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I really enjoyed this book. Very fun read. Mrs. Houdini's character was well written and engaging.
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I love reading stories about well-known figures in time periods I love such as the 1900s/ 1920s! I just recently finished the book "Z: The Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald" so I was curious to learn about the life of Harry Houdini's wife.
I think it was a good story. I did think "Whoa! She just met Harry and they are getting married!" Their immaturity definitely showed through with the fight they had that first week or two of being married when they tried to make each other jealous at their own wedding party! I was worried I was in for a dysfunctional disaster of a marriage like Zelda and F. Scott but Bess was definitely dedicated to Harry. They went through a lot together and Bess was Harry's rock. You could tell they really loved each other
They did go through a dark time similar to F. Scott and Zelda where Harry was beginning to get famous and he started putting all of his time and attention into his work. The reader could tell that Bess was starting to lose herself and her purpose in life. Luckily, it was small parts of their marriage and not their entire marriage.
The story goes back-and-forth between Bess and Harry's life and Bess in the present day trying to search for a message from Harry from beyond the grave. She does make a startling discovery that changes her life forever. I wasn't completely surprised about it but wondered if it was really true. I know there is facts and fiction in this book.