protagonist end up with the masseuse. In my opinion, if you wat to read about privilege with some moral redemption, choose Danielle Steele over this author.

ehbooklover Aug 07, 2016

Despite the fact that the protagonist in this book is the most frustrating and spoiled character ever and that I guessed the big twist, I actually really liked this book and finished it in just a day. A well written, fast-paced, and compelling read.

LPL_KateG Jun 09, 2016

Slightly creepy, this book is basically an extended character study of the elite. I totally saw the twist coming before the end, BUT it was an entertaining read. If you want to get into the head of the self-proclaimed "1%" give this one a shot - it's a fast read!

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