Love and Ruin by Paula McLain

Love and Ruin

The bestselling 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 twentieth century   In 1937, twenty-eight-year-old Martha travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War and becomes drawn to the stories of ordinary peop...

Details Love and Ruin

TitleLove and Ruin
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherBallantine Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

Reviews Love and Ruin

  • Tammy
    I confess that I wasn’t a fan of the Paris Wife and I liked Circling the Sun even less but Love nd Ruin was a success for me. Historical fiction, this novel chronicles the relationship between Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn whom he met while still married to his second wife, Pauline Pfeiffer. I think Gellhorn was the draw for me. I’ve always been fascinated by her bravery and commitment as she became a renowned war correspondent and paved the ...
  • Tucker
    Paula McLain is an outstanding historical fiction writer, and her three most recent novels have transported me to a vividly recreated time and place with very real and well-drawn characters. “Circling The Sun” was one of my favorite books of 2015. However, because “Love and Ruin” and “The Paris Wife” highlighted Hemingway’s abysmal treatment of women, particularly his wives, those books weren’t a comfortable read for me. That’s ...
  • Liz
    I only moderately enjoyed Paula McLain’s last two books, but I had seen other reviews which said this book was better. But I can’t say I found it to be much of an improvement. In the beginning, Martha Gelhorn comes off as the stereotypical socialite rebelling against her background. And for all her talk of independence, Marty never feels complete without a man. She quickly meets Ernest Hemingway and he sweeps her into a different life. I actu...
  • Martie Nees Record
    Genre: Biographical Historical Fiction Publisher: Random HousePub. Date: May 1, 2018The author, Paula McLain, has made a career writing historical fiction memoirs. Her most popular novel, “The Paris Wife” is a fictionalized account of Ernest Hemingway’s marriage to Hadley Richardson. Hadley is Ernest’s starter wife. He had four wives by the time of his death. While married to Richardson, Hemingway wrote, “A Moveable Feast,” his classi...
  • Dorie
    This novel chronicles the journalistic rise of Martha Gellhorn and her relationship with Ernest Hemingway. Maybe I’ve just read too many books about Hemingway and those that he loved, hurt, destroyed, etc. but this book was just an average read for me. Ms. Gellhorn was still struggling to find her career path when she and her family met Hemingway while in vacation in Key West, Florida. He convinces her to come to Spain with him and report on th...
  • Marialyce
    4 obsession starsThere are some people who are driven. It can become an obsession that ultimately destroys what is good, what is needed, and even love if it is allowed to continue unabated. For Ernest Hemingway, his obsession with life and writing was eventually something that would be his downfall. He was a person who believed himself to be bigger than life, perhaps even better that life itself. He was in so many ways his own sunshine and the pe...
  • Jordana Landsman
    I received an advanced review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Legendary twentieth century journalist Martha Gellhorn did not wish to be remembered as “Mrs. Ernest Hemingway.” “Why should I be merely a footnote in his life?” she asked.What might she think then of Paula McLain’s Love and Ruin, a novel that casts the third Mrs. Heming...
  • Bam
    "Why is it that a man can do his work and just get on with it, but a woman has to drop everything for her place at home or else she's selfish?" I actually liked this book more than I expected because it focused on the frequently-faced problem of whether a woman can still have a career after marriage. Martha Gellhorn was a budding war correspondent when she met Ernest Hemingway, who was nine years her senior and already on his second wife with who...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    I just want to say before I review LOVE AND RUIN by Paula McLain that I read CIRCLING THE SUN by the author a couple of years ago and it's one of those books that I fell in love with and I still remember how great the reading experience was. I have yet to read THE PARIS WIFE (it stands and looks accusingly at me on a shelf at home), but I hope to get to it one day.READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION!
  • Natalie [genreneutralreader]
    Thank you to #paulamclain, #randomhouse, and #netgalley for my advanced ecopy of Love and Ruin.Love and Ruin is categorized as historical fiction, but it is that genre of historical fiction becoming so popular lately, historical fiction based on real lives. In this case, it is the story of the relationship of Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, who would become his third wife. I became interested in this story for two reasons: 1. I know little ...
  • Annette
    I didn't like The Paris Wife by this author. So I wasn't sure if I'd like this book. But this story of the third wife of Ernest Hemingway is so different.This is a story of Martha Gellhorn, a remarkable woman who “became one of the twentieth century’s most significant and celebrated war correspondents, reporting on virtually every major conflict for sixty years – from the Spanish Civil War to the Bay of Pigs, from Vietnam to El Salvador to ...
  • Tami
    Although this book is about the relationship between Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway, I enjoyed reading about her journalistic endeavors much more than I did her romance and marriage to Hemingway.Martha first met Ernest on a holiday in Key West and from there they formed a friendship which turned into a romantic relationship that spanned from 1937 and the Spanish Civil War up until the end of World War II. Their relationship was consumed wit...
  • Aura
    Martha Gellhorn was Hemingway third wife and the only wife to leave him first, sort of. She was a great writer in her own right and a spunky war correspondent in a time when women didnt go to hot zones. She wrote great books and yet her work was constantly compared to that of her famous husband Hemingway. Martha was also very beautiful and understood that Ernest charismatic pull was a very dicey situation. I loved this book even more than Paula M...
  • switterbug (Betsey)
    Paula McClain has made a writing career reimagining the lives of real women, either extraordinary in themselves or living in historically poignant times. This is her second novel focusing on a Hemmingway wife. In THE PARIS WIFE, the story revolved on Hadley, Hemmingway’s first wife and their life mostly in Paris. In her last book (and my personal favorite), she took a break from Hemmingway and featured Beryl Markham, the first aviator to fly so...
