Friday Book Whimsy: Tiny Little Thing

searchTiny Little Thing is the first book I’ve read by Beatriz Williams though she has written quite a few other novels. I will give you one simple fact: I couldn’t put this book down.

True story. The day I read the bulk of this book, I got something like 900 steps on my Fitbit. I sat in the chair and read the entire day.

Having said that, I will also tell you that it took me a bit to get into the story, and I’m not entirely sure why. Perhaps it was because I had just finished an exciting mystery story, and the tempo of this book is not exhilarating. However, once I got to know the characters and became familiar with what they were up to, it was all I could do to keep myself from reading the ending before I was halfway through the book. I was CRAZED to find out how Tiny’s story ended.

Christina “Tiny” Schuyler was the so-called good sister of the three Schuyler girls. Tiny did everything the way she should. She was pretty (though not as pretty as her sister Pepper), she excelled in school, she married well, and she was the perfect wife to an up-and-coming politician who was being groomed by the ambitious Hardcastle family to be president someday (ala, the Kennedys).

But things are not always as they seem, and secrets abound in the Hardcastle clan. Troubles for Tiny begin a couple of weeks before her wedding, when circumstances throw her into the hands of someone who could change her life just two weeks before she is to wed Frank Hardcastle. Nevertheless, the wedding takes place, but Tiny’s story has just begun.

Blackmail, adultery, Vietnam, dirty politics – all wrapped in a 1960s package.  It made for a wonderful book with an absolutely satisfying ending.

Apparently the characters in this book have been featured in several of the authors other novels, and now I have to read them all!

Here is a link to the book.