  • Jillian
    "It may be the luckiest and purest thing of all to see time slow to a single demanding point. To feel the world rise up and shake you hard, insisting that you rise, too, somehow. Some way. That you come awake and stretch, painfully. That you change, completely and irrevocably - with whatever means are at your disposal - into the person you were always meant to be."As a fan of Paula McLain's previous works, I was thrilled to receive an ARC of her ...
  • Lynne
    This story has such an interesting premise, one of the first female war journalists on the front lines of WWII in several countries such as Spain, China, and Finland. Additionally, the women's rights issue of the struggle between career and marriage to a successful professional writer. However, the writing is lukewarm, there is no real feeling in the story. Because of all the sacrifices she makes, I think she loves him but I don't get a sense eit...
  • Linda Zagon
    OVE AND RUIN” BY Paula McLain“Love and Ruin” by Paula McLain is an amazing, captivating, intriguing and intense novel. The Genres for this novel are Fiction and Historical Fiction, with an essence of Romance. The timeline for this story is before and during World War Two. The story takes place in Spain, Cuba, and Europe, as well as the United States.I appreciate the historical research that Paula McLain has done to vividly describe the dest...
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    via my blog:'And yet here we were, anyway, hurtling through the dark toward each other under a hundred million stars, and set to collide disastrously. Logic wouldn’t save us and neither would the dwindling pile of days. We had all the time in the world to make a terrible mistake.'Ernest Hemingway was stormy weather, why should a love affair with the man be any less tumultuous. This is a gorgeous story abou...
  • Susan
    I loved the Paris Wife so much. So I was really looking forward to reading this one. It did not disappoint. It was so good. Paula McClain really knows how to suck you into a world. The descriptions are so beautiful. I love all the history that is packed into this on. I had no idea Martha was such a proliferic journalist. I really loved this book.I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley.
  • BookGypsy
    Fabulous! I didn't know much about Martha Gellhorn before reading this novel. The novel chronicles the life Martha Gellhorn, the writer, the journalist and the third wife of Hemingway. The story is masterful and beautiful.Martha was a remarkable woman who paved the way for women in journalism. A heroic and highly independent woman that I truly enjoyed getting to know. Fabulous story.Thank you Random House!Book GypsyNovels&
  • Marla
    Love and Ruin by Paula McLain is a fascinating book about Martha (Marty) Gellhorn, a young woman who can’t wait to get over to Europe to write about what is happening as WWII approaches. She met Ernest Hemingway on a vacation with her mother and brother to Key West and he encouraged her to go. She was intrigued and impressed with Hemingway. She wanted to use the friendship to help open doors for her career. But while in Spain, they have an attr...
  • Julie
    I was thrilled when I heard McLain would be revisiting Hemingway in her newest novel since I was such a huge fan of The Paris Wife. She doesn’t disappoint in her depiction of Marty Gellhorn, Ernest’s third wife. Marty met Ernest as a wet-behind-the-ears war correspondent during the Spanish Civil War, and when he took her under his wing, the chemistry soon blossomed into a torrid affair. There’s no denying that the circumstances of their exp...
  • Kelly Coyle-Crivelli
    Paula McLain has done it again. She is magnificent, I didn't want to be done reading it so I was savoring every single page...Ernest Hemmingway in all of his complexities and successes was still no match for THE Martha Gellhorn, a woman that didn't let anything or anyone get in the way of what she was meant to do. An incredible portrait of the things relationships can steal from you if you allow it to happen, and what happens when you are determi...
  • Sharon Huether
    The meeting of Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway, their times together, ultimate marriage, then life apart.In the beginning Martha was obsessed with Ernest and his writing. Martha wanted to write and travel to far away places to write about the people and their conditions in war torn countries.She remained so independent that she would use her own name when writing for Collier's magazine and the books she penned after they married.Ernest was s...
  • Roman Clodia
    A disappointingly thin read. I love Hemingway and was keen to learn more about his marriage to Gellhorn but McLain doesn't really bring either of them or their marriage alive. Instead this feels bland and a bit dull where it should be passionate and painful.McLain's Gellhorn keeps telling us that she's curious about the world and is dying to be taken seriously as a female journalist but every time she gets sent somewhere to report on war (the Spa...
  • Diane Zwang
    I won my first Goodreads Giveaway! This Advanced Reader's Edition of Paula McLain's latest novel is about Martha Gellhorn, Hemingway's third wife. I loved The Paris Wife so I was excited to read the book. Historical fiction is my favorite genre to read and this particular time period I enjoy very much. I did not know anything about Martha Gellhorn until I read this book. She was a fiercely independent, strong and intelligent woman. She was an acc...
  • Janilyn Kocher
    Love and Ruin is the story of Hemingway's third wife, Martha Gellhorn. She appears to be the most independent of his four spouses as she lived life according to her own terms, no matter what the costs. THe best parts of the book are the author's descriptions of Gellhorn's travels. She was a correspondent during the Spanish Civil War and World War II. Her affair with Hemingway turned into a marriage that didn't last. In many ways Hemingway was a s...
  • Jade
    It only took me a few paragraphs into Love and Ruin to remember why I loved Paula McLain’s earlier novel The Paris Wife so much – her writing is so good, she convincingly recreates people we think we have read and know so much about, whose work we have read and studied and loved and hated. She brings them alive in a way only a brilliant writer of historical fiction can. But she isn’t just a writer of historical fiction, because her work is ...
  • Len
    Being fascinated with Hemingway and the 20s writer scene in Paris, I absolutely loved The Paris Wife. When I picked up Love & Ruin, and saw that Paula McLain had decided to look at another of Hemingway's marriages (this time the third wife, Martha Gellhorn), I was curious and somewhat wary.My wariness was misplaced - I loved this novel, even more than I did The Paris Wife. The "love" in the title was instant and unavoidable, the "ruin" slow, tort...